Tag Archives: Simon Baron-Cohen

Post Of The Week – Sunday 20th November 2016

1) Autism In Adults This article tells the story of adults diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. It goes into depth on the nature of autism and how our understanding of autism is changing. It refers in particular to the issue of gender and autism, something we have been thinking about in Year 2.   2) Motherese In […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 3rd October 2015

1) How Memories Form And How We Lose Them This is a TED-ED lesson aimed at a less specialist audience than us. It is still worth watching, touching on some of the issues in our course. 2) Suicide Prevention In Young People Here is a summary of some research into the effectiveness of interventions in […]

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 10th January 2015

1) Connectome We have a look at the work of Sebastian Seung when we study the multistore model of memory. His big idea is that we are our connectome. In other words, it is how neurons are connected in our brains which make us who we are. He’s just published a book about his ideas. […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday, July 19th 2014

A couple of days late due to the end of term ….. 1) Varenicline, Nicotine Replacement Therapy And Smoking Elsewhere on this blog, we have seen research suggesting that Varenicline is an effective biological intervention to help people stop smoking. Varenicline seems to work well in combination with Bupropion. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140708165717.htm#.U71ERKFbwEw.twitter This article looks at what […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 22nd May

1) Mental Health In Adolescence I spent some tutor time recently with my Year 8 group working on adolescent health issues. We were supposed to be looking at drug use, eating disorders and self-harm. You can see the results of their work on my classroom wall. What emerged very quickly was an understanding that the […]

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 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 […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 21st November

1) Eye Witness Testimony – The Innocence Project When we looked at the importance of Elizabeth Loftus’ research, we mentioned its application to cases of misidentification of criminals. The Innocence Project in the United States campaigns to exonerate prisoners who have been wrongly convicted of crimes. This exoneration often involves DNA evidence. I used to […]

Autism And Theory Of Mind – Questions.

A fundamental claim of current research into autism is that people with autism lack a theory of mind. This means that they are unable to understand the links between the beliefs of other people and their behaviour and to predict what others will do. This in turn raises a number of questions. How does an understanding […]