Tag Archives: ethics

Post Of The Week – Sunday 24th July 2016

1) Turning Protest Into Powerful Change In the social change┬ásub-topic, we look at how consistency, commitment and flexibility in the face of new evidence work to enable a minority to influence a majority. We look also at the role of majority social influence through normative and informational influence and at the role of authority figures. […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 29th May, 2016

1) Ethics We have looked at a few ethics questions as part of the revision process. Occasionally, they relate to studies involving children. The rules are clear. Parental consent is needed for children under the age of 16. New Questions Over Kids’ Company Brain Experiments This article relates to Kids’ Company, a charity which has […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 30th January 2016

1) Health Careers – Psychological Therapies The Health Careers website run by the NHS is dedicating the next couple of weeks to careers in psychological therapies. Here is an introductory video. You can find out more here. https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/psychological-therapies   2) IAPT Improving Access To Psychological Therapy has been a big part of the NHS strategy […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 12th September 2015

1) Screen Time And GCSEs This news story refers to a research report which tracks children’s activity over a few years and relates it to exam outcomes. Children who spend longer in front of a screen tend to do worse. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-34139196 This is a great example of how correlational evidence works and, perhaps more importantly, […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 30th August, 2015

1) Jim Al-Khalili On Quantum Biology This isn’t Psychology really but it might tell us quite a lot about what we do. There’s a BBC programme and a shorter TED Talk. Jim Al-Khalili is a physicist. In these items, he is applying what has been known for a while in quantum mechanics to the problems […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 12th July 2015

1) Neuroscience In Education Our course includes a section on applications of theories of cognitive development to education. We consider the influence of the theories of Piaget and Vygotsky. Since these theories became popular 40 years ago, neuroscience has developed our understanding of so many aspects of the brain. The question arises as to whether […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 2nd May 2015

1) Depression As A Cellular Response In thinking about classification and diagnosis of depression, we contrast the idea of depression as an illness which needs to be cured with the idea of depression as a natural response to setback and trauma which has survived for sound evolutionary reasons. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150423125850.htm#.VT5DIVPM0_E.twitter This article explores this idea through […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 4th October 2014

1) Fed Up In connection with the obesity topic in the final section of Eating Behaviour, I came across some information about this film. http://fedupmovie.com/#/page/home It features some of the writers and researchers whose work I have used as part of our course over the past five years. It seems to have been fairly well […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday, July 19th 2014

A couple of days late due to the end of term ….. 1) Varenicline, Nicotine Replacement Therapy And Smoking Elsewhere on this blog, we have seen research suggesting that Varenicline is an effective biological intervention to help people stop smoking. Varenicline seems to work well in combination with Bupropion. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140708165717.htm#.U71ERKFbwEw.twitter This article looks at what […]

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 […]