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Study: Harm Outweighs Benefits of Spanking
"Spanking children can make them temporarily more compliant but causes more problems than it cures by raising the risk that children will become aggressive, antisocial and chronically defiant, according to new research. The discipline technique is also associated with delinquency, a failure to learn right from wrong, and an increased risk that the spanking might turn into child abuse, according to the author of one of the most comprehensive examinations of the subject." Read the rest of the article via the Washington Post.
Interesting stuff, but as is so often the case, there's no causal relationship found in this study. From the article: "Gershoff said her research had not provided data that showed causative links between spanking and bad behaviors, but said everything she had studied indicated that the effects of spanking were mostly harmful." Still, the link is worth additional future research. And if I were a parent, I'd find another way.
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Psychology and Spirituality
Joshua Clayborn down at Indiana University certainly has some interesting insights into psychology wiring and spirituality worth checking out.
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Another Essay About Blogging
I'm on a roll with these, probably because I started up my own personal blog again... (Be creative, find it on your own!). So here, I present to you, Psychology of Weblogs: Everything Old is New Again. The content of blogs is certainly not new, while their format for the Web is. Do they change everything? Nope, not one bit.
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UCLA Researchers Check Brain Waves To Predict Effectiveness Of Antidepressants
I heard about this yesterday on All Things Considered on NPR: "A new UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute study shows for the first time that measurable changes in the front of the brain can predict the effectiveness of an antidepressant within days of treatment — weeks before a patient begins to feel better." I think it's an interesting finding that has potential. Right now, a doctor chooses amongst nearly two dozen different antidepressants to prescribe you, based upon (mostly) their side-effect profile. Not their effectiveness, since the research shows they share the same effectiveness in the treatment of depression. Read the rest of the article for more information.
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A sign of the times
"St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, a sprawling 300-acre complex, may be the most famous mental hospital in America. It served as an infirmary for wounded Civil War soldiers and played a crucial role in developing modern psychotherapy techniques. [...] But this landmark, which at one time included a railroad, bakery, and greenhouse, is crumbling. A shrinking patient population -- about 500 today -- has left many historically significant structures vacant." Read the whole article on CNN.com.
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Yet Another Online Therapy Article
While one of the companies I'm still involved with, HelpHorizons.com, garnered a mention in the Wall Street Journal last Tuesday, this article has also recently crossed the wire (this article's date is wrong, it was published sometime over the weekend) about online therapy. Seems like we're in another media cycle about e-therapy!
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Mozilla 1.0 Released
It's time to dump Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser (which you are likely using to read this), and move up to the open-source power of Mozilla 1.0 now! Very cool stuff included in this version, which will also be included in the Netscape 7.x line (when it is released soon). Definitely worth the download.
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