Some news from clinical psychology, methods, and open science. Again, this is a bit of an experiment … if it goes well, I’ll continue to write this up every other month or so.
- A new preprint by Anne-Wil Kruijt and colleagues about attention bias modification is online, entitled “No evidence for attention bias towards threat in clinical anxiety: a meta-analysis of baseline bias in attention bias modification RCTs”. Related: a new paper by Richard McNally on the topic.
- Great personal open science story by early career researcher Kaitlyn Werner who avoided DOOOOM because she shared her data.
- Insightful video for students showing how publication bias works.
- A list of 50+ postdoc positions (many in psychology) went live a few days ago on the website of Eva Lefkowitz.
- Important preprint by Kathleen Reardon investigating the N-pact Factor in the clinical psychology literature — the statistical power of published empirical studies to detect typical effect.
- comp-engine.org states they have 129 million data points from 24.9k time series datasets, freely available. I’d be curious if this would be a useful resource for psychologists working with time-series models.
- New Editorial in Psychological Medicine by de Vries and colleagues, entitled “The cumulative effect of reporting and citation biases on the apparent efficacy of treatments: the case of depression”, showing how negative results of clinical trials (antidepressants & psychotherapy) get “lost” in the literature.
- maelstrom-research.org looks like a tremendously useful data repository for clinical psychology and epidemiology research.
- Alberto Martín-Martín and colleagues used a database of 2,448,055 citations to compare the performance of Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Science. Summary: Google Scholar is a rough superset of Scopus & WoS, with substantial extra coverage beyond peer-reviewed articles (preprint).
- Large new study in Lancet Psychiatry (N=1.200.000) on the relationship between physical exercise and mental health, by Adam Chekroud and colleagues. It was widely covered, and some critical voices also emerged. I was on vacation and haven’t read in detail, but it’s probably a good article to discuss with students.
- New preprint by the tireless Jennifer Tackett and colleagues on open science and replicability in Clinical Psychology, entitled “Psychology’s Replication Crisis and Clinical Psychological Science”
- New meta-analysis by Joshua Swift and colleagues entitled “The impact of accommodating client preference in psychotherapy: A meta-analysis” suggest that psychotherapy treatment outcomes are better when patient preferences are accommodated.
- New Plos One paper by Tom Hardwicke & John Ioannidis entitled “Populating the Data Ark: An attempt to retrieve, preserve, and liberate data from the most highly-cited psychology and psychiatry articles” tried to obtain data from highly cited papers; the outcome was disheartening.
- 2018 Transdiagnostic Approaches to Mental Health Challenge, 17-18 September 2018 Cambridge (UK). I’d go if I had the time, I think transdiagnostic work is crucial.
- Our Jama Psychiatry paper is out, entitled “Emotional and Behavioral Symptom Network Structure in Elementary School Girls and Association With Anxiety Disorders and Depression in Adolescence and Early Adulthood”. I posted a guided tour through the paper on Twitter.
- Finally, the black goat has a new episode that’s all the hype on social media! ;) Haven’t found the time to listen to it myself, but I heard it’s worth checking out.
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