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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Are Bound Dictionaries Obsolete in the Age of the Internet?

APA Reviewing the new APA College Dictionary of Psychology, Dana Dunn notes "This dictionary may well be one of the few resources that psychology students will keep and consult throughout their academic careers. As a relatively modest investment, it is to be recommended highly."

But are students really likely to use a paper dictionary, or is the Internet a juggernaut that will eventually make all such reference books obsolete?

Read the Review
ReviewDefining the Discipline for the Student Audience: A Concise and Direct College Dictionary
      By Dana S. Dunn
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2009 Vol 54(37)

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Video Self-Modeling: Another Useful Strategy for Helping Children with Autism?

APA In the book Seeing Is Believing: Video Self-Modeling for People With Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, Tom Buggey describes video self-modeling (VSM) as a tool for modifying behavior by having children watch themselves enact a behavior correctly and/or at a slightly more advanced level. Video clips used for this intervention are drawn either from role plays or through a process of editing video to target positive behaviors captured during natural observation. The theoretical underpinning of VSM draws heavily from Bandura's social learning theory.

Reviewers Jeanne M. Slattery and MollyJill Smrekar raise concerns about VSM's limited evidence-base, use of single-subject designs, and the author's request for users of VSM to submit their own research to his website. They surmise that research findings submitted to the website "will be overrepresented by positive outcomes and, if he uses them as testimonials … he is likely to add to the hype to which parents of children with autistic spectrum disorders are exposed."

How valid is this concern? What are the benefits and/or drawbacks of having VSM users submit their findings to the author's website?

Read the Review
ReviewHype or Interesting Lead? Video Self-Modeling for People With Autism
By Jeanne M. Slattery [and] MollyJill Smrekar
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2009 Vol 54(33)

Editor of PsycCRITIQUES

Danny Wedding, PhD

Chair of Behavioral Sciences,
College of Medicine,
American University of Antigua

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