Brain and Cognition

Safe exposure distances for transcranial magnetic stimulation based on computer simulations

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Joao Rocha –– In this theoretical paper, the authors have calculated the safe occupational distance for transcranial magnetic stimulation. Of importance, they have indcated the use of a more conservative distance (0.96-1.46 m) instead of 0.7 m found in the literature.
Why is nonword reading so variable in adult skilled readers?

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

Stephen Macknik –– The reviewers and editors all agree that this is high impact.
Potentially inappropriate use of benzodiazepines and z-drugs in the older population—analysis of associations between long-term use and patient-related factors

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Paul Tulkens –– I give a nice overview of what is a well known but often unmet medical and societal problem. It may contribute to come closer to improving the situation in the future.
Post-traumatic stress symptoms are associated with better performance on a delayed match-to-position task

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

Stephen Macknik –– This study reveals a potential novel mechanistic pathway in ptsd, a major health concern
Effects of mental health interventions for students in higher education are sustainable over time: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

Stephen Macknik –– Looks really relevant to all fields of science and STEM.
Selective attention on representations in working memory: cognitive and neural mechanisms

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

Stephen Macknik –– I believe this paper will be widely read
Influence of allelic variations in relation to norepinephrine and mineralocorticoid receptors on psychopathic traits: a pilot study

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Jafri Abdullah –– Receptor studies are the blue ocean for future drugs that will cure brain,mind and neurological diseases
Attentional biases toward body images in males at high risk of muscle dysmorphia

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Ada Zohar –– This is a relatively new and interesting approach to measure the automatic biases which might underlie the susceptibility to eating disorders and body dysmorphia. There is an emergent field of attention bias modification which is a new approach to treating anxiety disorders and PTSD which is showing great promise for these disorders. Since ED and BD are notoriously hard to treat this emergent research on attention bias and attention bias modification which is bringing together clinical, cognitive, and neuro psychology, is exciting, and I am glad that PeerJ is publishing this paper.
The relationships between exercise and affective states: a naturalistic, longitudinal study of recreational runners

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Fulvio D'Acquisto –– This article provides some new insight on the effects of exercise on emotional states
Small-scale screening of anticancer drugs acting specifically on neural stem/progenitor cells derived from human-induced pluripotent stem cells using a time-course cytotoxicity test

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Elena González-Burgos –– Novelty

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An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ: @MaxColtheart & Ulicheva, "Why is nonword reading so variable in adult skilled readers?" https://t.co/AmBJ7gU4E2

Potentially inappropriate use of benzodiazepines and z-drugs in the older population—analysis of associations between long-term use and patient-related factors https://t.co/MHL505Dznp #Psychiatry

Post-traumatic stress symptoms are associated with better performance on a delayed match-to-position task https://t.co/IxkOsQxLml #Psychiatry

Effects of mental health interventions for students in higher education are sustainable over time: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials https://t.co/35ozkmemtG #Psychiatry

Selective attention on representations in working memory: cognitive and neural mechanisms https://t.co/BcCNogdISK @thePeerJ https://t.co/MuzrFe7kSm

Influence of allelic variations in relation to norepinephrine and mineralocorticoid receptors on psychopathic traits: a pilot study https://t.co/KzXJWZQ8tR @thePeerJ https://t.co/atjnFNLKUY

"Attentional biases toward body images in males at high risk of muscle dysmorphia" https://t.co/HAWQhXxvkf

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/Rzcs6DJqmX #PsychiatryandPsychology #PublicHealth