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A Researcher’s Journey From Tinkerer to Innovator to Mentor

Laura Germine, PhD, calls herself a tinkerer. “I’ve always been messing around with technology—coding, building things,” she said. Fortunately for McLean—and the field of psychiatric research—Germine has moved far beyond tinkering. By combining her academic training in molecular biology, experimental psychopathology, and psychiatric genetics with her passion for technology, she created...

Study Examines How Sensitivity to Emotions Changes Across the Life Span

Why do we become more positive as we grow older? Why are adolescents so sensitive to negative social cues? These are a few of the questions addressed in “Emotion Sensitivity Across the Lifespan: Mapping Clinical Risk Periods to Sensitivity to Facial Emotion Intensity,” a new paper published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. The paper presents findings from a groundbreaking...

Study Finds Deep Biases in Standard Measures of Social Cognition

According to a recent paper published in Psychological Medicine, one of the most widely used tests for measuring social cognition is biased toward well-educated Caucasians. Laura Germine, PhD, technical director of the McLean Institute for Technology in Psychiatry and director of the Laboratory for Brain and Cognitive Health Technology, said that the study looked at the impact of social, cultural...

New Research Looks at the Promise of ‘Digital Neuropsychology’

In a new paper published in The Clinical Neuropsychologist, McLean Hospital’s Laura Germine, PhD, and her colleagues describe the many ways in which cognitive tests conducted with computers and smartphones might improve upon traditional “pencil-and-paper” tests. The researchers also present a critical overview of modern testing technology to help neuropsychologists understand and benefit from new...

Study on Social Interactions Could Improve Understanding of Mental Health Risks

McLean Hospital investigators have released the results of a study that outlines how age, socioeconomic status, and other factors might contribute to social isolation and poorer mental health. In a paper published in the online version of Clinical Psychological Science, the researchers examine how individuals of all ages and walks of life seek and enjoy social interactions. Because studies have...

Summit Envisions Future of Technology in Psychiatry

Technology is ubiquitous. Children have smartphones, octogenarians are savvy iPad users, and nearly everyone tracks steps and calories with wearables. It is no surprise that the field of psychiatry is forging a path toward using technology to revolutionize the way mental illnesses are diagnosed and treated as well as how outcomes are measured. That was the consensus that emerged from McLean’s...

Can Smartphones and Digital Health Trackers Revolutionize Mental Health Care?

Can technology solve some of our biggest mental health challenges? That’s the key question being addressed by some of the nation’s top technology and mental health experts during the McLean Hospital Technology in Psychiatry Summit next week (November 6-7) at Harvard Medical School. “Tremendous advances in science and technology have enabled greater understanding of the brain, and yet mental...

Institute for Technology in Psychiatry Envisions the Future of Mental Health

At a restaurant in San Diego, Ipsit Vahia, MD, had his “aha” moment. He and his wife were dining with friends and their four-year-old son, who was restless and disruptive. Vahia handed over his iPhone, and the boy was quietly absorbed until it was time to leave. Distracting children with technology is not new, but Dr. Vahia left the experience with the genesis of a research question: could...