Tag Archives: theory of mind

Post Of The Week – Tuesday 27th December 2016

1) The Predictive Power Of Attachment Is Overrated That is the claim of this article. At a time when attachment is being promoted as a way of understanding later difficulties, the article questions what we know about the influence of attachment. The article makes some important points. People tend to confuse insecure attachment with no […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 8th October 2016

1) Super Recognisers We’re on eye witness testimony in AS/Year 1. The research behind this link concerns officers whose job it is to recognise people from still images and CCTV: “super recognisers”. The research identified members of the public using a test in the Science Museum who were exceptionally good at this task. It found that […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday August 6th 2016

1) Autism, Sense Of Self And Autobiographical Memory The idea that autism is connected to a lack of Theory Of Mind has been around for about 30 years. “Theory Of Mind” refers to the ability to understand the connection between the thoughts and actions of others. Theory Of Mind depends on sense of self. You […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 29th May 2014

1) The Enigma Of The Teenage Brain In the run up to the exam, I have been finding it quite hard to show people how to write about biological explanations of social cognition. You need to start off by explaining what the pre-frontal cortex does, then look at evidence which suggests that changes in social […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 6th February 2014

1) Finishing Off Depression We are about to finish off the Depression topic in Year 13. It’s been a fascinating four or five weeks looking at competing and contradictory claims. Fundamentally, the researchers cannot agree about the effectiveness of biological therapies nor about the classification and diagnosis of depression. All of the debate really comes […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 19th December

1) Autism – Intense World Theory As part of our study of the development of a sense of self, we look at the idea that people with autism lack a theory of mind. The assumption is that there is something in the developmental process which prevents people with autism from developing the ability to see […]

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 […]

Biological Explanations Of Social Cognition – Tasks

What is the evidence for the importance of the prefrontal cortex in social cognition? Use Sarah-Jayne Blakemore’s TED Talk as your source. Your resources booklet contains a transcript of the part which answers this question. To answer this question, you need to focus on:- What MRI studies looking at the development of the pre-frontal cortex […]