My latest publication is the study protocol for our randomised controlled non-inferiority trial comparing internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (ICBT) with face-to-face CBT for adults with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
We describe how we will do the first direct comparison between ICBT and face-to-face CBT for OCD, something that has not been done before. One improvement from previous trials is that we include both self-referred patients and clinically-referred patients, making sure that we have a “real world” sample of participants.
Obsessions and compulsions are the hallmarks of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In the dominating cognitive model, compulsions are voluntary actions performed to reduce the likelihood that an unwanted, or feared, consequence will take place. Neuroscientists are now challenging this view with a competing explanation where obsessions arise from compulsions, not the other way around.
Efficient habits and flexible goals What are the forces driving our behaviour? Habits and goal-directed behaviour compete for control over how you behave.
Academic work involves a ton of writing, so I figured that an investment in the writing process should be worthwhile. I’ve just finished an online course called Writing in the Sciences with Kristin Sainani of Stanford, which had solid advice for all stages of writing. I highly recommend the course to anyone that wants to learn about academic writing or needs a reminder of good writing habits. Here I’ll summarise the writing process.