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Post Of The Week – Saturday 18th June, 2016

1) Marcus Munafo On Mental Health Genetics Here’s Marcus Munafo on a Mental Elf podcast. He says many important things about what we do and don’t know about the genetics of mental health. There is much here for our work on nature and nurture. Beyond that, he has something important to say about the connection […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday June 4th, 2016

1) Could A Neuroscientist Understand A Microprocessor? This article has as its starting point the analysis of the microprocessor which drove Mac computers 30 years ago. https://elusiveself.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/false-functional-inference-what-does-it-mean-to-understand-the-brain/ It leads to consideration of what we can and cannot infer about the brain. We tend to find the cognitive approach impressive because it uses computer models to describe the […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 20th February, 2016

1) In The Mind When this blog started two and a half years ago, references to public perception of mental health in the media were rare enough to include a link in a post. They have now become so common that it would be foolish to include everything which comes up. The centrepiece of the BBC […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 6th February 2016

1) Peter Kinderman On Antidepressants And Adolescence Here is Peter Kinderman’s commentary on the report published a couple of weeks ago on the risk of suicide arising from adolescents’ use of antidepressants. https://theconversation.com/when-teenagers-and-antidepressants-are-not-a-good-mix-53945 Kindeman makes a point which has been around for a long time but which is often ignored. Antidepressants energise people but do […]

Post Of The Week -Saturday 19th December 2015

1) Plain Packaging For Cigarettes This link takes you to the breakfast show on BBC Radio Bristol. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03862bs#play If you wind to 2 hrs 12 mins on the programme, you can hear Olivia Maynard from the University Of Bristol explain some research into plain packaging. Essentially, the lack of visual cues on the packaging forces […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 21st November, 2015

1) Serotonin – The Happy Brain Chemical? There’s a problem with understanding the role of serotonin. SSRI antidepressants work by increasing the amount of serotonin available in the brain. They work, at least for some people, but only after a few weeks of medication. This begs the question of what serotonin does. One answer in […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 10th October 2015

1) Cracking The Skull Open This article concerns the relationship between psychiatry and neuroscience. http://aeon.co/magazine/psychology/why-cant-we-unite-neuroscience-and-psychiatry/ It looks at how progress has been made with our understanding of other aspects of human physiology, for example the heart and cancer, contrasting progress there with ignorance in relation to how the brain works. Along the way, it demolishes […]

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 30th May 2015

1) The Talking Cure Here is a well made programme about talking therapies, interspersing interviews with critical commentary. There is a really good section on psychoanalysis which I was going to use for the A Level course until I realised that there is no reference to psychoanalysis in the specification. There is however a section […]