Eating Disorders Awareness Week

This week  is Eating Disorders Awareness Week. As many of you will already know (especially those doing Eating behaviours at A2), eating disorders are a serious, life-threatening problem in the UK. 1.6 million people here are affected and there are more fatalities from this condition than any other mental illness. AN is the most well known eating […]

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Correlational data

When we talk about interpreting correlational data, we often rightly stress that correlation does not establish cause and effect. However, it is important not to simply dismiss correlations because of this – as this video from the OU’s Joy of Stats series shows, the scientific attitude to an apparent correlation is to work as hard […]

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Flooding and mental health

Heavy rain and storm surges have made 2014 pretty miserable for many of us (so far), and have been devastating for many of those affected by the widespread flooding in southern parts of the UK. What are the psychological impacts of flooding like this? The Health Protection Agency (HPA)   published a document in 2012 […]

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Brain geography

The February edition of National Geographic has an excellent article on how new technologies are revealing more about the structure of the brain, including a technique for making brains transparent which neuroscientists have described as ‘pretty badass’. Another study, at UCLA, used electrodes implanted directly into brain tissue  to study how the brain processes what […]

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Loftus and EWT

In this TED talk video (from June 2013), Elizabeth Loftus talks about her work on eye witness testimony, including both her classic study with Palmer (1974) and more recent work, including a fascinating study involving false memories in highly stressful interrogation training. This video also includes Loftus discussing her response to media controversies arising from […]

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Meet the artist

Ian West is the illustrator for the visual summary pages in the forthcoming Revision Companion – we asked him for a picture of himself and he sent us this wonderful image! As a visual artist (with regular commissions for publishers, advertising and corporate clients) it was interesting to get his take on the relationship between images […]

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Picture versus 1000 words

We’re very excited about the imminent publication (February) of The Revision Companion, with its super-effective approach to helping all students get the most from their AS revision (AQA A). The includes visual summaries for each topic, which we hope will help to make all that AS Psychology even easier to remember! Here are three examples […]

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Cats and memory

Memory website Memrise suggests that pictures of cats can help people who a learning a foreign language to  remember new vocabulary. If you are familiar with Memrise, you’ll know that it asks users to provide images to help encode new memories. Memrise’s research into what images were most effective in helping people remember (visual mnemonics) showed […]

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