Category Archives: Psychology

Birth order effect on personality and IQ exists — but is so small that it is not noticeable — says study of 377,000 US high school students Comments Off on Birth order effect on personality and IQ exists — but is so small that it is not noticeable — says study of 377,000 US high school students

© 2015 Peter Free Citation — to study Rodica Ioana Damian and Brent W. Roberts, The associations of birth order with personality and intelligence in a representative sample of U.S. high school students, Journal of Research in Personality 58: 98-105, DOI:10.1016/j.jrp.2015.05.005 (October 2015) Citation — to press release Diana Yates, Massive study: Birth order has […]

Benzodiazepines are not helpful — and may be harmful — in the treatment of PTSD and recent psychic trauma — says a meta-analysis of 5,236 patients, which also suggested further research is needed Comments Off on Benzodiazepines are not helpful — and may be harmful — in the treatment of PTSD and recent psychic trauma — says a meta-analysis of 5,236 patients, which also suggested further research is needed

© 2015 Peter Free Citation — to study Jeffrey Guina, Sarah R. Rossetter, Bethany J. DeRhodes, Ramzi Nahhas, and Randon S. Welton, Benzodiazepines for PTSD: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, Journal of Psychiatric Practice 21(4): 281-303, DOI: 10.1097/PRA.0000000000000091 (July 2015) Citation — to press release Wolters Kluwer, Benzodiazepines Not Recommended for Patients with PTSD or […]

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 on 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

© 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 on 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

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

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 […]