Tag Archives: dopamine

Post Of The Week – Saturday 18th March 2017

1) The Brain: A Radical Rethink When we have studied anything to do with localisation of the brain this year, I have been keen to stress that increasingly we understand the brain in terms of integration, not localisation. This article makes the point rather more effectively than I do.   2) Approaches To Psychopathology In […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 11th March 2017

1) The Effects Of Stress We’ve just been doing fight or flight response in Year 1. Here’s a timely illustration of the effects of the stress response on health.   2) Mark Williams On Mindfulness Here’s Mark Williams, one of the founding figures of Mindfulness Based CBT explaining where it came from and what its […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday December 3rd 2016

1) Implications Of Research For The Economy This comes not from a piece of peer reviewed research but rather from a commercial research company. It suggests that lack of sleep costs the economy of the UK £40 billion because people who sleep less than seven hours a night are more at risk of illness and […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday April 17th 2016

1) Some Commentary On Addiction We’re about to finish Addictive Behaviour in A2. I’ve been reworking some of the webpages to bring them up to date. Here are three links which illustrate some of the things I have been thinking about. Drugs used to treat nicotine addiction could also be used to treat sugar addiction […]

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 – Sunday 25th October 2015

1) Robert Plomin On “The Life Scientific”. Robert Plomin is a behavioural geneticist whose work has created a degree of controversy. You can listen to an extended interview with him here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06j1qts Plomin’s big idea is that variations between individuals in academic success can be explained substantially by genes. This is the conclusion of a […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 10th August 2015

1) Chemical Soup This TED talk from David Anderson comes from the same event as the one by Thomas Insel which we use in lessons. Anderson’s idea in this talk is that we tend to treat the brain as a chemical soup where things go wrong when the balance of ingredients is not quite right: […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 6th June 2015

1) The Dopamine Theory Of Addiction This article reviews what is known about dopamine and the process of addiction. For some time, it has been thought that addiction is a consequence of the release of dopamine. Dopamine on this account is a “pleasure chemical”. http://www.nature.com/nrn/journal/v16/n5/pdf/nrn3939.pdf?WT.ec_id=NRN-201505 The article explains that it is much more complex than […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 1st November, 2014

1) Attitudes To Mental Illness Although it seems a long way away, it is still my intention to carry on with research work from the last few years on attitudes to mental illness once the AS exams are over. A few things have happened this week which have made me realise that this remains an […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 13th March, 2014

1) Smoking, Depression And Anxiety And Stress When we study depression, we look at the idea of co-morbidity. People who suffer from depression tend to suffer from something else as well. This is interesting from the point of view of diagnosis because the doctor has to decide whether it is the depression or the other […]