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August 23, 2005

Emotions continue to influence Americans’ reaction to 9/11 and the risk of terrorism

Filed under: North America,Psychology of Terrorism and Disaster — Admin @ 4:30 pm

The release of the transcripts of New York City emergency communications from the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks brought back the flood of emotions that Americans experienced during the worst attack in the nation’s history. As a recent Carnegie Mellon University study demonstrates, intense emotions have a powerful effect on how Americans continue to perceive the risk of terrorism and their memories of 9/11. The study was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

The researchers surveyed a national sample of Americans late in 2001, and then again a year later. Each time, they created experiences that accentuated one of the multiple emotions that the attacks evoked: fear, anger or sadness. One year out, the respondents’ emotional reactions to the attacks continued to predict their perception of the risk of terrorism: Those who had their fear heightened were more pessimistic about the likelihood of future attacks and coping with the risk of terrorism, while those who had their anger heightened were more optimistic.

Overall, the respondents in 2002 believed future attacks were less likely than they had the previous year. However, when asked to recall their predictions from 2001, people remembered being more optimistic than they actually had been. That is, they remembered having seen a safer world than they actually had shortly after the attacks – a clear demonstration of hindsight bias. Reliving emotions colored their view of the past. Those who were made angrier remembered being more optimistic, whereas those made more fearful remembered being more pessimistic. Reliving emotions did not, however, reduce hindsight bias.

“The study raises two cautions for citizens thinking about terror or other hot topics. One is that they need to monitor their emotions. If they allow themselves to be angered, they may exaggerate the probability of success in anti-terror programs,” said Baruch Fischhoff, the lead author and the Howard Heinz University Professor of Social and Decision Sciences and Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon.

“The second caution is that they need to look for historical records when judging the wisdom of past decisions, rather than relying on their own memories,” Fischhoff said.

The research also was conducted by Roxana Gonzalez and Jennifer Lerner, both in Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Social and Decision Sciences, and Deborah Small, now at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. The study was supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health and the American Psychological Association (Division 9).

Jonathan Potts
Carnegie Mellon University

August 22, 2005

Website of the month:

Filed under: North America,Website of the Month,World Psychology — Admin @ 10:57 pm

Website of the month:

….Hello, my name is Mark Allan Sircus and I am a world psychologist, a doctor of oriental medicine, and the director of the International Medical Veritas Association IMVA. There you can find much information about mercury in medicine and dentistry as well as the huge environmental problem that that is building up like an invisible cloud of radiation. There also you can sign up for the Medical News Commentaries that I publish every week.

This World Psychology site is one of three sites that display my work though this one is the largest and represents my writings up to the spring of 2003. In conjunction with the IMVA I have opened the International Detoxification and Chelation Clinic (IDCC) and there we specialize in the detoxification and chelation of chemical poisons from the body in children and adults with safe naturopathic methods.

Preparing Japan’s First Psychologists: Alliant Masters Program Holds First Commencement

Filed under: Asia,Clinical Psychology — Admin @ 4:36 pm

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 22, 2005–As US students head back to school, 30 in Japan are donning caps and gowns for graduation. The first commencement from Alliant International University’s Clinical Psychology Masters Program will turn out a pioneering band of Japanese-trained psychologists on Saturday, September 10 at the Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo.

“Japan, like other countries, feels stress related to an aging population and adults trying to care for both children and elderly parents. The Japanese also feel extraordinary pressure to achieve in school and business,” explained Program Director Nancy Piotrowski, Ph.D. “Traditionally, they have struggled alone; the idea of seeking professional help with these pressures and normal transitions associated with birth, families and death is a new one. But that is changing. The services of modern-day clinical psychologists — specially trained to function in Japan — can lessen suffering for families and communities.”

Headquartered in San Francisco with campuses throughout California and in Mexico City, Alliant prepares students for professions in the applied social sciences of psychology, education, business and related fields. The unique, three-year Clinical Psychology Masters Program in Japan is run by Alliant’s California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) and geared toward adults who take courses part-time while also attending to career and family.

“Our dedicated students and faculty have worked tirelessly to make this day a reality, and we are proud of them,” said Dr. Geoffrey Cox, newly appointed Alliant President. “The objective of the pioneering Japan program is to develop culturally competent practitioners to serve people in the community.”

