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  • February 1, 2011
  • 01:50 AM

Managing the demands of professional life

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

This is the title of an article recently published and written by a psychiatrist and a cardiac surgeon. It’s about an important question not only for physicians but also for other professionals. I found their answer recognizable for most of their concepts.
In short, it’s about five concepts that can be helpful in the work of [...]

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Dickey, J., & Ungerleider, R. (2007) Managing the demands of professional life. Cardiology in the Young, 17(S2). DOI: 10.1017/S1047951107001242  

  • January 31, 2011
  • 09:36 PM

Are you becomming your mother?

by W.B. PsychCents in ionpsych

When interacting with your child, have you ever had that moment of utter shock when the words your mother said to you as a child come tumbling out of your mouth before you can stop them? At that moment, you’re … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 02:31 PM

Too Many, Too Soon?

by Lindsay in Autist's Corner

Discusses Smith and Woods's (2010) re-analysis of Thompson et al.'s (2007) data on vaccine exposure in infancy and neuropsychological outcome in later childhood, with reference to the current popular idea that early-childhood vaccination schedules call for "too many, too soon."... Read more »

Thompson WW, Price C, Goodson B, Shay DK, Benson P, Hinrichsen VL, Lewis E, Eriksen E, Ray P, Marcy SM.... (2007) Early thimerosal exposure and neuropsychological outcomes at 7 to 10 years. The New England journal of medicine, 357(13), 1281-92. PMID: 17898097  

  • January 31, 2011
  • 01:37 PM

Don’t take the long road home

by PsychBusyBee in ionpsych

Do you take the fastest way home? Are you sure? Really?

I think I take the fastest route to work. I avoid traffic and stoplights, take long straight sections, and make right turns when ever possible. However, I always end up taking a completely different path home. I can't quite say why I do this, but both seem the quickest possible way to and from work. If one route wins the morning commute, why don't I follow the same path in reverse every evening? Continue reading →... Read more »

Sadalla, E., & Magel, S. (1980) The Perception of Traversed Distance. Environment and Behavior, 12(1), 65-79. DOI: 10.1177/0013916580121005  

  • January 31, 2011
  • 12:46 PM

Occupational Therapy & the Cognitive Behavioural Approach For Pain Management – ii

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

In the first post on my commentary of Robinson, Kennedy and Harmon’s review of occupational therapy for chronic pain, I argued that they have misinterpreted the cognitive behavioural approach to pain management, and in particular, that they appear to hold an outmoded view of pain as either biological/organic or psychological, and refute the place of … Read more... Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 10:56 AM

When ‘Us vs Them’ Becomes ‘Us and Them’

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

Being treated differently because you’re a foreigner doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Research published in Psychological Science found that in just and fair organizations,  local employees were more ... Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 10:15 AM

WHO’s Sick? The WHO and cross-cultural mental health surveys

by Ida Salusky in ionpsych

As a student of clinical psychology I think it is important to have an understanding of what mental illness and wellness looks like in my own country as well as in other societies. Cross cultural research on mental health disorders … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 10:02 AM

Common Neuropsychiatric Problems in Epilepsy

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Epilepsy represents a complex neuropsychiatric condition with significant public health impact.  The prevalence estimates of active epilepsy range from about 1 to 4% of the general population.  Like other medical conditions, epilepsy appears to increase the risk for a variety of secondary (or cormorbidity problems).  Understanding these related risks can aid patients, families and clinicians in understanding symptoms, common presentation conundrums and best treatment approaches. A........ Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 08:30 AM

Most people are a bit crazy, and believers are a bit crazier than most

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

Full-blown delusions are thought to be pretty rare. By that I mean the truly bizarre delusions, like Capgras syndrome (when you think that relatives or close friends are sometimes replaced by identical-looking impostors), or Subjective Doubles (a belief that there is another person who looks and acts like you) and Controlled Thoughts (that your thoughts are not fully under your control).

It's actually quite difficult to find out just how common these kinds of delusions are. You can't just ask p........ Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Does ‘death qualification’ systematically bias our juries?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Despite reports that death penalty use and support continue to decline and stories of freed innocent prisoners,  researchers continue to explore the impact of ‘death qualification’ on the makeup of American juries. Recently, a study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, examined whether the ‘death qualification’ process in jury selection systematically excludes jurors based [...]

Related posts:Is racial bias fueling anti-Obama rhetoric?
Propaganda, Dogmatism & B........ Read more »

Summers, A., Hayward, RD, & Miller, MK. (2010) Death qualification as systematic exclusion of jurors with certain religious and other characteristics. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40(12). info:/

  • January 31, 2011
  • 03:35 AM

Closing our eyes affects our moral judgements

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

We experience emotion more intensely with our eyes closed
The simple act of closing our eyes has a significant effect on our moral judgement and behaviour. Eugene Caruso and Francesca Gino, who made the observation, think the effect has to do with mental simulation, whereby having our eyes closed causes us to simulate scenarios more vividly. In turn this triggers more intense emotion.

