In case you missed it, we launched two new features on Psych Central since our last Flashback — our weekly podcast and a new blog entitled Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. But if you prefer the old over the new, then read on…

10 Years Ago on Psych Central

  • Detecting Deception: A quick review of the psychological research
    A decade ago, we did a quick lit search on psychologists’ ability to detect deception in others, and this issue has come up as one of the cornerstones of anti-terrorism efforts at airports in the U.S. since then. A great special issue of Criminal Justice and Behavior in October 2008 (Snook, 2008) noted that “hypnotic interviewing, polygraph examination, criminal profiling, critical incident stress debriefing, and detecting of deception solely on the basis of nonverbal cues” all lack strong scientific support and are “indicative of pseudoscience.” Yet they continue to be used by law enforcement personnel, the TSA, and even psychologists around the country as supposedly-valid tools.

5 Years Ago on Psych Central

  • February 2004 Blog Entry
    We noted that optimism provides no protection against cancer (e.g., those who had a more positive attitude about their life did not enjoy a greater survival percentage). A more recent meta-analysis in 2008 “showed that positive psychological well-being was associated with reduced mortality in both the healthy population and the diseased population. […] Both positive affect (e.g., emotional well-being, positive mood, joy, happiness, vigor, energy) and positive trait-like dispositions (e.g., life satisfaction, hopefulness, optimism, sense of humor) were associated with reduced mortality in healthy population studies” (Chida & Steptoe, 2008). I don’t think a positive attitude’s going to help you much once you get cancer, but it may help you before you do.

1 Year Ago on Psych Central