Last updated on 30th April 2019
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 well over 27,000 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 ... and recently I've added a sixth area - Psychedelics - to the Compassion & Mindfulness area. On Scoop.it 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 three 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 48 excellent recent research articles (mostly from journals published over the winter/spring). So many of these papers are highly relevant to improving our helpfulness as psychotherapists. This includes work by Abrantes on the benefits of exercise for OCD, James Bennett-Levy on the importance of personal practice for therapists, Bisra on the value of encouraging clients (and supervisees) to articulate their own explanations, and publications by both Lee and by Wojnarowski on taking residual symptoms seriously. Click on Depression for an overlapping list of 35 relevant studies (this covers medication too). These include Ashdown-Franks's work showing increased depression risk for those with weaker handgrip strength, Chamberlain on treatment resistance, inflammation & childhood adversity, Maund on managing antidepressant discontinuation, and Rottenberg highlighting how some people recover from & then thrive after suffering depression. The Psychedelics download gives 27 abstracts including Belouin's excellent overview of clinical applications, Carhart-Harris on mechanisms of action, Eischens on treatment of alcohol dependence, and Griffiths' rather wonderful study on psychedelics, meditation & wellbeing. Compassion & Mindfulness downloads 31 abstracts including Eriksson on the burnout-reducing results achieved by teaching self-compassion practice to working psychologists, Evans suggesting that MBSR promotes wellbeing by building self-compassion, Gebauer cautioning whether these practices really quieten the ego, and Weng demonstrating the increased attention to, but decreased amygdala response caused by observing suffering after compassion training. Clicking on Positive Psychology downloads abstracts & links to a further 35 papers including Anderson showing how nature may produce wellbeing benefits particularly by causing a reponse involving 'awe', Bruk on self-other asymmetry when guessing listeners' responses to 'confessions' of vulnerability, Cesario challenging claims for benefits of 'power posing', and Stephan showing that the longevity-enhancing benefits of the personality style of high conscientiousness is mediated by conscientiousness's 'industriousness' facet. Finally, there are 49 abstracts in the Healthy Living & Healthy Aging section including Berleant's interesting suggestions for reducing the risk of 'choking' when responding to a challenging performance task (for example with sports and with academic exams), Case on the danger to effective leadership possible if one is too focused on making 'popular' rather than 'effective' decisions, Chen on the lack of mortality benefits from dietary supplements, and Kaya on pluses & minuses of masculine behaviour norms & wellbeing ... and much more.
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.