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Highlights from the 24th APS Annual Convention

The Association for Psychological Science held its 24th Annual Convention in Chicago last month. Psychological researchers and academics came together for an exciting program covering the entire spectrum of innovative research in psychological science under the theme “Diverse Perspectives.” Highlights included:

Schizophrenic Patients and Self-Concept: Fahad Rahman from Teachers College, Columbia University presented his research examining the self-reference memory effect (SRM) in schizophrenic patients [Read More].

Inside the Neurotic Mind: A brief history of where neuroticism has been, and a briefer glimpse of where it’s going, framed the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award address by David Barlow, a professor of both psychology and psychiatry at Boston University and the founder of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders.

Psychologists have a much clearer understanding of neuroticism today than when it was first described in the 1940s by Hans Eysenck. Today’s diagnostics for negative affect suggest a strong biological component — meaning some degree of heritability— and a strong psychological component, stemming from early experiences like trauma or even parenting style.

“These two vulnerabilities, when they line up properly, and they become activated by stress, then they develop a generalized anxiety syndrome,” said Barlow, “They become generally anxious — you might say neurotic.” [Read More]

Elsewhere at the convention:

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From the APS Journal Archive: Social Factors in Schizophrenia

‘Social Factors in Schizophrenia’ by Jill M. Hooley1 was published in Current Directions in Psychological Science in August 2010 and has been cited 2 times (via Web of Science) since publication.

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From the APS Journal Archive: “Social Cognition in Schizophrenia”

“Social Cognition in Schizophrenia” by Michael F. Green and William P. Horan1 was published in Current Directions in Psychological Science in August 2010 and has been cited 6 times (via Web of Science) since publication.

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Abstract:

Social cognition has become a rapidly growing area of schizophrenia research. Individuals with schizophrenia show substantial and persistent impairments in a range of social cognitive domains, including emotion processing, social perception, attributional bias, and theory of mind. The social cognitive impairment in schizophrenia is associated with, but separable from, impairments in (nonsocial) neurocognition such as attention, memory, and problem solving. Social cognition is a key determinant of functional disability of schizophrenia; it acts as a mediator between neurocognition and functional outcome, and it contributes unique information about functional outcome beyond that provided by neurocognition. Efforts to develop interventions to improve social cognitive impairments through new pharmacological and training approaches are under way.

1VA Desert Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center, and UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior



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