The Psychology Blog Of Bridgwater College; a link-dump of vaguely Psychology related pictures, queries, weblinks, comments, thoughts and theories...

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Why Correlations can't establish Causality

Here are a few examples of what we were talking about re: Bowlby's 44 Juvenile Thieves.


Friday, February 26, 2016

Prosopagnosia Tests etc

There's a Famous people Face recognition test here. Here's the Super Recognizer test, if you were good at that last one... or even if you weren't. Upside Down faces thing and this one isn't expecially related but sort of relates to our next topic so you can do this one too.... it's the Judging Face Attractiveness one you're after...

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Yellowlees and The Cognitive Approach to Schizophrenia

Go here for an article about this...


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Adorno and the fascism scale

here's the adorno fascism scale test, for (sort of) fun.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Why are Things Creepy?

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Thursday, May 02, 2013

Dopamine Hypothesis round 2

Excess dopamine & more receptors

More receptors

Excess dopamine
More receptors

Excess dopamine
More receptors & excess dopamine

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Dopamine Hypothesis

Explanation 1 - excess dopamine
Explanation 2 - more dopamine receptors

Explanation 1 & 2 together

A neuron

Explanation 2 & 1

Monday, March 25, 2013

Is Psychology a Science?

Go here to find out...

What if?


Friday, March 22, 2013

ECT as a comic

If you want to know all about ECT, you could do worse than start with this, an 11 page comic detailing the use and ethics of ECT.


Psychopathology in the Movies

Here is a reasonably fun exercise to help you identify certain mental disorders. Watch the clips and then match up the disorders.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Some articles on the proposed changes from the current version DSM IV-TR to DSM V. DSM V should be out very soon and if you're thinking of studying Psychology at Uni etc it would be good to know a little about it because I'd imagine courses are going to be talking a lot about it!
DSM V DSM considered by PsychCentral 'A sad day for psychiatry'

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Just watch it.

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The AS IF Principle

Face Morph

Go here and click the image

Friday, December 07, 2012

Koluchova Twins

You may have seen this in your Revision Booklet...
Here's a brief summary of the case study

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Eating Behaviour at the BPS Digest

Here's some highlights... How many food-based decisions do we make? Does eating more slowly help stop over-eating? Change your hand to change your eating? Do you have a fatty food radar?

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VMH Rats and Hunger

Here's the original article (bits got stolen from this for the booklet) Go here to find out what else the Hypothalamus does... some of this will come in useful... Quite a bit here about Hunger and Eating

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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Eyewitness Testimony


Thursday, September 13, 2012

A failure of Memory

An article on the reasons why memory can fail

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Dating Ad sites

Just to get you started... remember, you should have a pre-identified sample and (probably) a predetermined amount of Ms and Fs to study... I'd say about 30 of each is about right...

Here's some links:



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Friday, January 20, 2012

The Alpha Male Myth

Interesting article about the myth of the alpha male in Evolutionary Psychology. Might be good for evaluation of attraction...

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Test Your Senses

Here's an interactive test to see how good your senses are...

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Waist To Hip Ratio Reconsidered

Here's an article that might be useful for some evaluation points when talking about the evolutionary theory and the WHR...

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Matching Hypothesis and Celebrity

There's a page here about this... Look at it!

Can we think of any couples that aren't matched?

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Why Do People Laugh at Sick Jokes?

Article on the BBC website here...


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Illusions and Neuroplasticity

And then go here...

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Monday, December 06, 2010

Illusion Of Control

Good article by Ben Goldacre of Bad Science on the illusion of control bias...

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thatcher Illusion

With partial explanation here:

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

5O First Dates

The film 50 First Dates is based around Drew Barrymore, who has a neurological condition that causes her memories of the day to be erased during the night.

Here's a case study of this happening in real-life.

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Are We Really Attracted To Our Relatives?

Freud thought we may be unconsciously attracted to our relatives - especially our siblings, our parents, even grandparents.

Here's a recent study that suggests he might be right.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Late Tips for Valentine's Day

The BPS research digest gives lots and lots of excellent dating tips for men and women.

Basically, the Psychology of pulling....


Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Lucifer Effect

Zimbardo's - good stuff for AS Social Psychology


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Friday, January 22, 2010

Milgram Stuff

All kinds of quizzes and interactives here.

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Evidence That You DO Marry Your Father...

Research here seems to indicate that Freud and Bowlby etc might be right; we do end up marrying people like our parents and maybe this is due to a template for attraction / relationships developed at an early age?

Go find and then take a good look at your parents

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Gay Men's Faces

Gay Men prefer Masculine faces

c/o of Ben W-B

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Murderous Genes

A Murderer has his sentence reduced because of 'aggression genes'? Here's where the Free Will vs Determinism debate kicks off...

More about it here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

More On Sexual Selection

Little article on Human Reproductive Behaviour

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Lots of studies and theories here - could be useful!

Bits and bobs related to understudied relationships.

Some very surprising experiments on relationships.

A summary of the formation of relationships.

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Monday, October 05, 2009

Are You Faceblind?

Go here and take part in the experiments.

And you can go here if you want to find out more about Prosopagnosia. Some interesting summaries of current research / theories / ideas etc.

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Make Yourself Sick

There are lots of woozy images out there in Perceptual Illusion land but this is one of the better ones...

Stolen from Richard Wiseman's excellent blog

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Facial Symmetry

Remember what I said about symmetry and attractiveness? Here's the test.

Get a good picture of yourself and see what happens. Print out the results and let us all see...

Here's me as I am in all my asymmetrical splendour:

And here's the mirror combinations:


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Ugliness and Aggression?

Is there really a link between how you look and how aggressive you are?

And while you're on the BPS Digest page, subscribe to it; lots of good stuff appearing all the time...

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Kevin Chappell

Here's a really good article about Kevin Chappell (from the Visual Disorders DVD)

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The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

Here's an article about him. You really should have looked here.

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Thursday, March 05, 2009


A website for AQA Psychology... worth a look...

Flipping Dancer

Which way is she turning? Can you make her turn the other way?

Ok, so it probably doesn't work on here, it does work here though...

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