Antidepressants and Placebo Effect

An excerpt from MindHacks: Psychologist Irving Kirsch, who led this new research, has conducted several previous studies looking at the effectiveness of SSRI antidepressant drugs and found similar results, although this is the first time that the study has factored in...

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

An excerpt from the NY Times: If Carole Johnson, a retired school administrator who lives near Sacramento, Calif., happens to have a distressing thought while passing through a doorway, she needs to “clear” the thought by passing through the door twice more, doing it...

Morality and Free Will Arguments

A new study by Kathleen Vohs and Jonathan Schooler investigates whether students exposed to arguments against the existence of free will are more likely to cheat. Here is an excerpt from the BPS blog about this study and below is the link to the article (need to have...

Implicit Association Test (IAT)

An excerpt from Mindhacks: Edge has a video interview with two of its creators, psychologists Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald, and an online version of the IAT which allows you to test your unconscious associations in relation to the US presidential candidates....

Diagnostic Status of PTSD

An excerpt from Mindhacks: He’s made his case in an editorial for the British Journal of Psychiatry and debates his ideas in an engaging discussion in a BJP podcast. PTSD is the only psychiatric diagnosis where a clear cause forms part of the diagnosis. The...