Why are Psychiatric Imaging Methods Clinically Unreliable?

Kermit Cole
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Researchers from Switzerland and the U.K. look at the fact that “no reliable anatomical or functional alterations have been confirmed in psychiatric neuroimaging” in an article for Behavioral and Brain Functions,  and find that increased rigor is needed to overcome the biases that have obscured findings that might prove clinically reliable.

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Borgwardt, S., Radus, J., et al; Why are Psychiatric Imaging Methods Clinically Unreliable? Conclusions and Practical Guidelines for Authors, Editors and Reviewers. Behavioral and Brain Functions, September 1, 2012 8(46)

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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