Last updated on 30th October 2017
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 25,000 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 some of 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, 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 three 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 Word doc list of 46 excellent recent research articles (mostly from journals published over the summer/autumn). So many of these papers are highly relevant to improving our helpfulness as psychotherapists. These include papers by Agyapong on the value of daily automated text messages to augment the effectiveness of depression treatment, Arntz reminding us of the broad & helpful applicability of imagery rescripting, and Blom, Carney & Luik in three separate papers highlighting the value of sleep treatment for anxiety & depression. Click on Depression for an overlapping list of 24 relevant studies (this covers medication too). These include Cramer's systematic review of the value of yoga for depression, Dahl's huge study on long term effects of various kinds of childhood adversity, Pinto-Sanchez on probiotics, and three papers by Hiles, Soucy & Yeatts respectively on the value of exercise. The Compassion & Mindfulness download brings 28 recent abstracts including Cheng on encouraging benefit-finding in Alzheimer caregivers, Dam's critical look at the current state of mindfulness research, and Diedrich on self-compassion's promotion of effective emotion tolerance in depression. Clicking on Positive Psychology downloads abstracts & links to a further 28 papers including Haridas on the importance of zest, hope & kindness for mental health, Kardos on empathic people's increased number of close friends, and Warner on the happiness boost associated with eating more fruit & vegetables. Finally, there are 40 abstracts in the Healthy Living & Healthy Aging section including Bubu's meta-analysis on increased Alzheimer's risk for those with sleep problems, Gunter (and Guallar) on improved life expectancy in coffee drinkers, Jones on the 'three faces of deceit' in the Dark Triad, Manson on how risks of HRT have been over-estimated ... and much more.
What's not to like? So much fascinating & helpful information here. Remember you can always search these & earlier studies using keywords on James's Scoop.it pages.