Eating Disorders Awareness Week

This week  is Eating Disorders Awareness Week. As many of you will already know (especially those doing Eating behaviours at A2), eating disorders are a serious, life-threatening problem in the UK. 1.6 million people here are affected and there are more fatalities from this condition than any other mental illness. AN is the most well known eating […]

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Neural mechanisms

After a query from a student in our forum, I sent the following question to AQA: In the AQA A Psychology specification there are several references to ‘neural mechanisms’. In the mark schemes these are explicitly linked to brain mechanisms (e.g. see question 5, June 2011 PSYA3). However the term ‘neural’ is defined as ‘of, […]

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Meat for sex

Meat was an important source of nutrition for ancestral humans (as it is today, MacDonalds aside). It has been suggested that the importance of meat meant that men often traded it for other favours such as forging allegiances or for sex  (Stanford, 1999 – see pages 101, 130 and 131 of our A2 Complete Companion). […]

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Obese newborns

Research in the USA is showing up a link between obese pregnant women and their babies’ body fat composition.  This might not seem surprising, but the concern is that being born with a higher proportion of fat could lead to future adult health disorders for these newborn babies. And the proportion of obese adults, whether […]

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