Sunday, February 27, 2011

FYiPOST: Encephalon carnival 84: Psychology-neuroscience roundup

The dominant theme of this month's Encephalon blog carnival is that no matter how straightforward something may appear, it is not always that simple. Among the intriguing offerings:
  • In The Mathematician in the Asylum, forensic psychologist Romeo Vitelli at Providentia explores the life of Andre Bloch, a leading French mathematician who spent 30 years in an asylum after knifing three family members to death.   
Hosting the 84th edition of Encephalon is Janet Kwasniak, who blogs about consciousness at "Thoughts on Thoughts." Janet is in France, but wherever you are the content is just a click away – HERE.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

NYTimes: Stuttering Takes a Star Turn on Screen, and in Research

From The New York Times:

Stuttering Takes a Star Turn on Screen, and in Research

Scientists now say the disorder depicted in "The King's Speech" is a problem with the mechanics of speech production, not a result of language or psychological problems.

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IQs Corner Blog a top 50 Blog by Psychology Professionals

IQs Corner, the mother blog of my IQ Brain Clock and Intellectual Competence and Death Penalty blogs, has just received another recognition--a top 50 blog by psychology professionals.


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Friday, February 25, 2011

FYiPOST: PEBS Neuroethics Roundup from JHU Guest Blogger

Last Edition's Most Popular Article: Fear-Conditioning Mechanisms Associated with Trait Vulnerability to Anxiety in Humans, Neuron Videos: Monkeys 'display self-doubt' like humans, BBC News Player's text: Send my brain to NFL research bank, CNN The Chart Thought-controlled wheelchairs and bionics...

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Importance of Automaticity@brainfitness, 2/23/11 3:53 PM

Brain Fitness (@brainfitness)
2/23/11 3:53 PM
Indispensible automaticity: What is it & how does it influence my child's learning? #reading #education #edchat

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Monday, February 21, 2011

FYiPOST: International Academy of Applied Neuropsychology (courses and symposiums) - Newsletter FEB 2011

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Ladies and Gentlemen,


The „International Academy of Applied Neuropsychology" offers scientific courses and symposia in the field of neurological rehabilitation. Up-coming events are…


1. Workshop: Scientific Update on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) and Postconcussion Syndrome (PCS): New Evidence for Diagnosis and Management

     (Dr. Michael McCrea, London, UK, April 7, 2011)

     Further details can be found at: Flyer McCrea

2. The Second European Symposium on Symptom Validity Assessment

     (Prof. Jerry Sweet et al., London, UK, May 20-21, 2011)

     See more information about the whole program: Flyer SVA-Symposium

3. Summer Academy 2011

    (Prof. George Prigatano & PD Dr. Reiner Kaschel, Veitshöchheim, Germany, July 24-26, 2011)

o                Anosognosia or not? A patient´s perspective

o                Anosognosia and related disorders: A scientific update with clinical implications      

o                Understanding and treating disturbances in higher integrative brain functions

The Summer Academy 2011 will take place in the touristical well know Franconian village of Veitshöchheim which is just outside Würzburg, Germany. Enjoy the bishop´s rococo garden, ancient Franconian houses and the surrounding vineyards above the river Main. We can offer a pleasant stay at the comfortable Best Western Hotel "Weisses Lamm" (two days overnight included!). Hans Fuchs - hotelier and long time business partner - will present culinary and touristical surprises following our motto of the last Summer Academy: "Learning and Leisure". We are happy seeing you in Veitshöchheim in the lovely midsummer atmosphere!


See all details: Flyer Summer Academy 2011


For registration information, click at: IAAN-website


FYiPST: Neuroethics Roundup from JHU Guest Blogger

Last Edition's Most Popular Article: What is Artificial Intelligence?, New York Times In The Popular Press: No Soul? I Can Live with That. No Free Will? AHHHHH!!!, Psychology Today V.S. Ramachandran's Tales Of The 'Tell-Tale Brain', NPR Did a Reporter...

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Free cognitive journal access for 4 days@psypress, 2/17/11 4:13 AM

Psychology Press (@psypress)
2/17/11 4:13 AM
FREE for 4 days only: Brand new issue of #Cognitive #Neuroscience Click to see why this journal is already in the JCR!

