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  • January 29, 2012
  • 03:31 PM

8 Tips for Developing Preventive Interventions for Children Exposed to Acute Medical Events

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

As a field, we have made significant progress in developing models and identifying key risk factors associated with the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children who experience acute medical traumatic events. Additionally, we have given much attention to the evaluation of preventive interventions. However, a standard process for the development of preventive interventions is less clear.
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Kazak AE, Kassam-Adams N, Schneider S, Zelikovsky N, Alderfer MA, & Rourke M. (2006) An integrative model of pediatric medical traumatic stress. Journal of pediatric psychology, 31(4), 343-55. PMID: 16093522  

  • January 29, 2012
  • 02:46 PM

Reading the mind’s eye: Online detection of visuo-spatial working memory and visual imagery in the inferior temporal lobe

by Julien Colomb in neuro JC

Posted on behalf of Jaime Martinez:
The authors of the present work studied the extent to which visual brain regions participate in non-sensory cognitive processes of visual representation. To this end, they evaluated the role of ventral visual pathway areas in visual imagery and working memory by analyzing intracerebral EEG recordings from the left inferior temporal [...]... Read more »

  • January 29, 2012
  • 03:28 AM

2011 Orwellian Prize for Journalistic Misrepresentation

by Dorothy Bishop in bishopblog

The Orwellian Prize was set up to identify bad science journalism. The winner for 2011 contains a spectacular number of errors in reporting on a paper about cannabinoid receptors in rats.... Read more »

  • January 29, 2012
  • 02:33 AM

SPSP 2012: How does culture change over time?

by Psych Your Mind in Psych Your Mind

Today's "Cultural Change Over Time" symposium was a perfect example of why I enjoy SPSP so much: The talks involved (1) compelling research questions answered using (2) innovative methods. Anyway, the general question the researchers of this symposium attempted to answer was "How can we tell if culture is changing across time?" The answers might surprise you!

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  • January 29, 2012
  • 01:56 AM

Drunken Escape Fuels Much Male Suicide

by ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

Many men who commit suicide could be described as impulsive and in terms of what they seemingly, actually responded to, over the top. Shniedman (1993)called it 'psychache'. Here, Coleman et al. (2011) draw from Baumeister's 'escape theory' to jam together impulsivity, alcohol misuse and lots and lots of anger to conclude that many suicidal men get stuck on a thought, that is, the thought that they must die. Supposedly, this painted into a bad corner montage was inspired ........ Read more »

Coleman, D., Kaplan, M., & Casey, J. (2011) The Social Nature of Male Suicide: A New Analytic Model. International Journal of Men's Health, 10(3), 240-252. DOI: 10.3149/jmh.1003.240  

  • January 28, 2012
  • 07:28 PM

SPSP 2012: Social Relationships Round-up

by Psych Your Mind in Psych Your Mind

Here at SPSP 2012 I’ve been enjoying the sunny, warm weather, eating more than I should and sleeping less, and gathering interesting tidbits of information about social relationships from across the talks and posters that I’ve seen. Here are a few of the findings that stood out to me:
Physical instability can lead to perceptions of relationship instability. One set of researchers had people in romantic relationships sit in either a stable chair or a very slightly wobbly chair and thos........ Read more »

  • January 28, 2012
  • 07:19 PM

The 1% Do Not Appreciate Your Favors

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

The economic debate on inequality largely focuses on the question of economic mobility  – Does rising inequality make it harder for families to move up in society? A new study on power by M. Ena Inesi, Deborah Gruenfeld, and Adam Galinsky may hint at another social consequence of inequality. They discovered new evidence that a [...]... Read more »

Inese, M.E., Gruenfeld, D.H, and Galinsky, A.D. (2012) How Power Corrupts Relationships: Cynical Attributions for Others’ Generous Acts. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. info:/

