Tag Archives: Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Post Of The Week – Sunday 30th September, 2018

1) Sarah-Jayne Blakemore On The Teenage Brain She is on BBC Inside Science here: you need to wind about 19 minutes into the programme. She talks about recent experiments about risk taking. There’s an interesting example of how experiments about the effect of having a peer next to you in a driving simulation game is […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 20th August 2018

1) Tobacco And Psychosis One of the evaluation points we use when evaluating methods of reducing addiction in relation to tobacco is that many people use tobacco to help them deal with mental health problems. Methods of reducing tobacco use are likely to be ineffective if the problem underlying tobacco use is somewhere else. This […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 25th March 2018

1) Genetic Basis Of Educational Achievement Here’s the latest from the IOPPN on genetics and educational achievement, looking ate differences in polygenic scores between students in different types of school. This should get us thinking about nature and nurture. Students, you won’t be surprised to hear, are different from each other.   2) Psychological Treatment […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 4th March 2018

1) Genetic Basis Of Autism I’ve been working on the Biological Approach this week in preparation for the work we will do in Year 1. I’ve been looking in particular at the idea that with OCD, we cannot link a particular gene to a particular neurochemical abnormality in a particular part of the brain. This […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 18th March 2017

1) The Brain: A Radical Rethink When we have studied anything to do with localisation of the brain this year, I have been keen to stress that increasingly we understand the brain in terms of integration, not localisation. This article makes the point rather more effectively than I do.   2) Approaches To Psychopathology In […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday December 18th 2016

1) Depression And Cardiac Arrest This article explains how depression following a heart attack is treated. There’s a bias towards giving people drugs for this, in part because they are already receiving drugs for  their heart condition and in part because in Canada, as in many other countries, access to a psychiatrist who prescribes the tablets […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 12th November 2016

1) “It’s important to talk about gender when we talk about mental health.” This quote comes from this article. When we were looking at gender bias in Psychology in Year 2 a couple of weeks ago, we thought about the extent to which differences between the genders are ignored in the process of diagnosis and treatment. This […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 23rd October, 2016

1) Circadian Rhythms This is a fine TED talk from Russell Foster from Oxford. Russell Foster also appears in this Royal Institution event. There’s a story here about how Psychology moves on. The studies we look at for this topic, going back to the Siffre studies of more than 50 years ago, are essentially studies […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 14th November 2015

1) Collaboration, Collaboration, Collaboration One of the issues we look at when considering classification, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders is co-morbidity. Put simply, people tend not to have conditions in isolation but have more than one thing wrong with them at a time. This becomes awkward when doctors are diagnosing conditions because they have […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 18th October 2015

1) Randomised Controlled Trials In Education I have been teaching people for a few years now that education suffers from a lack of RCTs. This is fundamentally because people do not wish to see students allocated to a condition randomly which may not be optimal for their education. This was what we learnt Term 1 […]