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Entries from May 2010

Personality Assessment Use by Clinical Neuropsychologists

May 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Review of Smith, S., Gorske, T., Wiggins, C. & Little, J.  “Personality Assessment Use by Clinical Neuropsychologists.” International Journal of Testing, 10(1), 6 – 20. Neuroscientists now are on the verge of developing persuasive etiologies for complex psychopathology such as schizophrenia and personality disorder spectra.  They have identified precise genetic and neurochemical contributors with highly granulated […]

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A Review and Comparison of the Reliabilities of the MMPI-2, MCMI-III, and PAI Presented in Their Respective Test Manuals

May 23rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Review of Wise, E., Streiner, D. & Walfish, S. (2010).  “A Review and Comparison of the Reliabilities of the MMPI-2, MCMI-III, and PAI Presented in Their Respective Test Manuals.”  Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 42(4), 246 – 254. The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) test originally was developed in 1939 and amended from time-to-time […]

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A Meta-Analysis of Head-to-Head Comparisons of Second-Generation Antipsychotics in the Treatment of Schizophrenia

May 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Review of Leucht, S., Komossa, K., Rummel-Kluge, C., Corves, C., Hunger, H., Schmid, F., Lobos C., Schwarz, S. & Davis, J. (2009).  “A Meta-Analysis of Head-to-Head Comparisons of Second-Generation Antipsychotics in the Treatment of Schizophrenia.”  Am. J. Psychiatry, 166, 152 – 163. One of the earliest drugs to treat schizophrenia was chlorpromazine (thorazine), discovered by […]

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Psychiatric and Behavioral Side-Effects of the Newer Antiepileptic Drugs in Adults with Epilepsy

May 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Review of Weintraub, D., Buchsbaum, R, Resor, S. & Hirsch, L. (2006).  “Psychiatric and behavioral side effects of the newer antiepileptic drugs in adults with epilepsy.”  Epilepsy and Behavior, 10, 105 – 110. In addition to being a great writer, Dostoyevsky had temporal lobe epilepsy (“TLE”).  His ecstatic seizures gave him a capacity for mystical […]

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REM sleep and dreaming – towards a theory of protoconsciousness

May 13th, 2010 · No Comments

Review of Hobson, J. A. (2009) “REM sleep and dreaming – towards a theory of protoconsciousness,” Nature Reviews – Neuroscience, 10, 803 – 184. In “The Interpretation of Dreams” and elsewhere, Freud famously argued that dreams express unconscious wishes and desires. One of the reasons why Freud found dreams so interesting is because he thought […]

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Understanding Intersubjectivity – Psychoanalytic Formulations and Their Philosophical Underpinnings

May 13th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Review of Frie, R. & Reis, B. (2001) “Understanding Intersubjectivity: Psychoanalytic Formulations and Their Philosophical Underpinnings,” Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 37, 297 – 327. Carl Jung is well-known for his theory of the “collective unconscious,” which is a “psychic system of a collective, universal and impersonal nature identical in all individuals.” Unfortunately Jung also believed the collective unconscious actually […]

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Are there Neurological Correlates for Cotard’s Delusion?

May 6th, 2010 · No Comments

Review of Kudlur, S., George, S. & Jaimon, M. (2007), “An overview of the neurological correlates of Cotard syndrome,” Eur. J. Psychiat. 21(2), 99 – 116. Even though not mentioned in DSM-IV-TR, hands down Cotard’s Delusion (CD; also known as Cotard’s Syndrome) wins the competition for the most interesting psychiatric disorder around.  Discovered (some might […]

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Is Dissociative Amnesia a Culture-Bound Syndrome?

May 6th, 2010 · No Comments

Review of Harrison, G., Poliakoff, M., Parker, M., Boynes, M. & Hudson, J. (2007) “Is dissociative amnesia a culture-bound syndrome?” Psychological Medicine 27(2), 225- 233. Culture-bound syndromes (CBS) present some of the most interesting pathology of contemporary mental disorders.  DSM-IV-TR lists 24 of them at Appendix I p. 897.  A CBS primarily considers “the role […]

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