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January 28, 2015

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2:30 PM | Whose Culture is it Anyway? Disentangling Culture and Eating Disorders – Part 4
The more I write about culture and eating disorders, the more I want to know. I keep finding more articles to add to the mix; I know I’m far from the first to be interested in how culture and eating disorders intersect, and for that matter, what counts as “culture.” Still, this has been a fascinating exploration so far! In case you’re curious, this is to be the second last post in the series for now at least. There will be one more after this, about eating disorders in […]

January 26, 2015

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4:08 AM | Why is Congruence Hard to Learn?
Gears and rings… Flickr source: Denys Fisher was a British engineer and maker of board games and other toys. In 1965 he invented the Spirograph toy. Some speculate that he was influenced by the designs of the artist, composer, and film animator John Whitney, whose opening sequence for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 film “Vertigo” is considered […]

January 25, 2015

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2:13 PM | Whose Culture is it Anyway? Disentangling Culture and Eating Disorders – Part 3
The articles I’ve looked at so far in this series (Becker, in part 1, and Keel and Klump in part 2) give us some insight into the idea that the link between “Western” societies and eating disorders is more complex than a simple matter of media exposure. But, having read these studies, I was still left a bit wanting in terms of unpacking that black box of “culture” that gets tossed around in scholarly and popular literature. What, exactly, are we talking about when […]

January 21, 2015

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3:15 PM | Whose Culture is it Anyway? Disentangling Culture and Eating Disorders – Part 2
In this post I’ll continue on the trend of considering the “culture bound” nature of eating disorders by looking at another commonly-cited article about eating disorders and culture. In this article, Keel & Klump (2003) look at the cultural and historical facets of anorexia and bulimia. They looked at whether eating disorders were present in other sociohistorical and cultural contexts in order to determine whether AN and BN are “culture […]
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4:32 AM | A Computer Chess Analysis Interchange Format
File formats are like watching paint dry… Source: Chess-programming wiki on Edwards’s “Spector” program. Steven Edwards is an American computer scientist and chess programmer. Two decades ago he spearheaded the development and adoption of three standards for communicating chess games and their moves. Today Ken wishes to present a proposed new format for representing computer […]

January 18, 2015

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7:16 PM | Whose Culture is it Anyway? Disentangling Culture and Eating Disorders – Part 1
Often, in writing about eating disorders, you will come across references to how some consider these disorders to be “culture bound.” If you start to unpack what researchers and clinicians are referring to, you might come to the conclusion that “culture bound” means specific to one particular culture or society, for example, modern Western society. By extension, you might then think that the more “Western” a culture is, the more likely that there will be […]

January 15, 2015

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4:59 AM | Forgetting Results
Rejoining many who have forgotten or overlooked results St. Andrews Mac Tutor biographies source Henry Smith was a mathematician of the 19th century who worked mainly in number theory. He especially did important work on the representation of numbers by various quadratic forms. We have discussed how even in something seemingly settled, like Joseph Lagrange’s […]

January 09, 2015

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4:00 AM | There Are Many Primes
Various senses of ‘many’ from proofs of the infinitude of primes 2008 Bowen Lectures source Hillel Furstenberg is entering his 50th years as a professor of mathematics at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He shared the 2006-07 Wolf Prize with Stephen Smale. He has shown many connections between analysis and combinatorics. One was showing how ergodic […]
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2:21 AM | Temperament in Eating Disorders (A Meta-Analysis)
Much research has been done on personality traits associated with eating disorders, and, as I’ve blogged about here and here, on personality subtypes among patients with EDs. For example, researchers have found that individuals with AN tend to have higher levels of neuroticism and perfectionism than healthy controls (Bulik et al., 2006; Strober, 1981). Moreover, some traits, such as anxiety, have been associated with a lower likelihood of recovery, whereas others, such as impulsivity, […]

Atiye M, Miettunen J & Raevuori-Helkamaa A (2014). A Meta-Analysis of Temperament in Eating Disorders., European eating disorders review : the journal of the Eating Disorders Association, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25546554

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2:21 AM | Temperament in Eating Disorders
Much research has been done on personality traits associated with eating disorders, and, as I’ve blogged about here and here, on personality subtypes among patients with EDs. For example, researchers have found that individuals with AN tend to have higher levels of neuroticism and perfectionism than healthy controls (Bulik et al., 2006; Strober, 1981). Moreover, some traits, such as anxiety, have been associated with a lower likelihood of recovery, whereas others, such as impulsivity, […]

January 02, 2015

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11:46 PM | Resistance is (not so) Futile? Exploring Treatment Resistance in Eating Disorders
To me, the idea of “treatment resistance” in eating disorders sparks some ill feelings. While many have suggested that treatment resistance is common among those with eating disorders, others have noted how receiving the label of “treatment resistant” can make it more difficult to receive needed support or impact how one is perceived in treatment settings and how one’s behaviours are interpreted (e.g., Gremillion, 2003). Of course, this is a tricky ground to […]

Abbate-Daga, G., Amianto, F., Delsedime, N., De-Bacco, C. & Fassino, S. (2013). Resistance to treatment in eating disorders: A critical challenge, BMC Psychiatry, 13 (1) 294. DOI: 10.1186/1471-244X-13-294

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