Post Of The Week – Saturday 18th October, 2014

Published October 18, 2014 by Psych n Stats Tutor

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Memory and its links to the hippocampus

Originally posted on DHSB/DHSG Psychology Research Digest:

1) Memory, The Hippocampus And HM

We’ve had an interesting week in AS looking at the multistore model of memory. In particular, it has been interesting to look at the link between the model and current research into memory. There is a story at the heart of this research which, on the face of it, makes sense. HM had his hippocampus removed, as a result of which he was unable to lay down new memories. This suggests that the hippocampus was essential for turning short term into long term memories. There are some problems with this story. Firstly, it has been known for a long time that HM learnt some new skills, for example drawing a star shape in a mirror. This suggests that there are routes to laying down a long term memory which circumvent the hippocampus. STM therefore cannot be unitary. Secondly, it is not entirely clear exactly what…

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Call anytime. I’d love to hear from you.

Published October 18, 2014 by Psych n Stats Tutor

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In the applied world~

Originally posted on Muddling Through Leukemia:

Being a psychologist is not without its stresses. Sometimes it can be hard working with people who are struggling and aren’t hopeful things could change. Some people find themselves in very difficult situations, of no fault of their own, and have to find a way to keep afloat. I sometimes wish I could wave a magic wand to take a client’s distress away, but it’s never that simple.

It’s always great to hear from an old client but most often clients don’t call to share good news, however much I might encourage them to do so when we part. Usually, old clients call when they are going through a rough patch and feel a refresher might help. It’s great to hear from them, and often I’m fired again after a visit or two.

If I bump into a former client on the street, I might be lucky enough to score an update. But…

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Post Of The Week – Saturday 27th September, 2014

Published September 28, 2014 by Psych n Stats Tutor

Originally posted on DHSB/DHSG Psychology Research Digest:

1) Strategies For Memory Improvement

I’ve been spending some of the week thinking about how we learn languages. I’ve set my Year 7s a homework where they have to learn some Latin words but also explain in a post on their Google Classroom page how they went about learning them. I’m hoping to have a dialogue with them about the best ways to learn and strategies for memory improvement, which is also an AS sub-topic. By coincidence, this TED talk came up on my twitter feed.

This has got me thinking about the relationship between learning and memory. I’ve divided my google site pages into a core you have to remember and mastery learning sections where you develop and deepen your understanding. The assumption is that these are two separate processes. Joshua Foer’s talk reminds us that they aren’t.

2) Eye Witness Testimony

In 12D this week, one group…

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Necessary Partners

Published September 28, 2014 by Psych n Stats Tutor

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It’s rear for a student not to experience these things~ go with it ~:-) Keep paddling~

Originally posted on Rumi-nations:

I think it can be easily understood that there is no courage without fear.

1409 courage fear

A person rushing into a dangerous situation to help with no sense of fear about those dangers is not expressing courage, but some other motivational force.

The amount of courage she applies is directly proportional to the amount of fear she experiences.

A courageous person is one who feels the fear yet chooses to rise above its self-preserving urges.

Fear is there to help her think carefully before acting, and courage is there to get her to act beyond the fear.


And I see the likely parallel truth that there is no faith without doubt.

1409 faith doubt

A person standing up for some belief with no doubt that there could be other possibilities for causes, outcomes and explanations is not expressing faith, but something else (and I won’t make a generalized judgment of what that something else…

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Not ‘Another Bloody Stats Text’: Free Open Access Statistics Textbook

Published January 31, 2012 by Psych n Stats Tutor

I wanted to share this neat online resource, which is free! An open access statistics textbook. It is easy to read and has links to other helpful sites.

Any topic which is comprehensive and requires you to think in ways which are reflective and critical, can be best approached by reading broadly. This is not  ‘another bloody stats text’, it is a doorway into the world of statistics and critical thinking from another perspective.

A perspective which may help you to understand your subject text, lectures and tutes better. A perspective that may be the ‘push’ you need to start apply stats in your daily life and writing about it in your reflective learning journal, to truly own and chart your course to success in academia.

Read on!

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AP Psychology Exam Preparation…

Published December 31, 2011 by Psych n Stats Tutor

Image: Psych Classics

I thought today for the AP Psychology Exam Prep post that I would upload a qirky vid created by Dr Larry Pfaff of Spring Arbor University. It covers the reasoning behind why we as psychologists need to know our past~ basically, so we can navigate our future.

View the cartoon video and my reflection on it at the new Psychology Tutor:Mentor site…

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