The Thoughtful Animal

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week.

  • To start us off this week, Neuroskeptic discusses a new study that attempted to use a computer to translate therapists’ notes into psychiatric diagnoses. Could it be that certain language used by therapists or their clients could predict the severity or duration of a mental illness? The study has problems, but it’s an interesting idea to consider, more generally. Machine-Readable Psychiatry.
  • It is well known, according to Daniel Ocampo Daza of the Ego Sum Daniel blog, that “smokers tend to have a lower body-mass than non-smokers, and that smokers who quit have a tendency to gain weight.” Until recently, the mechanism behind the relationship of body-mass and nicotine addiction was unknown, but some new studies shed some light. Nicotine, Appetite, and the Brain.
  • Here’s the next in our continuing coverage of new proposals for DSM-5. Dirk Hanson at Addiction Inbox discusses the proposal for the inclusion of a “problem gambling” diagnosis.

That’s it for this week… Check back next week for more great psychology and neuroscience blogging!