Tag Archives: determinism

Post Of The Week – Sunday 20th November 2016

1) Autism In Adults This article tells the story of adults diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. It goes into depth on the nature of autism and how our understanding of autism is changing. It refers in particular to the issue of gender and autism, something we have been thinking about in Year 2.   2) Motherese In […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday, 26th June 2016

1) Robert Cialdini On Social Psychology Here’s Robert Cialdini explaining what social psychology, and in particular social influence research, is all about.   2) The Personality Myth This programme from NPR explores personality through several personal stories. In thinking about nature-nurture and free will and determinism, these stories are rather important.   3) Recovering From […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 21st November, 2015

1) Serotonin – The Happy Brain Chemical? There’s a problem with understanding the role of serotonin. SSRI antidepressants work by increasing the amount of serotonin available in the brain. They work, at least for some people, but only after a few weeks of medication. This begs the question of what serotonin does. One answer in […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 16th August 2015

1) Making Choices We throw concepts like “individualistic” and “collectivistic” when talking about cultural differences. In individualistic cultures, people make choices for themselves; in collectivistic cultures, choices are made by someone else. In this TED Talk, Sheena Iyengar deconstructs this dichotomy and says a lot more about how we understand choices. Understanding cultural differences becomes […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 21st December 2014

A day or so late, but it is the holidays. 1) Thomas Insel – Best Of 2014 Thomas Insel starts this article with some sobering figures. Worldwide, Ebola has killed about 6,000 people. Last year, about 800,000 people killed themselves. From this sobering start, Insel finds some good news to report. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/2014/best-of-2014.shtml He talks about […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 13th December 2014

1) Understanding Other People’s Actions In A2, we learn about mirror neurons. The AQA line, which we repeat in lessons, is that the mirror neuron system is fundamental to social cognition because it enables our brains to shadow the actions or expressions of others and understand what they are thinking and feeling. James Kilner from […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 25th October, 2014

1) Mindfulness http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-health/11161367/Mindfulness-does-it-really-live-up-to-the-hype.html#disqus_thread I’ve written posts about mindfulness and its relationship to therapy on this blog before. The difference this time is that I had a go at it during one of the training sessions I had to attend this week. It wasn’t the right time or place for me but I got a sense […]