The practice of classifying treatments as empirically supported has been widely debated for a long time. In this post I write about a recent article that raises several concerns and suggestions regarding the current use of EST criteria—which can be summarized as the current criteria being too lenient, something that I wholeheartedly agree with
The dodo bird might be extinct in the real world but in the world of psychotherapy research it refuses to die. However, a group of German researchers recently put forward an article were they had randomized patients to either a PDT or CBT condition and measured the relative proficiency of the two orientations, and they found that their results delivered a convincing blow to the dodo bird verdict.
When talking about confidence intervals, Jacob Cohen famously said: “I suspect that the main reason they are not reported is that they are so embarrassingly large!” (Cohen, 1994). In this post I’ll take a look at the relationship between the 95 % CI for Cohen’s d and it’s corresponding sample size.
A new interesting study by Teper and Ingzlict (2012) examined the effect of meditation practice on executive control. Many studies have shown that meditation does indeed enhance executive control. But in this study the researchers look more at why meditation is effective in enhancing executive control, and not so much if it’s effective.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the psychological treatment of choice for many, if not all, mental disorders. Nonetheless a majority of US clinical psychologist do not primarily identify themselves as either cognitive or behavioral therapists. Looking at data from PubMed publication counts a clear picture emerges -- psychodynamic researchers might be research loafers.
Mindfulness mediations ability to help regulate pain has been gaining more and more empirical evidence over last couple of years. From the seminal works of Jon-Kabatt Zinn to new neuroimaging studies the evidence seem to indicate that mindfulness mediation is indeed helpful in the attenuation of pain. A new research review by Zeidan et al (2012) tries to assimilate the empirical knowledge about meditation and pain relief in order to gain an understanding about the possible specificity of mindfulness techniques in pain regulation.