Elizabeth Loftus gave a TED talk earlier in the year, which has just been posted on their site.
Two recent events (the release of Grand Theft Auto 5 and claims that the recent Washington shooting was related to an obsession with violent video games) have led to a number of newspaper articles once again exploring the link between violent video games and aggression.
If you look on Google or in textbooks there appear to be many different versions of the model. In fact it may help students to have a look at some of the different versions to enhance their understanding of what it is all about. This one has a rehearsal loop for STM, as many of […]
Many exam specifications require students to be familiar with the clinical characteristics of the mental disorder they study. The new DSM 5, published in May this year, has changed the criteria for a diagnosis of schizophrenia. However, the good news is, the changes are fairly small from the point of view of A level students. […]
There was a radio program on NDEs on BBC Radio 4 yesterday (Monday 9 September), an episode of the Beyond Belief series. This discussion presents a balanced discussion of views. Skeptic psychologist Professor Chris French presents the rational view and talks about research evidence. Dr Penny Sartori has written a soon-to-be published book on NDEs and promotes the […]
I have always wondered why people swear. The September issue of The Psychologist has provided some insights. It’s obviously about emotion but here’s some evidence to support this. Richard Stevens (the author of the article in The Psychologist) put participants in a painful situation – placing their hand in a bucket of ice cold water. He […]
It has always been a puzzle as to why the main body clock doesn’t reset itself more quickly when you travel. After all the SCN (suprachiasmatic nucleus – the master clock) does use light signals to help entrain biological rhythms. Researchers at Oxford University think they have found an answer (Jagannath et al., 2013). First […]
The treatment of depression was revolutionised in the 1980s by the introduction of drugs that increased levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin. At the time it was thought that such drugs would help 80-90% of depressed people. However this has not proved to be the case and a recent article in New Scientist reports that, if […]
I came across this diagram which I thought might be useful (you can see it more clearly in the when you press ‘continue reading’). It is from Ainsworth et al. (1978) page 34. Ainsworth designed the Strange Situation to be conducted in a very specific environment, as shown in this picture. It was a room […]
Dr Becky Milne, an expert on the cognitive interview, presents a 15 minute audio of each of the four main components in an Open University broadcast.