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Music Preference and Substance Use

Walter van den Broek
November 9, 2009
From a large Dutch epidemiological study: overall, when all other factors were controlled, punk/hardcore, techno/hardhouse, and reggae were associated with more substance use, while pop and classical music marked less substance use. In contrast to previous research heavy metal and rap/hip-hop, were not of marked importance here. Music in the life of an adolescent is very important as it plays an important role with fashion statements and even political attitudes. Adolescents tend to listen to music as a form of consolation, to fight boredom, as a mood enhancer, energizer. It's important for friend selection, it's a base for peer group formation. But .....read more »

Dutch Liberal Policy Towards Cannabis Use Pays Of

Dr Shock
March 19, 2009
In The Netherlands cannabis can be purchased for personal use. From research on this topic this results in less cannabis use and even hard drug use. In this video this drug policy is debated and also a more practical standpoint is advocated on the war against drugs. This video is made on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 during the United Nations' Commission of Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria, just10 years after Kofi Annan's pledge to have a "drug free world" by 2008. Representatives from around the world attended the conference voicing support and opposition to the centuries old "war on drugs." Most .....read more »

Internet Dependence Questionnaire: Garbage In, Garbage Out

Dr Shock
January 27, 2009
Scales to diagnose Internet Dependence and Internet Addiction prosper. Even when this diagnosis is doubted by scientists and bloggers alike these scales get used very frequently and their publications accepted in peer reviewed journals. It is possible that this diagnosis will be included in the new DSM V. Recent research evaluated the utility of the proposed diagnostic criteria for Internet dependence as measured by Young’s Diagnostic Questionnaire. As much as the diagnosis is debatable this questionnaire shows that the proposed diagnostic criteria do not adequately discriminate individuals scoring no Internet dependence from those currently classified as Internet dependent with .....read more »

Digital Divide in Internet Addiction?

Dr Shock
January 15, 2009
The digital divide in this post refers to the disparity in Internet access between developed and developing countries. In a recent published study they explored Internet addiction among university students in China and the United States to develop a better understanding of Internet addiction in a cross-national setting. Three hundred fourteen respondents were evaluated on 10 Internet addiction symptoms and five Internet addiction dimensions. And the conclusion was: We conclude that Internet addiction may result as an artifact of the stage of Internet adoption within a society. More information on the non existent diagnosis of Internet addiction can be found on this .....read more »

Deep Brain Stimulation for Addiction?

Dr Shock
September 24, 2008
With the expanding knowledge of the neuronal circuits responsible for the behavioral disorders associated with addiction, though, DBS could become a future treatment option for patients suffering from addiction. In people addicted to psychoactive substance it has been shown by Positron emission tomography studies that, when they take the psychoactive substance, dopamine is released in the nucleus accumbens, which causes “the high.” They lack the decrease of the output neurons on this dopamine release. There is no brake on the "high" elicited by the drug and the subsequent dopamine release. This lack of inhibition causes activation of the reward system. The .....read more »

Drug Use Not Related To Drug Policy

Dr Shock
July 1, 2008
Drug use does not appear to be related to drug policy, as countries with more stringent policies (e.g., the US) did not have lower levels of illegal drug use than countries with more liberal policies (e.g., The Netherlands).This is the conclusion in a recent publication in PLoS Medicine: Toward a Global View of Alcohol, Tobacco, Cannabis, and Cocaine Use: Findings from the WHO World Mental Health Surveys.The researchers set out to collect basic patterns of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, and cocaine use in different countries. They documented lifetime use of these substances in each county, focusing on young adults. They also .....read more »

Predicting Internet Addiction or Splitting Straws?

Dr Shock
June 18, 2008
Problematic Internet Use (PIU) of male students is higher than that of female students. On the Problematic Internet Usage Scale (PIUS) male students scores are higher compared to female students on all subscales such as negative consequences of Internet (NCI; 17 items), social benefit/social comfort (SB/SC; 10 items), except on excessive use(EU; 6 items). The students with psychological symptoms demonstrate more PIU.The students using the Internet from mostly their homes may feel more also have higher PIU scoresThose students that use the Internet mostly at night also score higher on the PIU.Using the Internet for social interactions is a risk .....read more »

Blog Addicted or Internet Addicted

Dr Shock
May 24, 2008
The next three weeks Dr Shock is on vacation. This blog has been updated daily for more then a year. Since blogging is fun I will probably keep on blogging during these three weeks but maybe not daily and the long posts your used to. No cold turkey to prevent withdrawal symptoms from blog addiction or is it Internet addiction? Won't need shocktherapy for this I hope. But blogging is good for your health, at Living the Scientific LifeBy the way there another stupid thing people believe you can get addicted to. Here is a good one: internet dating. Thanks .....read more »

10 Things You can Learn from a Digital Detox Week

Dr Shock
May 10, 2008
Yes Dr Shock is preparing for his yearly holiday, should he keep on blogging or just go "cold turkey"? Can he cope with his blog addiction? What do you think let me know in the comments.As some of you will know I took part in Adbusters’ Mental Detox Week last week. This meant I stopped doing screen and computer based stuff as much as possible. I was at work so there were obviously times when I had to check email and things. But I did manage to cut it right down to a bare minimum. Outside of work it was .....read more »

Cocaine addiction, web based information useless

Dr Shock
April 24, 2008
The quality of information on cocaine addiction on the web is generally poor, confirming previous studies on other health issues. Furthermore, universities seem to be poorly active in proposing websites (8.2%), while commercial organizations hold 55.7% of the studied websites.This seems a little of topic but for depression the quality of websites for information about depression and it's treatment is also poor. Wouldn't it be nice to have a quality scale for health websites? The authors used quality indicators. They looked at: quality of content, design and aesthetics of the site, readability, dating of information, authority of source, ease of .....read more »