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  • October 4, 2010
  • 12:03 PM

Cycloserine Speeds Therapy Effects in OCD

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

There is considerable interest in methods to speed up the effects of treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).  Exposure and response prevention are key therapy interventions for OCD and these treatments have significant evidence-based support for effectiveness.  A recent study examined whether the drug d-cycloserine can boost the effect of standard behavior therapy in OCD.D-cycloserine (DCS) is an antibiotic that appears to have cognitive effects that "facilitates fear extin........ Read more »

Chasson GS, Buhlmann U, Tolin DF, Rao SR, Reese HE, Rowley T, Welsh KS, & Wilhelm S. (2010) Need for speed: evaluating slopes of OCD recovery in behavior therapy enhanced with d-cycloserine. Behaviour research and therapy, 48(7), 675-9. PMID: 20362975  

  • October 4, 2010
  • 10:00 AM

Can Video Games Be Used in Health Care? (VG Series Part 5/10)

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

Part 5 of my series examining research evidence for the value of video games. This time: video games that have been made for patient care and training doctors.... Read more »

Kato, P. (2010) Video games in health care: Closing the gap. Review of General Psychology, 14(2), 113-121. DOI: 10.1037/a0019441  

  • October 4, 2010
  • 09:36 AM

To Catch A Cat, You Need To Fry A Chicken

by Jason Goldman in The Thoughtful Animal

Whether you're a dog, a cat, or a grad student who hasn't been home to shower for a few days, fleas are a major problem. They make skin itch. And NOTHING is worse than itchy skin.


Do you know WHERE the fleas are? Where they like to hang out and guard their little flea eggs? Where's the best place for a flea to get a decent night's sleep, or a delicious snack? These are important questions. Lucky for us, Hsu, Hsu, and Wu of the Department of Entomology at National Taiwan University ha........ Read more »

Hsu MH, Hsu TC, & Wu WJ. (2002) Distribution of cat fleas (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) on the cat. Journal of medical entomology, 39(4), 685-8. PMID: 12144305  

  • October 4, 2010
  • 09:07 AM

Choices Shape Preferences

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

It been proven that after you make a choice, you adjust your opinion to think better of the option you chose. Now a study published in Psychological Science has found ... Read more »

Sharot, T., Velasquez, C.M., & Dolan, R.J. (2010) Do decisions shape preference?: evidence from blind choice. Psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science/APS. PMID: 20679522  

  • October 4, 2010
  • 08:52 AM

Is daycare good for my child? Daycare effects on school performance.

by Nestor Lopez-Duran PhD in Child-Psych

Monday’s briefs: Quick musing on child related research. One drawback of our culture of individualism is that it perpetuates the myth that we all have equal opportunities for success and that the only thing that is needed to achieve our goals is personal effort. The research on environmental contributions to academic and professional success strongly [...]... Read more »

Geoffroy, M., Côté, S., Giguère, C., Dionne, G., Zelazo, P., Tremblay, R., Boivin, M., & Séguin, J. (2010) Closing the gap in academic readiness and achievement: the role of early childcare. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2010.02316.x  

  • October 4, 2010
  • 04:20 AM

The allure of the lady (and man) in red

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

When female chimps are nearing ovulation they display red on their bodies. Male chimps respond by masturbating and attempting to mount them. A new study claims we humans have moved on from this, but not a lot. Daniela Kayser's team found that when a lady wears red it prompts men to ask her more intimate questions and to sit closer to her. Surprisingly, this is the first time that the effect of colour on human sexual attraction behaviour has been studied. Past research has relied on asking partic........ Read more »

Niesta Kayser, D., Elliot, A., & Feltman, R. (2010) Red and romantic behavior in men viewing women. European Journal of Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.757  

  • October 3, 2010
  • 05:58 PM

Psycasm - Being Blonde. Natural or otherwise...

