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New Blog, Moving There

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Our School has set up a new blog for psychology at University of Gloucestershire, which can be found here:
University of Gloucestershire Psychology Blog
Going forward I’ll tend to post there more than here (and try to post more often). I’ll still use this blog for more personal posts or other views too strong to be associated with the University name 🙂

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Written by daijones

February 17, 2014 at 7:05 pm

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Link: Medicalising female sexuality

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There was a nice piece in the Guardian recently talking about the ongoing project to medicalise, medicate and control female sexuality. A short and easy read that touches on the main problems, though more depth would be nice:
Invasion of the marauding nymphomaniacs

Written by daijones

June 2, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Facebook group for issues in psychology

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I went to the HEA/BPS History & Philosophy of Psychology section annual conference, and delivered a session in the preceding workshop on teaching conceptual and historical issues in psychology. It occurred to me that there wasn’t really an online forum for sharing ideas, resources etc in the teaching of conceptual and historical issues, so I set up a Facebook group to hopefully act as such a forum. It’s an open group which anyone can join, check it out here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Conhistissues/

From the group description:
“Back in the good old days the Higher Education Academy’s Psychology Network had a page for resources in Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology (CHIP). Unfortunately the Psychology Network fell victim to the cuts, and the page went with it. At a recent professional development day on teaching CHIP co-hosted by the BPS History & Philosophy of Psychology section and the HEA, there was a discussion of how the teaching of CHIP could be enhanced. Restoring the lost facility for sharing resources seemed useful, as did providing a forum to facilitate discussion. That is the purpose of this group. Feel free to join and lurk, ask questions, join discussions, share ideas, and post useful links or other resources.”

Written by daijones

May 4, 2013 at 10:52 pm

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Link: Levenson on science reporting

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Useful summary of the Levenson’s enquiry comments on science reporting in the press. Levenson is more upbeat than the commenter, but makes a particularly interesting observation about how the search for “balance” can lead to a mis-representation of scientific evidence:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/the-lay-scientist/2012/nov/29/leveson-inquiry-science-scepticism

Written by daijones

November 30, 2012 at 12:18 am

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Link: On female sexual dysfunction

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I’ve spoken about female sexual dysfunction as a problematic diagnostic category in lectures: driven by pharmaceutical companies, medicalising the psychological, and reducing a complex nexus of social, psychological and biological factors to an issue in the brain chemistry of individuals. There’s a nice paper here tracing the history of the development of the concept, while also discussing the relationship between feminist critiques and psychiatry/psychoanalysis:
http://hhs.sagepub.com/content/25/4/3.full.pdf

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October 21, 2012 at 1:11 am

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Link: conversion therapy

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Nearly forty years after the APA decided homosexuality wasn’t a mental illness after all, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy finally tells its members that conversion therapy to “cure” homosexuality is unethical. What’s more shocking is that therapists – particularly those driven by religious belief – are still offering conversion therapy.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/oct/01/conversion-therapy-gay-patients-unethical

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October 11, 2012 at 12:12 am

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Link: Colonial views of the other

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I’ve talked in lectures about the social context of the 19th Century, and the way in which psychology emerged in part as a way of justifying the ongoing colonial project, particularly by developing techniques to establish the inferiority of indigenous peoples. This piece gives a little background to that colonial view, and shows its impact in recent history:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/08/empire-torture-kenya-catastrophe-europe

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October 9, 2012 at 3:14 am