Tag Archives: fMRI

Post Of The Week – Saturday 10th June, 2017

1) Gene Editing This video from the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust describes the process of gene editing. We spend a fair bit of out time thinking about genetic explanations for things. The assumption in the longer term is that, if you know what these are, you can do something about them.   2) […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 28th May 2017

1) The Mind-Body Problem We’ve been struggling a bit with reductionism and levels of explanation in Year 2 revision: it is the issue/debate which has given us the most trouble. This article contains not only a useful account of fMRI but also an account of the debate between dualism and materialism which goes back to […]

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 – Saturday April 22nd 2017

1) More On Short Term And Long Term Memory More articles have appeared about research into the formation of memories in mice. There are two here and here. The key idea is that, rather than information passing from short term to long term memory, short and long term memories of an event are formed simultaneously. This […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday April 15th, 2017

1) Therapygenetics This lecture from Thalia Eley explains what has been done to understand the genetic basis for who benefits from therapy. She deals with the limitations of candidate gene studies: I have now included a reference to this on the depression webpage. There’s a fascinating story here about what has been found so far […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 25th February 2017

1) Common Misconceptions About Evolution This SciShow video has some useful things to say about evolution and more generally about what we mean by the word theory. SciShow say that they are going to set up a channel specifically for Psychology. Here’s a sample.   2) Ways Of Studying The Brain The video behind this […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 19th February 2017

1) MRI We make frequent reference to the use of fMRI, functional magnetic resonance imaging,  as a method of studying the brain during our course. The man who invented MRI, on which fMRI is based, died last week. This article explains a bit about him and his invention.   2) Sex Differences In Cognition Alpha […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 29th January 2017

A two week break due to the mocks. 1) Ruby Wax And David Baddiel On Mindfulness The podcast you need is currently at the top of this list. Ruby Wax and David Baddiel discuss their experience of mental illness and therapy. Ruby Wax has just written a book about mindfulness. There’s an f word towards the […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 6th November, 2016

1) Poverty And Mental Illness We have had a good time in Year 2 thinking about reductionism, holism and levels of explanation. This article focuses on the socio-cultural level of explanation. It asks whether poverty can lead to mental illness. One way of thinking about this is to focus on stress as an intervening factor. Another […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 30th October 2016

1) A Bit More On Sleep Following on from last week’s post, here is a TED Talk from Jeff Iliff explaining why we need to sleep in order for the brain to cleanse itself. Here’s another article which explains some of the psychological as well as biological consequences of not getting enough sleep.   2) […]