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Recent research: articles from late summer 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 well over 22,500 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 the 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 articles (mostly from journals published in July & August of this year).  There is so much of value here.  If you're a therapist do please look at these studies.  There is the cold water wake-up call of the Centre for Open Science's often failed attempt to reproduce many psychology research article outcomes.  There is Connolly Gibbons' fascinating study on the value of progress feedback to clinicians in community mental health treatment of depression.  Larson gives a great overview of "self-concealment".  McGrath reports on the prevalence of psychotic experiences.  Even more importantly Silove shows how common separation anxiety is in not only children but also adults (with Milrod's editorial underlining the importance of this ground-breaking paper).  It's important also to mention Weck's very interesting work on the potency of exposure for health anxiety disorder.  Click on Depression for an overlapping list of 36 relevant studies (this covers medication too). These include Daley's study on the value of a group exercise programme for postnatal depression, Guidi's meta-analysis of sequential integration of pharmacotherapy & psychotherapy for depression, three papers on nutrition & depression, Imamura's work on internet-based CBT for depression at work, and Martensson's critical review of bright white light therapy.  The Compassion & Mindfulness link brings 36 recent abstracts. Bawa & Mercer systematically review the helpfulness of mindfulness for chronic pain.  Camilleri looks at the association between mindfulness and weight status in the general population, while Janz highlights that more mindful men are more attractive romantically (slimmer & sexier, what's not to like?!).  Foulk interestingly discusses how rudeness is catching and Nissen-Lie produces the intriguingly entitled "Love yourself as a person, doubt yourself as a therapist?".  Clicking on Positive Psychology downloads abstracts and links to 36 good papers including Desjardins "Who attains status?", Gino's paper on the moral virtue of authenticity, Haslam's emphasis on the importance of group ties for cognitive health, Kamrath on assertiveness & unassertiveness, and Loewenstein's intriguingly titled "Does increased sexual frequency enhance happiness?"  Finally, the Healthy Living & Healthy Aging link brings details of 40 articles.  These include Cruwys on social modeling in eating behaviour, Eisenbruch on menstrual cycle stage shifts in women's clothing choices, Fox on the dark side of social networking sites, Gurillo's "Does tobacco use cause psychosis?", Horne on the health effects of intermittent fasting, Matchock's review of "Pet ownership and physical health" and much more.

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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