Monday, January 31, 2011

Virtual brain fitness book club@AlvaroF, 1/31/11 3:37 PM

Alvaro Fernandez (@AlvaroF)
1/31/11 3:37 PM
Announcing the (we hope) largest #brain #book discussion via #Twitter (#sbm14), in honor of Brain Awareness Week:

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Taxonomy of metacognition@psypress, 1/31/11 10:58 AM

Psychology Press (@psypress)
1/31/11 10:58 AM
Free sample chapter from The Taxonomy of #Metacognition by Pina Tarricone for everyone! Download it here:

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

New era of brain research@Neuro_science, 1/28/11 9:36 PM

Neuroscience (@Neuro_science)
1/28/11 9:36 PM
Study Suggests Researchers Are Entering A New Era Of Advances In Brain Research

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

iPost: Brain Imaging and Behavior, Vol. 5, Issue 1 - New Issue Alert

Thursday, January 27

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We are pleased to deliver your requested table of contents alert for Brain Imaging and Behavior. Good news: now you will find quick links to the full text of the article in PDF or HTML. Choose your preferred format and access the article with only one click!

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In this issue:
Original Research
fMRI memory assessment in healthy subjects: a new approach to view lateralization data at an individual level
Maria Strandberg, Christina Elfgren, Peter Mannfolk, Johan Olsrud, Lars Stenberg, Danielle van Westen, Elna-Marie Larsson, Ia Rorsman & Kristina Källén
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Pontocerebellar contribution to postural instability and psychomotor slowing in HIV infection without dementia
Edith V. Sullivan, Margaret J. Rosenbloom, Torsten Rohlfing, Carol A. Kemper, Stanley Deresinski & Adolf Pfefferbaum
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Association cortex hypoperfusion in mild dementia with Lewy bodies: a potential indicator of cholinergic dysfunction?
Tamara G. Fong, Sharon K. Inouye, Weiying Dai, Daniel Z. Press & David C. Alsop
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Failure of repetition suppression and memory encoding in aging and Alzheimer's disease
Maija Pihlajamäki, Kelly O'Keefe, Jackie O'Brien, Deborah Blacker & Reisa A. Sperling
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Alternation learning in pathological gamblers: an fMRI Study
Pinhas N. Dannon, Tammar Kushnir, Anat Aizer, Ruth Gross-Isseroff, Moshe Kotler & David Manor
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Neural correlates of impulsivity factors in psychiatric patients and healthy volunteers: a voxel-based morphometry study
Athene K. W. Lee, Matthew Jerram, Carl Fulwiler & David A. Gansler
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MTHFR 677C>T effects on anterior cingulate structure and function during response monitoring in schizophrenia: a preliminary study
Joshua L. Roffman, David G. Brohawn, Jesse S. Friedman, Kara A. Dyckman, Katharine N. Thakkar, Yigal Agam, Mark G. Vangel, Donald C. Goff & Dara S. Manoach
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iPost: Encephalon carnival: Psychology-neuroscience roundup

The Encephalon carnival is back!

Blog carnivals are an effort to streamline the blogosphere's massive resources through timely and topical online magazines. Encephalon is one such rotating carnival, featuring the blog's best neuroscience and psychology writing.

The 83rd edition, published today, is well worth checking out. There's something for everyone, whether it's Neuroanthropology's look at prodromal psychosis, Dr. Shock's take on what makes a good bodyguard, Charbonnier's musings on confabulation and free will, Neurocritic's report on how Facebook affects the size of your amygdala, or the latest news and views on autism.

Hosting this month's carnival is Dr. Romeo Vitelli at Providentia ("a biased look at psychology in the world"), who is featuring his two-part series on the historical mystery surrounding Friedrich Nietzsche.

The complete edition is HERE.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

iPost: PEBS Neuroethics Roundup from JHU Guest Blogger

Last Edition's Most Popular Article: In His Own Image-Dr. Antonio Damasio, The New York Times In The Popular Press: Social Animal: How the new sciences of human nature can help make sense of a life, The New Yorker What's Missing...

