Monday Miscellany: Fish Oil, (in)Flammation, Fantasy

AwfulFantasy1. Scott covers research on the link between inflammation and depression, comes to about the same conclusion as my psychoneuroimmunology class did. (If you’re one of the people who has borrowed my PNI research folder, Scott’s explanation is more readable.)

2. Attempting to rescue hostages? Use Morse code to bury a message inside a pop song. It’s such an — -… …- .. — ..- … idea!

3. Schizophrenia is such a fascinating topic of study. Here’s a new article on deafness and hallucinations. D/deaf* people with schizophrenia do hear voices, but apparently congenital blindness protects against schizophrenia?? I wrote about the former some here, and here’s more research.

One man experiences a voice projected in his brain “like a ghost”. A woman hears voices “shouting through her stomach” accompanied by “black, shadowy lips”; another hears her sister’s voice talking to her at night when she is in bed “like it is coming from a transmitter or a radio”.

These three people are deaf. They, along with 50 per cent of all deaf people with schizophrenia, ‘hear’ voices. It is hard to imagine an experience more strange, unsettling and counterintuitive. Research carried out recently has begun to unpick this contradictory psychological phenomenon, and may change the way that voice hallucinations are understood in hearing people too.

4. Image comes from @AwfulFantasy.

5. A few weeks ago a friend told me that the secret to finding good articles on Gawker was to look for the commissioned art in the header. Success. A gun article written thoughtfully, from a gun collector.

6. Stephanie on networking and unnatural-feeling social skills.

7. I’ve been recommending Recovery Record, the eating disorder recovery app, for more than a year now. Science of Eating Disorders brought this research to my attention. An examination of all ED-related apps found that Recovery Record was one of the only to be based on empirically supported interventions

Clearly, both with respect to EBPs and technology utilization, Recovery Record is far above the rest. Juarascio et al. note that Recovery Record contains a wide range of features, including “self- monitoring, personalized coping strategies, social connection, and a portal to connect with the user’s clinician.”

[…]The authors conclude,

“Although it would be impossible (and likely ineffective) for any app to include all of the empirically support treatment components we assessed for, most apps reviewed in this study contained few if any evidence-based principles. Additionally, many of the apps reviewed contained primarily non-empirically supported treatments. For example, Daytime Affirmations solely offers guided imagery. Stop Binge Eating offers coping strategies that are inconsistent with empirically supported treatments for binge eating such as ‘eat something healthy.’”

8. And in the category for Things I Would Have Never Expected to Be Connected To Omega-3….psychosis. (h/t Scott)

9. Contre Jour is a delightful little app with a cute cyclops creature. iPhone, Android

10. Whittier, Alaska is a town that lives in one building.

* the D/deaf construction used to note the intersection between people who do and do not participate in the Deaf community. More here.


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