Monday, February 6, 2023

Tag: psychology research

Multiple Researchers Examining the Same Data Find Very Different Results

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A new study demonstrates how the choice of statistical techniques when examining data plays a large role in scientific outcomes.

Most Psychology Research Does Not Generalize to the Individual

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A new study claims that quantitative research in psychology is “worryingly imprecise” and that generalizations may be flawed and misleading.

Researchers Advocate for More Robust Informed Consent in Psychotherapy

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Paper outlines recommendations for more thorough informed consent process in psychotherapy, which authors proclaim is an “ethical imperative."

Researchers Identify 27 Categories of Emotion

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A new study finds that emotions may be represented by 27 categories, with each category relating to others in a more complex and continuous fashion than previously understood.

The Crisis of Expertise

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From Aeon: Experts have been wrong many times throughout history, from nutritional scientists' claims that eggs might be lethal in the 1970s to the Nobel...

The Association for Psychological Pseudoscience Presents…

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In this blog for Statistical Modeling, Causal Interference, and Social Science, Andrew Gelman critiques the Association of Psychological Science's upcoming convention.

“What Are Delusions – And How Best Can We Treat Them?”

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For The Conversation, psychologist John Done, from the University of Hertfordshire, explains his approach to discussing delusions with his patients. Done recommends more qualitative...

Mindfulness Therapy Can Prevent Depression Relapse, Review Finds

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Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) may be more effective at reducing the risk of depressive relapse compared to current standard treatments with antidepressant drugs. A...

“Psychologists Throw Open The ‘File Drawer’”

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“The ‘file drawer problem’ refers to the fact that in science, many results remain unpublished – especially negative ones,” Neuroskeptic reports. A new paper...

Exercise Effective for Early Psychosis, Studies Show

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A new study out of the University of Manchester found that personalized exercise programs reduced the symptoms for young people suffering from their first episode of psychosis. Researchers also conducted an accompanying qualitative analysis and found that the participants experienced improved mental health, confidence, and a sense of achievement and felt that autonomy and social support were critical to their success.

The Evidence-Based Long-Term Treatment for Depression

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While antidepressants are the most commonly used long-term treatment for depression, the efficacy of these drugs after one year is unknown. In a commentary for The Lancet, psychiatrists Rudolf Uher and Barbara Pavlova suggest that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) now has the most substantial body of evidence for long-term treatment for major depressive disorder.

Therapy Effective and Efficient Long-Term For Depression

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There is robust evidence for the long-term effectiveness of psychotherapy, and it also provides good value-for-money, according to a large randomized control trial published open-access this month in The Lancet. The researchers recommend that clinicians refer all patients with treatment-resistant depression to therapy.

Study Examines Women’s Experiences of Hearing Voices

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An international group of researchers from multiple disciplines has published a historical, qualitative, and quantitative investigation into voice-hearing in women. The interdisciplinary project, freely available from Frontiers in Psychiatry, explores how sexism, exploitation, and oppression bear on women’s’ experiences of hearing voices.

“A Creative Solution for Psychology’s Replication Problem”

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In the Atlantic, Ed Yong reports that despite the lack of replicability of individual studies, when you get a pool of psychologists “betting on” the reproducibility of a study their predictions are surprisingly accurate. “Which makes me wonder: What's going on with peer review? If people know which results are really not likely to be real, why are they allowing them to be published?”