Book Review: The Domesticated Brain by Bruce Hood

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Star Rating: 4/5
Title: The Domesticated Brain
Author: Bruce Hood
Publisher: Pelican
Pages: 352
Genre: Non-Fiction, Psychology, Science, Biology

Where to buy: 
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What makes us social animals?
Why do we behave the way we do?
How does the brain influence our behaviour?

The brain may have initially evolved to cope with a threatening world of beasts, limited food and adverse weather, but we now use it to navigate an equally unpredictable social landscape. In The Domesticated Brain, renowned psychologist Bruce Hood explores the relationship between the brain and social behaviour, looking for clues as to origins and operations of the mechanisms that keep us bound together. 



12:00 AM

Ever since I started Psychology I have noticed that a lot of people have preconceived idea of the topic, what you learn and what exactly it involves. So I wanted to make a sort of "Psychology for Dummies" post and talk about the topic and some of the myths that surround it. I asked my boyfriend and a few family members what they thought it involved and have decided to talk about some of the things that they said. I hope you enjoy it and I hope that you learn a little something!

You Analyse Dreams and Body Language
Sorry to disappoint you but no, we don't do anything like this. In fact I have never had a lecture on body language or dreams, same as at a-level. Though, we do have to know about Sigmund Freud who is the creator of Dream analysis, we don't actually have to analyse dreams as this is a very outdated part of psychology. Body language is still around today and I do find it quite interesting to read about, but it is very subjective and not often used in Psychology.

It's an Easy Subject
If you go into Psychology thinking that it's an "easy option" you're going to struggle, especially at A-Level. One of the topics is Biological Psychology which is all about how things inside the body relate to behaviour, you have to know about the parts of the brain and how the chemicals work around it and what this does to behaviour as well as damages to parts of the brain and what this does. Furthermore, you have to know statistics which is a form of maths, incredibly difficult and hard to get your head round, especially if you don't like maths in the first place.I'll give you an example of a question which I have to answer for a piece of coursework:

"Provide an account of somatosensory perception, from the transduction of environmental energies at the skin surface to their representation in the cortex; explain two differences between discriminative and emotional somatosensation. "

There are a lot of Psychological studies that you need to know about and a lot of different research methods and ethics. It's very much more of a science nowadays than it used to be, which is why it is now classed as a bachelor of science at degree level.


Book Review: Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

9:58 PM

Star Rating: 5/5 
Title: Falling into Place
Author: Amy Zhang
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 304
Genre: Suicide, Contemporary, Mental Health, Young Adult

Where to buy: 
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On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.

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Swatch and Review: Maybelline 24 hour Color Tattoo's

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Note: The Color Tattoo with a different packaging is from a different country.
Welcome to my very first beauty related post! I was thinking about what kinds of things I look for on beauty blogs and what it is that I find helpful. Therefore, I decided to do a Swatch and Review series! I will show you the color in as many ways as I can in order to give you a good idea of what the colour is like as well as a review of my opinions of the product. For my first Swatch and Review I have decided to do... Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo's.


Most Anticipated Books of 2015

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That's right. I am jumping on the band wagon and making one of these, as you guys may know I have a strange mixture of genres and books that I like, so I thought that I would show you my top ten most anticipated releases of 2015. I won't be writing about why or anything because they all just sound like something I would enjoy, these are in order of release rather than most anticipated as I couldn't chose! I will include a bit of detail as well as synopsis on the book, hope you enjoy and link me if you have one of your own!

Note: Release Dates are according to

I was here by Gayle Foreman

Release Date: January 29th, 2015.

This characteristically powerful novel follows eighteen-year-old Cody Reynolds in the months following her best friend's shocking suicide. As Cody numbly searches for answers as to why Meg took her own life, she begins a journey of self-discovery which takes her to a terrifying precipice, and forces her to question not only her relationship with the Meg she thought she knew, but her own understanding of life, love, death and forgiveness.

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Serial Killer Sunday #5

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Warning: Do not read these posts if you are easily affected by gore/abuse. Read at your own risk.

Kicking off 2015 with a feature that I have had quite a few compliments on but had started to neglect *boo* so I am bringing it back! I hope you all enjoy this Serial Killer Sunday as this one is quite an interesting case; this Serial Killer suffered from a mental illness called Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy in which a carer exaggerates, creates or induces symptoms of an illness in themselves or other people in order to gain attention from medical staff. Some of you may now be aware of who this is but if you do not you are about to be incredibly disturbed. Be warned, if you are a mother with young children or you have young children in your life that you are close to, you may want to give this one a miss.
Year's active: 1991
Number of Killings: 4 Deaths, Attempted murder and harm of 22 others.
Killing method: Police were unable to establish exactly how all the attacks were carried out, but large doses of insulin were found in at least two victims.
Year caught: 1991
Where now: Rampton High Security Psychiatric Hospital in Nottinghamshire, England

Beverley Allitt was born in 1968 in Lincolnshire, England. She had two sisters and a brother which she lived with along with her parents. She left school at the age of 16 to take a course in nursing at Grantham College near to where she lived. She had repeatedly failed her nursing exams and also had a history of excessive sick leave, however, she was hired at an excessively understaffed hospital for a six month trial period. Beverley suffered from a mental illness called Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy in which a carer exaggerates, creates or induces symptoms of an illness in