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Emotional Networks in the Brain

October 13th, 2010 · 1 Comment ·

Review of LeDoux, J. & Phelps, E. (2008).  Emotional networks in the brain.  In M. Lewis, J. Haviland-Jones & L. Barrett (Eds.), Handbook of emotions (pp. 159 – 179).  New York, NY: Guilford Press. Summary of the Article In this article, LeDoux and Phelps (2008) review the current state of research into neural and anatomical […]

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The Identity Function of Autobiographical Memory

October 13th, 2010 · 1 Comment ·

One of the most curious aspects of cognitive psychology is its almost-complete disconnect with philosophy of mind, an academic discipline that has developed since Aristotle and, in modern times, since Descartes.  This neglect is a two-way street; just as cognitive psychology ignores philosophy of mind, so philosophy of mind ignores cognitive psychology, even as they […]

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Philosophical Existentialism v. Existential Psychoanalysis

October 10th, 2010 · 4 Comments ·

There is a sharp distinction between what might be called “philosophical existentialism” on the one hand, and “existential psychoanalysis” or “therapeutic existentialism” on the other.  The former is a surprisingly specific and narrow reaction to the German idealism of the 18th century.  The latter is a method of psychological analysis. A. Philosophical Existentialism 1. Absolute […]

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DSM-IV-TR Hypotheticals – Questions and Answers

June 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment ·

A 29-year-old single woman presents for psychotherapy.  She states she has been under stress due to a chaotic work environment, which sometimes prevents her from finishing her work.  She says she is experiencing insomnia, fatigue and irritability, feels overwhelmed and “can’t enjoy anything.”  She adds she has withdrawn from family and friends and sometimes feels […]

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Psychologist Ethics – Questions and Answers

June 10th, 2010 · 3 Comments ·

1.            Dr. Z. is a licensed psychologist in private practice.  He is approached by his ex-wife’s friend who wants to see him for psychotherapy.   Discuss whether it would be ethical for Dr. Z. to accept this person as a patient. ANSWER:            Dubious and depends on whether Dr. Z. will be able to use independent judgment.  […]

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A Spatial Needs Assessment of Indigent Acute Psychiatric Discharges in California

June 10th, 2010 · No Comments ·

Review of Banta, J., Wiafe, S., Soret, S. & Holzer, C. (2008).  “A Spatial Needs Assessment of Indigent Acute Psychiatric Discharges in California.”  J. Behavioral Health Services and Research, 35(2), 1556 – 3308. California’s basic mental health law is the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (the “Act”), Cal. Welfare & Institutions C. §5000 et seq. A person may be […]

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Mentally ill prisoners in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: strategies for improving treatment and reducing recidivism

June 10th, 2010 · 3 Comments ·

Review of Ball, W. (2007).  “Mentally ill prisoners in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: strategies for improving treatment and reducing recidivism.”  J. Contemp. Health Law Policy, 24(1), 1 – 42. Law enforcement is given a stark choice when dealing with the mentally ill criminal: place in an in-patient psychiatric facility, or send to […]

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Competence to Consent to Research Among Long-Stay Inpatients with Chronic Schizophrenia

June 10th, 2010 · No Comments ·

Review of Kovnick, J., Appelbaum, P., Hoge, S. & Leadbetter, R. (2003).  “Competence to Consent to Research Among Long-Stay Inpatients with Chronic Schizophrenia.”  Psychiatric Services, 54(9), 1247 – 1252. As set forth at DSM-IV-TR §295 (p. 312) persons with schizophrenia experience a variety of cognitive impairments, including: hallucinations, bizarre delusions and thought disorders.  Hallucinations are auditory, […]

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Industry Sponsorship and Financial Conflict of Interest in the Reporting of Clinical Trials in Psychiatry

June 10th, 2010 · No Comments ·

Review of Perlis, R., Perlis, C., Wu, Y., Hwang, C., Joseph, M. & Nierenberg, A. (2005).  “Industry Sponsorship and Financial Conflict of Interest in the Reporting of Clinical Trials in Psychiatry.”  Am. J. Psychiatry 162(10), 1957 – 1960. For many years the issue of medical professionals accepting remuneration from pharmaceutical firms in consideration for testing […]

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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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