Quick Thoughts

A patient who chooses to live reacts to one who chose to die

A last blog post from a patient long suffering with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome chose to end her life attracted a lot of attention. Here is a response from a patient who chooses to live and try to inspire others in that choice.

A sudden reversal of fortune for the biopsychosocial model of illness

The public conversation has shifted about the biopsychosocial model of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME; formerly known as chronic fatigue syndrome) in ways that will not be readily reversed.

Systematic review shows no improvement in quality of mindfulness research in 16 years

Should we still take claims about mental health benefits of mindfulness with a grain of  salt? A systematic review by one of mindfulness training's key promoters suggests maybe so.

An American academic attempting to attend a PhD defense treated as a refugee at Schiphol, the Amsterdam airport

A Dutch academic colleague tells his experience attempting to rescue an American researcher arriving to attend a PhD ceremony who was denied entry at Schiphol. Post-Brexit British academics, this could happen to you.

Writing papers and grants during the holidays: An informal international conversation

Whether and how academics should write papers and grants during the holidays is a complex issue. Any advice whether they should must be qualified by a huge “It depends.”

Confirmation bias in JAMA Psychiatry article concerning neighborhood-level variation in risk of psychosis

This article represents a good teaching example of confirmation bias, whereby weak findings are interpreted as consistent with the dominant view in the literature.

Probing the claim a black, working-class man would have to call 80 psychotherapists to get an appointment.

Study of returned calls from psychotherapists for requests for first appointments got lots of attention in social media but were claims accurate?

A dog ate the “fishy business” data for article in Science : What can be done?

Actually, not a dog, but it is an equally lame story: A thief allegedly made off with the only copy of the data from study critics claim never happened. What can be done?

Is your manuscript ready for uberized readers and radically changed journal websites?

Publishers are spending millions revamping journal websites. What were formerly simple portals where you accessed articles are being radically redesigned as online content delivery platforms. How does that affect your submission of manuscripts?

RCT of a positive psychology intervention for people with newly diagnosed HIV

Should investigators burden people newly diagnosed with HIV with cumbersome and ineffective interventions?

A bad abstract is good enough to be published in Journal of Experimental Psychology: General

Readers deserve an informative abstract, but uninformative abstracts that leave out key details of a study can often succeed in getting published in prestigious journals.

Coyne of the Realm on the Daily Show and teaching scientific writing

Being part of the laugh track for the Daily Show gave me some ideas for teaching my science writing workshop.