Rudo Dube summarises a longitudinal study which finds that people exposed to complex trauma had higher levels of general psychopathology and were more likely to experience conditions such as PTSD, depression and psychotic symptoms.[read the full story...]
Can we treat cognitive deficits in schizophrenia through electrical brain stimulation?
Stefanie Sturm summarises a recent systematic review on improving cognitive deficits in schizophrenia using Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), a form of electrical brain stimulation.[read the full story...]
Cognitive functioning in psychosis: is neuropsychological decline continuous, generalised, and specific to schizophrenia?
Emmeline Lagunes Cordoba and Derek Tracy explore a case control study that looks at cognitive change in people with schizophrenia and other psychoses in the decade following the first episode.[read the full story...]
New genes implicated in Alzheimer’s disease #LetsTalkMentalHealthII
Byron Creese writes a #LetsTalkMentalHealthII blog about a recent genome-wide meta-analysis which identifies new loci and functional pathways influencing Alzheimer’s disease risk.[read the full story...]
Can smoking cessation improve cognitive functioning in people with psychosis?
Dafni Katsampa explores a recent prospective cohort study that investigates the association between smoking behaviour and cognitive functioning in patients with psychosis, their siblings and healthy control subjects.[read the full story...]
Cannabis use in the developing brain: evidence from a recent cross-sectional meta-analysis
Joe Barnby considers the findings of a recent meta-analysis of cross-sectional observational data, which explores the association of cannabis with cognitive functioning in adolescents and young adults.[read the full story...]
Can museums help prevent dementia?
Dafni Katsampa and Derek Tracy get all cultured and summarise a retrospective cohort study of museum attendance and dementia incidence, which suggests that cultural engagement may help protect us from cognitive decline.
The research is led by Daisy Fancourt who heads up the new MARCH Network which is launching later this month.[read the full story...]
Serious games for mental health: you cannot be serious!
Sasha Danilina is encouraged by the results of the first systematic review with meta-analysis of serious games for mental health, which asks: are they accessible, feasible and effective?[read the full story...]
Tobacco smoking, cognition and first episode psychosis: time for a rethink?
Marcus Munafo appraises a recent cross sectional study of tobacco smoking and its association with cognition in first episode psychosis patients.[read the full story...]
Cannabis: what do we know and what do we need to know?
Ian Hamilton considers a recent literature review published in JAMA Psychiatry, which explores the effects of cannabis use on human behaviour, Including cognition, motivation and psychosis.[read the full story...]