A recent study in the Journal of European Neuropsychopharmacology provides evidence that psychiatric illness is the leading cause of illness in Europe. A review of two decades of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging studies has been completed by the Wellcome Trust and they conclude that there is still much work to be done in translating findings into the clinical arena (see here).
An interesting development is the recent publication suggesting that children were taught how to produce the cave paintings found in caves throughout Europe. These paintings are relevant to discussions about the development of symbolic thought in human evolution.
Students in one study preferred in-class teaching to video based presentations giving increased attention in the structured class environment as one of the reasons for this preference (via PsychoBOBlogy ). JSTOR are making archived material before certain dates depending on geographic location freely available. There is a talented psychiatrist Dr Peter Gordon who is producing thought provoking films about psychiatry. The video below is a response to a wake-up call to British Psychiatry by Professor Craddock and colleagues.
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