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  • Meet the Psychologists Who Convinced You to Vote for Obama

    11/14/2012 8:09:31 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 14 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | November 14, 2012 | Dashiell Bennett
    President Obama's re-election team has already been lauded for its mastery of data and organziation, but a feature in today's The New York Times looks at another secret, and more subtle, weapon: Behavioral science. Reporter Benedict Carey talks to some of the members of the campaign's "COBS" team, an informal group of unpaid advisors who shared their knowledge on the latest academic research and theories on how to influence the public's knowledge behavior. Publicly, the group—which it gave itself the name of "consortium of behavioral scientists"—where just friendly volunteers offering advice. None of the social scientists and psychologists who took...
  • Study Reveals Anti-Conservative Discrimination Among Psychologists

    08/08/2012 8:28:42 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 75 replies
    ChristianPost.com ^ | August 8, 2012 | Napp Nazworth
    A significant number of social and personality psychologists have told researchers they would discriminate against conservatives in decisions about publishing, grant applications and hiring, according to a study published in the September issue of the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. Authors Dr. Yoel Inbar and Dr. Joel Lammers assert in the study the more liberal the psychologist claimed to be, the more likely they were to admit to anti-conservative discrimination.... "By excluding those who disagree with (most of) us politically," Inbar and Yammers concluded, "we treat them unfairly, do ourselves a disservice, and ultimately damage the scientific credibility of our...
  • Ouija Board Helps Psychologists Probe the Subconscious

    07/09/2012 7:05:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 72 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 7/5/12 | Clare Wilson
    Beloved of spiritualists and bored teenagers on a dare, the Ouija board has long been a source of entertainment, mystery and sometimes downright spookiness. Now it could shine a light on the secrets of the unconscious mind. The Ouija, also known as a talking board, is a wooden plaque marked with the words, "yes", "no" and the letters of the alphabet. Typically a group of users place their hands on a movable pointer , or "planchette", and ask questions out loud. Sometimes the planchette signals an answer, even when no one admits to moving it deliberately. Believers think the answer...
  • Pa. family receives $5M in damages for abuse adopted daughter suffered under N.J. DYFS's care

    12/17/2011 1:22:09 PM PST · by Focault's Pendulum · 3 replies
    NJ.COM ^ | Friday, December 16, 2011, 10:15 PM Updated: Saturday, December 17, 2011, 8:57 AM | Megan DeMarco/Statehouse Bureau
    TRENTON — The state will pay a Pennsylvania family $5 million in damages for the physical and sexual abuse their adopted daughter suffered as a baby while under the care of New Jersey’s Division of Youth and Family Services. The state settled with the family today after a jury awarded damages, plus attorney’s fees. Because the state chose to settle, the jury’s verdict is vacated.
  • Social Scientist Sees {Liberal} Bias Within

    02/08/2011 3:48:38 AM PST · by Cronos · 34 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 7-Feb-2011 | John Tiernay
    ....But the most talked-about speech at this year’s meeting, which ended Jan. 30, involved a new “outgroup.”... It was identified by Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at the University of Virginia who studies the intuitive foundations of morality and ideology. He polled his audience at the San Antonio Convention Center, starting by asking how many considered themselves politically liberal. A sea of hands appeared, and Dr. Haidt estimated that liberals made up 80 percent of the 1,000 psychologists in the ballroom. When he asked for centrists and libertarians, he spotted fewer than three dozen hands. And then, when he asked...
  • Teens Charged in Phoebe Prince Bullying Case Get Death Threats

    04/16/2010 8:43:09 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 40 replies · 1,351+ views
    People Magazine ^ | Friday April 16, 2010 07:30 AM EDT | By Judy Rakowsky
    A defense lawyer is calling for calm after death threats have been made against teenagers charged in the death of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince, who committed suicide after she was allegedly bullied by schoolmates. "Not to minimize what happened to Phoebe Prince in any way, but translating this into death threats and public harassment has got to stop," says Colin Keefe, who represents Sharon Chanon Velazquez, accused of tormenting Prince, who hanged herself on Jan. 14. "It's gotten way out of control," adds Keefe, who says Velazquez has been driven temporarily from her home.
  • Letter Writing Campaign For Phoebe

    04/12/2010 6:08:54 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 7 replies · 268+ views
    Mind Of Niuhuru | April 12 2010 | Niuhuru
    Why don't we start a letter writing campaign to the court to encourage them to give solid, real sentences to these monsters and not give them a slap on the wrist? By doing that we'll ensure that justice is done.
  • Attorney wants Phoebe Prince’s medical records (Mass. bullying case)

