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APA Applauds Landmark Illinois Law Allowing Psychologists to Prescribe Medications

APA Applauds Landmark Illinois Law Allowing Psychologists to Prescribe Medications | New Directions in Psychology | Scoop.it
APA applauded a law signed making Illinois the third state in the country to authorize licensed clinical psychologists with advanced, specialized training to prescribe certain medications for the treatment of mental health disorders.
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Precise brain mapping can improve response to deep brain stimulation in depression

Precise brain mapping can improve response to deep brain stimulation in depression | New Directions in Psychology | Scoop.it
Precisely defining white matter connections in the brain can help physicians choose optimal target sites for stimulation and significantly improve outcomes in deep brain stimulation for depression, a new study shows. Previous experimental studies have shown that deep brain stimulation (DBS) within the subcallosal cingulate (SCC) white matter of the brain is an effective treatment for many patients with treatment-resistant depression.
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Standard treatments fail those with treatment-resistant depression
and cause angst on the part of clinicians when these approaches fall short. The study provides hope for those suffering with the disorder and for those clinicians working to assist them.

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Catching It Early: Behavioral Therapy Treats OCD In Really Young Kids

Catching It Early: Behavioral Therapy Treats OCD In Really Young Kids | New Directions in Psychology | Scoop.it
A type of family-based cognitive behavioral therapy effective in adolescents may also help younger kids over the long-term, researchers say.
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Experimental Cancer Drug Reverses Schizophrenia in Adolescent Mice - 03/31/2014

Experimental Cancer Drug Reverses Schizophrenia in Adolescent Mice - 03/31/2014 | New Directions in Psychology | Scoop.it
Johns Hopkins researchers say that an experimental anticancer compound appears to have reversed behaviors associated with schizophrenia and restored some lost brain cell function in adolescent mice with a rodent version of the devastating mental illness.
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Amazing!

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Computer maps 21 distinct emotional expressions -- even 'happily disgusted'

Computer maps 21 distinct emotional expressions -- even 'happily disgusted' | New Directions in Psychology | Scoop.it
Researchers have found a way for computers to recognize 21 distinct facial expressions -- even expressions for complex or seemingly contradictory emotions such as “happily disgusted” or “sadly angry.” The study more than triples the number of documented facial expressions that researchers can now use for cognitive analysis.
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The bogus science behind Paltrow and Martin's 'conscious uncoupling'

The bogus science behind Paltrow and Martin's 'conscious uncoupling' | New Directions in Psychology | Scoop.it

A dsatiricalNo matter how you spin it, divorce is a failure.

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Conscious uncoupling:The author provides a satirical look at a new trend.

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Class Warfare: How Adjunct Professors Are Investigating Pay Conditions

Class Warfare: How Adjunct Professors Are Investigating Pay Conditions | New Directions in Psychology | Scoop.it
Read about adjunct professors teaching in the area that that are fighting to form unions. Adjunct professors are at the bottom of a lucrative enterprise.
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I gave up working as an adjunct years ago because of the poor pay conditions.

 

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Depression detectable in the blood: Platelet serotonin transporter function

Depression detectable in the blood: Platelet serotonin transporter function | New Directions in Psychology | Scoop.it
The possibility of using a blood test to detect depression has been demonstrated by researchers. While blood tests for mental illnesses have until recently been regarded as impossible, a recent study clearly indicates that, in principle, depression can in fact be diagnosed in this way and this could become reality in the not too distant future.
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This is amazing. Finally, there may be in the near future to make a definitive medical diagnosis of the clinically depressed.

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Protein researchers closing in on the mystery of schizophrenia

Protein researchers closing in on the mystery of schizophrenia | New Directions in Psychology | Scoop.it
Schizophrenia is a severe disease for which there is still no effective medical treatment. In an attempt to understand exactly what happens in the brain of a schizophrenic person, researchers have analyzed proteins in the brains of rats that have been given hallucinogenic drugs. This may pave the way for new and better medicines.
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Eye-opening research study examining what happens to rat brains after being given PCP. At the molecular level, the study found that PCP causes changes in movement and reduced cognitive functions such as impaired memory, attention and learning ability. It also affects a number of processes in the brain cells such as, among other things, calcium balance and the transport of substances in and out of cells. Because PCP mimics the symptoms of schizophrenia,  this research may assist in treating the disease.

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What Facebook Knows About You From One WhatsApp Convo

What Facebook Knows About You From One WhatsApp Convo | New Directions in Psychology | Scoop.it
Finally, there’s a dashboard that confirms your wildest suspicions: WhatsApp knows your name, your location, your interests, and even your political leaning. They can know things about you that you
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Not exactly a new development in psychology but I think this event will generate numerous issues with managing psychopathology!

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How Wearable Tech Could Improve Your Mental Health

In the future, these devices could also help people understand the symptoms of conditions such as autism and depression, researchers say. In a series of studies over the past decade, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have analyzed data from wristbands to see how people's heart rate, temperature, movement and skin conductance correlate with symptoms of an array of physical and developmental conditions. For instance, a child with autism might appear to be experiencing a high-energy episode when, in fact, wristband data indicates that their internal state is calm. "[Teachers] will see someone jumping up and down, and say, 'Maybe someone should calm that kid down,' but we read out his internal state, and see his state is so low that this kid needs 20 minutes on a trampoline before he gets to a normal level," Rosalind Picard, director of the Affective Computing Research Group at MIT, said during a lecture here at Harvard University on March 12.
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Health News - MU Study Suggests New Rehabilitation Methods for Amputees and Stroke Patients

Health News - MU Study Suggests New Rehabilitation Methods for Amputees and Stroke Patients | New Directions in Psychology | Scoop.it
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Therapists' Apps Aim To Help With Mental Health Issues

Therapists' Apps Aim To Help With Mental Health Issues | New Directions in Psychology | Scoop.it
There are lots of apps out there that claim to improve your mental health, but precious few have actually been tested to see if they work. Psychologists are starting to give that a try.
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.Psychology is finally in the 21st century. Kudos!

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