Monthly Archives: August 2012


Perspective on cannabis dependence and IQ

Posted 29 August 2012 by Suzi Gage

Reports from various news outlets have been discussing a paper published a couple of days ago in PNAS. The paper investigates cannabis dependence, and it’s relation to change in IQ. Media articles have interpreted these findings as ‘cannabis use is harmful to adolescent brains, but not afterwards’. Now, before I go on, I should say that I’m not disputing that this may be the case, but I don’t think this paper provides as strong evidence as is being reported, for... Read more

Are women in science ambitious enough?

Posted 6 August 2012 by Suzi Gage

As a psychology undergraduate, gender bias is something I’ve always noticed in science. 90% of my intake year were female. But this gender difference was in no way reflected by the teaching staff we learned from. At the time (and it was a while ago now), I assumed it was a hangover from the ‘bad old days’; there were unlikely to be many really senior women, as when they were my age they wouldn’t have had as easy access to... Read more