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Post Of The Week – Saturday July 1st 2017

1) Varenicline vs Nicotine Replacement Therapy This paper deals with the latest research on Varenicline as a treatment for nicotine addiction. It’s a big study with records used from GP practices across the UK. There were 287 079 patient records accessed, with follow up over a four year period. Patients’ status of smokers is established by self-report: […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 13th May, 2017

1) Freud’s Birthday Here’s a video via TED-Ed exploring some of the key principles of Freud’s theory.   2) Placebos It’s obvious from randomised controlled trials that some people get better even though they receive only a placebo treatment. The effect of thinking that a treatment will do some good is positive. This article looks at […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday December 11th 2016

1) Epigenetics And Addiction Some research from King’s College, London and from Bristol was reported in two places this week, here and here. Changes in the expression of genes have been found amongst participants whose parents smoke. These participants go on to be at greater risk of developing addiction. The challenge now for researchers is […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 18th April 2015

1) Louis Theroux – By Reason Of Insanity I saw parts of these two programmes a couple of weeks ago. Originally, I had planned not to post links on here as the programmes are in some ways quite disturbing. However, we ended up talking about them in one of Friday’s Year 12 lessons, so it […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 20th September 2014.

1) The Biochemistry Of Depression The amine hypothesis is still our starting point for understanding the biology of depression. The idea is that depression is the consequence of imbalances in the key neurotransmitters, noradrenaline and serotonin. It’s an idea that has been around for the best part of half a century and one which is easy […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 6th September, 2014

A day or two late. It has been a busy week ….. 1) Ashya King I’ve been following the story this week, mostly because the hospital from which he was taken by his parents, Southampton General, is the hospital in which I was born. It has, however, been interesting from  a Psychology point of view […]

A2 Psychological Research And Scientific Method – Extension Tasks

People tend to think that this topic is just about learning your notes and is therefore dull. That isn’t right. Here are some links to items which will enrich and deepen your understanding of the core we study in class. The Application Of Scientific Method One of the controversies in this area is the File […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 29th August

1) The Men Who Made Us Thin (Again) This programme has continued to cover research relevant to our course.  Here’s a link to Programme 3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b038913v One section of this deals with the controversy generated by Dr. Katherine Flegal’s research which challenges the claim that a BMI of more than 25 is associated with poorer health outcomes. […]