Edited by Professors William O'Donohue and Scott O.Lilienfeld, this book's unique structure presents dialogues between leading clinical researchers regarding the treatment of a wide variety of psychological problems, from depression and Alzheimer's disease to Panic Disorder and chronic pain.Despite this trend, much current psychological practice is not evidence-based; moreover, there is a marked dearth of resources available to train students and assist practitioners with the challenging goal of translating science into practice.
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You’re familiar with Henry Molaison, even if you don’t recognize his name. M., an epileptic man who became a famous amnesiac patient after an unprecedented brain surgery done by the august neurosurgeon William Scoville. M.’s story is a mainstay in undgrad psychology courses, and it’s also inspired books and movies, not to mention hundreds of scientific studies — all of which makes one wonder, at first, why a new book on the subject is needed.
“I’m certainly not the first person who has written about H.
M., and I’m certainly not the last,” the journalist Luke Dittrich tells me, a few days before the publication of his first book, .
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Should you need additional information or have questions regarding the HEOA information provided for this title, including what is new to this edition, please email [email protected] describe what evidence-based practice consists of for various clinical problems and are followed by commentary sections in which other leading clinical researchers analyze the case at hand, pointing out additional assessment and treatment options and controversial issues.The chapter authors then reply to the commentary in response sections.(His estimates could be off by decades.) Until the end of H. Scoville would loom as the ultimate authority figure.“Henry,” a nurse at his assisted-living home might say, “Dr.His amnesia was considered “pure” — that is, manufactured with the precision of the surgeon’s scalpel, with his intellect left undimmed (indeed, possibly even slightly improved).Over the next 50 years, his case would fuel hundreds of studies by researchers eager to solve the mystery of how memory works in the brain. M.’s story has inspired books and movies, all depicting the man whose profound amnesia left him suspended in his own distorted chronology, uncertain of whether his own father was alive or dead, who was the president of the United States, or even his own age.In the past few decades clinical science has emerged as a prominent model for training and practice in clinical psychology.This model emphasizes evidence derived from high-quality research and is consistent with the increasingly influential evidence-based movement in medicine, which is a vital step toward making psychotherapy more effective, efficient, and safe.“But one of the things I’m trying to accomplish is to take back H.M.’s story, or at least give an alternate telling, that is wrested in a certain sense from the people who have already told it.” Dittrich offers a perspective on this famed case that no one else can: Scoville, the surgeon who created Patient was a young man living with his parents in modest circumstances in Connecticut; he had such severe epilepsy that he could live only the most stripped-down existence, barely able to function at the most menial of jobs.