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Molecular Psychiatry – Abstract of article: A neurogenetics approach to understanding individual differences in brain, behavior, and risk for psychopathology

Neurogenetics research has begun to advance our understanding of how genetic variation gives rise to individual differences in brain function, which, in turn, shapes behavior and risk for psychopathology. Despite these advancements, neurogenetics research is currently confronted by three major challenges: (1) conducting research on individual variables with small effects, (2) absence of detailed mechanisms, […]

Neuron – Rare Inherited Variation in Autism: Beginning to See the Forest and a Few Trees

Link to an overview in Jan 2013 Neuronby UCLA researchers Jason Stein, Neelroop Parikshak, and Daniel Geschwind of the Geschwind Lab: ScienceDirect.com – Neuron – Rare Inherited Variation in Autism: Beginning to See the Forest and a Few Trees.

Neuron – The Future of Memory: Remembering, Imagining, and the Brain

Here’s a link to a recent (11/2012) paper in Neuron co-authored by Nathan Spreng, a recent special guest lecturer at CBDMH: ScienceDirect.com – Neuron – The Future of Memory: Remembering, Imagining, and the Brain. Abstract: During the past few years, there has been a dramatic increase in research examining the role of memory in imagination […]

AAAS: Mapping the brain Only connect | The Economist

Are psychiatric disorders, which leave no visible trace in the brain, caused by connectopathies?The American Association for the Advancement of Science: mapping the brain: Only connect | The Economist.

Madness or sadness? Local concepts of mental illness in four conflict-affected African communities (Abstract)

http://www.conflictandhealth.com/content/7/1/3/abstract Madness or sadness? Local concepts of mental illness in four conflict-affected African communities Peter Ventevogel,Mark Jordans,Ria ReisandJoop de Jong For all author emails, pleaselog on. Conflict and Health2013,7:3doi:10.1186/1752-1505-7-3 Published: 18 February 2013 Abstract (provisional) Background Concepts of ‘what constitutes mental illness’, the presumed aetiology and preferred treatment options, vary considerably from one cultural context […]

How virtual science communities are transforming academic research | Elsevier Connect

How virtual science communities are transforming academic research | Elsevier Connect.

Nature Neuroscience: Focus on Memory

This special focus includes reviews by Daniel Schacter & Elizabeth Loftus (memory and law) and Ryan Parsons & Kerry Ressler (ptsd and fear disorders): Editorial Focus on Memory Focus on Memory–pp111 doi:10.1038/nn0213-111 Full TextFocus on Memory|PDF– Focus on Memory topof page Commentary Focus on Memory Memory and law: what can cognitive neuroscience contribute?–pp119123 Daniel Schacter […]

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Cornelia Bargmann, Judith Rapoport on Charlie Rose Brain Series 2: Schizophrenia

The show includes Danny Hurley, who shares his first-person experiences with the disorder (link to video).

BBC News – Mind Mapping: Inside the Brain’s Wiring (Human Connectome Project)

We believe that these images [of fiber pathways] will be a rich source of biomarkers for diagnosis and management of mental health issues Van Wedeen, MD,Human Connectome Project   BBC’s Pallab Ghosh interviewed Van Wedeen of Massachusetts General Hospital about Ghosh’s own 3-D diffusion spectrum MRI inBBC News – Mind mapping: Inside the brains(via […]

Child Development and Molecular Genetics: 14Years Later – Plomin – 2012 – Child Development – Wiley Online Library

Fourteen years ago, the first article on molecular genetics was published in this journal:Child Development, Molecular Genetics,andWhat to Do With Genes Once They Are Found(R.Plomin & M. Rutter, 1998). The goal of the article was to outline what developmentalists can do with genes once they are found. These new directions for developmental research are still […]

Psychiatry | No New Meds | via Science News

Psychiatry seemed poised on the edge of a breakthrough. In early 2011, after decades of no radically new drugs, a fundamentally different schizophrenia treatment promised relief from the psychotic hallucinations and delusions plaguing people with the disease. The new compound, devised by chemists at Eli Lilly and Co., hit a target in the brain that […]

TLS Review of Oliver Sacks’s Hallucinations

It is evident that [hallucinations] involve a top-down shaping and sense-making activity of the mind, which eludes the kinds of understanding available to currently fashionable reductionist accounts of the conscious mind as identical with neural activity, seen ultimately as the effects in a material brain wired into its environment of causative material events […]

Frontiers | Embodied Cognition is Not What you Think it is | Frontiers in Cognitive Science

Frontiers | Embodied Cognition is Not What you Think it is | Frontiers in Cognitive Science.

Border Children: Interpreting Autism Spectrum Disorder in South Korea Grinker 2013 Ethos Wiley Online Library

Border Children: Interpreting Autism Spectrum Disorder in South Korea Grinker 2013 Ethos Wiley Online Library.

The Culture of Mental Health in a Changing Oaxaca [dissertation]

Whitney L. Duncan, PhD (link to updated contact info at University of Northern Colorado) Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology University of California, San Diego, 2012 Professor Janis H. Jenkins, Chair Abstract: This dissertation examines the causes and consequences of the recent growth in Euroamerican mental health practice in Oaxaca, one of Mexicos poorest and most […]

“Redeeming diagnosis in psychiatry: Timing vs. specificity” (Lancet Viewpoint)

Patrick McGorry (University of Melbourne) and Jim van Os (Maastricht University) propose a clinical staging model for psychiatry in the Jan 26, 2013 issue of the Lancet (link).

2013 International Cultural Neuroscience Consortium Conference Program (May 1012, 2013)

We’re looking forward to the first meeting of ICNC (May 1012, 2013) at Northwestern. Speakers include two CBDMH affiliated faculty Xavier Cagigas and Mary-Helen Immordino-Yang of the Culture, Neuroscience and Psychosis) research group. For more information about the conference visit culturalneuroscience.org Tentative Program May 10-12, 2013 Day 1 – May 10, 2013 Population health […]

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Announcement: International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology Conference @UCLA

The next regional conference of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology will take place at UCLA on June 2022, 2013 (the scientific organizing committee is co-chaired by Patricia Greenfield of UCLA and Steven Heine of UBC). The theme of the conference is “Culture in Psychology: Variation Within and Across National Borders.”For more information about the […]

Strange or Just Plain Weird? Cultural Variation in Mental Illness

Theres an old saying that psychology has two model organisms: the rat and the American college student. As research subjects rats are fine, the problem is that that Americans are, as evolutionary psychologistJoe Henrichand his colleagues recently pointed out,WEIRD. That is, theyre Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich and Democratic. In fact, most westerners are WEIRD, but […]