Tag Archives: Evidenced based action

A BBC bias towards reductionist account of autism?

Has anyone, the BBC itself included, any clue as to why the BBC’s Today programme reported on a study which points to new genetic risks for autism but failed to cover the New Scientist’s piece, several weeks ago, on the … Continue reading

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Flowers (of Co-op infamy) and the validity of psychometric testing

The FT August 8, 2014 reported on the Co-op’s corporate governance overhaul. It reported that the former methodist minister, Paul Flowers was branded “unqualified” for the role following the bank’s near collapse. The most important revelation, however, from a psychologist’s perspective … Continue reading

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Infants’ atypical hand use and autism: consequence, cause or concomitant?

The journal Child Development recently reported the results of a study by Libertus and others into the the onset and functional implications of differences in early motor development of infants later diagnosed as autistic.  They noted that “atypical motor behaviors … Continue reading

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BPS condemns expert’s action-research practice.

Faigman argues that as a general matter the various types of expert testimony courts see can be divided roughly into five categories. In summary: In the first category are experts who propose to testify to a general or specific scientific … Continue reading

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Teaching, performance related pay and the real world!

Some believe that education is a business like any other and therefore not only should its primary beneficiaries -that is successful pupils- be rewarded with starred performance ratings but so should those responsible for enabling such successes -that is their … Continue reading

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Obsorne’s Autumn Budget: how can the same facts be cited as evidence for opposing interpretations?

It would seem from reports about George Osborne’s recent Autumn Budget, that there was little dispute over the facts on the economy. However, whilst the Tories cited the facts as supporting evidence for a ‘more of the same’ policy, Labour … Continue reading

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What do the global financial crisis, Lance Armstrong, Jimmy Savile and the British Psychological Society have in common?

What have the following in common? The global financial crisis; Lance Armstrong; MPs’ expenses, the press phone hacking and the Jimmy Savile scandals; the list is almost endless. The, perhaps, non-obvious answer is they are all instances of systemic failure within institutions … Continue reading

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Learning: a cause or a consequence of being able to do?

‘Learning’ is an epiphenomenon: it is a descriptive label we assign to those changes in thinking, feeling or doing we believe are the result of experience. The antithesis of ‘learning’ is ‘instinct’. Whenever we say behaviour is instinctive we are … Continue reading

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Finger function or infants’ precision vs whole hand grasp: a previously unknown understanding?

Jeff Loucks and A. Sommerville published an article on-line on The Role of Motor Experience in Understanding Action Function: The Case of the Precision Grasp. In the article they stated that a habituation paradigm assessed 10-month-old infants’ (N = 62) … Continue reading

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Andrea Pecherek, chartered psychologist and Bond Solon expert witness, blocks diagnosis and treatment of latent /converted handedness

Andrea Pecherek, a British Psychological Society (BPsS) and Bond Solon expert witness, has prevented all chartered psychologists in the UK from gaining expertise in recognizing, diagnosing and managing latent and converted handedness. Pecherek has done so from her erstwhile position … Continue reading

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