by Rift in Psycasm

[Wherein our Hero considers the consequences of being Blonde. Notes for femme fatale bank-robbers...]
So this was a topic I received via twitter, or perhaps I was being alerted to a finding via twitter... in any event I've decided to run with it.
The tweet was referencing the degree of eye-contact men make with women who have different coloured hair. Though I couldn't find an article; (read more)

Source: Rift - Discipline: Psychology... Read more »

  • October 3, 2010
  • 03:34 PM

Marijuana and Memory

by Dirk Hanson in Addiction Inbox

Do certain strains make you more forgetful?
Cannabis snobs have been known to argue endlessly about the quality of the highs produced by their favorite varietals: Northern Lights, Hawaiian Haze, White Widow, etc. Among dedicated potheads, debates about the effects of specific cannabis strains are often overheated, and, ultimately, kind of boring. It's a bit like listening to a discussion of whether the wine in question evinces a woody aftertaste or is, instead, redolent of elderberries. For mos........ Read more »

  • October 3, 2010
  • 05:16 AM

Young Men Exposed to the Abortion Experience

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

Using a narrative interview approach, Hallden and Christensson (2010)document the lived experiences of 10 young men in Sweden, whose girlfriends had procured an abortion. Central to how those young men reacted to that abortion process, was a strong desire to be as supportive as they possibly could be of their girlfriends. ... Read more »

  • October 3, 2010
  • 04:13 AM

Physiognomy of Statesmen

by John Wayland in The Darwin Tribune

Physiognomy is a debunked pseudo-science which claimed to describe characterisics solely from the face. The Illusrated Annuals of Phrenology & Physiognomy (1866) define Physiognomy as the "science of external forms in their relation to internal organisation and character,"  In 1886, Samuel Wells edited a paper suggesting characteristics of statesmen at the time, and what characteristics a statesman would need in order to be an effective man of the people. Wells (1889) initially maintains that ........ Read more »

Highfield R, Wiseman R, & Jenkins R. (2009) In Your Face. New Scientist, 201(2695), 28-32. info:/

  • October 2, 2010
  • 05:32 AM

Inhabitiveness: Its Definition, Location, and Adaptation, Together with the Importance of the having a Home

by John Wayland in The Darwin Tribune

At this time of year, as the weather turns colder and the nights become longer, one can't help but be thankful for our home. Some people never leave home, and some miss it terribly so. In contrast some don't, and do not care about their home, why is this? Today's article is concerned with the home, the importance of owning a home, and characteristics, even animal characteristics, that can be given to homeowners in order to understand what kind of home they might build and where. A........ Read more »

O.S. Fowler. (1818) Inhabitiveness: Its Definition, Location, and Adaptation, Together with the Importance of the having a Home. American Phrenological Journal and Miscellany, 55-61. info:/

  • October 1, 2010
  • 07:35 PM

Grunting During a Tennis Shot May Provide a Competitive Advantage

by Michael Long in Phased

Scott Sinnett (University of Hawaii, United States) and Alan Kingstone (University of British Columbia, Canada) have scientifically tested whether or not a controversial tennis practice is distracting to the opponent. This news feature was written on October 1, 2010.... Read more »

  • October 1, 2010
  • 12:26 PM

Sex, Evolution, and the Case of the Missing Polygamists

by Eric Michael Johnson in The Primate Diaries in Exile

The latest stop in the #PDEx tour is being hosted at Psychology Today by Sex at Dawn:There is no greater mystery in human evolution than the origins of our sexuality. Following the trail of clues available researchers have independently concluded that humans evolved through systems of monogamy, polygyny, as well as polyamory. However only one can be the culprit and, like a detective interrogating multiple suspects, the solution ultimately depends on which account you're willing to believe. Last ........ Read more »