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Brain Trauma Foundation 2011 Webinar Series Announced

From Brain Injury blog

The Brain Trauma Foundation has announced the following web based education programs on traumatic brain injury: 

A Program to Develop a Simple Blood Test for Diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury: From Bench to Bedside to FDA Approval.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
Speaker: Ron Hayes, PhD

Traumatic Brain Injury as Chronic Disease
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
12:00-1:00 PM EST
Speaker: Brent Masel, MD

Imaging of Minor Head Trauma
Thursday, March 17, 2011
12:00-1:00  PM EST
Speaker: Robert D. Zimmerman, MD

To register for any of these programs click here.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Psychs on Twitter@catherinesteele, 1/20/11 3:01 PM

Yippee....I mad the BPS psych Twitter list :)

Catherine (@catherinesteele)
1/20/11 3:01 PM
RT @WorkLifePsych: BPS Research Digest has a great list of psychologists on Twitter:

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Research bytes: Interactive Metronome (brain-clock based) efficacy study with stroke patients

If you check out my conflict of interest statement at this blog, it should be no secret that the reason I started this blog is because I became involved in an academic intervention that utilized the Interactive Metronome neurotechnology. The results were very positive and I set out on a mission to determine why it worked across such diverse domains as academics, stroke rehab, ADHD, golf, etc. ("What's happening under the hood" - see PPT slideshow section of blog).

Today I found a report in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy that demonstrated the effectiveness of the IM (brain-clock based IMHO) method in two stroke victims. Yes, this is a clinical n=2 study...but is consistent with other mental timing intervention studies. Of particular interest is the authors discussion of the efficacy of the intervention without the need for large-scale technology and apparatus. Sometimes simple/elegant is better.

Below is the abstract. Click here to read the complete article. Click here to see all prior blog posts that make some mention of the IM method, or non-IM research that is related.

As noted above, I do have a conflict of interest as I am on the IM Scientific Advisory Board. You should be able to enlarge the image by clicking on it. If not, go to the article link.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Basal ganglia strikes again@NeuropathLrng, 1/17/11 1:02 PM

The basal ganglia have repeatedly been mentioned at this blog as being critical to brain timing (the IQ BRAIN CLOCK).  Here is another very interesting and powerful study that continues to reinforce the importance of the basal ganglia in cognition and learning 

Neuropath Learning (@NeuropathLrng)
1/17/11 1:02 PM
Researchers report that they can predict "with unprecedented accuracy" how well you will do on a complex task such...

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

iPost: PEBS Neuroethics New Roundup from JHU Guest Blogger

Last Edition's Most Popular Article: Near-death neurologist: Dreams on the border of life, Culture Lab In The Popular Press: In His Own Image-Dr. Antonio Damasio, The New York Times Can You Build a Better Brain?, Newsweek Love Music? Thank a...

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Friday, January 14, 2011

iPost: Special issue on fMRI controversies

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Special issue on aging, cognition and neuropsych @psypress, 1/14/11 4:23 AM

Psychology Press (@psypress)
1/14/11 4:23 AM
Call for Papers for a special issue of "Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition":

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iPost: Neuropsychology - Online First Publications & Volume 25, Issue 1

APA Journal alerts for:

The following articles have been published online this week before they appear in a final print and online issue of Neuropsychology:

  • A new issue is available:

Neurocognitive signs in prodromal Huntington disease.
Page 1-14
Stout, Julie C.; Paulsen, Jane S.; Queller, Sarah; Solomon, Andrea C.; Whitlock, Kathryn B.; Campbell, J. Colin; Carlozzi, Noelle; Duff, Kevin; Beglinger, Leigh J.; Langbehn, Douglas R.; Johnson, Shannon A.; Biglan, Kevin M.; Aylward, Elizabeth H.

Recovery of time estimation following moderate to severe traumatic brain injury.
Page 36-44
Anderson, Jonathan W.; Schmitter-Edgecombe, Maureen

Deficits in emotional and social cognition in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Page 53-65
Girardi, Alessandra; MacPherson, Sarah E.; Abrahams, Sharon

Neuromotor outcomes at school age after extremely low birth weight: Early detection of subtle signs.
Page 66-75
Gidley Larson, Jennifer C.; Baron, Ida Sue; Erickson, Kristine; Ahronovich, Margot D.; Baker, Robin; Litman, Fern R.

