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Recent research: articles from early 2015 journals

I read a lot of research.  When I find an article of particular interest I download it to my bibliographic database - Endnote - which currently contains over 21,800 abstracts.  I also regularly tweet about emerging research, so following me on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ (click on the relevant icon at the top of this web page) will keep you up to speed with what I'm finding interesting.  Additionally you can view this highlighted research by visiting Scoop.it (click on the "it!" icon at the top of this page).  At Scoop.it, I stream publications into five overlapping topic areas: Cognitive & General Psychotherapy, Depression, Compassion & Mindfulness, Healthy Living & Healthy Aging, and Positive Psychology. Here you can scan through abstracts (and my comments), follow hyperlinks to the original research papers, and search by keyword (click on the funnel icon or in the tag cloud on the relevant Scoop.it topic pages).

Every couple of months or so, I also provide overviews of this research - sign up for the newsletter to receive this information regularly (see the link at the bottom of this page).  Clicking on the topic heading - Cognitive & General Psychotherapy - downloads a hyperlinked PDF list of 36 good recent research studies, including several on better assessment & screening (e.g. for bipolar disorder & for borderline personality disorder), Chalder's emphasis on the importance of fear avoidance in fatigue syndromes, Christou-Champi's and also Suri's interesting papers on practice & underuse of reappraisal, and a whole series of valuable publications on suicide.  Click on Depression for an overlapping list of 29 relevant studies (this covers medication too), including Durisko's interesting paper on adaptive evolutionary understanding of depression, Firth's systematic review of stepped care system effectiveness, Martiny's encouraging findings for chronotherapeutics, and Rapaport's perceptive caution about Mischoulon's apparently negative assessment of fish oil treatment.  The Compassion & Mindfulness link brings 17 recent abstracts.  Both Adam and Khaddouma report papers on mindfulness & sexuality, while both Davis and la Cour publish on pain management.  Marshall shows how self-compassion protects against the negative effects of low self-esteem in adolescents, and Mortberg highlights the crucial importance of being able to shift attention focus in successful CBT for social anxiety.   Clicking on Positive Psychology downloads abstracts and links to 6 good papers including recent work on the importance of humour for productivity in work teams, Cheng's publication on the stress-managing effects of gratitude interventions for health care practitioners, and Cohen's fascinating publication on how hugging reduces upper respiratory infection susceptibility!  Finally, the Healthy Living & Healthy Aging link brings details of 12 articles. There's the Eichstaedt's findings on links between psychological language on Twitter & county-level heart disease death rates, Hanson's systematic review on the encouraging benefits of walking groups, Leng's paper on sleep duration and stroke risk, and Vermeulen-Smit's study on the strong links between unhealthy health behaviours and mental disorders.   

So much fascinating & helpful information here.  Remember you can always search these & earlier studies using keywords on James's Scoop.it pages.

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