August 8, 2010 by Cara Flanagan.
The excellent BBC radio series about case studies in psychology is returning this week and is about Henry Molaison (HM) – on Wednesday 11 August at 11 am. You can find details here. The blurb in the Radio Times says ‘In 1953, after a brain operation to cure his epilepsy, Henry Molaison was left unable to form new memories. But he was happy that others would benefit from the research conducted into his condition; he was happy every time he was told about it because it was always news to him. Recordings of Molaison made before he died in 2008 make this a particularly poignant programme. Claudia Hammond talks to the scientists who studied him and got to know him, though, sadly, he never got to know them.’
The programme also covers the story of HM’s brain after his death – which you can read about here. Provokes some interesting ethical questions about a person who couldn’t give informed consent.
The previous case studies series covered Kitty Genovese, The Wild Boy of Aveyron, The Man with the Hole in his Head and Little Hans. Some of these can be downloaded from Psychexchange, see here.
October 30, 2008 by Cara Flanagan.
BBC radio 4 has been running an interesting series called Am I normal? One of the programmes looks at Working Memory and what is normal in terms of how people can use there working memories. Have a look here. Research suggests that working meory is the single most important predictor of later academic success – the big question then is, how can you improve your working memory?
September 23, 2008 by Adrian Frost.
In terms of ‘memory practicals’ I never get much beyond reading out lists of random numbers in class. Next time I’ll have a look at the BBC online memory test. It’s great for illustrating the multiple components and active processing elements of working memory and even has a brief stab at testing the long-term store. Respondents also get individual feedback, placed in the context of wider theory. On top of that, the data is being gathered as part of a larger research project so respondents get a chance to compare their results to everyone elses and to be part of a ‘proper’ psychological research programme.
July 18, 2008 by Cara Flanagan.
Speaking of nature and nurture, there is a three part series starting this week on BBC 1, called The Making of Me. It looks at three well known people – the hurdler Colin Jackson, the violin virtuoso Vanessa Mae and the gay star of Torchwood, John Barrowman – and asks ‘What made these people, was it their genes or was it events during their childhood which determined their unusual skills and attributes’? The first programme is on Thursday 25 July. If you are reading this in September you might still be able to pick the programmes up on BBCi or try psychclips.