Enhanced facilitation of spatial attention in schizophrenia.
Page 76-85
Spencer, Kevin M.; Nestor, Paul G.; Valdman, Olga; Niznikiewicz, Margaret A.; Shenton, Martha E.; McCarley, Robert W.

Altered probabilistic learning and response biases in schizophrenia: Behavioral evidence and neurocomputational modeling.
Page 86-97
Waltz, James A.; Frank, Michael J.; Wiecki, Thomas V.; Gold, James M.

Multimodal cuing of autobiographical memory in semantic dementia.
Page 98-104
Greenberg, Daniel L.; Ogar, Jennifer M.; Viskontas, Indre V.; Gorno Tempini, Maria Luisa; Miller, Bruce; Knowlton, Barbara J.

Naming from definition, semantic relevance and feature type: The effects of aging and Alzheimer's disease.
Page 105-113
Marques, J. Frederico; Cappa, Stefano F.; Sartori, Giuseppe

Verbal memory in drug-naive, newly diagnosed Parkinson's disease. The retrieval deficit hypothesis revisited.
Page 114-124
Brønnick, Kolbjørn; Alves, Guido; Aarsland, Dag; Tysnes, Ole-Bjørn; Larsen, Jan Petter

Subjective cognitive complaints and longitudinal changes in memory and brain function.
Page 125-130
Hohman, Timothy J.; Beason-Held, Lori L.; Lamar, Melissa; Resnick, Susan M.

Specific impairments of emotion perception in multiple sclerosis.
Page 131-136
Phillips, Louise H.; Henry, Julie D.; Scott, Clare; Summers, Fiona; Whyte, Maggie; Cook, Moira

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Blogmaster brief vacation

On the road for brief R&R - blogging lite

I will be away on a brief family R&R mini-vacation from Wed thru Sunday. Will have my iPad with me, so I might do some lite blogging....or maybe not. Shall return next Monday

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NYTimes: You Might Already Know This ...significance testing in science

From The New York Times:

You Might Already Know This ...

A report on ESP to be published this year has inflamed a debate on the standard technique used to analyze data in much of social science and medicine.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Timing is everything@PsyPost, 1/10/11 7:48 PM (@PsyPost)
1/10/11 7:48 PM
'Timing is everything' in ensuring healthy brain development: The Newcastle University researchers Dr Marcus Kai...

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Dopamine again found important in rhythm/timing--music@brainfitness, 1/10/11 1:13 PM

Brain Fitness (@brainfitness)
1/10/11 1:13 PM
Music increases release of dopamine, study shows #scichat (via @NYTimes)

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Sunday, January 09, 2011

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Across Cultures: 7th March 2011


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Across Cultures: Challenges and Possibilities

7th March 2011 / London Conference
The Delivering Race Equality Programme (Department of Health 2005) highlighted the need to improve access to culturally appropriate counselling and psychological therapies, for individuals from Black and minority ethnic communities. The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative has improved access to counselling and psychological therapies for people suffering from anxiety and depression from a range of diverse backgrounds including those from BME communities. The third wave new CBT treatments include Mindfulness Based CBT and Meditation. The latter is prevalent in many cultures across the world and practiced directly or indirectly by several world religions. 

Having made progress, there is now a need to consider the extent to which counselling and psychological services are culturally appropriate and whether they need to be adapted.

In the case of CBT, there is robust evidence to show that CBT is an effective treatment for people suffering from anxiety and depression. The emphasis in CBT is on the client’s social context and that CBT therapists work collaboratively with clients to agree treatment options. However, CBT is based on Western concepts and illness models. The focus is on the individual and on treating the individual. For some people, this will be a challenge especially if they view themselves in the context of their immediate and wider family and / or in the context of their community. Some critics of CBT argue that by focusing on the individual, the larger familial, community and societal issues and problems are ignored or left unspoken and unaddressed.