  • January 28, 2012
  • 04:53 AM


by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

Today was the sixth anniversary of this blog. I'm not much for meta-blogging or general chattiness, but I thought I would highlight the nine posts (out of 700) with the most comments. Thank you for your support over the years, and keep the comments coming.9. Friston Is Freudian - Friday, March 12, 2010Neuropsychoanalysis is in the news again because of the recent publication of Neural correlates of the psychedelic state as determined by fMRI studies with psilocybin. In 2010, first author Carha........ Read more »

Edward Vul, Christine Harris, Piotr Winkielman, . (2009) Voodoo Correlations in Social Neuroscience. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

  • January 28, 2012
  • 02:48 AM

SPSP2012: Watchdogs, Witch-hunts, and What to do about False-Positive Findings

by Psych Your Mind in Psych Your Mind

In a recent trend, the field of social-personality psychology has become sensitive to the data reporting and analytic strategies that go into the publication of a research paper. Today at the “False Positive Findings are Frequent Findable and Fixable” symposium at SPSP the three speakers presented some very polarizing observations about this trend in our field.

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  • January 27, 2012
  • 07:00 PM

Magic Mushrooms Found to Be Therapeutic

by United Academics in United Academics

As it turns out, magic mushrooms don’t actually expand your brain, they contract it. But that’s not a bad thing. In fact, two new studies from the UK have revealed that psilocybin, the active ingredient found in magic mushrooms, could actually help treat depression... Read more »

Carhart-Harris, R., Erritzoe, D., Williams, T., Stone, J., Reed, L., Colasanti, A., Tyacke, R., Leech, R., Malizia, A., Murphy, K.... (2012) Neural correlates of the psychedelic state as determined by fMRI studies with psilocybin. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1119598109  

  • January 27, 2012
  • 02:57 PM

When Psychologists Take Things Too Literally

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

Thankfully, in brainstorming meetings where I'm asked to "think outside the box," no one has ever put me in an actual box. That's not true of the undergrads who volunteered for a recent psychology study.

Angela Leung, a researcher in Singapore, and her colleagues in the United States were studying a phenomenon called "embodied cognition." The idea is that a brain can't help being influenced by the body it's stuck inside. Feelings can run backward: We might be smiling because we're happy, or ........ Read more »

Angela Leung, Suntae Kim, Evan Polman, See Lay, Link Qiu, Jack Goncalo, & Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks. (2012) Embodied Metaphors and Creative "Acts". Psychological Science. info:/

  • January 27, 2012
  • 01:13 PM

The life-long curse of an unpopular name

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Receiving an unpopular name can have lifelong consequences, according to new research

Making assumptions about someone based on their name is ridiculous. A few attention-seeking celebrities aside, most of us were given our names, rather than choosing them, so why should they be any indicator of the kind of person we are? And yet a new European study claims that people with unfashionable first names suffer from prejudice, with life-long implications for their self-esteem and well-being.

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  • January 27, 2012
  • 10:10 AM

Oxford University Censor First Broadcast of Lecture That Resulted in Censuring of Prof. Nutt, Former UK Government Drugs Advisor

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

Watch the full video of the lecture and uncover what was in the slides censored for "copyright reasons"... Read more »

Nutt, D. (2009) Estimating drug harms: a risky business?. Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. info:/

Halpern JH, Sherwood AR, Hudson JI, Gruber S, Kozin D, & Pope HG Jr. (2011) Residual neurocognitive features of long-term ecstasy users with minimal exposure to other drugs. Addiction (Abingdon, England), 106(4), 777-86. PMID: 21205042  

Carhart-Harris, R., Erritzoe, D., Williams, T., Stone, J., Reed, L., Colasanti, A., Tyacke, R., Leech, R., Malizia, A., Murphy, K.... (2012) Neural correlates of the psychedelic state as determined by fMRI studies with psilocybin. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1119598109  

Editorial team. (2010) The EMCDDA annual report 2010: the state of the drugs problem in Europe. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, also published in Euro surveillance :European communicable disease bulletin, 15(46). PMID: 21144426  

  • January 27, 2012
  • 09:30 AM

Are Wallabies Left or Right Handed? Both! (Sometimes)

by Jason Goldman in The Thoughtful Animal

Which limb do you prefer? If you’re like most members of our species, you prefer your right hand for most tasks. If you’re like a smaller minority of our species, you might prefer your left hand. Very, very few of us are truly ambidextrous. Most of us have at least a minor preference for one [...]

