Tag Archives: effectiveness of antidepressants

Post Of The Week – Sunday 3rd September 2017

1) More On Gender This article looks at how researchers argue about male and female brains. In our course, we understand that alpha bias involves exaggerating differences between the genders while beta bias involves diminishing them. From a feminist perspective, differences have been exaggerated while some neuroscientists maintain that male and female brains are structurally […]

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 18th June, 2016

1) Marcus Munafo On Mental Health Genetics Here’s Marcus Munafo on a Mental Elf podcast. He says many important things about what we do and don’t know about the genetics of mental health. There is much here for our work on nature and nurture. Beyond that, he has something important to say about the connection […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday June 11th 2016

1) Suzanne Corkin Obituary Suzanne Corkin has died. She is the researcher who worked with HM, Henry Mollison. It is easy to underestimate the validity of case studies. We criticise them because the researcher sometimes becomes too close to the subject of the case study and because case studies can seem like a one-off, making […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday June 4th, 2016

1) Could A Neuroscientist Understand A Microprocessor? This article has as its starting point the analysis of the microprocessor which drove Mac computers 30 years ago. https://elusiveself.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/false-functional-inference-what-does-it-mean-to-understand-the-brain/ It leads to consideration of what we can and cannot infer about the brain. We tend to find the cognitive approach impressive because it uses computer models to describe the […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 21st May 2016

1) Food Advertising The way in which food is advertised and packaged gets a mention as a factor influencing attitudes to food and a factor influencing obesity. This article suggests that in addition to bans on television advertising, measures need to be taken to restrict billboard advertising and other forms of marketing. https://theconversation.com/advertising-has-the-power-to-make-children-fat-and-this-needs-to-stop-58899 As with […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 15th May 2016

1) John Oliver On Science This is late night American cable TV. Please do not watch this if you are likely to be offended by occasional references to sex and by swearing. It does however say s0me important and intelligent things about how science works and our understanding of it.   2) Rational Choice We have […]

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 6th February 2016

1) Peter Kinderman On Antidepressants And Adolescence Here is Peter Kinderman’s commentary on the report published a couple of weeks ago on the risk of suicide arising from adolescents’ use of antidepressants. https://theconversation.com/when-teenagers-and-antidepressants-are-not-a-good-mix-53945 Kindeman makes a point which has been around for a long time but which is often ignored. Antidepressants energise people but do […]