Key considerations when delivering CBT with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds include:

    • The location of the service
    • Language and the use of interpreters or therapist who can speak the client’s mother tongue
    • Health beliefs and explanatory models of distress/mental disorder
    • The presenting problem/s or “idiom/s of distress”
    • Expectations about CBT

Some of the key questions which will be discussed during the one day event include:

    • Is it necessary to make adaptations when delivering CBT across cultures? If so, how?
    • Are traditionally routed treatments such as Mindfulness CBT and Meditation more appropriate when working with individuals from BME communities?
    • In instances where individuals have unique and "different" culture-led conceptions of health and ill health and the way this is managed, how is this reconciled?
    • What evidence base exists which demonstrates that CBT is affective with clients from different cultural backgrounds?

This one day conference will bring together clinicians who have experience of delivering CBT across cultures. Learning points and good practice will be shared. The challenges experienced and possible limitations will also discussed via anonymised case vignettes.

Programme of the day

9.00 - 9.30 Registration, Tea & Coffee
9.30 - 10.40 Introduction & Chair

CBT: Gaining from Diversity
David Kingdom
Professor of Mental Health Care Delivery at the University of Southampton and Honorary Consultant Adult Psychiatrist for the Hampshire Partnership NHS Trust
10.40 - 11.30 CBT Across Cultures: Challenges and Possibilities
Rathod Shanaya
Clinical Service Director, West Hampshire - Adult Mental Health Hampshire, Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
11.30 - 11.45 Tea & Coffee
11.45 - 12.30 Making CBT Culturally Responsive
Beena Rajkumar
Psychotherapy Specialist Registrar at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
12.30 - 1.00 Morning session Q&A
1.00 - 1.45 Lunch
1.45 - 2.35 Addressing Spirituality in CBT
Rob Waller
Consultant Psychiatrist in General Adult Psychiatry and Associate Director of Medical Education for NHS Lothian at St John’s Hospital
2.35 - 3.25 CBT with South Asian Muslims
Farooq Naeem
Consultant Psychiatrist & Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, Southampton University
3.25 - 3.40 Tea & Coffee
3.40 - 4.30 Employing a Culturally Representative IAPT Workforce in London
Tom Dodd & Robert Hardy 
London Regional Delivery Team for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, Working for Wellness
4.30 - 4.45 Afternoon Q&A
4.45 - 5.00 Plenary, Closure & Evaluation sheets
Who Should attend?

This conference will be relevant to all professionals in the field of Mental Health and Social Care, including those from Local Authorities and NHS trusts across the UK, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Early Intervention Teams, CPN’s, OT’s, Social Workers, Chaplains, Community Faith Leaders & Healers, Equality Leads, Community Development Workers, Service User Representatives, Charities, Third Sector, Educational Establishments, Academics and Policy makers.

The Resource Centre
356 Holloway Road
N7 6PA

Tel: +44 (0)20 7700 0100
Conference Booking 

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Conference Contact

Ahmed Qureshi (conference co-ordinator) tel. 07540 356 526 
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Friday, January 07, 2011

iPost: PEBS Neuroethics News Roundup from JHU Guest Blogger

Last Edition's Most Popular Article: Wild Chimps, Stick Dolls: What's At Play Here? NPR In The Popular Press: Near-death neurologist: Dreams on the border of life, Culure Lab Could It Be? Spooky Experiments That 'See' The Future, NPR Searching for...

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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

NYTimes: Journal’s Paper on ESP Expected to Prompt Outrage

From The New York Times:

Journal's Paper on ESP Expected to Prompt Outrage

A prominent research psychologist's assertions about strong evidence for extrasensory perception is already mortifying scientists.

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Creativity, fMRI and music @tedfeed, 1/5/11 7:53 PM

tedfeed (@tedfeed)
1/5/11 7:53 PM
ted video HD TEDTalks : Charles Limb: Your brain on improv - Charles Limb (2010): Musician and researcher Charle...

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SAGE Open - now accepting manuscripts

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