Tag Archives: statistics

Post Of The Week – Sunday 6th August 2017

1) Newborn Baby Development Has Been Vastly Underestimated That is the claim of this article. The development on which it focuses is social development, specifically the response of new borns to the still face procedure which is explained here. Not only do infants respond to this procedure but they also seem to learn from it, suggesting […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 10th June, 2017

1) Gene Editing This video from the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust describes the process of gene editing. We spend a fair bit of out time thinking about genetic explanations for things. The assumption in the longer term is that, if you know what these are, you can do something about them.   2) […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 5th March 2016

1) Cambridge Psychology We are entering the time when Year 12 start thinking about destinations after  school. This video comes from Cambridge University. The course course content is here. Prospective students The video explains that you do not have necessarily to have studied Psychology A Level on this course but you do need to have […]

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 – Saturday 18th April 2015

1) Louis Theroux – By Reason Of Insanity I saw parts of these two programmes a couple of weeks ago. Originally, I had planned not to post links on here as the programmes are in some ways quite disturbing. However, we ended up talking about them in one of Friday’s Year 12 lessons, so it […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday March 8th 2015

1) How Science Works – Peer Review This video from the Royal Society explains both the history and the practice of peer review. There are problems to do with peer review and the process of validating new knowledge: publication bias and the file drawer phenomenon. This video explains how it should work. 2) The Damage […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 28th February 2015

1) Psychotherapy Does Not Work For Everyone The problems of biological therapies in the form of drugs for depression are well rehearsed. There’s evidence that they work but they clearly don’t work for everyone and the extent to which they work in reducing and eliminating symptoms is debated. We don’t really know what they do […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 21st February, 2015

1) Relative And Absolute Risk This isn’t strictly speaking a piece of Psychology but it’s a very good example of how statistics sometimes mislead. In this video, David Spiegelhalter from Cambridge explains how claims about increased risk for a particular action or intervention are not necessarily what they seem. There’s a job to be done […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 19th June 2014

1) Evolutionary Explanations Of Fighting Behaviour In our A2 course, we look at two lots of evolutionary explanation in some detail. In Eating Behaviour, we consider evolutionary explanations of food preference. We consider specifically the idea that we have evolved to be an intelligent species which eats cooked meat. The discovery of how to cook […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 5th June, 2014

1) Diets – Before And After I was going to post this last week but ran out of time and room. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27592440 It tells the story of people who lost weight through dieting but then to some extent put it back on. I’ve just been looking at the eating behaviour material again with next year’s […]