Quick Thoughts

Is it raining on the suicide prevention parade to point out that promising interventions are not effective?

Why we should try to prove ourselves wrong as quickly as possible when getting excited about ambitious programs to prevent suicide.

Is the Science Media Centre briefing on cognitive behaviour therapy trustworthy?

The UK Science Media Centre offered a highly biased briefing to journals concerning cognitive behaviour therapy. Beware of sources who scream too loudly they are trustworthy.

Is psychodynamic therapy an evidence-supported treatment? Critical look at a systematic review raises doubts.

Sometimes authors misapply principles of evidence-based medicine appraisal when their interests and livelihood depend on getting it wrong. This could serve as an example. Leichsenring, F., Luyten, P., Hilsenroth, M. J., Abbass, A., Barber, J. P., Keefe, J. R., … & Steinert, C. (2015). Psychodynamic therapy meets evidence-based medicine: a systematic review using updated criteria. […]

A “Moral equivalent of war” and the PACE chronic fatigue trial

My hastily arranged Skeptic in the Pub talk received wide distribution, first through SlideShare  and then with the first of a number of videos posted on YouTube. Many thanks to all those who made the pub talk happen and then disseminated it, especially Barbara Collier. Some of slides became a source of comments in social […]

Most positive findings in psychology false or exaggerated? An activist’s perspective

Abstract of a  talk to be given at the Australian National University (ANU), room G08, Building  39, 3pm September  11, 2014. UPDATE (October 24, 2014): Here is a link to the Powerpoint presentation and to a YouTube interview with ANU Research School of Psychology’s Professor Mike Smithson. A list of relevant links to James Coyne’s […]

Tools for Debunking Neuro-Nonsense About Psychotherapy

The second in my two-part blog post at PLOS Mind the Brain involves assisting readers to do some debunking of bad neuoscience for themselves. The particular specimen is neurononsense intended to promote emotionally focused psychotherapy (EFT) to the unwary. A promotional video and press releases drawing upon a PLOS One article were aimed to wow […]