Classes are taught in Japanese and are held both online and face-to-face, including intensive week-long training experiences once each year. Currently, more than 100 students are enrolled; 25 will graduate and 24 will join the program this fall.

“Masters-level psychology training that is clinical in nature is relatively new in Japan,” said Piotrowski. “Our curriculum is unique in several ways. In addition to our part-time executive training format, we offer a supervised clinical training experience, called a practicum, so students get practice in providing clinical services to clients.”

The program responds to the growing need for well-educated and culturally-aware clinical psychologists who understand the complex issues of ethnicity, community, sexuality, age, gender, religion and social class.

Families of graduates and journalists are encouraged to attend the graduation. Advance R.S.V.P. required; call Alliant in the US toll-free at 866-825-5426. Commencement begins promptly at 4 and runs until 5:30 pm at the Keio Plaza Hotel, 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8330, Japan.

Alliant International University

Alliant International University has prepared students for professional careers in the applied social sciences of psychology, education and business since 2001. CSPP, now a school within Alliant, has been training professional psychologists for more than 30 years. Alliant offers a unique curriculum that combines academic learning and apprenticeship in all courses of study. With accredited programs at San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno, Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego locations, Alliant also hosts accredited programs in Mexico City, Mexico and Tokyo, Japan. For information call 415-955-2037 or visit the new website at

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Filed under: North America,Trading Psychology — Admin @ 4:35 pm

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Alternative psychology for healing

Filed under: Asia,Energy Psychology — Admin @ 4:32 pm

Pune, August 22: THE tsunami which left scars on the psyche of survivors has one lesser known succour — the healing touch of energy psychology and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), types of alternative psychology.

‘‘Some of those who suffered the after-effects of the tsunami were able to come to terms with it, but for others it has become a source of recurring nightmares. They needed a healing touch,’’ says John Hartung, currently on a visit to the Maharashtra Institute of Technology’s Centre for Biofield Sciences where he gave a lecture on energy psychology and EMDR on Monday.

Hartung was in Banda Aceh conducting a workshop for trainers, who would in turn, deal with tsunami victims and will next go on to Sri Lanka to do the same. Hartung works as a clinical psychologist and executive coach in the USA.

‘‘Energy psychology is a treatment which is based on the points and meridians on our body, a system of healing, much like the chakras in ancient Indian medicine. EMDR, on the other hand, is a complex method, one part of which involves the easing out of traumatic memories and using positive memories and messages,’’ says Hartung. In India, the Humanitarian Assistance Programme, with Indian psychologists, conducted EMDR sessions in Chennai, Hartung says.

Hartung will conduct a one-day introductory training course on Tuesday. He will be part of a clinical research trial to publish biofield assessment data calibrated with clinical controls at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Lokmanya Hospital Chinchwad.

Source: Express India

August 17, 2005

Depression therapy by email

Filed under: Clinical Psychology,North America — Admin @ 11:32 pm

Psychological treatment of patients by email could become a cheaper alternative to face-to-face counselling, psychologists in Sweden say after conducting a pilot study.

A research group at the University of Norrkoeping, in southeast Sweden, treated 90 patients for depression via email only throughout the spring, a first in Sweden.

“The collected data looks good and we have very good feedback from participants,” psychologist Kristofer Vernmark told the local Norrkoepings Tidningar newspaper.


Have you heard? Gossip has purpose

Filed under: North America,Social Psychology — Admin @ 11:30 pm

Juicy gossip moves so quickly – He did what? She has pictures? – that few people have time to cover their ears, even if they wanted to.

Gossip long has been dismissed by researchers as little more than background noise with no useful function. But some investigators say that it belongs front and center in any study of group interaction.


Sweating Before an Audience—Working to Control a Phobia

Filed under: North America,Social Psychology — Admin @ 11:17 pm

A beginning advertising executive starts to sweat profusely when she starts her presentation in front of her boss and the staff.

A graduate student stammers and is barely audible when delivering a seminar paper. His thoughts of an academic career, like his speech, slip away.
Fear of an audience.


Psychological Association Calls For Curbs On Violent Video Games

Filed under: Children Psychology,North America — Admin @ 11:13 pm

The American Psychological Association says violence in video games is bad for children’s health and the group is calling on the industry to cut back.

The association says research indicates exposure to violence in video games increases aggressive thoughts, aggressive behavior and angry feelings among youth.


August 16, 2005

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Filed under: North America — Admin @ 11:55 pm

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