Category Archives: Psychology

The other guy is always a rat — a study of the apparently innate “attribution” bias that underlies intractable social and political conflict Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Adam Waytz, Liane L. Young, and Jeremy Ginges, Motive attribution asymmetry for love vs. hate drives intractable conflict, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences [PNAS], DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1414146111 (online before print, 20 October 2014) If we are self-aware, we have to admit that we are psychologically inclined […]

Progress with discovering the cause of variability in schizophrenia? — 8 distinct gene clusters — an apparently brilliantly done study Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Javier Arnedo, Dragan M. Svrakic, Coral del Val, Rocío Romero-Zaliz, Helena Hernández-Cuervo, Ayman H. Fanous, Michele T. Pato, Carlos N. Pato, Gabriel A. de Erausquin, C. Robert Cloninger, and Igor Zwir, Uncovering the Hidden Risk Architecture of the Schizophrenias: Confirmation in Three Independent Genome-Wide Association Studies, American […]

People already prone to aggression respond neurally differently to violent movies — as compared to more placidly wired folks — a study of 54 men Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Nelly Alia-Klein, Gene-Jack Wang, Rebecca N. Preston-Campbell, Scott J. Moeller, Muhammad A. Parvaz, Wei Zhu, Millard C. Jayne, Chris Wong, Dardo Tomasi, Rita Z. Goldstein, Joanna S. Fowler, and Nora D. Volkow, Reactions to Media Violence: It’s in the Brain of the Beholder, PLoS ONE, 9 (9): […]

Higher levels of Interleukin 6 at age 9 — in British children living in or near Bristol England — appear to increase the risk for depression (at age 18) by about 55 percent — and increase the risk for psychotic problems (also at age 18) by between 80 to 240 percent Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Golam M. Khandaker, Rebecca M. Pearson, Stanley Zammit, Glyn Lewis, and Peter B. Jones, Association of Serum Interleukin 6 and C-Reactive Protein in Childhood With Depression and Psychosis in Young Adult Life: A Population-Based Longitudinal Study, JAMA Psychiatry, DOI:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.1332 (online first, 13 August 2014) Citation — to […]

Two studies explode the idea that brief interventions work to prevent drug abuse Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citations — to the two studies Richard Saitz, Tibor P. A. Palfai, Debbie M. Cheng, Daniel P. Alford, Judith A. Bernstein, Christine A. Lloyd-Travaglini, Seville M. Meli, Christine E. Chaisson,  and Jeffrey H. Samet, Screening and Brief Intervention for Drug Use in Primary Care – The ASPIRE Randomized Clinical Trial, JAMA […]