Tag Archives: video games

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 July 1st 2017

1) Varenicline vs Nicotine Replacement Therapy This paper deals with the latest research on Varenicline as a treatment for nicotine addiction. It’s a big study with records used from GP practices across the UK. There were 287 079 patient records accessed, with follow up over a four year period. Patients’ status of smokers is established by self-report: […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 4th March 2016

1) Optogenetics People sometimes wonder why we focus on Biopsychology. The material we cover in our course provides a basis for understanding the rapid advances being made in studying and understanding the brain. This video explains one such advance, optogenetics. This article explains one advance in studying the brain.   2) Neuroscience And The Law […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 29th May, 2016

1) Ethics We have looked at a few ethics questions as part of the revision process. Occasionally, they relate to studies involving children. The rules are clear. Parental consent is needed for children under the age of 16. New Questions Over Kids’ Company Brain Experiments This article relates to Kids’ Company, a charity which has […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 19th September 2015

1) Violent Video Games This Horizon documentary takes you through several pieces of research on video games. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06cjypk What’s interesting here is not so much the conclusion but the research process. We have some classic laboratory experiments, some correlational evidence, a study which addresses one significant extraneous variable and some current neuroscience. We end up […]

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 3rd January 2015

1) Stress Does You Good We are about to enter the time of year in AS when we start the stress topic. At the heart of much of the research in this topic is the idea that stress is a bad thing. Research is now starting to question this, as these references from TED show. […]

Post Of The Week – Friday 11th April

A day or two late …. but it is the holidays. 1) Two From The Naked Scientists These podcasts are worth a listen. Both interviews are carried out by school students who ask the right questions. http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/podcasts/specials/show/20140411-4/ This one contains an interview with Dr. Tim Fryer about how PET (Positron Emission Tomography) works. PET is […]

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 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 […]