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Nov 01 2012

Free access to highly cited journals in Psychology

You can read a selection of highly cited Springer journals about Psychology free of charge now through November 30 2012:

[Source: SpringerLink]

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Nov 17 2011

Best-Selling Graduate Works Published by ProQuest Dissertation Publishing

ProQuest Dissertation Publishing publishes nearly 80,000 new dissertations and masters theses each year. These graduate works are available in a variety of formats (hardcover, paperback, unbound, microfiche) and in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database, which has citations to more than 2.7 million dissertations and theses, and more than 1.4 million dissertations in full-text format.

Best-selling graduate works are based on an analysis of sales results, search queries, and customer service inquiries of the chosen titles. Each spring the best-selling dissertations from the previous year are announced to the scholars, libraries, and researchers. This year the list has expanded to include the best selling master’s theses.

You may click here to view a list of best-selling graduate works of 2010.

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Nov 02 2011

Free Selected Articles from Neuropsychology Review

Neuropsychology Review is devoted to integrative review papers in all aspects of neuroscience contributing to a mechanistic understanding of human neuropsychology in normal and clinical populations. The journal aims to publish scholarly articles that summarize and synthesize strengths and weaknesses in the literature and propose novel hypotheses, models, methods of analysis and links to other fields.

Imapct Factor: 4.231

Read, download and save these articles online. They are available online for free until October 31, 2011:

HKUL users can continue to access the journal via http://library.hku.hk/record=b2335919

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Aug 25 2011

Psychology Headlines from PSYCHNEWS

  1. Is Ignorance Bliss?
  2. 10 Psychological Techniques to Help You Get a New Job
  3. From End To Beginning: Navigating a Transition Well
  4. Happiness Tends to Deter Crime
  5. Gender Differences In Anticipation Of Negative Experiences
  6. Only One In Five Medicaid-Covered Kids in Ohio Finish Antidepressant Treatment
  7. Extreme Negative Anti-Smoking Ads Can Backfire, Experts Find
  8. Good ruminations or bad ruminations in the depressed brain?
  9. Is Your Relationship Making You Sick?
  10. Understanding Recovery Avoidance in OCD
  11. Taking Rudeness of Our Co-Workers Home With Us
  12. Did 911 Reveal the Limitations of Psychology?
  13. There’s More to Introversion than You Might Think
  14. Inflexibility May Give Pupils With Autism Problems in Multitasking
  15. Exercise Can Substitute Effectively as Second ‘Medication’ for People With Depression, Study Suggests

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Jul 20 2011

Top Impact Factors 2010 for Psychology Journals

Springer provides you with the 2010 Impact Factors (Journal Citation Reports®, Thomson Reuters) for a selection of its Psychology journals.

Take a closer look at top, increased, and first Impact Factor journals in Psychology.

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Jun 27 2011

Psychology Headlines from PSYCHNEWS

  1. Psychometric schooling snark
  2. Learning How to Die: The Handbook for Mortals
  3. Learning to count not as easy as 1, 2, 3: Working with larger numbers matters
  4. Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions for Introverts
  5. The good life: Good sleepers have better quality of life and less depression
  6. Sleep loss in early childhood may contribute to the development of ADHD symptoms
  7. The psychiatrist delusion
  8. Routine Autism Screening Not Necessary, Say Canadian Researchers
  9. Is the ADHD Brain More Creative?
  10. Federal welfare programs can have negative effects on children’s cognitive scores
  11. Income Disparity Makes People Unhappy
  12. 34% Of British People With Diabetes Keep It A Secret, Which Raises The Risk Of Complications
  13. When My Mother Died, She Told Me To Try to Enjoy Life More
  14. Preteens surrounded by smokers get hooked on nicotine, study suggests
  15. Why Have Married People’s Yearnings Run Amok?
  16. Group therapy helps multiple sclerosis patients cope with depression, study finds
  17. Adolescence and expectations about college graduation
  18. Money Problems: 6 Steps to Transform Your Money Life
  19. 2 factor theories of personality
  20. Can a Negative Emotion, Like Regret, Actually Make You Happier?

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Feb 04 2010

MMR Vaccine Controversy

MMR vaccine controversy

 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

The MMR vaccine controversy refers to claims that autism can be caused by the MMR vaccine, a vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella. The scientific consensus is that no credible scientific evidence links the vaccine to autism, and that the vaccine’s benefits greatly outweigh its risks. The controversy led to sharp drops in vaccination rates in the UK and Ireland,[1] which in turn led to greatly increased incidence of measles and mumps, resulting in a few deaths and some severe and permanent injuries.[2]

 

