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Post Of The Week – Sunday 3rd April, 2016

1) Nature And Nurture The debate has rumbled on this week. Here is a piece of research which has been reported about depressed rats in a couple of places. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/depression-not-governed-by-genes-and-environment-is-a-major-factor-when-it-comes-to-being-happy-a6958686.html and, more briefly, How Family History of Depression Affects Chance of Mental Illness The best thing I have read continues to be Marcus Munafo’s piece […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 19th September 2015

1) Violent Video Games This Horizon documentary takes you through several pieces of research on video games. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06cjypk What’s interesting here is not so much the conclusion but the research process. We have some classic laboratory experiments, some correlational evidence, a study which addresses one significant extraneous variable and some current neuroscience. We end up […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 26th July 2015

1) Cases Of Amnesia I am in the middle of planning the Memory topic for AS next year. Here is a case of amnesia which has defied explanation. http://www.spring.org.uk/2015/07/memory-loss-man-baffles-psychologists-weve-never-seen-anything-like-this-before.php Amnesia cases are both useful for illustrating the principles by which we understand memory but also for exposing the limitations of what we understand. 2) Computerised […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 5th April 2015

1) John Oliver On The Lottery In our last week of lessons on addiction, we watched John Oliver talking about tobacco. Here he is talking about state lotteries. A bit sweary, but he makes some important points about how adverts for lotteries distort perceptions of what lotteries are and what they do. 2) Mindchangers These […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 27th September, 2014

1) Strategies For Memory Improvement I’ve been spending some of the week thinking about how we learn languages. I’ve set my Year 7s a homework where they have to learn some Latin words but also explain in a post on their Google Classroom page how they went about learning them. I’m hoping to have a […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 2nd August 2014

1) Insel And Others – The BRAIN Project This is a discussion programme based on President Obama’s BRAIN initiative. The speakers, including Thomas Insel, are big hitters in the field. There are many gems in this wide ranging discussion. I’m struck by how quickly the technology is changing, which enables rapid advances in knowledge. The […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 3rd July 2014

1) Stress And CHD In AS Stress, we look at the relationship between stress and coronary heart disease, looking at Friedman and Rosenman’s study of Type A personality. The thing we don’t look at in detail is why stress should be related to CHD. This interview focuses on a piece of research which might help […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 26th June, 2014

1) A Few Things About Depression When we look at CBT both in relation to depression but also in other areas, we look at the idea that CBT works better for some people than for others. It is therefore difficult to make a claim about the effectiveness of CBT: so much depends on the suitability […]

AS Abnormality – Extension Tasks

The Biological Approach To Psychopathology The core in your skeleton notes refers to two areas where the biological approach has been influential: autism and depression. The core is all you need to know for the exam but following these links will help you to understand more deeply what has been found and what issues remain. […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 6th March 2014

1) Follow Up From Last Week I finally got round to watching the programmes linked in last week’s blog. On the obesity programme, here is a link to the study run by Sadaf Farooqi at Cambridge. She appears in a documentary I used to show classes made about 15 years ago explaining how siblings were […]