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Review of The electrified mind: Development, psychopathology, and treatment in the era of cell phones and the Internet.

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The Electrified Mind: Development, Psychopathology, and Treatment in the Era of Cell Phones and the Internet edited by Salman Akhtar (2011). In this book, Salman Akhtar and his colleagues discuss how the “electrified mind” can be understood in the context of childhood and adolescent development and psychotherapy. The book fills an important niche by introducing readers to both the positive and negative complexities of our electronic age in the 21st century. The reviewer briefly summarizes what each chapter of this book offers and then provides what he believe to be the book’s many strengths and areas in which the book falls a bit short of being as gratifying as it could be. The reviewer concludes that Salman Akhtar and his colleagues have managed to provide the rea…

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Review of The electrified mind: Development, psychopathology, and treatment in the era of cell phones and the Internet.

Reviews the book,
The Electrified Mind: Development, Psychopathology, and Treatment in the Era of Cell Phones and the Internet edited by Salman Akhtar (2011). In this book, Salman Akhtar and his colleagues discuss how the “electrified mind” can be understood in the context of childhood and adolescent development and psychotherapy. The book fills an important niche by introducing readers to both the positive and negative complexities of our electronic age in the 21st century. The reviewer briefly summarizes what each chapter of this book offers and then provides what he believe to be the book’s many strengths and areas in which the book falls a bit short of being as gratifying as it could be. The reviewer concludes that Salman Akhtar and his colleagues have managed to provide the rea…

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Maternal postpartum depressive symptoms and 4-month mother–infant interaction.

Associations of 6-week maternal depressive symptoms (CES-D) with 4-month mother−infant self- and interactive contingency patterns during face-to-face play were investigated in a community sample of 132 dyads. Self- and interactive contingency were defined as predictability within (self-contingency) and between (interactive contingency) two partners’ behavioral steams over time. Infant and mother attention (gaze), affect (facial, vocal), spatial orientation, and touch behaviors were coded second-by-second from split-screen videotape, and a multimodal measure of facial−visual “engagement” was constructed. With higher depressive symptoms, the self-contingency of both partners was lowered in most modalities; there was a lowered ability to anticipate one’s own next move, which is metaph…

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Review of A new Freudian synthesis: Clinical process in the next generation.

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A New Freudian Synthesis: Clinical Process in the Next Generation edited by Andrew B. Druck, Carolyn Ellman, Norbert Freedman, and Aaron Thaler (2011). This volume presents the reader with an amalgam of detailed clinical cases—including some theoretical discussion—from a group of contemporary Freudian psychoanalysts. The chapter authors were asked to show how they have understood the work of earlier theorists, and how they have integrated this work with their current psychoanalytic practice. The authors did not have knowledge of their fellow contributors’ chapters, which allowed for a relatively unobstructed snapshot of the current Freudian landscape. This landscape is viewed primarily as through a telephoto lens, providing sharp detail of specific, unique, and int…

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