Tag Archives: epigenetics

Post Of The Week – Monday 3rd April, 2017

1) Why We Need A Biological Explanation For Depression We’ve been thinking about this in the last week in Year 1 in the context of understanding the psychological approach to explaining and treating depression. Some answers emerge from items which have appeared this week. This article explains how progress has been made both in identifying […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 23rd October, 2016

1) Circadian Rhythms This is a fine TED talk from Russell Foster from Oxford. Russell Foster also appears in this Royal Institution event. There’s a story here about how Psychology moves on. The studies we look at for this topic, going back to the Siffre studies of more than 50 years ago, are essentially studies […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday August 14th 2016

1) Counting The Calories Still It’s become common in research into dieting and obesity to suggest that a calorie is not just a calorie. In other words, the type of food we eat is as important in determining whether it will make us put on weight as how much we eat. That does not mean, […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 9th July 2016

1) Epigenetics If we are going to understand nature and nurture properly, we need to understand epigenetics. Epigenetics describes how some genes are switched on but others are not. This TED-ED video explains the process. This article explains how research into one aspect of epigenetics might explain why we still find it hard to understand […]

Post Of The week – Saturday 9th January, 2016

1) Brains And Guts This TED Talk explores the complexity of the systems inside our guts which help us regulate what we eat. It explains this in the context of big brain theory, an idea we explore as an evolutionary explanation of eating behaviour in A2. We can understand the relationship between gut and brain as […]

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 March 14th 2015

1) What makes identical twins different? This video from Kings College London explains epigenetics. Identical twins may be born with the same DNA but end up being different, sometimes in important ways. That must be down to the way the environments they each experience lead to some genes being switched on but others staying switched […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 5th June, 2014

1) Diets – Before And After I was going to post this last week but ran out of time and room. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27592440 It tells the story of people who lost weight through dieting but then to some extent put it back on. I’ve just been looking at the eating behaviour material again with next year’s […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 15th May, 2014

1) Randomised Controlled Trials In Education If you are in the A2 groups, you will have done this week a research methods test based on fictitious study of a teaching strategy. As I made it up, I wondered what would happen if such a study was conducted in real life. http://bps-research-digest.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/kidding-ourselves-on-educational.html The answer to some […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 17th April

1) Oxytocin – Myth And Truth Oxytocin is a hormone which has had a mention or two on this blog, most recently last week in relation to research suggesting that it could be used to treat autism. This article explains three of the myths surrounding oxytocin and what research actually tells us. http://www.vox.com/2014/4/15/5594280/no-the-love-hormone-oxytocin-wont-stop-your-spouse-from-cheating It’s a nice […]