Mind the Brain

No author left behind:  Getting authors published who cannot afford article processing charges

Efforts to promote open access publishing ignore the many scholars who cannot afford the article processing charges of quality open access journals. Their situation may be about to get worse.

Deep Brain Stimulation: Unproven treatment promoted with a conflict of interest in JAMA: Psychiatry [again]

“Even with our noisy ways and cattle prods in the brain, we have to take care of sick people, now,” – Helen Mayberg “All of us—researchers, journalists, patients and their loved ones–are desperate for genuine progress in treatments for severe mental illness. But if the history of such treatments teaches us anything, it is that … Continue reading "Deep Brain Stimulation: Unproven treatment promoted with a conflict of interest in JAMA: Psychiatry [again]"

More sciencey than the rest? The competitive edge of positive psychology coaching

Is positive psychology coaching better than what its competitors offer? Is positive psychology coaching the science-oriented brand or does it just look sciency? How do we judge? In Mind the Brain, we have been showing that critical appraisal tools like risk of bias assessment for studies evaluating interventions and a vigilance for signs of confirmatory … Continue reading "More sciencey than the rest? The competitive edge of positive psychology coaching"

Busting foes of post-publication peer review of a psychotherapy study

As described in the last issue of Mind the Brain, peaceful post-publication peer reviewers (PPPRs) were ambushed by an author and an editor. They used the usual home team advantages that journals have – they had the last word in an exchange that was not peer-reviewed. As also promised, I will team up in this … Continue reading "Busting foes of post-publication peer review of a psychotherapy study"