Dr. Mancini is quoted a number of times in a Mercury News article on the dive boat tragedy in Santa Barbara. See here.
- (May 22). We just posted a preprint of a manuscript on PsyArXiv entitled "Threat appraisals have causal effects on intrusive memories: An experiment with replication." Here we used random assignment and follow up surveys to examine how threat appraisal influences intrusive memory one, three, five, and seven days later. We found that threat appraisal is a crucial factor, a finding that replicated across two samples and outcome measures. This paper is currently under review (but we won't say where). We'll keep you posted!
- (May 1). Our PTSD network paper--"PTSD Near and Far: Symptom Networks from Two to 12 Months After the Virginia Tech Campus Shootings"--was just accepted at Clinical Psychological Science! In a collaboration with Heather Littleton, Amie Grills, and Payton Jones, we found that symptom to symptom relationships (i.e., PTSD networks) change over time. See here for a post-print. Also, the R code for the analyses is here.
Our research was highlighted in an LA Times article on the recent tragic suicides of survivors of school shootings. See here.
A solo theoretical paper by A. Mancini, which he had been working on for a long time (how long? we'll keep that quiet), was accepted at Psychological Review! It's entitled "When Acute Adversity Improves Psychological Health: A Social-Contextual Framework." The paper outlines a theory called "psychosocial gains from adversity" (PGA). You can find a pre-publication version of it here (published version may differ slightly): https://psyarxiv.com/7caf4/
Lab members presented a poster at the APS conference in San Francisco entitled "Threat Appraisal Mediates the Effect of an Aversive Video on Intrusive Memories: An Experiment with Replication." Grace John, Serena Veith, Laura Aldrich, and Max Weissman did a great job of presenting it!
Research from the lab on adapation to marriage was cited in Stephanie Coontz's Sunday Review article in the New York Times. See here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/10/opinion/sunday/for-a-better-marriage-.... (Alas, the research is linked--"one representative study..."--but not named. Argh. )
A poster submission went into the hopper for the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, this time in San Francisco. We'll update as we get the news. This will be the fifth consecutive year that lab members have submitted posters to this conference.
- Julianne DeLorenzo (now PhD) sucessfully defended her dissertation, "Attachment Style, Rumination, and Romantic Relationship Conflict"! A huge congrats to Dr. DeLorenzo, who managed the lab and produced a really fine study. The main finding was that rumination mediates the impact of anxious (but not avoidant) attachment on subsequent relationship conflict.
- Christy Denckla and Anthony Mancini, along with other researchers, published a paper on antepartum and postpartum depression trajectories. The key finding was that these patterns are separable and have distinct correlates. We also found a group that was depressed before the birth but not after, a unique pattern that is related to other lab research on psychosocial gains from adversity (among others the pattern of improvement after the Virginia Tech Campus shootings). See here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christy_Denckla/publication/3196310...
Another blog post at Psychology Today by Dr. Mancini, this one about the sources of distress after disaster. He argues that when disaster disrupts and undermines our relationships, the damage is greatest. See here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/rethinking-trauma/201710/what-are-t...