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  • January 27, 2012
  • 09:06 AM

Have you been blogging lately?

by EE Giorgi in CHIMERAS

I have to admit I'm obsessed with social networking. I have a love-hate relationship with the whole thing. Until last year I would've sworn I'd never jump the "networking" fence. My thoughts: "There's enough background noise already on the Internet." And: "I've got nothing interesting today."Whether my posts are background noise or not, I'll leave it to you guys to decide, but I'm myself appalled by the fact that I've been blogging since last July and recently surpassed the threshold of 100 post........ Read more »

Cha, M., Pérez, J., & Haddadi, H. (2011) The spread of media content through blogs. Social Network Analysis and Mining. DOI: 10.1007/s13278-011-0040-x  

  • January 27, 2012
  • 07:02 AM

Pretrial publicity & bias: Take a look at the age of your jurors!

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Despite the Supreme Court ruling [Skilling v US] that pretrial publicity [PTP] does not bias the public perception and limit the right to a fair trial, most of us who have experienced the impact of pretrial publicity disagree. It is an accepted truism that older people are more conservative than younger people. So it’s interesting to [...]
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  • January 27, 2012
  • 02:02 AM

Genes and criminality

by Suzanne Elvidge in Genome Engineering

We’ve heard that there might be a link between genes and creativity and genes and psychopathy – might there also be a link between genes and criminality?... Read more »

  • January 27, 2012
  • 01:38 AM

SPSP 2012: Oxytocin, Threat, and the “Mama Bear Effect”

by Psych Your Mind in Psych Your Mind

“Oxytocin may be critically involved in both ethnocentrism
and parochial altruism.”
de Dreu, University of Amsterdam

Long called the “Love Hormone,” the hormone oxytocin has
been implicated for more than a decade in such prosocial activities as empathy,
trust, and generosity (with both human and animal models). At the social
neuroendocrinology pre-conference at this year’s SPSP conference, some
influential researchers in the field of social psychology laid out why oxyto........ Read more »

De Dreu CK, Greer LL, Handgraaf MJ, Shalvi S, Van Kleef GA, Baas M, Ten Velden FS, Van Dijk E, & Feith SW. (2010) The neuropeptide oxytocin regulates parochial altruism in intergroup conflict among humans. Science (New York, N.Y.), 328(5984), 1408-11. PMID: 20538951  

  • January 27, 2012
  • 12:00 AM

Why Are Some Scientists More Innovative Than Others?

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Given that the main purpose of education is to prepare people for some type of professional role, I think it’s a bit odd that there is such a big gap between our emphasis on creating a good 1960′s-style elementary school education and our emphasis on creating post-college professional skills. I suspect this is largely a [...]... Read more »

  • January 26, 2012
  • 08:09 PM

Narcissism Drains Men's Credibility

by ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

If you look at narcissism as being driven by men with fragile egos who act ever so defensively to hide the shame within you, in common with Reinhard et al. (2012), would have no trouble in claiming that the resultant defensiveness would lead to a rise in cortisol levels. However, cortisol is a chemical associated with many human emotions, from fear to rage, and narcissism is a troubled personality trait to which even the decidedly catholic DSM-V wants to bar entry...... Read more »

Reinhard, D., Konrath, S., Lopez, W. . (2012) Expansive Egos: Narcissistic Males Have Higher Cortisol. PLOS One, 7(1). info:/

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