Claims of a connection between the vaccine and autism were initially raised in a 1998 paper in the respected British medical journal The Lancet.[3] After it was discovered that Andrew Wakefield, the paper’s lead author, had received major funding from British trial lawyers seeking evidence against vaccine manufacturers,[4] ten of the paper’s twelve coauthors retracted its interpretation of an association between MMR vaccine and autism.[5] It was also discovered that Wakefield had previously filed for a patent on a rival vaccine using technology that lacked scientific credibility, and that Wakefield knew but did not publish test results that contradicted his theory by showing that no measles virus was found in the children tested.[6] In 2009, The Sunday Times reported that Wakefield had manipulated patient data and misreported results in his 1998 paper, creating the appearance of a link with autism.[7] A special court convened in the United States to review claims under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program ruled on 12 February 2009 that parents of autistic children are not entitled to compensation in their contention that certain vaccines caused autism in their children.[8][9] The Lancet fully retracted the 1998 paper on 2 February 2010.[10]

 

Following the initial claims in 1998, multiple large epidemiologic studies were undertaken. Reviews of the evidence by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,[11] the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences,[12] the UK National Health Service,[13] and the Cochrane Library[14] all found no link between the vaccine and autism. The Cochrane Library’s systematic review also concluded that the vaccine has prevented diseases that still carry a heavy burden of death and complications, and that the lack of confidence in the vaccine has damaged public health.[14]

 

For more info., please see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MMR_vaccine_controversy

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Jan 13 2010

Psychology Headlines from PSYCHNEWS

  1. Facebook: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Friends
  2. Leadership Skills Reduce Job Stress
  3. Morbid warnings on cigarette packs could encourage some people to smoke
  4. Environment Plays Key Role in Developing Reading Skills, Study Finds
  5. Friendship May Help Stem Rise of Obesity in Children, Study Finds
  6. Where Does Happiness (and Everything Else) Come From? Lessons from Literature
  7. Itchy Skin Linked to Psychological Stress
  8. This Emotional Life: Why Does Religion Make People Happier?
  9. No Benefit from Debriefing After School Terror
  10. Autism Clusters Identified in California; Associated With Areas of Greater Parental Education
  11. Who Buys Spam Weight Loss Products?
  12. Eye-catching studies that didn’t make the final cut
  13. Few Gender Differences in Math Abilities, Worldwide Study Finds
  14. Grief Is a Unique Challenge
  15. The Decade of Zero? Measuring Your Fulfillment in the 2000’s

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Apr 03 2009

World Autism Awareness Day - WHO calls for action to address mental disorders in children

2 APRIL 2009 | GENEVA - On the occasion of World Autism Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reaffirmed its commitment to provide technical assistance to member states to deliver integrated health services to people with autism and other mental and developmental disorders of childhood.

 

Dr Ala Alwan, WHO Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health said ” It is a deep concern that the global burden of disease attributed to mental disorders continues to grow, particularly in developing countries. It is essential to prioritize, implement and fund projects on autism spectrum disorders and other mental disorders in children in developing countries.”

 

Currently, the vast majority of children with mental health needs in developing countries do not receive any treatment or care. The immediate challenge in these countries is generating sufficient resources for primary health care to ensure early identification and treatment of mental disorders among children. These disorders are included as priority conditions in WHO’s Mental Health Gap Action Programme 2008-2013, launched in 2008.

 

“A prioritized agenda for autism and other mental disorders in children should generate and strengthen the evidence base for cost-effective prevention and control strategies. Scaling up of services is the real need. This will also improve educational attainments and will contribute to a better informed and healthier generation of children.” said Dr Benedetto Saracenos, Director, Mental Health and Substance Abuse at WHO.

 

Note to Editors:

 

On 18 December 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139 which declares 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day.

 

Autism spectrum disorders are characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills and social interactions and in restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour. The condition causes disabilities that can be lifelong. Emerging evidence indicates that early intervention results in improved outcomes.

 

Autism spectrum disorders and other mental disorders among children bring significant economic hardships to families, given the lack of health resources often found in developing countries. The stigmatization and discrimination associated with these illnesses also remain substantial obstacles to diagnosis and treatment. The absence of autism spectrum disorders and other mental disorders among children from lists of the leading causes of death has contributed to their long-term neglect by both public policy-makers in developing countries, as well as donors.

 

For more information please contact:

Dr Shekhar Saxena

Programme Manager

Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO

Email: saxenas@who.int
Tel: +41.22.791.3625

 

Dr Taghi Yasamy
Medical Officer
Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO
Email: yasamym@who.int
Tel: +41.22.791.2677

 

References:

Resolution 62/139 adopted by the UN General Assembly on World Autism Awareness Day: http://www.worldautismawarenessday.org/atf/cf/{2DB64348-B833-4322-837C-8DD9E6DF15EE}/UNResolution_English.pdf
WHO’s Mental Health Gap Action Programme 2008-2013 http://www.who.int/mental_health/mhgap_final_english.pdf

 

All press releases, fact sheets and other WHO media material may be found at www.who.int

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