Saturday, July 25, 2015

Happy Birthday, Dr. Milner!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Alzheimer: Clinical Trials Day at the AAIC2015 Conference


Alzheimer's Association Press Release at 0700 hrs EDT on 22 July 2015.

- Longer-Term Analysis of Phase 3 Solanezumab (Lilly) Up to 3.5 Years
- Biomarker Results from Phase 3 Gantenerumab (Roche) Trial
- New Data from Aducanumab (Biogen) Phase 1b Study

Video released by the Alzheimer's Association:
Video from press briefing

Article in The Guardian:

Scientists find first drug that appears to slow Alzheimer's disease
Solanezumab blocks memory loss in patients with mild version of the disease, making it the first medicine ever to slow pace of damage to patients’ brains

Read the article here

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Torture Psychology and the American Psychological Association (APA): The View of the British Psychological Society


Here is a link to the statement: British Psychological Society statement on APA Hoffman Review

"We condemn and repudiate such practices and repeat our longstanding and principled stance that there is an overriding ethical responsibility on all psychologists and other healthcare professionals to protect and defend fundamental human rights."

Monday, July 13, 2015

A Hero Gets Her Due Public Acknowledgements: Dr. Jean Maria Arrigo, Torture Psychology, and the American Psychological Association (APA)

Spencer Ackerman of The Guardian has written a fine piece about a psychologist who tried and tried hard to defeat Torture Psychology and the complicity of the American Psychological Association (APA). In doing so, she had to experience a smear campaign by the powers of the American Psychological Association who were hell-bent on their path of complicity.

'A national hero': psychologist who warned of torture collusion gets her due
by Spencer Ackerman
The Guardian
13 July 2015

Read this fine article here

Dr. Arrigo was also interviewed earlier today on Democracy Now!

Here is additional information about Dr. Arrigo from her Coalition for Ethical Psychology website: Dr. Jean Maria Arrigo

MOOC: "Introduction to Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis"

Today is opening day for a new Coursera MOOC on the topics of systematic reviews and meta-analysis. The course is from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Here is an overview to the course:

Read Course Overview Here

Torture Psychology and the American Psychological Association (APA): #TorturePsychology

I've been curating tweets about this using a hashtag I started using back in April: #TorturePsychology

Torture Psychology and the American Psychological Association (APA): An Excellent Overview

An excellent overview written by Tom Bartlett in the Chronicle of Higher Education about Torture Psychology and the APA.

What a Bombshell Report Tells Us About the APA’s Abetting of Torture
by Tom Bartlett (@tebartl)
Chronicle of Higher Education
13 July 2015

Read the article here

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Torture Psychology and the American Psychological Association (APA)

Dr. John Grohol at his "PsychCentral" blog
11th July, 2015
Read the full blog entry

[snip]

"My Membership in the APA"

"While I’ve enjoyed the collegiality of having other like-minded psychologists to turn to over the years of maintaining my APA membership, this report has made it clear that the APA in its current form is an organization that has lost the plot.

"I feel that it is shameful that I’m a member of an organization that has stifled and dismissed dissent, while covering up its own unethical practices. If the APA were a professional of its own organization, it would have kicked itself out years ago for its unethical behavior and lies.

"In short, my APA membership is actually a liability now. I refuse to be a member in any organization that has spent so much time, effort and focus on defending its unethical practices than in doing much of anything to help my profession. I can no longer trust it to act responsibly and ethically, nor can I any longer trust anything the APA tells me (or the public).

"That’s why I’m resigning my APA membership."

[snip]

Thank you for these fine words, Dr. Grohol.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Torture Psychology and the American Psychological Association (APA)

One of the day's essential reads:

"Opening Comments of Stephen Soldz and Steven Reisner to the American Psychological Association (APA) Board of Directors"
02 July 2015
Washington, DC

Read document here

Torture Psychology and the American Psychological Association (APA)

An excellent Comment is free by Dr. Steven Miles, writing in The Guardian:

Psychologists' collusion with US torture limited our ability to decry it anywhere
Dr. Steven Miles
The Guardian
11 Jul 2015

Read article here

Torture Psychology and the American Psychological Association (APA)

Today's New York Times editorial:
Psychologists Who Greenlighted Torture
The New York Times

New York Times editorial

Friday, July 10, 2015

Torture Psychology: Another Disgusting Day in American Psychology

"Psychologists Shielded U.S. Torture Program, Report Finds"
By James Risen
The New York Times
article

The public and all psychologists who opposed such work and who felt that the APA was not being forthcoming with truth and reality owe a huge thank you to brave journalist James Risen for the persistence and quality of his work in and of itself, but also in the face of APA's Nixonesque dismissal of his reporting.

Here is a .pdf of the report by the APA about America's Torture Psychology and the complicity and involvement of the American Psychological Association:

Report text (.pdf)

In addition to the NYT link, here is a link to The Guardian's article:

"US torture doctors could face charges after report alleges post-9/11 'collusion'"
by Spencer Ackerman
The Guardian

article

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

IBRO2015 in Rio is Underway

The 9th IBRO World Congress on Neuroscience is underway.

Here is the conference website, which is rich with information about the conference.

Twitter hashtag is #IBRO2015.

