Mental Illness: Demons or Dopamine? Psychological or Spiritual?

As a student of Psychology at the University of Surrey (I am now an Alumnus) and a Christian, the debates surrounding mental illness are unending between the two dichotomous yet unified concepts. I think what fuels the debate even more for me, is coming from a Nigerian background. I love my country, but we have … Continue reading Mental Illness: Demons or Dopamine? Psychological or Spiritual?

BYA Training at Legal and General

A review of the day is below from BYA Ambassador Kanayo Dike-Oduah who is now a 2nd year Psychology student and teacher of Science. Read what she had to say - “ While most Londoners were preparing for the 2012 Olympic Ceremony, the BYA Ambassadors were busy being trained by prominent staff at Legal and General. … Continue reading BYA Training at Legal and General

Britain ‘United’ for the Queens Diamond Jubilee

2012 is definitely going to be a year marked down in history for the UK. Not because the 'world is going to end' according to the same folk who previously predicted the end of the world. Lets just say, that theory has been falsified too many times, and hopefully it'll continue to be for a … Continue reading Britain ‘United’ for the Queens Diamond Jubilee

‘In an era of genetics, are psychological studies of environmental influences irrelevant?’

The term ‘era of genetics’ emphasises the fact that we have been living in a period of genetics right from the time of the famous scientist Mendel, who first looked at genetic inheritance in the offspring of plants and now we are able to apply his theory and understand why we as humans inherit particular … Continue reading ‘In an era of genetics, are psychological studies of environmental influences irrelevant?’

What is personality? To what extent is personality a product of genetic influences?

The study of personality lies within the broader context of the interplay between human nature and individual differences. It identifies human nature as a set of qualities that are characterized to all humans, in other words what humans have in common and are genetically equipped with from birth (Hergenhahn, 2011). In contrast, individual differences is … Continue reading What is personality? To what extent is personality a product of genetic influences?

A comparison and evaluation of the nativist and empiricist views of infant perception.

The study of infant perception lies within the broader context of developmental Psychology, more specifically children’s development. Perception is about how the brain interprets sensory stimuli detected by various body receptors. There are multi-causal factors that influence a child’s perceptual ability. These factors are found and sometimes overlap between the two key approaches; Empiricist and … Continue reading A comparison and evaluation of the nativist and empiricist views of infant perception.

Book review of ‘Obedience to authority: An experimental view by Stanley Milgram (1974)

The study of obedience lies within the broader context of social psychology. Obedience is a universal phenomena, it exists everywhere but has often been overlooked and overshadowed by studies of conformity. Thankfully, Stanley Milgram’s work disentangles the key components of obedience, and eradicates the myths attached to it. Milgram is seen as a pioneer of … Continue reading Book review of ‘Obedience to authority: An experimental view by Stanley Milgram (1974)