    04/11/2010 8:52:46 PM PDT · by jerry557 · 89 replies · 1,646+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 04/10/10 | Marie Szaniszlo
    The attorney for one of six South Hadley High School students accused of bullying Phoebe Prince in the months leading up to her suicide is asking for highly personal information about her, a move decried by a former prosecutor and victims advocates as “unconscionable.” In a six-page motion filed in Northampton Superior Court, Terrence M. Dunphy, the lawyer for Austin Renaud, asks for the names of any physicians, psychologists or rape counselors Prince saw; any medical and psychological records viewed by the prosecutor; details of any prior allegations of rape or abuse by Prince; and a statement as to whether...
  • Psychologists Vote to End Interrogation Consultations (of terrorists)

    09/18/2008 11:24:24 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies · 278+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 17, 2008 | Benedict Carey
    Members of the American Psychological Association have voted to prohibit consultation in the interrogations of detainees held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, or so-called black sites operated by the Central Intelligence Agency overseas, the association said on Wednesday. The vote, 8,792 to 6,157 in a mail-in balloting concluded Monday, may help to settle a long debate within the profession over the ethics of such work. Psychologists have helped military and C.I.A. interrogators evaluate detainees, plan questioning strategy and judge its psychological costs. The association’s ethics code, while condemning a list of coercive techniques adopted in the Bush administration’s antiterrorism campaign, has...
  • Spanking Raises Chances of Risky, Deviant Sexual Behavior

    02/29/2008 12:48:16 AM PST · by guitarist · 64 replies · 2,865+ views
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | Feb. 28, 2008 | Amanda Gardner
    Spanking Raises Chances of Risky, Deviant Sexual Behavior Review found physical punishment of kids linked to unprotected, masochistic sex as adults By Amanda Gardner Posted 2/28/08 THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have uncovered another damaging consequence of spanking: risky sexual behaviors, or even sexual deviancy, when the child grows up. "This adds one more harmful side effect to spanking," said Murray Straus, a spanking expert who was expected to present the findings of four studies at the American Psychological Association's Summit on Violence and Abuse in Relationships in Bethesda, Md., on Thursday. Related News * Video: Health News...
  • Through Analysis, Gut Reaction Gains Credibility

    08/29/2007 12:30:22 AM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 500+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 28, 2007 | CLAUDIA DREIFUS
    Two years ago, when Malcolm Gladwell published his best-selling “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking,” readers throughout the world were introduced to the ideas of Gerd Gigerenzer, a German social psychologist. Dr. Gigerenzer, the director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, is known in social science circles for his breakthrough studies on the nature of intuitive thinking. Before his research, this was a topic often dismissed as crazed superstition. Dr. Gigerenzer, 59, was able to show how aspects of intuition work and how ordinary people successfully use it in modern life. And now he has...
  • U.S. psychologists scrap interrogation ban

    08/20/2007 1:14:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 978+ views
    kentucky.com ^ | Aug. 20, 2007 | SUDHIN THANAWALA
    Associated Press The nation's largest group of psychologists scrapped a measure Sunday that would have prohibited members from assisting interrogators at Guantanamo Bay and other U.S. military detention centers. The American Psychological Association's policy-making council voted against a proposal to ban psychologists from taking part in any interrogations at U.S. military prisons "in which detainees are deprived of adequate protection of their human rights." Instead, the group approved a resolution that reaffirmed the association's opposition to torture and restricted members from taking part in interrogations that involved any of more than a dozen specific practices, including sleep deprivation and forced...
  • Albert Ellis, Influential Psychotherapist, Dies at 93

    07/24/2007 10:11:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 358+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 25, 2007 | MICHAEL T. KAUFMAN
    Albert Ellis, whose innovative straight-talk approach to psychotherapy made him one of the most influential and provocative figures in modern psychology, died yesterday at his home above the institute he founded in Manhattan. He was 93. The cause, after extended illness, was kidney and heart failure, said a friend and spokeswoman, Gayle Rosellini. Dr. Ellis (he had a doctorate but not a medical degree) called his approach rational emotive behavior therapy, or R.E.B.T. Developed in the 1950s, it challenged the deliberate, slow-moving methodology of Sigmund Freud, the prevailing psychotherapeutic treatment at the time. Where the Freudians maintained that a painstaking...
  • Please Stop the Torture of the American People by Congress (Satire)

