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Rosenhan Experiment

Here is the video we watched in class this week about the Rosenhan experiment.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Here are some helpful links to help you better understand what CBT is:

However, be careful to assess what you read and not to blindly believe everything you read on the net!  Make sure nothing contradicts your textbook, coz that’s what the exam is based on!


Some people seem to be struggling with the definition of ‘Allostasis’.  Hopefully this will help!


Allostasis is the process of achieving stability, or homeostasis, through physiological or behavioral change.  This can be carried out by means of alteration in HPA axis hormones, the autonomic nervous system, or a number of other systems, and is generally adaptive in the short term.  Allostasis is essential in order to maintain internal viability amid changing conditions.

Don’t stop questioning


Brain On Brain

Hat anyone?

SAC Test – Things to Know

Here are the things you need to know for the SAC 1st Friday back:


Biopsychosocial framework

What is normal?  What are the ways we classify normal?


What are the differences between mental health and mental illness?

Approaches to classifying mental illness

How are the DSM IV & ICD-10 used?

What do the different axis in the DSM mean?

Rosenham’s study

GAS (stop giggling Amy!)

Fight/flight response

Eustress vs distress

Different models of coping with stress/how stress works/how it can relate to depression

Crowding and it’s relation to stress


Neurotransmitters associated with stress/mental health issues

Freud’s theory of anxiety disorders

How do SSRIs work (in the treatment of depression)?

Seligman’s theory of learned helplessness

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)


Remember, there are plenty of online resources to help you, you don’t just have to rely on your textbook.  Check out online psychological dictionaries for really helpful definitions.  I linked to one in an earlier post.

Good luck!

found in the readers digest


Meme Method

The scientific method explained through memes.


Academic Searches

Hey guys.

I found this!  Very useful!

It’s a search engine (al la google) but for academic stuff.

You can use this instead of google for internet searching where you need more reliable, academic information (eg for school!)

I haven’t played with it heaps, but it looks good so far.  Let me know how you go with it.