Sunday, September 27, 2015

fMRI Course Coming to Coursera in October

The first part of a two-part course on the topic, Principles of fMRI, opens at Coursera in October.

Addendum: Opening day is Monday, the 12th of October.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

"Modern and Contemporary American Poetry" (ModPo) Opening Day - Join Us!

The Brain, within its Groove
Runs evenly--and true--
But let a Splinter swerve--
'Twere easier for You--

To put a Current back--
When Floods have slit the Hills--
And scooped a Turnpike for Themselves--
And trodden out the Mills--

-Emily Dickinson

In the world of MOOCs, few courses have shown the creativity of purpose and the dedicated following as has the course "Modern and Contemporary American Poetry" by Dr. Al Filreis of the University of Pennsylvania and Director of its wonderful Kelly Writers House. It opens today for its fourth offering

Few courses, in real life or online, have such a dedicated teacher as Al.

The course, part of Al's regular teaching at Penn in its English Department, has been presented in MOOC form at this time of year in 2012, 2013, and 2014 at Coursera. The ten-week course is back, opening today to thousands of students, myself included (fourth timer). Week after week, this likely remains the largest single collection of dedicated students reading and discussing the same poets and poems at any one time on the planet. And it remains intimate, lively, and interactive.

It is a wonderful experience. Neuroscientists need poetry! Join us

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

World Alzheimer Report 2015

Earlier today, the Alzheimer's Disease International group released its "World Alzheimer Report 2015" document.

It can be found at: Report.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The "Fuck Katrina" Mixtape - Katrina+10, K10

My Katrina blog entry from 03 September 2005:
Shame on US

The "Fuck Katrina" Mixtape:

Monday, August 10, 2015

OBIT: Prof. Jean Aicardi

Saturday, August 08, 2015

The "Dissidents" Win The Ban, Psychologists Cause American Psychological Association (APA) to Ban its Support of Torture and Interrogation Participation

Friday, the 7th of August 2015, was the day the anti-torture reformers (The "Dissidents") won a victory that was a decade-long in the making.

Here is the approved resolution: document here.

Now, the devil will be in the details as the ban needs to be encoded and formalized. Stay vigilant. Regardless of whether or not you are a member of the APA (I am not), stay vigilant. But, enjoy and long remember the day when the membership won an important victory.

Psychologists Approve Ban on Role in National Security Interrogations
James Risen
The New York Times
07 August 2015

Read the article here.

Other media reports include Democracy Now! coverage and interviews and another excellent BuzzFeed piece.

[Photo by Anthony Risser, 15 June 2008, Philadelphia]

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Torture Psychology and the American Psychological Association (APA) - #APA2015

This is a "turning point" week for American psychology, with implications that are generational, rather than short-term. These are implications that directly impact the profession and science of psychology and the degree of trust that the public can have in psychology.

Will the APA as an entity say "no" to torture, say "no" to its increased militarization, and say "no" to this Obedience-To-Our-Authority approach to membership, especially members who disagree with the entity's 'party line'? Or will it say "yes" to a return to ethics, say "yes" to an embrace of "First, Do No Harm" approach to its services, and say "yes" to an end of its bullying of people who do not agree with them? We still do not know.

You can find the "Hoffman Report" here: click here

Wednesday was a pre-conference day of workshops and meetings for the APA, including a meeting of its Council of Representatives. The most detailed media coverage of that meeting was provided on BuzzFeed, written by journalist Peter Aldhous. It is essential reading. Here is the link: After Damning Torture Report, Psychology Fights For Its Soul.

Another essential read of the day comes from Todd Essig, writing for Forbes. Here is the link: Can You Still Trust Psychology After The Torture Scandal?

Still other essential reads come from Steven Reisner, S. Shaw, and Physicians for Human Rights:

Steven Reisner:

From Dr. Reisner

S. Shaw:

How Not to Suck: APA and Torture

Physicians for Human Rights:

PHR Urges Ban on Psychologists’ Participation in Interrogations: Toronto Meeting Provides Opportunity for Key Ethics Reforms

[Photo by Anthony Risser, 15 June 2008, Philadelphia]

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Tell The APA That Torture is Wrong And That They Need to Become Ethical Representatives of Psychology

Tell the American Psychological Association that torture is wrong, that they need to find a way to become ethical representatives of psychology and psychologists --- or they should just remove themselves from being a body that purports to represent American psychologists and psychology.

[Photo by Anthony Risser, 15 June 2008, Philadelphia]

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


"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."


Thank you for these fine words, Dr. Grohol.