psychology http://www.kplu.org en For PTSD Patients, Better Outcomes For Less Money If They Get To Choose Treatment http://www.kplu.org/post/ptsd-patients-better-outcomes-less-money-if-they-get-choose-treatment <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151918202&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Letting patients with post-traumatic stress disorder choose how they want to be treated can produce better outcomes for less money, <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24717377">according to a new study</a> co-written by a University of Washington psychologist.</p><p>Treating someone with PTSD often comes down to a question of whether they get counseling or pharmaceuticals. The new study offers some evidence about which one works better, but even stronger evidence that letting the patient make the choice produces the best outcomes for the least cost.</p><p>Prof. Lori Zoellner, director of UW’s Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress, said letting patients decide helps them get the treatment best suited for them, and also increases their buy-in to whichever option they go with.</p><p>"You're probably more likely to take your medication regularly, to attend your psychiatrist visits more regularly. And in psychotherapy, you may also be more likely to do the homework," she said.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 23:17:20 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 16873 at http://www.kplu.org For PTSD Patients, Better Outcomes For Less Money If They Get To Choose Treatment 'Sort of' alive: Researchers probe how kids think about robots http://www.kplu.org/post/sort-alive-researchers-probe-how-kids-think-about-robots <p>One way young kids learn to organize the world is by dividing it into living and non-living things. But now that robots vacuum our floors and smart phones talk back to us, do children think of technology as alive? A team of Washington researchers is exploring how kids interact with robots, and what that might reveal about both their brains and ours.</p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9073 at http://www.kplu.org 'Sort of' alive: Researchers probe how kids think about robots No Mercy For Robots: Experiment Tests How Humans Relate To Machines http://www.kplu.org/post/no-mercy-robots-experiment-tests-how-humans-relate-machines <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Kf9coMuVuI</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:07:41 +0000 Alix Spiegel 7659 at http://www.kplu.org No Mercy For Robots: Experiment Tests How Humans Relate To Machines Babies learn language before birth, say Tacoma and Seattle researchers http://www.kplu.org/post/babies-learn-language-birth-say-tacoma-and-seattle-researchers <p></p><p>A team led by Professor Christine Moon of Pacific Lutheran University, tested newborn babies in Tacoma and Stockholm, Sweden. Moon said they played recordings of a distinctly American English vowel sound and a Swedish one, and tested the babies responses by measuring the one thing a day-old baby is really good at: sucking on a pacifier. Their sucking patterns reveal that babies show a familiarity with the vowel sounds of their mother tongue even at birth, suggesting they’ve been listening carefully in utero.</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 23:52:30 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7479 at http://www.kplu.org Babies learn language before birth, say Tacoma and Seattle researchers