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This blog has a new home and format. Come find us at APA’s PsycCRITIQUES Spotlight: www.apa.org/pubs/highlights/psyccritiques-spotlight Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
In Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, author Robert D. Putnam, tells us of the worsening plight of poor children in the United States. Putnam discusses some of the factors in the lives of poor families that research has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
Eric Turkheimer reviewed Jay Joseph's The Trouble With Twin Studies: A Reassessment of Twin Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Heritability is often discussed in psychology classes and textbooks. For example, in Introduction to Psychology texts, heritability coefficients are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
We have changing structures and attitudes in the United States that affect the way that we parent. Who would have dreamed two or three decades ago that we would have a debate over children 10 to 6 years old walking... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
In his review of Gerd Gigerenzer’s new book Simply Rational: Decision Making in the Real World, Donald MacGregor argues that: Cognitive heuristics have, in some senses, been given a bad rap. As part of refuting utility theory by demonstrating that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
Learning in college courses is hard work that requires strategies that few students use and few teachers teach. In Bruce Henderson’s review of Learning as a Generative Activity: Eight Learning Strategies That Promote Understanding, by Logan Fiorella and Richard E.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
From Corporal Punishment in U.S. Public Schools: Legal Precedents, Current Practices, and Future Policy, by Elizabeth T. Gershoff, Kelly M. Purtell, and Igor Holas, we learn that corporal punishment (CP) is currently still a legal disciplinary option in 19 states... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
In his review of Naomi Baron’s recent book Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World, David Simpson suggests that Baron makes compelling arguments that though digital reading devices have many advantages (convenience, open access, potential cost savings)... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
In her review of Women and Aging: An International, Intersectional Power Perspective, Carol A. Gosselink notes our sexist, ageist culture, but indicats the need to consider the intersections of gender and age with economics, politics, race/ethnicity, religion, and so forth.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
For many years, I have been amazed that narcissistic characteristics can be one's weaknesses (e.g., they cause problems in the workplace, with interpersonal relationships) but also one's strengths (e.g., confidence, the ability try again after a failure). C. Albert Bardi... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
“Are We Getting Better?” is the title of Geoffrey Cox’s review of Michael Shermer’s The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom. My answer to Cox’s question is, I doubt it, no matter who... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
PsycCRITIQUES Associate Editor Fred Heide is enthusiastic about Irvin Yalom's new book, Creatures of a Day: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy, and he compares the work with another of Yalom's books, Love’s Executioner: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy. Love's Executioner... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
In their review of The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Causes and Consequences, April Bradley and Beth Kliethermes cite the startling statistic that around 75% of inmates in the United States have a mental disorder. These include depression... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
Do you know about the power struggles that have happened in the field of behavior genetics? I sure didn’t. I thought that these struggles must have been pretty exciting after reading Erin E. Young’s review of Misbehaving Science: Controversy and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
The film Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, tells the remarkable story of Louis Zamperini, a prisoner of war during World War II who survived numerous traumas, including a plane crash, 47 days on a raft at sea, and systematic torture... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
Tanya Telfair LeBlanc reviewed Generation Unbound: Drifting Into Sex and Parenthood Without Marriage by Isabel V. Sawhill. Sawhill and LeBlanc describe the myriad problems (physical health, mental health, etc.) of poor families and trace the problem back to the breakdown... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
In the review of Race, Gender and the Activism of Black Feminist Theory: Working with Audre Lorde, Geneva Reynaga-Abiko comments on an aspect of racial scholarship that often goes unexamined in U.S. psychology. What is meant by the term Black... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
James H. Korn reviewed Ethical Challenges in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences: Case Studies and Commentaries by Robert J. Sternberg and Susan T. Fiske. Few would disagree with the importance of ethics in psychology research, practice, consulting, and teaching. Therefore,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
Losing Our Minds: How Environmental Pollution Impairs Human Intelligence and Mental Health by Barbara Demeneix examines the impact of chemical pollutants on thyroid hormone production, or thyroid hormone action, with negative effects on cognitive functioning and mental well-being. Demeneix suggests... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
Kristofer J. Hagglund reviewed Ezekiel J. Emanuel's book Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System. The review was positive and enthusiastic. Emanuel's book suggests... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
Philip T. Yanos reviewed Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love by Simon Blackburn. In reading this review, I was reminded of all the ways in which psychologists examine self-love. There are thousands of studies on self-esteem, narcissism (as... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
Frank Farley and Mona Sarshar's review of Albert Ellis Revisited, edited by Jon Carlson and William Knaus, is very laudatory, and Farley and Sarshar use the review to underscore their appreciation for the significance of Ellis's work and Ellis's important... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
I have been in academia for a very long time; it will be 26 years in August 2015. As a Woman of Color, I have noticed how few Women of Color there are among the faculty at majority institutions of... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
Resilience Interventions for Youth in Diverse Populations, edited by Sandra Prince-Embury and Donald H. Saklofske, discusses a three-factor model of resilience that includes (a) having a sense of mastery, which involves elements such as identifying strengths and encouraging self-praise; (b)... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog
Richard Harvey and Ana Hernandez Kent reviewed The Color Bind: Talking (and not Talking) About Race at Work by Erica Gabrielle Foldy and Tamara R. Buckley. Like many organizations, my university has struggled and continues to struggle with diversity/inclusion (D/I)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at PsycCRITIQUES Blog