News from the World of Snake Oil

$150 million slap: Laguna Beach firms, parent company fined for false advertising of Procera AVH dietary supplement
The Orange County Register
6th July, 2015

Read full article here

[snip]

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a judgment of more than $150 million against distributors of dietary supplement Procera AVH for falsely advertising the product’s ability to restore memory loss and improve brain function, according to documents filed in Santa Ana’s federal courthouse.

The settlement, filed last Wednesday, acknowledges distributors violated sections of FTC rules that prohibit “unfair or deceptive acts or practices” in commerce.

Brain Research Labs (BRL) and its collaborators, 20/20 Brain Power Partners, 20/20 Brain Power Founders, and MedHealth Direct, all of which are based in Laguna Beach, were fined $91 million. Key View Labs, the Florida-based company that bought BRL in 2012, was fined $61 million.

A majority of each judgment will be suspended in lieu of $2.8 million escrow fund, according to the court documents. The commission will use some of money to repay consumers who bought the supplement, the documents stated.

Advertisements for Procera AVH, which included infomercials and direct mail ads, falsely claimed the pills could reverse 10 to 15 years of age-related mental decline and memory loss as well as improve concentration, focus, mental clarity and mood.

“If you have ever dreamed of travelling back in time, this drug-free compound may be the next best thing,” read a print ad for the supplement, one of seven advertisements submitted as evidence in court. “Just like a good pair of glasses can make blurry vision sharp and crystal clear, Procera AVH can do the same thing for your brain!”

These and other claims are false and unfounded, the FTC stated in its complaint.

[snip]

Enjoy a little thematic music:

"Snake Oil" by Steve Earle

https://youtu.be/cqk5of8LgLE

Monday, July 06, 2015

Alzheimer's: California Lawsuit Involving UCSD, USC, and the ADCS


"UC San Diego sues USC and scientist, alleging conspiracy to take funding, data"
Los Angeles Times
06 July 2015

article


The complaint filing:

pdf of the complaint

Friday, July 03, 2015

The 5th INS/ASSBI Pacific Rim Conference Underway

The 5th INS/ASSBI Pacific Rim Neuropsychology Conference is underway.

Here is the conference homepage.

Follow the action on Twitter at the hashtag #insassbi2015.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

AAIC15: Alzheimer's Association International Conference (18-23 July 2015, Washington, DC)

The homepage for the AAIC15 conference: http://www.alz.org/aaic/ (includes attendee information, program, abstracts and more).

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Neuropsychology Abstract of the Day: The Wernicke Conundrum and Primary Progressive Aphasia

M-Marsel Mesulam, Cynthia K. Thompson, Sandra Weintraub, and Emily J. Rogalski (2015). The Wernicke conundrum and the anatomy of language comprehension in primary progressive aphasia. Brain. [Published online June 25 2015 doi:10.1093/brain/awv154]

Wernicke’s aphasia is characterized by severe word and sentence comprehension impairments. The location of the underlying lesion site, known as Wernicke’s area, remains controversial. Questions related to this controversy were addressed in 72 patients with primary progressive aphasia who collectively displayed a wide spectrum of cortical atrophy sites and language impairment patterns. Clinico-anatomical correlations were explored at the individual and group levels. These analyses showed that neuronal loss in temporoparietal areas, traditionally included within Wernicke’s area, leave single word comprehension intact and cause inconsistent impairments of sentence comprehension. The most severe sentence comprehension impairments were associated with a heterogeneous set of cortical atrophy sites variably encompassing temporoparietal components of Wernicke’s area, Broca’s area, and dorsal premotor cortex. Severe comprehension impairments for single words, on the other hand, were invariably associated with peak atrophy sites in the left temporal pole and adjacent anterior temporal cortex, a pattern of atrophy that left sentence comprehension intact. These results show that the neural substrates of word and sentence comprehension are dissociable and that a circumscribed cortical area equally critical for word and sentence comprehension is unlikely to exist anywhere in the cerebral cortex. Reports of combined word and sentence comprehension impairments in Wernicke’s aphasia come almost exclusively from patients with cerebrovascular accidents where brain damage extends into subcortical white matter. The syndrome of Wernicke’s aphasia is thus likely to reflect damage not only to the cerebral cortex but also to underlying axonal pathways, leading to strategic cortico-cortical disconnections within the language network. The results of this investigation further reinforce the conclusion that the left anterior temporal lobe, a region ignored by classic aphasiology, needs to be inserted into the language network with a critical role in the multisynaptic hierarchy underlying word comprehension and object naming.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Alzheimer's: "The Last Day of Her Life" from The New York Times Sunday Magazine

"The Last Day of Her Life"
by Robin Marantz Henig
The New York Times Sunday Magazine
17 May 2015

Read the article here

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sadly, Torture Psychology, Pt. 2

The day ends with the American Psychological Association (APA) appearing content to issue a press release which bears commonality with any Richard Nixon statement during the depths of the Watergate crime and cover-up --- more so than anything relating to a statement by an organization that currently represents tens of thousands of psychologists.

Another shameful day for psychology in the eyes of the world.

Sadly, Torture Psychology

Report Says American Psychological Association Collaborated on Torture Justification
by James Risen
The New York Times
30 April 2015

Link to article

The text of the report