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

FYiPost: 70 dyslexia support links

This is an FYI link request that may be of interest to IQs Corners readers, that comes from another blog, Onlinecollegecourses.

"Since we write in a similar niche, thought you might want to share a recent article of ours, "70 Excellent Links for Dyslexia Support", with your readers. .

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

FYIPost: 20 TED talks about the brain « Neuroethics at the Core

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FYiPost: PEBS Neuroethics Roundup from JHU Guest Blogger

Last Edition's Most Popular Article: Brain Pacemakers: A Long-Lasting Solution in the Fight Against Depression?, Science Daily In The Popular Press: What is Artificial Intelligence?, New York Times Many get antidepressants for no psychiatric reason, Reuters (Video) Study: Math Skills...

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Thinking caps@sbkaufman, 2/10/11 11:06 PM

Scott Barry Kaufman (@sbkaufman)
2/10/11 11:06 PM
Thinking Cap Stimulates Insight | Psychology Today

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

FYiPost: NIF Webinar – February 1, 2011 / Topic: NIF 3.0

The Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF) hosts Webinar series on topics focused on collaborating with NIF, getting involved in building the NIF vocabulary, using NIF portal resources, as well as other appropriate NIF topics.

Hello everyone,

The next NIF Webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, February 1, 2011. Please join our own Dr. Anita Bandrowski as we reveal the new NIF 3.0 release. New features include a revamped interface and website, better incorporation of search on the website, improved usability and functionality of the advanced search, as well as integration of the Neurolex in search results.

Date and Time: Tuesday, Feburary 1, 2011 • 11:00-12:00 PST
Topic: NIF 3.0
Presenter: Dr. Anita Bandrowski
Dial-In (toll-free): 866-740-1260
Access Code: 8220739

Mark your calendars! See you there.

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Research Bytes: Neuro-imaging research--brain networks and public interest

Beck, D. M. (2010). The Appeal of the Brain in the Popular Press. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 5(6), 762-766.

Since the advent of human neuroimaging, and of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in particular, the popular press has shown an increasing interest in brain-related findings. In this article, I explore possible reasons behind this interest, including recent data suggesting that people find brain images and neuroscience language more convincing than results that make no reference to the brain (McCabe & Castel, 2008; Weisberg, Keil, Goodstein, Rawson, & Gray, 2008). I suggest that part of the allure of these data are the deceptively simply messages they afford, as well as general, but sometimes misguided, confidence in biological data. In addition to cataloging some misunderstandings by the press and public, I highlight the responsibilities of the research scientist in carefully conveying their work to the general public.

Gonsalves, B. D., & Cohen, N. J. (2010). Brain Imaging, Cognitive Processes, and Brain Networks. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 5(6), 744-752.

McDonald, R. P. (2010). Structural Models and the Art of Approximation. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 5(6), 675-686

Structural equation models have provided a seemingly rigorous method for investigating causal relations in nonexperimental data in the presence of measurement error or multiple measures of putative causes or effects. Methods have been developed for fitting these very complex models globally and obtaining global fit statistics or global measures of their approximation to sample data. Structural equation models are idealizations that can serve only as approximations to real multivariate data. Further, these models are multidimensional, and the approximation is itself multidimensional. Tests of “significance” and global indices of approximation do not provide an adequate basis for judging the acceptability of the approximation. Standard applications of structural models use a composite of two models—a measurement (path) model and a path (causal) model. Separate analyses of the measurement model and the path model provide an informed judgment, whereas the composite global analysis can easily yield unreasonable conclusions. Separating the component models enables a careful assessment of the actual constraints implied by the path model, using recently developed methods. An empirical example shows how the conventional global treatment yields unacceptable conclusions

Poldrack, R. A. (2010). Mapping Mental Function to Brain Structure: How Can Cognitive Neuroimaging Succeed? Perspectives on Psychological Science, 5(6), 753-761

The goal of cognitive neuroscience is to identify the mapping between brain function and mental processing. In this article, I examine the strategies that have been used to identify such mappings and argue that they may be fundamentally unable to identify selective structure–function mappings. To understand the functional anatomy of mental processes, it will be necessary for researchers to move from the brain-mapping strategies that the field has employed toward a search for selective associations. This will require a greater focus on the structure of cognitive processes, which can be achieved through the development of formal ontologies that describe the structure of mental processes. In this article, I outline the Cognitive Atlas Project, which is developing such ontologies, and show how this knowledge could be used in conjunction with data-mining approaches to more directly relate mental processes and brain function.

