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New Streaming Videos

We have three new streaming videos available through the TCS catalog

Children of the Amazon, 2008, 72 min.

Reflects on the history and more recent changes of the Amazon River valley and rainforest area, primarily through the introduction of a group of indigenous families. Through comparison of their current lives with the lives they led when the filmmaker first met them 15 years earlier, the film portrays the significant differences of their past and current lives. As their native lands undergo extreme changes due to deforestation and development, questions are raised and discussed regarding the chances of renewing or otherwise protecting the local population and their environment.

Bowenian family therapy with Dr. Philip Guerin, 2010, 119 min.

This video is one in a series portraying the leading theories of family therapy and their applications. Bowenian therapy, also known as family-of-origin therapy, looks at how previous generations influence the present family functioning. In this video, Dr. Guerin works to help family members link cognitive processes to emotional responses.

Strategic couples therapy with James C. Coyne  2010, 120 min

Dr. James C. Coyne discusses strategic couples therapy in which the therapist takes responsibility for what happens in the session and presents a plan for change. The therapy seeks to help the couple develop a problem-solving strategy tailored to their specific concerns and values. This discussion is followed by an actual session in which Dr. Coyne demonstrates strategic couples therapy and finally a final discussion and question and answer session is held with Dr. Coyne, the hosts, and audience members


PsycInfo Webinars Available from APA

The American Psychological Association  is offering webinars on how to get the most out of APA databases.   These webinars are designed to allow students to 

• become familiar with the APA research databases and the EBSCO features  • manage your results  • create alerts  • set up personal accounts  • craft searches that make use of controlled vocabulary and natural language  • use database fields and limits

Knowing how to use the APA databases on EBSCO can make your searches faster and more productive.  The webinars for the EBSCOhost platform are on Wednesday, March 9 from 11 am-12pm PST and on Tuesday, April 12 from 10 am to 11 am PST.  The webinars are online and can be viewed from your home or office. 

If you think you're not a beginner anymore, there are advanced webinars being held on Thursday, March 10, from Noon - 2 pm PST, Friday, March 25, from Noon to 2 pm PST, and Tuesday, April 12 from 7 am-9 am PST (a little early for some, convenient for others).

 Sign up on the APA website  if you're interested in any of the webinars or for more information.


New PsycBooks

PsycBooks added 2 recent books to the database last month as well as 20 classic texts from the late 19th and early part of the 20th centuries.  A full list can be accessed by clicking here.  The two recently published books are described below.  These books can be accessed through the PsycBooks database on EBSCO:

Methodologies for Conducting Research on Giftedness  edited by Bruce Thompson, PhD and Rena F. Subotnik, PhD

This book gathers a distinguished group of pioneers in measurement and statistics to offer creative solutions to the problems of conducting research on gifted and talented individuals.

On Becoming a Better Therapist by Barry L. Duncan, PsyD

"In the first book to detail the clinical nuances of using feedback to improve outcomes, Duncan presents a simple, five-step method of integrating outcome management with therapists' long-term professional development. With lively case examples, unfailing good humor, and a deep affection for therapy and therapists, Duncan's book is essential reading for anyone who seeks to rediscover purpose in their work and become a better therapist."


New Research into Self-Compassion

Researchers are looking into a new area of psychological research - self-compassion.  A New York Times article states that "The research suggests that giving ourselves a break and accepting our imperfections may be the first step toward better health. People who score high on tests of self-compassion have less depression and anxiety, and tend to be happier and more optimistic. Preliminary data suggest that self-compassion can even influence how much we eat and may help some people lose weight." 

Dr. Kristin Neff, an associate professor of human development at the University of Texas, Austin, believes that our society has taught us to be hard on ourselves.  Her research has shown that many people fear that if they aren't hard on themselves they'll become self-indulgent.  Researchers believe that the key to successful diets may be self-compassion rather than self-discipline and deprivation.


Diagnosing Eating Disorders with a Drawing Test

A new study appearing in the journal The Arts in Psychotherapy  finds that women suffering or prone to developing eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, can be diagnosed with a simple and non-intrusive self-figure drawing assessment.  Researchers were able to differentiate between the self-portraits of women with eating disorders and those without on four aspects:

The neck: women suffering from anorexia or bulimia tended to draw a larger neck, a disconnected neck or no neck at all;

The mouth: this feature was more emphasized in drawings by women suffering from anorexia or bulimia;

The thighs: women with eating disorders drew wider thighs than the other groups in the study;

The feet: women with eating disorders tended to draw pictures without feet or with disconnected feet.

The study also revealed that woman with anorexia tended to omit breasts from their drawings, drew less defined body lines and smaller figures relative to the page size.

