Tag Archives: prefrontal cortex

Post Of The Week – Sunday 31st July 2016

1) Genes For Obesity The story about genes for obesity is similar to other stories in Psychology. We know obesity runs in families but can’t yet say which particular genes are involved. That is changing though as more sophisticated genetic analysis comes on stream. We’ve known about the variant of FTO gene for a while […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 4th July 2015

1) Improving response inhibition systems in frontotemporal dementia with citalopram This is interesting in lots of ways. We frequently refer to the role of the pre-frontal cortex in the inhibition of risky or socially unacceptable behaviour. Our main focus is how this develops in adolescence. There is another side to this. When people develop dementia in […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 6th December, 2014

1) Pre-Frontal Cortex, Limbic System And Criticism From Your Parents In A2, we have just finished looking at biological explanations of social cognition. The big idea is that the limbic system organises our emotional responses while our prefrontal cortex inhibits and regulates them. Adolescence is the time when these systems reorganise themselves. This means that […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 25th October, 2014

1) Mindfulness http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-health/11161367/Mindfulness-does-it-really-live-up-to-the-hype.html#disqus_thread I’ve written posts about mindfulness and its relationship to therapy on this blog before. The difference this time is that I had a go at it during one of the training sessions I had to attend this week. It wasn’t the right time or place for me but I got a sense […]

Post Of The Week – Friday 27th December

1) Ben And James Versus The Arabian Desert http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03n2s6n/Ben_and_James_Versus_the_Arabian_Desert_Episode_1/ James Cracknell had a serious brain injury three years ago which almost killed him. In this programme, he and Ben Fogle try to cross the Arabian desert by camel. I thought this was a slightly pointless programme in that it is supposed to be them alone […]

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 […]