PsycCRITIQUES Blog

Sep
11

Is Universal Screening Worth the Investment for Schools?

Universal Screening in Educational Settings: Evidence-Based Decision Making for Schools, edited by Ryan J. Kettler, Todd A. Glover, Craig A. Albers, and Kelly A. Feeney-Kettler, addresses the utility of universal screenings in schools for assessing academic competencies and the socioemotional and behavioral needs of students. The book provides guidance for implementing universal screening in educational settings and framing the approach within a Response to Intervention […]

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Sep
04

Strong Health Policy or the Nanny State?

In their review of A Big Fat Crisis, Mary Ellen Olbrisch and Lauren King question how realistic author Deborah Cohen’s policy recommendations are with respect to supermarket, restaurant, and food industry products and advertising. Whereas Cohen focuses on the failure of individuals’ approaches to control obesity, the reviewers provide insight into how the public health approach to the obesity problem has been received and suggest some reasons for negative reactions […]

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Jul
07

What Does Developmental Psychology Tell Us About the Identity of Cybercriminals?

In his review of Gráinne Kirwan and Andrew Power’s book Cybercrime: The Psychology of Online Offenders,  Thomas Holt describes the authors’ typology of cybercrime that consists of Internet-enabled crimes that “can also occur in the real world (e.g., piracy)”; Internet-specific crimes that cannot exist off-line, such as malicious software distribution; and  crimes in virtual worlds, “where nonhuman characters and representations of people engage in offenses that would […]

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Jun
26

Kodachromes in the Brain

It is easy to be impressed by colorful functional magnetic resonance-imaging (fMRI) photos of activity in the brain. Every introduction-to-psychology textbook has these pictures to show students that there are places in the brain for various cognitive events. William Uttal has been casting doubt on what we really know from fMRI pictures, most recently in Reliability in Cognitive Neuroscience: A Meta-Meta-Analysis. In his review, Harry Whitaker writes that […]

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Jun
23

Should Spanking Children be Banned?

Many adults approve of parents spanking their children, and currently 19 states still allow spanking in schools. In The Primordial Violence: Spanking Children, Psychological Development, Violence, and Crime, Murray A. Straus, Emily M. Douglas, and Rose Anne Medeiros argue that spanking should be banned, a conclusion they base on the preponderance of the evidence showing that spanking is associated with numerous negative developmental outcomes. Reviewer Clifton R. […]

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Jun
12

Time to Say No More to the War on Drugs?

Carl Hart’s new book, High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society, which I (Fred Heide) reviewed recently for PsycCRITIQUES, undercuts many of the myths that have swirled around illegal substances for decades. For example, Hart points out that 75 percent of those who use crack or methamphetamine never become addicted, that cognitive tests of methamphetamine users are in the […]

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Jun
05

Is Spam Good for You?

In 1937, Hormel Foods Corporation introduced a meat product called Spam, which generally is taken to mean spiced ham, although the recipe remains a secret. It is cheap and doesn’t taste too bad, perhaps because it contains lots of sodium. With all the calorie-rich fast food available, Spam does not seem much of a threat to the national obesity epidemic. Spam, however, may be seen as a serious threat […]

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May
29

What is More Important for the Quality of the Interracial Marriage: The Dyad or the Social Environment?

Bobbi Miller reviewed Kyle Killian’s Interracial Couples, Intimacy, and Therapy:  Crossing Racial Borders. Miller notes, A major strength of this work is the balance Killian is able to attain between pointing out areas of potential concern in the couple dynamic and remaining sensitive to how those dynamics developed and ways they have allowed couples to function in oppressive circumstances. (para. 2) What is the greater challenge for interracial couples: […]

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May
22

Have We Failed People With Serious Mental Illness?

Ellen Dwyer, a professor in the Department of History at Indiana University, was recruited to review E. Fuller Torrey’s book American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System.  In her review, Dwyer alludes to our “disastrous failure” (para. 7) to meet the needs of people with serious mental illness.  She notes: [E]ven Torrey’s critics agree that the “deinstitutionalization” movement was flawed and that many […]

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