    10/03/2006 12:01:11 PM PDT · by Jeffdunetz · 1 replies · 431+ views
    Yid With Yid.Blogspot.com ^ | 10/3/05 | Yid With Lid
    Last week congress passed the Military Commissions Act, granting the Bush administration powers to detain interrogate and prosecute alleged terrorists and their supporters. Congress had to walk a fine line in creating this legislation; information gathered from the detainees has been an important tool in preventing terrorist attacks in the United States. But we had to show the administration and the world that AMERICA DOES NOT TORTURE! One of the interrogation methods outlawed by this bill is something called waterboarding. What is not being reported in the papers is the fact that many other severe methods of “aggressive” questioning are...
  • The Fame Motive

    08/23/2006 1:29:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 504+ views
    The Treacherous NY Times ^ | August 22, 2006 | BENEDICT CAREY
    Money and power are handy, but millions of ambitious people are after something other than the corner office or the beach house on St. Bart’s. They want to swivel necks, to light a flare in others’ eyes, to walk into a crowded room and feel the conversation stop. They are busy networking, auditioning, talking up their latest project — a screenplay, a memoir, a new reality show — to satisfy a desire so obvious it is all but invisible. “To be noticed, to be wanted, to be loved, to walk into a place and have others care about what you’re...
  • Psychologists adopt anti-torture policy - Psychologists take stand against military torture

    08/10/2006 7:47:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 453+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/10/06 | Mary Foster - ap
    NEW ORLEANS - The American Psychological Association took a stand against torture Thursday but kept an existing policy saying that it's ethical for psychologists to assist in military interrogations. Critics said the new policy, adopted at the group's convention, does not go far enough to keep its members from becoming embroiled in practices that could violate the principles of human rights. "The ultimate question is, should psychologists participate in national security interrogations, and the answer is no," said Leonard Rubenstein, executive director of Physicians for Human Rights. "It's a question that other medical groups have addressed and the APA has...
  • More and More, Favored Psychotherapy Lets Bygones Be Bygones

    02/16/2006 10:26:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies · 711+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 14, 2006 | ALIX SPIEGEL
    For most of the 20th century, therapists in America agreed on a single truth. To cure patients, it was necessary to explore and talk through the origins of their problems. In other words, they had to come to terms with the past to move forward in the present. Thousands of hours and countless dollars were spent in this pursuit. Therapists listened diligently as their patients recounted elaborate narratives of family dysfunction — the alcoholic father, the mother too absorbed in her own unhappiness to attend to her children's needs — certain that this process would ultimately produce relief. But returning...
  • Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

    12/31/2005 6:56:54 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 851+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 29, 2005 | TIMOTHY D. WILSON
    Op-Ed Contributor IT'S navel gazing time again, that stretch of the year when many of us turn our attention inward and think about how we can improve the way we live our lives. But as we embark on this annual ritual of introspection, we would do well to ask ourselves a simple question: Does it really do any good? --snip-- For years it was believed that emergency workers should undergo a debriefing process to focus on and relive their experiences; the idea was that this would make them feel better and prevent mental health problems down the road. After 9/11,...
  • Guantánamo Tour Focuses on Medical Ethics

    11/13/2005 6:30:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 336+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 13, 2005 | NEIL A. LEWIS
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 - Troubled by news accounts of medical participation in coercive interrogations at Guantánamo Bay and the resulting unease in the professional medical community, the Pentagon led an intense one-day tour of the detention camp last month, several participants said in recent days. The purpose of the trip, some of the participants said, was for the military leadership to convince the ethicists, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who visited the detention camp at the United States Naval Station in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, that what was occurring there did not violate medical ethics and was necessary to strengthen the nation's...
  • The tyranny of therapism

    07/15/2005 2:59:18 PM PDT · by siunevada · 5 replies · 447+ views
    CERC ^ | June 19, 2005 | Christina Hoff Sommers & Sally Satel
    The tyranny of therapism Today — with a book for every ailment, a counselor for every crisis, a lawsuit for every grievance, and a TV show for every conceivable problem — we are at risk of degrading our native ability to cope with life's challenges. In 2000, five Canadian psychologists published a satirical article about Winnie the Pooh entitled 'Pathology in the Hundred Acre Wood'. At first glance, say the authors, the hero of AA Milne's 1926 children's classic appears to be a healthy, well-adjusted bear; but on closer and more expert examination, Pooh turns out to suffer from attention...
  • Grief Counselling A Waste Of Time, Say Psychologists

