Tag Archives: HM

Post Of The Week – Sunday 12th February 2017

1) Two Long Reads About Memory Both of these come from the BPS Digest for this week. The first is about the loss of memory following a stroke. It uses concepts we study in our course to explain what it is like to lose and then regain memory: short term memory, episodic memory, semantic memory, procedural […]

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 – Sunday 2nd October 2016

1) HM Yet Again Here is another piece about HM. This one features an interview with Brenda Milner, now in her nineties and one of the original researchers of HM. There’s a reminder of a detail which is on the video on the Types Of Long Term Memory of a study by Milner in which HM […]

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 August 6th 2016

1) Autism, Sense Of Self And Autobiographical Memory The idea that autism is connected to a lack of Theory Of Mind has been around for about 30 years. “Theory Of Mind” refers to the ability to understand the connection between the thoughts and actions of others. Theory Of Mind depends on sense of self. You […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 2nd July 2016

1) Is Psychology Really In Crisis? In this article, Keith Laws looks at the replication crisis in Psychology. The article sees the lack of replication of reported by some studies as part of a broader problem with the culture of Psychology. There is a bias in favour of high impact studies whose findings are surprising […]

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 – Sunday 29th November, 2015

1) Nature-Nurture For many years, I used a television programme made by the psychologist Oliver James to explain psychological explanations of depression. James is about to publish a book where he challenges the idea that decoding the human genome can tell us much about human behaviour. He falls very much on the nature side of […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 26th September, 2015

1) Keeping A Spotless Mind We’ve been getting interested in cognitive neuroscience in AS this week. We’ve been looking at the idea of looking inside the brain if we want to understand what actually happens when we remember something. We have also been thinking about how insights from neuroscience move us away from the mechanistic […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 6th September 2015

1) Replication In Psychology The debate is still rumbling on about the findings of the replication project which suggested that a high proportion of Psychology studies from a sample of 100 which were tested failed to be replicated with the same results. This is an intelligent contribution, with a particularly interesting example of fear conditioning […]