Tag Archives: mirror neurons

Post Of The Week – Saturday 28th February 2015

1) Psychotherapy Does Not Work For Everyone The problems of biological therapies in the form of drugs for depression are well rehearsed. There’s evidence that they work but they clearly don’t work for everyone and the extent to which they work in reducing and eliminating symptoms is debated. We don’t really know what they do […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 21st December 2014

A day or so late, but it is the holidays. 1) Thomas Insel – Best Of 2014 Thomas Insel starts this article with some sobering figures. Worldwide, Ebola has killed about 6,000 people. Last year, about 800,000 people killed themselves. From this sobering start, Insel finds some good news to report. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/2014/best-of-2014.shtml He talks about […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 13th December 2014

1) Understanding Other People’s Actions In A2, we learn about mirror neurons. The AQA line, which we repeat in lessons, is that the mirror neuron system is fundamental to social cognition because it enables our brains to shadow the actions or expressions of others and understand what they are thinking and feeling. James Kilner from […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 23rd January 2014

1) Treating Depression Via Video Games Traditionally, the problem with people getting treatment for depression was seen to be that people would not go to their doctor to discuss their mental health. Increasingly, the stigma of mental health is diminishing and people are prepared to talk about their issue. The next battle is to get […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 19th December

1) Autism – Intense World Theory As part of our study of the development of a sense of self, we look at the idea that people with autism lack a theory of mind. The assumption is that there is something in the developmental process which prevents people with autism from developing the ability to see […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 5th December

1) Social Understanding And Social Lives Here’s a link to the book which has just won BPS Book Of The Year award. http://www.psypress.com/books/details/9781848724006/ We’ve just finished looking at the development of a sense of self and theory of mind in A2 Cognition And Development. Reading students’ essays this week has left me with the impression […]

Biological Explanations Of Social Cognition – Tasks

What is the evidence for the importance of the prefrontal cortex in social cognition? Use Sarah-Jayne Blakemore’s TED Talk as your source. Your resources booklet contains a transcript of the part which answers this question. To answer this question, you need to focus on:- What MRI studies looking at the development of the pre-frontal cortex […]