    06/03/2005 6:34:39 PM PDT · by blam · 94 replies · 2,010+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-4-2005 | Raj Persaud
    Grief counselling a waste of time, say psychologists By Raj Persaud (Filed: 04/06/2005) Bereavement counselling - long considered by psychologists to be vital in recovering from the death of a loved one - may be a waste of time, according to a new study. The research challenges a belief that has been firmly held by psychoanalysts since Sigmund Freud proposed in 1917 that confronting feelings is the healthiest way to cope with bereavement. Many psychoanalysts have even argued that failure to express grief indicates - or may lead to - deep psychological problems. These days, bereavement counsellors often urge people...
  • The Child Who Would Not Speak a Word

    04/11/2005 6:28:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 105 replies · 3,675+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 12, 2005 | HARRIET BROWN
    Christine Stanley will never forget the call. Two weeks after her daughter Emily started kindergarten, the teacher phoned in a panic. Emily would not color, sing or participate in any classroom activities; in fact, she would not say a word to anyone. It was not the first time Christine had received such a call. Emily had not talked at preschool, either. She did not make eye contact with store clerks or talk to nurses at the pediatrician's office. She ran off the playground if another child approached. Mrs. Stanley asked her sister, a special education teacher, what she thought. Mrs....
  • An Early Wartime Profile Depicts a Tormented Hitler

    03/30/2005 7:12:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 82 replies · 7,470+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 31, 2005 | BENEDICT CAREY
    He was a feminine boy, averse to manual work, who was "annoyingly subservient" to superior officers as a young soldier and had nightmares that were "very suggestive of homosexual panic." The mass killings that he later perpetrated stemmed in part from a desperate loathing of his own submissive weakness, and the humiliations of being beaten by a sadistic father. What is believed to be the first psychological profile of Hitler commissioned by the Office of Strategic Services, a predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency, was posted this month by Cornell University Law Library on its Web site (www.lawschool.cornell.edu/library/donovan/hitler/). Although declassified...
  • Close Doesn't Always Count in Winning Games (this isn't just baseball)

    03/06/2005 11:58:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies · 774+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 7, 2005 | BENEDICT CAREY
    TAMPA, Fla. - The most extravagant collection of celebrities this side of Oscar night meets in a windowless bunker every workday before 9 a.m. Here in their stocking feet are Jason Giambi, who has emerged at the center of a nationwide steroids controversy; Alex Rodriguez, who has been fending off insults in the news media from opposing players; Kevin Brown, the pitcher who last year broke a hand by punching a wall; and, a few lockers away, the newcomer Randy Johnson, the 6-foot-10 pitcher whose first visit to New York as part of the Yankees resulted in a public scuffle...
  • TV Time, Unlike Child Care, Ranks High in Mood Study

    12/03/2004 6:12:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 925+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 3, 2004 | BENEDICT CAREY
    A team of psychologists and economists is reporting today what many Americans know but do not always admit, especially to social scientists: that watching television by oneself is a very enjoyable way to pass the time, and that taking care of children - bless their little hearts - is often about as much fun as housework. Those findings, published in the journal Science, run contrary to previous research about what makes people happy and why. The study also suggests that the fundamental realities of marriage and job security have far less to do with daily moods than factors like deadlines...
  • Pathologizing Conservatism

    10/21/2004 12:51:49 AM PDT · by neverdem · 50 replies · 1,142+ views
    Reason ^ | October 20, 2004 | Ronald Bailey
    Is it an unfortunate evolutionary holdover, or the product of bad upbringing? At the recent conference in Chicago of the Association of Politics and Life Sciences, a panel on "Biobehaviorial Approaches to Politics" addressed the important question: What is wrong with people who disagree with the mainstream of American academic social scientists? Nancy Meyer-Emerick, an assistant professor of public administration at Cleveland State University, made a presentation on "Evolutionary Perspectives on the Authoritarian Personality." Professor Meyer-Emerick wants to know if there are genetic tendencies that promote what she dubs "authoritarianism." She defines this distasteful quality through the work of University...
  • Attempt to dump [forced universal] mental screening fails

    09/10/2004 2:56:29 PM PDT · by familyop · 16 replies · 780+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 10SEP04 | WorldNetDaily
    An amendment offered by Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, in the House of Representatives yesterday that would have remove from an appropriations bill a new mandatory mental-health screening program for America's children failed by a vote of 95-315. Paul's amendment would have removed the program from the Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2005. Ninety-four Republicans and one Democrat sided with Paul, while 118 Republicans, 196 Democrats and one Independent voted against the amendment. As WorldNetDaily reported, the New Freedom Initiative recommends screening not only for children but eventually for every American. The initiative came out of the...
  • U.S. psychologists embrace same-sex marriage

