Tag Archives: diagnosis

Post Of The Week – Sunday 8th October 2017

1) The Touch Of Madness This article is a long read but, if you stick with it, a rewarding one. It describes the work of Nev Jones, someone who has both studied psychosis and experienced it. At the heart of this is how we define and respond to abnormality.   2) And Another Long Read […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 24th September, 2017

1) The Pursuit Of Ignorance Stuart Firestein is a neuroscientist at Columbia University. In this TED Talk, he explains that science should be about what we don’t know more than about what we do know. Knowledge should just make us ask more questions. When we evaluate as part of our course, the idea of identifying […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 6th November, 2016

1) Poverty And Mental Illness We have had a good time in Year 2 thinking about reductionism, holism and levels of explanation. This article focuses on the socio-cultural level of explanation. It asks whether poverty can lead to mental illness. One way of thinking about this is to focus on stress as an intervening factor. Another […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 28th August 2016

1) ADHD Nation This is a review of a new book about ADHD. It’s got many elements of a Psychology story: problems of definition and diagnosis, the influence of drug companies on academic research, biological and psychological approaches working first to complement each other but then in opposition. The review quotes the start of the […]

Post Of The week – Saturday 16th July, 2016

1) Issues Of Gender These two articles show how Psychology has dealt with gender. The first starts with a disturbing account of an attempt to cure homosexuality before exploring the career of Robert Heath, the man who carried them out. It is easy to see the ethical guidelines under which Psychology now operates as banal and […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 20th March 2016

1) Grid Cells One of the videos on the Types Of Memory webpage shows a lecture by Eleanor Maguire. It explains the significance of grid cells. These enable mice to navigate around simple mazes. They are the first example thinking recorded as brain activity. We can infer what the mouse is thinking directly from patterns […]

Post Of The Week -Sunday 13th March 2016

1) A History Of The Brain http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b017b1zd/episodes/player This series of radio talks explores how the study of the brain has evolved over time.   2) The Mental Elf On Varenicline …. We’ll be looking at biological interventions to prevent smoking after the holidays. It is also on the new A Lebel course. Success has been […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 20th February, 2016

1) In The Mind When this blog started two and a half years ago, references to public perception of mental health in the media were rare enough to include a link in a post. They have now become so common that it would be foolish to include everything which comes up. The centrepiece of the BBC […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 13th February 2016

1) The Mirror Test When we study the development of the sense of self in A2 Cognition And Development, we refer to the mirror test. 15 month old children sitting in front of a mirror will remove a red dot from their forehead, suggesting that they understand that the person in the mirror is “them”. […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 5th December 2015

1) Blocking Ghrelin The point of understanding neural mechanisms associated with hunger and satiety is that it makes it possible to intervene to prevent obesity. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151203135959.htm This study concerns ghrelin. Ghrelin is released from the digestive tract when it is empty. It found that blocking gherlin reduced foraging and eating behaviour in hamsters while injecting […]