New controversy about “microdosing” with LSD to enhance creativity

From the blog, “LSD ‘microdosing’ is trending in Silicon Valley – but can it actually make you more creative?” Posted on 2-15-17, and written by a professor of clinical neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge, this article provides a thorough review of recent research about the potential therapeutic benefits of small doses of psychedelic drugs, and goes on to also review the trend of some creative types using “microdoses” of LSD to try to enhance their creativity.

Summary of recent concerns about psychology research not be replicable

Courtesy of one of the blogs that mhconcierge monitors, Science of Us, comes, “A Helpful Rundown of the Current State of Psychology’s Replication Crisis.”  The article provides a brief, but thorough, summary of an evolving story, and concludes, “Psychology, it seems, has never quite had a sufficiently rigorous braking system to make sure exciting but preliminary findings truly pass muster before they are tossed onto the express train to Factsville.” mhconcierge’s take: If you are concerned about these issues, this is a good update. 

Psychology in the public eye: Coffee table book about psych testing – weird, creepy and classics tests

Courtesy of the @info_Psicologos twitter feed, “The Beautiful Yet Twisted History of Psychological Testing” was published by Wired Magazine on 8-17-16. This article features pictures and commentary of some quaint tests, some scary tests, and even a few that are still in use, such as the Rorschach, based on a book that will be published soon, “Psychobook.”

MN Behavioral Professionals in the News: psychologist C.J. Peek is recognized by physicians

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians recognized U. of M. Psychologist C.J. Peek with their 2015 Researcher of the Year Award.   From the Academy’s announcement: C.J. Peek, Ph.D., Minneapolis, MN, received the 2015 Researcher of the Year Award from the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP). The recipient of the Researcher of the Year Award must, through the course of his/her career, have contributed in a major, outstanding manner to the development of family medicine research in Minnesota and/or nationally.  Candidates are typically nominated by their colleagues. C.J. Peek is a professor with the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine

Minnesota Family Therapist and U. of M. prof in the national news

The Wall Street Journal provides excellent coverage of health, science, and technology issues which is totally independent of its political coverage. The edition for February 9, 2015, included an interesting article that prominently featured a Minnesota family therapist, William Doherty, Ph.D. The article, “Be There for a Friends Relationship Crisis, But Don’t Give Advice” describes Dr. Doherty’s workshop called “Marital First Responders,” which helps concerned peers provide support for people with serious relationship problems.The article does not mention that he developed this program with his daughter, Elizabeth Doherty Thomas, MS, LAMFT.