    08/01/2004 11:39:10 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 46 replies · 919+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 7/31/04 | WorldNetDaily
    The American Psychological Association – which a few years back came under fire for promoting adult-child sex in its peer-reviewed journal – has endorsed homosexual "marriage" at its annual convention. "The APA also opposed discrimination against lesbian or gay parents adoption, child custody and visitation, foster care and reproductive health services," said the group's news release. Condemnation was swift and strong. "The APA does whatever the radical homosexual lobby tells it to do," said Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, according to a Baptist Press account. "It's nothing more than a professional lobbying group...
  • Vatican Issues Report Critical of Policy

    02/24/2004 3:39:46 AM PST · by Robert Drobot · 31 replies · 214+ views
    Atlantic Journal-Constitution ^ | 23 February 2004 | NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY (AP)--The Vatican issued a report Monday by non-Catholic sex abuse experts who criticized the policy adopted by U.S. bishops of removing abusive priests from the ministry, saying it was overly harsh and would not protect the young. The report was released days before U.S. bishops issue their own national survey on sex abuse by clergy, which is expected to find more than 4,000 American priests have been accused of molesting minors since 1950--far more than previously estimated. Still, the U.S. study may also show the number of cases has declined dramatically since the 1990s, and victims fear it...
  • 'Superior' Son Still Has Much to Learn

    09/30/2003 1:37:34 PM PDT · by johnny7 · 7 replies · 147+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 9-30-03 | Dr. Yvonne Fournier
    The assessmentBy Dr. Yvonne FournierSeptember 30, 2003I had my first-grade son tested because his teacher asked me to. He turned out "superior." The psychologist told me he is very bright. I knew that all along. After all, I have tried to give him a good foundation for learning. Then why is he doing poorly in school?Some children who enter school as "superior" or "gifted" have received many gifts of learning from parents, older siblings, grandparents and child care teachers. "Gifts" might be intangible - reading, going to a museum, watching Sesame Street - or they might be physical gifts of...
  • Antidepressants Versus Placebos: Meaningful Advantages Are Lacking

    10/08/2002 1:37:29 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 14 replies · 628+ views
    Psychiatric Times ^ | September 2002 | Irving Kirsch, Ph.D., and David Antonuccio, Ph.D.
    Antidepressants are widely believed to be exceptionally effective medications. The data, however, tell a different story. Kirsch et al. (2002a) analyzed the data sent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by the manufacturers of the six most widely prescribed antidepressants (fluoxetine [Prozac], paroxetine [Paxil], sertraline [Zoloft], venlafaxine [Effexor], nefazodone [Serzone] and citalopram [Celexa]). Their research showed that although the response to antidepressants was substantial, the response to inert placebo was almost as great. The mean difference was about two points on the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAM-D). Although statistically significant, this difference is not clinically significant (Jacobson et...
  • Anything But Gay: The Deadly and Dangerous Homosexual Lifestyle

    08/04/2002 1:00:32 PM PDT · by TonyTheTigger · 50 replies · 644+ views
    CNLGLFG.COM ^ | 8/4/2002 | Tyler Young (Posted by owner of site)
    Because of the bias manner in which homosexuality is portrayed by the media, the general public has little understanding of the true nature of the homosexual lifestyle. Most have been deceived into believing the average homosexual lives a perfectly normal and healthy way of life.
  • Confronting homosexual propaganda

    08/04/2002 12:41:20 PM PDT · by TonyTheTigger · 71 replies · 634+ views
    CNLGLG.COM ^ | 8/4/2002 | Tony Horton
    I was homosexual, so the media can't fool me into believing it is a healthy alternative lifestyle. Most homosexuals have had so many sexual partners they have lost count. Alot have had hundreds.
  • Woman fined for fake anthrax letter

    03/22/2002 7:54:46 AM PST · by Willie Green · 4 replies · 234+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Friday, March 22, 2002 | Joseph D. Wilcox
    <p>A Point Breeze woman who sent a fake anthrax letter to her husband's office as a Halloween joke last year was sentenced in federal court Thursday to one day in jail and fined $5,000.</p> <p>U.S. District Judge Gary L. Lancaster admonished Jaime Lynn Reaser, 32, before handing down the sentence, which also included 100 hours of community service and three years probation.</p>