Throughout the study, Caruso and Gino concealed the true aim of the research from participants by telling the........ Read more »

  • January 29, 2011
  • 02:00 PM

Occupational therapy & the cognitive behavioural approach for pain management

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

I have always resisted being labelled. I am much more than my gender, my marital status, my diagnosis, my professional background.  I also feel quite uncomfortable about being told what I may or may not do (maybe that’s where my kids get it from?!). I don’t like being told what is and isn’t ‘my role’ … Read more... Read more »

  • January 29, 2011
  • 12:00 PM

Rant of the day: whales have culture no theyre just jerks like the rest of us humans

by ToonArmyMIA in If There's Grass On The Pitch

Whales, culture and three-somes... Read more »

  • January 28, 2011
  • 07:23 PM

White Matter Differences in Pre-Op Transsexuals Should NOT be the Basis for Childhood Interventions

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

Diagram showing principal systems of association fibers in the human brain. The superior longitudinal fasciculus (SLF) is labeled at the center top (marked by purple arrows).New Scientist covered two journal articles by Rametti and colleagues (2010, 2011), a group of Spanish researchers and clinicians affiliated with Unidad Trastorno Identidad de Género [Gender Identity Disorder Unit]. Using the diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) method, they initially wanted to identify any sex differences in the ........ Read more »

  • January 28, 2011
  • 06:24 PM

Premature Brain Diagnosis in Japan?

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

Nature has a disturbing article from their Asian correspondent David Cyranoski: Thought experiment. It's open access.In brief: a number of top Japanese psychiatrists have started offering a neuroimaging method called NIRS to their patients as a diagnostic tool. They claim that NIRS shows the neural signatures of different mental illnesses.The technology was approved by the Japanese authorities in April 2009, and since then it's been used on at least 300 patients, who pay $160 for the privilege. ........ Read more »

Cyranoski, D. (2011) Neuroscience: Thought experiment. Nature, 469(7329), 148-149. DOI: 10.1038/469148a  

  • January 28, 2011
  • 01:12 PM

Test the Waters, but Don’t Assume that Bias is Forever: Deepwater Hasn’t Translated to Deep Trouble for Energy Defendants

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By: Dr. Shelley Spiecker Six months after the public was riveted to press coverage of the oil spill in the Gulf, impact on energy defendants has been less doomsday than feared. In fact, this is one of the better times in the past 10 years to be an energy defendant in front of a jury. Why? Much as the spill itself appeared to dissipate more rapidly than expected, the tide of public opinion has drifted away from concern over the environmental practices of energy companies, and toward concern over ........ Read more »

  • January 28, 2011
  • 09:58 AM

STS-51L Challenger Tragedy | 25 Years Today

by Michael Lombardi in a New Life in the Sea

Twenty-five years ago this very morning (at age 6) I was sitting on a tile floor in the hallway of Martin Elementary School in Seekonk, Massachusetts watching history unfold in real-time. This school assembly followed a series of classroom lessons about space - our solar system, the moon, and exploration.
As the world turns, it often takes tragedy to so well ingrain lessons to be learned, and this case was no exception. As I sat there with three classrooms worth of schoolmates, I watc........ Read more »

  • January 28, 2011
  • 09:23 AM

Will You Win or Lose? Getting People Tested for Diabetes

by Walter Jessen in Highlight HEALTH

Do you respond better to scary messages or those telling you what you'll gain? A recent study in the UK has shown that the response is related to gender with men responding better to messages that focus on the negatives or "losses".... Read more »

  • January 28, 2011
  • 08:00 AM

Opiate Receptor Gene Promotes Sweet Tooth

by Arya M. Sharma in Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes

Ingestive behaviour is largely governed by two biological systems: the homeostatic system involving hunger and satiety and the hedonic system involving appetite and reward.
The latter system is also involved in other hedonic behaviours ranging from alcohol and recreational drug use to other “pleasurable” activities like sex, shopping, or gambling, all of which can manifest themselves [...]... Read more »

Davis C, Zai C, Levitan RD, Kaplan AS, Carter JC, Reid-Westoby C, Curtis C, Wight K, & Kennedy JL. (2011) Opiates, overeating and obesity: a psychogenetic analysis. International journal of obesity (2005). PMID: 21266954  

  • January 28, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Simply Resisting Persuasion: Digressing

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We’ve been doing our series on Simple Jury Persuasion for a while now and thought it might also be good to illustrate some of the most common ways we see people trying to resist persuasion (and then provide you ways to counter their resistance.  Researchers (and even popular writers) have studied this topic for years. [...]

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Jacks, J., & Cameron, K. (2003) Strategies for Resisting Persuasion. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 25(2), 145-161. DOI: 10.1207/S15324834BASP2502_5  

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