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  • February 14, 2012
  • 07:58 AM

The efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy for children with PTSD

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is probably the most used, or at least most recommended, treatment for children with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As I am quite fond of systematic reviews and meta-analyses, the new meta-analysis on the efficacy of trauma focused CBT by Kowalik and colleagues quickly grabbed my attention. Although (and because?) I have a few critical questions regarding the publication, I think it merits attention from researchers and clinicians.... Read more »

  • February 14, 2012
  • 02:37 AM

Tired Brains Are More Excitable

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

An important new study shows how being awake causes progressive changes to the brain. This could shed light on the function of sleep - but it also raises warnings for neuroscientists.Italian researchers Huber et al report that Human Cortical Excitability Increases with Time Awake. The experiment was conceptually simple - they measured cortical excitability when people were well rested and then looked to see how it changed as they were kept awake for over 24 hours.The participants woke up at 7 am........ Read more »

Huber, R., Maki, H., Rosanova, M., Casarotto, S., Canali, P., Casali, A., Tononi, G., & Massimini, M. (2012) Human Cortical Excitability Increases with Time Awake. Cerebral Cortex. DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhs014  

  • February 13, 2012
  • 11:18 PM

PROMETA™ Postmortem

by Dirk Hanson in Addiction Inbox

How the latest miracle cure for addiction failed to deliver.

PROMETA™: Last seen going down fast, smoke pouring from all engines.

As reported here at Addiction Inbox, a double-blind placebo-controlled evaluation of PROMETA™ by W. Ling and associates, published online last month in the journal Addiction, found that the much-publicized treatment protocol for meth addiction “appears to be no more effective than placebo in reducing methamphetamine use, retaining patients in treatment or red........ Read more »

  • February 13, 2012
  • 04:45 PM

How casinos distract

by Bradley Voytek in Oscillatory Thoughts

My father lived in Las Vegas for most of my teenaged years. While I never lived there with him, my step-grandparents (who raised me during that time) loved going there. Unsurprisingly, this meant that I spent a fair amount of time in Vegas growing up.My grandparents, they were "old school" Vegas tourists. My step-grandfather was quite a gambler and played in a weekly poker game with his friends until his Parkinson's kept him from doing so. We used to stay in the Sands Hotel, made famous bec........ Read more »

  • February 13, 2012
  • 12:46 PM

Don't Say Nothing: The Limitations of "No Comment" as a Litigation Crisis Strategy

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: A Google search on the phrase "no comment" appearing in recent news yields thousands of hits -- various individuals and organizations responding in time-honored fashion to some sort of crisis. Recently, for example, after CNN Analyst Roland Martin had his finger too close to the Tweet button during the Superbowl and broadcast a homophobic response to David Beckham's underwear advertisements, the network responded to mounting cricitism and petitions with "no comment" for se........ Read more »

Egan, A. B. (2011) The NYPD: The Nation’s Largest Police Department as a Study in Public Information. Public Relations Journal, 5(2). info:/

  • February 13, 2012
  • 10:11 AM

High lactate levels reported in about 1 in 5 children with ASD

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

Elevated lactate levels seem to be a feature of some cases of autism... Read more »

Oliveira, G., Diogo, L., Grazina, M., Garcia, P., Psych, A., Marques, C., Miguel, T., Borges, L., Vicente, A., & Oliveira, C. (2007) Mitochondrial dysfunction in autism spectrum disorders: a population-based study. Developmental Medicine , 47(3), 185-189. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2005.tb01113.x  

  • February 13, 2012
  • 07:02 AM

Aw shucks! It wasn’t nothin’!

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Humble people are often seen as “salt of the earth” sorts with all manner of pro-social qualities. Historically, researchers used a “modesty scale” to assess humility. High scorers on this scale are described as “humble and self-effacing” while low scorers “believe they are superior people and may be considered conceited or arrogant by others”. Researchers in [...]
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LaBouff, J., Rowatt, W., Johnson, M., Tsang, J., & Willerton, G. (2012) Humble persons are more helpful than less humble persons: Evidence from three studies. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 7(1), 16-29. DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2011.626787  

  • February 13, 2012
  • 01:35 AM

21st Century Treatments for Insomnia

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

Are you having trouble sleeping? But you're not feeling that 19th century retro hipster insomniac vibe? Try some of these behavioral remedies recommended by the finest scientific and medical journals of today.What a Difference a Day MakesIs Intensive Sleep Retraining (ISR) a new overnight treatment for chronic insomnia (Harris et al., 2012)? ISR is conducted in one 25 hr session at a sleep lab, where the insomniac sleeps a maximum of 3 min every 30 min for a period of 25 hrs. Instant cure! (supp........ Read more »

  • February 13, 2012
  • 01:11 AM

Valentine's Day Special: An Insider's Guide to Speed Dating

by Psych Your Mind in Psych Your Mind

To my never-ending delight, being a social psychologist can sometimes make me feel like I have an insider’s guide to social life. When I discovered that two dear friends of mine were about to try speed dating for the first time, I couldn’t help offering some (yes, unsolicited) terribly handy research-based advice: “Be selective! They’ll like you more if you don’t show interest in everybody.” My random tip amused my friends, but my outburst didn’t do justice to the scope of research........ Read more »

  • February 13, 2012
  • 12:12 AM

Just ONE Copy of The Daily Mail Could Ruin Your Life

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

A comprehensive debunking of the Daily Mail's reporting of science.... Read more »

