Tag Archives: Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

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 […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 26th April 2015

1) Risk Taking In Adolescence In Biological Explanations Of Social Cognition, we get interested in the idea the way in which social cognition develops during adolescence. There is a fairly robust finding that during the period in which connections are being established between the pre-frontal cortex and limbic system, adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 29th March,2015

1) Germanwings On Friday, I really didn’t feel like being a Psychology teacher. News was coming through about Andreas Lubitz’s health record and its apparent connection with the crash. I normally seize on anything in the news which connects to the course we study. The news on Friday was too disturbing. There are people who […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 16th February 2015

1) Brian Williams And Reconstructive Memory Brian Williams was, until very recently, an anchorman for NBC news. That makes him famous, an authority figure presenting the news on one of America’s longest standing TV channels. He has stepped down from his job because a story he told about being in a helicopter which was shot […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 8th February 2015

1) The Scientific 23 We come across Sarah-Jayne Blakemore’s work on developmental neuroscience when we look at the adolescent brain in A2. Increasingly, we refer to it during other parts of the course. She has been significantly involved in promoting public understanding of science and science as a career. This website is designed to do […]

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 […]