Treating depression with mindfulness

Many people use drugs to find relief for depression but there are alternative therapies and one recent one has been mindfulness-based cognitive thereapy (MBCT). A recent study by Kuyken et al. (2014) suggests that MBCT can be just as effective as drug therapies. MBCT teaches people to focus on the present rather than worrying about […]

ECT effects demonstrated

Researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles have used modern technology to show that there are demonstrable effects in the brain when electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)  is used. One of the criticisms of the technique is that it is not clear why it might have positive benefits – just because it works is not a […]

Useful sound bite

A popular way to criticise any research study is to suggest that the sample was limited – but, in order to make this an effective criticism, you need to explain why this is an issue. For example, if the sample was all men then you need to explain why that would make a difference to performance or […]