Tag Archives | Research

Who’s fault is it anyway? Absent fathers and teenage delinquency

In the Developmental Psychology unit of the AS we look at a longitudinal study of children who have been maternally deprived (Hodges and Tizard). Prior to the Hodges and Tizard study it was thought (mainly as a result of Bowlby’s research) that those children who were maternally deprived as children would become affectionless psychopaths. John […]

PSYlent: 29th April 2007

Here is the first of a what is going to be a weekly overview of those stories that I think are pretty interesting in psychology but don’t really apply to the OCR specification. Seems a shame to miss out on them just because I can’t get them to fit into the specifications. So, here are […]

The eyes tell all: well at least for autistic children they do

Autism is a developmental disorder that we investigate in the first year with Simon Baron-Cohen. One of the impairments that some autistic people were thought to have was an in-ability to interpret emotions from facial expressions and many studies have provided support for this thesis. However, autistic children are able to interpret the mental state […]

I misremember it well: Why older adults are unreliable eyewitnesses

We look at eye witness testimony in the first year looking at Loftus and Palmer and investigate the reliability of witnesses and what can effect witness recall in the Crime module of the second year. Many studies have investigated the reliability of children as witnesses and this is even a sub-topic in the course; however, […]

Milgram meet the 21st Century: Virtual Obedience?

The massive ethical issues surrounding Milgram’s study of obedience have always made it difficult to replicate it in a psychological setting (although this hasn’t stopped TV companies jumping on the concept). Recently in the UK a group of psychologists at UCL have worked around this problem using virtual reality. Each of the 23 participants wore […]