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Entries from January 2010

Unlikely Neuropsychological Explanations for Musical Agnosia

January 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

Recent research attempts to establish how different regions of brain anatomy are implicated in “musical agnosia,” that is, loss of ability to recognize music, which once was familiar to the patient.  The basic theory is that musical cognition is not mediated by a single mechanism or by a combination of independent processes.  Rather, it is […]

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In Defense of Hysteria

January 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment

It now is fashionable to dismiss early psychologists like Jean-Martin Charcot, director of the Salpêtrière Hospital in the late 19th century and the modern inventor of hysteria.  Charcot had plenty of raw materials to work with; Salpêtrière housed over 5,000 female patients, many of who were insane, demented, destitute or deemed “incurable” (Makari, p. 14). […]

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The Empirical Status of Empirically-Supported Psychotherapies

January 12th, 2010 · No Comments

Two recent journal articles stridently discuss different aspects of this issue.  The first is by Drew Westen, Catherine M. Novotny and Heather Thompson-Brenner, “The Empirical Status of Empirically Supported Psychotherapies: Assumptions, Findings, and Reporting in Controlled Clinical Trials,” (2004), Psychology Bulletin, 130(4), 631 – 663.  The second is by Timothy B. Baker, Richard M. McFall […]

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Philosophy of Mind and Clinical Psychology – Syllabus

January 4th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Course Outline This class is about an academic discipline called philosophy of mind and its relationships to and implications for clinical psychology.  “Philosophy of Mind” studies mental phenomena such as the nature of mental events, awareness, consciousness (especially “self-consciousness”), understanding, intelligence, rationality, and even the nature of the “self”.  It seems as though it should […]

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