Category Archives: Psychology

A small study suggests that a decline in gist reasoning — among TBI patients — compared to their intellectually equivalent, but uninjured controls — appears to correlate with long term difficulties in work and living tasks — But there are some problems with the study’s reported conclusions Comments Off

© 2015 Peter Free Citation — to study Asha Kuppachi Vas, Jeffrey Spence, and Sandra Bond Chapman, Abstracting meaning from complex information (gist reasoning) in adult traumatic brain injury, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, DOI:10.1080/13803395.2014.994478 (early online publication, 30 January 2015) Citation — to press release Center for Brain Health, New Center for BrainHealth […]

Study of 290 adults appears to show that shortened telomeres and increased copies of mitochondrial DNA can result from childhood adversity — being further associated with depression, anxiety, and substance abuse Comments Off

© 2015 Peter Free Citation — to study Audrey R. Tyrka, Stephanie H. Parade, Lawrence H. Price, Hung-Teh Kao, Barbara Porton, Noah S. Philip, Emma S. Welch, and Linda L. Carpenter, Alterations of Mitochondrial DNA Copy Number and Telomere Length with Early Adversity and Psychopathology, Biological Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2014.12.025 (in press, 16 January 2015) Being […]

Vaccine skeptics become even more opposed to vaccination, when confronted with facts — two studies Comments Off

Citations — to studies Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler, Does correcting myths about the flu vaccine work? An experimental evaluation of the effects of corrective information, Vaccine, doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2014.11.017 (in press, 08 December 2014) Brendan Nyhan,  Jason Reifler, Sean Richey, and Gary L. Freed, Effective Messages in Vaccine Promotion: A Randomized Trial, Pediatrics 133(4): e835-e842, DOI:10.1542/peds.2013-2365 […]

Early life trauma in male mice may improve problem solving in their offspring — this trait is apparently epigenetically transmitted — via changes in the mineralocorticoid receptor gene in both brain and sperm — And a comment about misleading science paper titles Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Katharina Gapp, Saray Soldado-Magraner, María Alvarez-Sánchez, Johannes Bohacek, Gregoire Vernaz, Huan Shu, Tamara B. Franklin, David Wolfer and Isabelle M. Mansuy, Early life stress in fathers improves behavioural flexibility in their offspring, Nature Communications 5: 5466, DOI:10.1038/ncomms6466 (18 November 2014) Citation — to press release Angelika Jacobs, […]

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 […]