Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week or so (psychosis special):
Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia
The British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) publishes a major new report that concludes: “psychosis can be understood and treated in the same way as other psychological problems such as anxiety or shyness.”
Attitudes To Psychosis on All in the Mind
The editor of the new DCP report, Anne Cooke, was among the guests on the latest episode of Radio 4’s flagship mental health programme.
Delusions and Hallucinations May Be the Keys That Unlock Psychosis
“The symptoms of psychosis were once dismissed as the meaningless product of diseased brains,” Daniel and Jason Freeman reflect on the new DCP report on their Guardian blog.
Is Schizophrenia a Real Illness?
At The Conversation, Huw Green provides some historical context for the debates and controversy surrounding the concept of schizophrenia.
Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia: a Critique by Laws, Langford and Huda
The Mental Elf Blog publishes criticisms of the report that focus on: the evidence for CBT for psychosis; the use of medication in treating psychosis; and the limitations of a purely psychological model of the condition. Also check out Vaughan Bell’s response in the comments, and this blog post from Henry Strick.
Building healthier hospitals
Can the way hospitals are designed improve the experiences of staff and visitors, and even the recovery of patients? Psychologist Lucy Maddox finds out for the Wellcome Trust’s Mosaic magazine (see also).
Women Scientists in Psychology – Time for Action
Why is there a gender imbalance in the academic field of psychology, and what can be done to address it, ask Fionnuala Murphy, Dorothy Bishop, and Natasha Sigala in The Psychologist magazine.
Do Dreams Occur in Slow Motion?
David Robson explores some intriguing new research involving lucid dreamers.
The Taliban’s Psychiatrist
“I used to treat the Taliban as human beings, same as I would treat my other patients, … even though I knew they had caused all the problems in our society,” Nader Alemi tells the BBC. “Sometimes, they would weep and I would comfort them.”
Face Blindness – When You Can’t Recognise a Familiar Face
Prize-winning science writing from Kate Szell.