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Monday, February 07, 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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Ahmed Qureshi (conference co-ordinator) tel. 07540 356 526 
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Check auditory temporal processing related out post at sister blog--IQs Corner.

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Saturday, February 05, 2011

Research Byte: Why we sometimes struggle with cognitive self-regulation

I think the following "in press" article is important. Why? Because I have been actively involved in reading research to better understand cognitive performance (working memory and executive attention in particular), the IQ Brain Clock (role of mental timing in human performance), and neuro-technology interventions (e.g., Interactive Metronome) that seem to improve cognitive efficiency. Across these different strands of research I have CONSTANTLY run across a number of common factors. In particular, I am constantly finding the dorsolateral pre-frontal cortex (PFC) as being critical to cognitive efficiency (working memory and cognitive processing speed), which in turn impacts intellectual functioning, especially Gf or fluid reasoning. The same brain area is implicated in mental timing and IM-interventions.

The article below continues to suggest a prominent role of the dlPFC, this time in self-regulation behavior. Of importance, IMHO, is the conclusion (near the end of the article) that this may be a domain-general mechanism. This is important, as it is consistent with my hypothesis why neuro-tech IM and other working memory interventions seem to improve performance across vastly different human performance domains. Clearly the dlPFC, and the functions it regulates (working memory, controlled executive attention, mental timing), is important and focal to understanding a number of related areas of research.

Heatherington & Wagner Cognitive neuroscience of self-regulation failure Review Article. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 26 January 2011


Self-regulatory failure is a core feature of many social and mental health problems. Self-regulation can be undermined by failures to transcend overwhelming temptations, negative moods and resource depletion, and when minor lapses in self-control snowball into self-regulatory collapse. Cognitive neuroscience research suggests that successful self-regulation is dependent on top-down control from the prefrontal cortex over subcortical regions involved in reward and emotion. We highlight recent neuroimaging research on self-regulatory failure, the findings of which support a balance model of self-regulation whereby self-regulatory failure occurs whenever the balance is tipped in favor of subcortical areas, either due to particularly strong impulses or when prefrontal function itself is impaired. Such a model is consistent with recent findings in the cognitive neuroscience of addictive behavior, emotion regulation and decision-making.

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Article Outline

The advantages of self-control
Self-regulation failure
Negative moods
Lapse-activated consumption
Cue exposure
Self-regulatory resource depletion
Functional neuroimaging studies of self-regulation
Regulation of appetitive behaviors
Regulation of emotions
Regulation of attitudes and prejudice
Prefrontal–subcortical balance model of self-regulation
Why do people fail at self-regulation?
Concluding remarks

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NYTimes: In a Graying Population, Business Opportunity

From The New York Times:

In a Graying Population, Business Opportunity

Researchers are helping companies create products geared toward older people, while making the products so attractive that younger consumers will want them, too.

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fyiPost: Neuropsychology Review, Vol. 21, Issue 1 - New Issue Alert

Friday, February 4

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Sleep and the Brain
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Changes in Sleep as a Function of Adolescent Development
Ian M. Colrain & Fiona C. Baker
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Célyne H. Bastien
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Sleep and Sleep Disorders in Older Adults
Kate Crowley
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Category Cued Recall Following Controlled Encoding as a Neuropsychological Tool in the Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease: A Review of the Evidence
Giovanni Augusto Carlesimo, Roberta Perri & Carlo Caltagirone
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Does Fever Relieve Autistic Behavior by Improving Brain Blood Flow?
Peter Good
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Friday, February 04, 2011

fyiPost: PEBS Neuroethics Roundup from JHU Guest Blogger

Last Edition's Most Popular Article: A critical role for IGF-II in memory consolidation and enhancement, Nature In The Popular Press: Are We Hard-Wired to Doubt Science?, New York Times Blogs Learn More Quickly by Transcranial Magnetic Brain Stimulation, Study in...

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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Memory processes more complex?@psychfeed, 2/3/11 7:33 AM

psychfeed (@psychfeed)
2/3/11 7:33 AM
Memory Process More Complex Than Expected (via @psychcentral)

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