Tag Archives: meta-analysis

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 25th March 2017

1) Virtual Reality This week, as part of the phobias lessons in Year 1, we had a look at some video showing VR being used to treat PTSD. I explained that the video was quite old and that I hadn’t seen much about this recently. This article, from which the video above is drawn, was […]

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 18th September 2016

1) Stress And Depression I’ve not had time to listen to more than a fraction of this but it sounds really interesting. Carmine Pariante from King’s College London explores the links between stress and depression. This is important for what it tells us about the relationship between nature and nurture as well as about the […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 9th July 2016

1) Epigenetics If we are going to understand nature and nurture properly, we need to understand epigenetics. Epigenetics describes how some genes are switched on but others are not. This TED-ED video explains the process. This article explains how research into one aspect of epigenetics might explain why we still find it hard to understand […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday December 12th 2015

1) TED – Daniel Levitin On Stress In this video, Daniel Levitin explains what stress does to our thinking and explains what we might do about it. Along the way, he refers to NNT, Number Needed To Treat, a concept from medical statistics which we use when looking at therapies for Depression.   2) Researching […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 26th July 2015

1) Cases Of Amnesia I am in the middle of planning the Memory topic for AS next year. Here is a case of amnesia which has defied explanation. http://www.spring.org.uk/2015/07/memory-loss-man-baffles-psychologists-weve-never-seen-anything-like-this-before.php Amnesia cases are both useful for illustrating the principles by which we understand memory but also for exposing the limitations of what we understand. 2) Computerised […]