The Poynter Institute. (2006) Eyetracking the news. A study of print and online reading. Poynter. info:/

  • February 10, 2012
  • 07:02 AM

News You Can Use (like how Pepsi knows there was no mouse in your Mountain Dew)

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

From time to time we play catch-up with the research and include a number of things we think you would want to know. Most of it is serious. Every once in a while though, a need-to-know tidbit slips out in litigation that we cannot resist incorporating into a post. We know there was no mouse [...]
Related posts:
Breaking Bad News: Doing it Better
News flash: Lawyers Under Stress are Critical, Cautious & Distant
Communication is essential (and fraught with missteps)
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McAndrew, FT, & De Jonge, CR. (2011) Electronic Person Perception: What do we infer about people from the style of their email messages? . Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2(4), 403-407. info:/

  • February 10, 2012
  • 03:40 AM

Good Science, Bad History, in the British Journal of Psychiatry

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

The latest February 2012 issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry features a paper about the association between child abuse and later mental health problems. I haven't read it yet, but it looks pretty good.However, it also includes an editorial from John Read and Richard Bentall which argues that: Just 20 years ago, however, it would have been difficult to get the paper published. Mental health professions have been slow, even resistant, to recognise the role of childhood adversities in psych........ Read more »

  • February 10, 2012
  • 02:39 AM

Friday Fun: One Researcher's P-Curve Analysis

by Psych Your Mind in Psych Your Mind

It's Me!

Two weeks ago when PYM was at the annual conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, I went to a symposium about false-positive findings in psychology (see my summary here). In the symposium, the speakers discussed the prevalence of research practices that result in biased statistical testing. In that symposium, one of the researchers, Uri Simonsohn, presented a method for catching people who engage in these practices: the P-curve analysis. What follows is a........ Read more »

  • February 8, 2012
  • 06:55 PM

How does your first name influence your online dating success? The curse of Sheldon.

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

New research points out that having a negative first name hurts your chances in the world of online dating (and beyond).... Read more »

  • February 8, 2012
  • 06:34 PM

All Mixed Up: Julian Jaynes

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

In 1976, the polymathic Princeton psychologist Julian Jaynes published The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. It is one of those rare books which is mostly wrong but is filled with so many penetrating and provocative insights that it still deserves to be read. It’s a fun and big idea book [...]... Read more »

Jaynes, Julian. (1986) Consciousness and The Voices of the Mind. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie Canadienne, 27(2), 128-148. DOI: 10.1037/h0080053  

  • February 8, 2012
  • 03:09 PM

When depressed mothers give birth to thriving babies

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Shelves of evidence show the long-term, adverse consequences for an embryo of having a mother who is stressed or malnourished during pregnancy. For instance, there's medical data showing that underweight newborn babies are more at risk of heart diseases and other illnesses in adulthood.

According to the "thrifty phenotype" hypothesis, this is because the child is born with a body that's primed for malnutrition. When the baby instead encounters plentiful resources, its metabolism suffers as a ........ Read more »

Sandman, C., Davis, E., & Glynn, L. (2011) Prescient Human Fetuses Thrive. Psychological Science, 23(1), 93-100. DOI: 10.1177/0956797611422073  

  • February 8, 2012
  • 02:48 PM

Cyberchondria: Online health information and health anxiety

by Ben in Critical Science

Wondering what that rash on your arm is? If the cough you’ve had for a few days warrants making an appointment to see your doctor/physician? If you’ve ever used the internet to answer these sort of questions then you’re in the 60-80% of internet users who regularly do so. In theory this is a great idea – you get access to the collective knowledge of medicine, and you don’t get kicked out of the appointment room after 15 minutes. However, there are a few problems – research tell us th........ Read more »

  • February 8, 2012
  • 02:36 PM

Dating in the Digital Age

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

The report card is in, and the online dating industry won’t be putting this one on the fridge. A new scientific report concludes that although online dating offers users some ... Read more »

Finkel, E. J., Eastwick, P.W., Karney, B. R., Reis, H.T., & Sprecher, S. (2012) Online Dating: A Critical Analysis From the Perspective of Psychological Science. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 13(1). info:/

  • February 8, 2012
  • 02:17 PM

Having superior working memory capacity can make time go faster

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Working memory is like a neural memo-pad. People with higher working memory capacity can hold more items in mind whilst solving a concurrent problem or performing a distracting task. There's been some excitement lately about the possibility that working memory can be improved through training, with knock-on benefits for IQ and academic attainment. A new study suggests such training should come with a footnote: "Improving your working memory could affect your perception of time".

James Wo........ Read more »

  • February 8, 2012
  • 11:32 AM

A psychological contagion? The mysterious case of LeRoy, NY

by Psych Your Mind in Psych Your Mind

LeRoy, NY
In a small country town, population 7,500, a cheerleader and honor roll student woke up from an afternoon nap to discover she had developed a stutter. Soon, the stutter gave way to uncontrollable twitching. When her mother took her to the doctor, they discovered that she wasn’t the only one with these symptoms - in all, 14 teenage girls, one teenage boy, and one 36 year-old woman had recently developed Tourettes-like symptoms. The local doctors diagnosed the mysterious illness as ........ Read more »

Jones, T., Craig, A., Hoy, D., Gunter, E., Ashley, D., Barr, D., Brock, J., & Schaffner, W. (2000) Mass Psychogenic Illness Attributed to Toxic Exposure at a High School. New England Journal of Medicine, 342(2), 96-100. DOI: 10.1056/NEJM200001133420206  

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