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The antidepressant reboxetine: A “headdesk” moment in science

Every so often there comes a truly "headdesk" moment in science. A moment where you sit there, stunned by a new finding, and thinking, blankly..."OK, now what?" For psychiatry and behavioral pharmacology, one of those moments came a few weeks ago with the findings of a meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal (Eyding et al...

November 30, 2010 — SciCurious

Cybertherapy, placebos and the dodo effect: Why psychotherapies never get better

When the media report on a new diet that supposedly helps people lose weight once and for all, I wonder, "Does anyone still believe these claims, given the dismal track record of diets?" I have the same reaction to new treatments for psychological disorders, such as "cybertherapy." In a long, lavishly illustrated article in The New York Times , Benedict Carey reported that psychotherapists are harnessing virtual reality for treating social anxiety disorder, alcoholism, agoraphobia, gambling addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and a host of other mental ailments...

November 29, 2010 — John Horgan

Open Lab Entries So Far: Five Days Left!

There are only FIVE DAYS left for submissions! Dig through your archives, through other people’s archives and submit! Note: if you have recently moved your blog, please e-mail Bora the corrected URLs for your entries The list is growing fast – check the submissions to date and get inspired to submit something of your own [...]..

November 26, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

A primatologist discovers the social factors responsible for maternal infanticide

Chicago’s nineteenth ward reeked of overripe fruit and kerosene the day Mary Stastch killed her baby. According to the Chicago Tribune on July 29, 1911, the unemployed single mother and recent immigrant from Austria left Cook County Hospital earlier that week and "wandered about Chicago for two days with the baby in her arms, looking for work." But with the growing labor crisis leaving nearly 250,000 people jobless her search would have been difficult even without a newborn in tow...

November 22, 2010 — Eric Michael Johnson

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