Women with eating disorders often hide it from their therapists.  This may be a non-intrusive and non-verbal tool to diagnose the problem.

Read about the study here.


Peer Support Can Reduce Depression Symptoms

In a new study in General Hospital Psychiatry, researchers found that programs incorporating peer interaction in which patients and volunteers share information were found to reduce symptoms of depression better than traditional care alone and were about as effective as cognitive behavioral therapy.    Peer support programs often use volunteers and nonprofessionals and can be done over the phone, on the Internet, or in person.  Because of these factors they can be widely available at a relatively low cost.  Read the news story about the study on Medical News Today.


New Books in PsycBooks

In January, PsycBooks added the following contemporary book.  It also added 20 classic texts from 1867 - 1944. You can see a full list here.

This is the newest PsycBook

Advanced methods for conducting online behavioral research 

Edited by Samuel D. Gosling, PhD and John A. Johnson, PhD

"This book goes beyond the basics to teach readers advanced methods for conducting behavioral research on the Internet. Short chapters offer practical advice by leading experts in key domains of Internet research. Readers are shown, step by step, how to conduct online experiments, surveys, and ability testing, use advanced graphic tools such as drag-and-drop objects, apply automatic text analysis tools, check the validity of protocols, automate the storage and analysis of data, record "field notes" on the behavior of online subjects and chatroom or blogging communities, and much more. Chapters also address critical issues such as data security, ethics, participant recruitment, and how to ensure the completion of tests or questionnaires. This volume also features a companion website with additional resources, links, scripts, and instructions to further assist readers with their online research."


Conflict Recovery

A new study in  Psychological Science with potential interest for marital therapists, finds that if one partner in a romantic relationship recovers well from conflict, that benefits not only the recovering partner but the other partner as well - both partners feel more satisfaction with the relationship.  Most studies focus on how couples resolve conflict - not what happens after the resolution.  

A partner who recovers well doesn't let the conflict spill over or leak into other parts of the relationship. 

The study also found that infant attachment security plays a role in how partners recover from conflict.

"What we show is that recovering from conflict well predicts higher satisfaction and more favorable relationship perceptions. You perceive the relationship more positively," Salvatore said.  "The interesting finding is that you don't have to be the one who recovers well to benefit."

Read a news article about the study here.


New Streaming Videos

We have two new streaming videos available online through the TCS catalog.   If you don't know how to access the streaming videos, click on our Finding Guide Page on this blog for a step by step guide. 

Do I drink too much?: human biology, genetics, and alcohol     53 minutes

 "Why does tolerance for alcohol differ so widely from person to person? Do genetic factors make alcoholism unavoidable in some people? Should we drink at all? This program searches for answers, following addiction expert Dr. John Marsden as he observes--and participates in--experiments that assess alcohol’s neurological and physiological impact. After exploring basic chemical and evolutionary concepts, Marsden visits London’s Institute of Psychiatry, where brain scans, genetic testing, and psychological profiling shed light on alcohol addiction. In the U.S., Marsden goes inside the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to study other genetic markers, while moving toward a greater understanding of alcoholism in his own family history."--Container.

 Pills: never enough!       52 minutes 

"This program illustrates a growing appetite for-- and dependence on-- experience-enhancing pharmaceuticals and nutriceuticals among those who have the money, the connections, or the savvy to procure them. Drawing examples from the U.S. and France, Pills: Never Enough! examines the use of dietary supplements augmented by hormones to slow the effects of aging; the consumption of energy drinks such as the controversial Cocaine, which packs the caffeine punch of eight espressos per; the abuse of Prozac and sleep disorder med Modafinil by employees striving to work better and longer; the abuse of Ritalin and Concerta by students trying to improve their grades; and abuse of OxyContin, Xanax, and other prescription meds at "pharming parties," just for kicks. The abuse of ED meds Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra is given special attention, emphasizing their obvious value to the porn industry and their inclusion in chemical cocktails downed at gay sex clubs"--Container.


Disscussion question for “What is the What”

For anyone who would like to comment on the Book of the Year, What is the What, you can post something in response to the question below (which is also posted on Facebook) or just write what you feel about the book.  The Westwood librarian is also happy to host a book discussion in Westwood any weekday at lunch time or at 4:15, or on a Saturday if enough people want to do it.  Just email her (bbirenbaum@thechicagoschool.edu) and let her know if you're interested.  In the meantime, comment here or on Facebook and get the discussion started!


After Valentino escapes from Africa and the terrible violence there he is beaten and robbed in Atlanta. Why does Valentino feel, after he has been victimized—and after his experience with the police and the hospital—that he doesn’t actually exist?  Comment on the irony of leaving the brutality of Africa for the violence of the United States.

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