  • October 1, 2010
  • 12:02 PM


by sandygautam in The Mouse Trap

Image via Wikipedia I have written previously about CNV’s and how de novo CNV’s have been recently shown to correlate with disorders like autism and schizophrenia. I have also been militantly proposing that autism and psychosis are diametrically opposed disorders and have been gladdened to find that recent CNV data support that hypothesis.  I reportedRating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)... Read more »

Williams, N., Zaharieva, I., Martin, A., Langley, K., Mantripragada, K., Fossdal, R., Stefansson, H., Stefansson, K., Magnusson, P., & Gudmundsson, O. (2010) Rare chromosomal deletions and duplications in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: a genome-wide analysis. The Lancet. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(10)61109-9  

  • October 1, 2010
  • 10:25 AM

Science or Sciencey [part 4]

by Daniel Simons in The Invisible Gorilla

The final part of a 4-part series examining what happens when science is used for marketing (using brain-training software as the central example). ... Read more »

Edwards JD, Delahunt PB, & Mahncke HW. (2009) Cognitive speed of processing training delays driving cessation. The journal of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences, 64(12), 1262-1267. PMID: 19726665  

  • October 1, 2010
  • 07:33 AM

do boys need more language help than girls?

by Chris in The Lousy Linguist

No.But that's the conclusion of the anonymous journalist/stenographer from the Science Daily who wrote the recent story Building Language Skills More Critical for Boys Than Girls, Research Suggests. The author states Developing language skills appears to be more important for boys than girls in helping them to develop self-control and, ultimately, succeed in school.Unfortunately I cannot find the original article (citation below) freely available, so all I have to go on is the brief description ........ Read more »

  • October 1, 2010
  • 05:17 AM

Genes for ADHD, eh?

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

The first direct evidence of a genetic link to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder has been found, a study says.Wow! That's the headline. What's the real story?The research was published in The Lancet, and it's brought to you by Wilson et al from Cardiff University: Rare chromosomal deletions and duplications in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.The authors looked at copy-number variations (CNVs) in 410 children with ADHD, compared to 1156 healthy controls. A CNV is simply a catch-al........ Read more »

N. M. Williams et al. (2010) Rare chromosomal deletions and duplications in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a genome-wide analysis. The Lancet. info:/

  • October 1, 2010
  • 05:11 AM

Cross-cultural reflections on the mirror self-recognition test

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

The performance of young children on the 'mirror self-recognition test' varies hugely across cultures, a new study has shown. This is the test that involves surreptitiously putting a mark on a child's forehead and then seeing how they react when presented with their mirror image. Attempts by the child to touch or remove the mark are taken as a sign that he or she recognises themselves in the mirror. Studies in the West suggest that around half of all 18-month-olds pass the test, rising to 70 per........ Read more »

Broesch, T., Callaghan, T., Henrich, J., Murphy, C., & Rochat, P. (2010) Cultural Variations in Children's Mirror Self-Recognition. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. DOI: 10.1177/0022022110381114  

  • September 30, 2010
  • 01:13 PM

Maintaining Visual Constancy Across Eye-Blinks: Not as easy as it looks

by Psychology 379 bloggers in Cognition & the Arts

Let's try an interesting little exercise for a moment. Look at your computer screen. Now close your eyes, turn your head slightly and look at it again. Does it look like your computer is still in the same spot it was a second ago?... Read more »

Higgins, J., Irwin, D., Wang, R., & Thomas, L. (2009) Visual direction constancy across eyeblinks. Attention, Perception , 71(7), 1607-1617. DOI: 10.3758/APP.71.7.1607  

  • September 30, 2010
  • 10:34 AM

Children's Media Use and Achievement

by Amy Webb in The Thoughtful Parent

With the increase in electronic media in recent years, many parents are wondering what the effects might be of media use on the children--especially on their academic achievement. Many new media (e.g., computer games, websites, etc.) claim to have educational benefits, but in many cases they do seem to displace old-fashioned educational activities like reading books or playing board games. There is no scarcity of research on this topic, but a recent study in the journal Child Development caught ........ Read more »

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