Tag Archives: Insel

Post Of The Week – Sunday 18th June 2017

1) The Psychology Of Cults Cults are interesting from a social psychological point of view. They are based on obedience to an authority figure and rely on compliance. This video from TED Ed touches on some other Psychology concepts.   2) The Smartphone Psychiatrist The psychiatrist in question is Tom Insel. This extended profile is […]

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 – 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 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) […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 7th November 2015

1) Neurotribes This book is by Steve Silberman. I have included a link to his TED Talk on autism on the blog before. The book has just won the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/rallying-call-respect-difference Here’s a review about it from The Psychologist. 2) Omega 3 For explanations for the success of dieting in A2, […]

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 – Saturday 19th September 2015

1) Violent Video Games This Horizon documentary takes you through several pieces of research on video games. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06cjypk What’s interesting here is not so much the conclusion but the research process. We have some classic laboratory experiments, some correlational evidence, a study which addresses one significant extraneous variable and some current neuroscience. We end up […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 23rd August 2015

1) Interrogation And Telling The Truth I have spent the last week thinking about the social influence topic in next year’s AS. Within that topic, I have been thinking about the role of psychologists in interrogation through the the idea of conformity to a social role. Since Zimbardo’s work on this in the Stanford Prison […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 19th July, 2015

1) Tax Sugary Drinks A tax on sugary drinks is now being backed by the British Medical Association. Part of the proposal is to use the money to subsidise more healthy food. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33479118 I first used a BBC World Service report on the proposal for sugar tax in New York City in early 2010. It […]

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 […]