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Recent research: articles from the winter journals

I read a lot of research.  When I find an article of particular interest I download it to my bibliographic database - Endnote - which currently contains close to 25,000 abstracts.  I also regularly tweet about emerging research, so following me on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ (click on the relevant icon at the top of this web page) will keep you up to speed with some of what I'm finding interesting. Additionally you can view this highlighted research by visiting Scoop.it (click on the "it!" icon at the top of the page).  At Scoop.it, I stream publications into five overlapping topic areas: Cognitive & General Psychotherapy, Depression, Compassion & Mindfulness, Healthy Living & Healthy Aging, and Positive Psychology. Here you can scan through abstracts, follow hyperlinks to the original research papers, and search by keyword (click on the funnel icon or in the tag cloud on the relevant Scoop.it topic pages).

Every couple of months or so, I also provide overviews of this research - sign up for the newsletter to receive this information regularly (see the link at the bottom of this page).  Clicking on the topic heading Cognitive & General Psychotherapy downloads a hyperlinked PDF list of 36 excellent recent research articles (mostly from journals published over the winter).  So many of these papers are highly relevant to improving our helpfulness as psychotherapists.  These include Agras on the evolution of CBT for eating disorders, a major Lancet article by Asarnow on the Dodo bird verdict in psychotherapy, and Fairburn on the impact of digital technology on psychological treatments.  Click on Depression for an overlapping list of 36 relevant studies (this covers medication too).  Chojnacka describes an encouraging study on light therapy for non-seasonal depression, Grosso (in two separate papers) looks at the protective value against depression of both coffee and fish/fish oil, while Jacka publishes a landmark paper on dietary intervention.  The Compassion & Mindfulness download brings 23 recent abstracts including Ardelt on wisdom-wellbeing links in old age, Binder on the life satisfaction benefits of working for non-profit organizations, and Debrot's fascinating paper on the mediating role of affection in the association between sexual activity & increased wellbeing.  Clicking on Positive Psychology downloads abstracts & links to 28 papers including Beecher on sunshine & reductions in mental distress, Gadermann on the central importance of relationships for child wellbeing, and Lathia on smartphone data showing that happier people lead more active lives.  Finally, there are 48 abstracts in the Healthy Living & Healthy Aging section including Aune both on the benefits of fruit & veg and also of nuts on life expectancy, Chou's papers on nonpharmacological & pharmacological therapies for low back pain, and Dankel's work on the importance of muscle strengthening for reduced mortality.  

What's not to like?  So much fascinating & helpful information here.  Remember you can always search these & earlier studies using keywords on James's Scoop.it pages.


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