Category Archives: Psychology

Brain appears to reroute auditory-induced emotional processing that occurs in tinnitus patients — from the amygdala to the insula and parahippocampus — a case of probably adaptive neural plasticity — that may help preserve neural processing times 0

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Jake R. Carpenter-Thompson, Kwaku Akrofi, Sara A. Schmidt, Florin Dolcos, and Fatima T. Husain, Alterations of the emotional processing system may underlie preserved rapid reaction time in tinnitus, Brain Research 1567: 28-41, DOI: 10.1016/j.brainres.2014.04.024  (03 June 2014) Citation — to press release Chelsey B. Coombs, People with […]

Poor sleep quality appears to be correlated with noticeably reduced cognitive ability in 70s-aged men 0

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Terri Blackwell, Kristine Yaffe, Alison Laffan, Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Susan Redline, Kristine E. Ensrud, Yeonsu Song, and Katie L. Stone, Associations of Objectively and Subjectively Measured Sleep Quality with Subsequent Cognitive Decline in Older Community-Dwelling Men: The MrOS Sleep Study, Sleep 37 (4): 655-663, DOI: 10.5665/sleep.3562 (01 April […]

You can tell them, and lots of them still will not listen — a study demonstrates that the presence of accurate information about presence of BRCA 1 and 2 breast cancer genes within the family line — leads only about one-third to one-half of immediate relatives to test themselves for the genes 0

© 2013 Peter Free Citation Diana Quattrone and Franklin Hoke, Fox Chase Study Shows Families Don’t Understand Genetic Test Results or Their Implications, Fox Chase Cancer Center — Temple University Health System (12 December 2013) Findings From the Fox Chase Cancer Center press release — here quoted at length, due to the importance of the […]

Journalistic science reporting rarely gets worse than this example from Spain — jumping from mice to humans, without any indication of the questionability of the leap — and implicitly and probably misidentifying panic disorder as being entirely based on past (actual) fear experience 0

© 2013 Peter Free Citation — to study Mónica Santos, Davide D’Amico, Ornella Spadoni, Alejandro Amador-Arjona, Oliver Stork, and Mara Dierssen, Hippocampal Hyperexcitability Underlies Enhanced Fear Memories in TgNTRK3, a Panic Disorder Mouse Model, Journal of Neuroscience 33(38): 15259-15271, DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2161-13.2013 (18 September 2013) Citation — to the ludicrously misleading press release World Health Organisation, […]

Clicking on “like” in regard to a charitable cause on Facebook — may motivate less monetary giving by the liker — But the paper’s abstract, and its university press release, provide no quantified analysis in the proposition’s support — which means that this alleged insight into human behavior is most probably impressionistic BS, rather than science 0

© 2013 Peter Free Citation — to study Kirk Kristofferson, Katherine White, and John Peloza, The Nature of Slacktivism: How the Social Observability of an Initial Act of Token Support Affects Subsequent Prosocial Action, Journal of Consumer Research, DOI: 10.1086/674137 (2013) Citation — to press release Andrew Riley, Slacktivism: ‘Liking’ on Facebook may mean less […]