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Mentioning bipolar diagnosis in BLPsEdit

Please comment at WT:Biographies of living persons#Bipolar disorder. PermStrump(talk) 16:51, 25 May 2016‎ (UTC)

Edit needed in Resources sectionEdit

I don't know how to edit information in the boxes on the Project's home page. Under Resources, Open Directory ( has closed, so we should either remove it as a resource or link to the archive.


Facto Post – Issue 2 – 13 July 2017Edit

Facto Post – Issue 2 – 13 July 2017

Editorial: Core models and topicsEdit

Wikimedians interest themselves in everything under the sun — and then some. Discussion on "core topics" may, oddly, be a fringe activity, and was popular here a decade ago.

The situation on Wikidata today does resemble the halcyon days of 2006 of the English Wikipedia. The growth is there, and the reliability and stylistic issues are not yet pressing in on the project. Its Berlin conference at the end of October will have five years of achievement to celebrate. Think Wikimania Frankfurt 2005.

Progress must be made, however, on referencing "core facts". This has two parts: replacing "imported from Wikipedia" in referencing by external authorities; and picking out statements, such as dates and family relationships, that must not only be reliable but be seen to be reliable.

In addition, there are many properties on Wikidata lacking a clear data model. An emerging consensus may push to the front key sourcing and biomedical properties as requiring urgent attention. Wikidata's "manual of style" is currently distributed over thousands of discussions. To make it coalesce, work on such a core is needed.


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body positivity in fashionEdit

I plan to add a sections on Christian Siriano, the winner of Project Runway, and a fashion disgner. He believes in the bueaty of the body and how he can dress the women to look and feel beautiful. One example includes Leslie Jones, a comedian. Not one disigner would dress her for the Reboot of Ghost busters. When word got out on social media Siriano happily took her in.

Facto Post – Issue 24 – 17 May 2019Edit

Facto Post – Issue 24 – 17 May 2019
Text mining display of noun phrases from the US Presidential Election 2012

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Semantic Web and TDM – a ContentMine view

Two dozen issues, and this may be the last, a valediction at least for a while.

It's time for a two-year summation of ContentMine projects involving TDM (text and data mining).

Wikidata and now Structured Data on Commons represent the overlap of Wikimedia with the Semantic Web. This common ground is helping to convert an engineering concept into a movement. TDM generally has little enough connection with the Semantic Web, being instead in the orbit of machine learning which is no respecter of the semantic. Don't break a taboo by asking bots "and what do you mean by that?"

The ScienceSource project innovates in TDM, by storing its text mining results in a Wikibase site. It strives for compliance of its fact mining, on drug treatments of diseases, with an automated form of the relevant Wikipedia referencing guideline MEDRS. Where WikiFactMine set up an API for reuse of its results, ScienceSource has a SPARQL query service, with look-and-feel exactly that of Wikidata's at It also now has a custom front end, and its content can be federated, in other words used in data mashups: it is one of over 50 sites that can federate with Wikidata.

The human factor comes to bear through the front end, which combines a link to the HTML version of a paper, text mining results organised in drug and disease columns, and a SPARQL display of nearby drug and disease terms. Much software to develop and explain, so little time! Rather than telling the tale, Facto Post brings you ScienceSource links, starting from the how-to video, lower right.

ScienceSourceReview, introductory video: but you need run it from the original upload file on Commons
Links for participation

The review tool requires a log in on, and an OAuth permission (bottom of a review page) to operate. It can be used in simple and more advanced workflows. Examples of queries for the latter are at d:Wikidata_talk:ScienceSource project/Queries#SS_disease_list and d:Wikidata_talk:ScienceSource_project/Queries#NDF-RT issue.

Please be aware that this is a research project in development, and may have outages for planned maintenance. That will apply for the next few days, at least. The ScienceSource wiki main page carries information on practical matters. Email is not enabled on the wiki: use site mail here to Charles Matthews in case of difficulty, or if you need support. Further explanatory videos will be put into commons:Category:ContentMine videos.

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Draft:Book smart and street smartEdit

I have started a draft article addressing the juxtaposed concepts of "book smart" and "street smart". I guess this fits under psychology more neatly than any other field. Some more expert analysis would be useful. bd2412 T 16:46, 23 May 2019 (UTC)

"Street smart" may be more of a sociological concept, as it applies specifically to common sense and practical know-how as applied to urban social situations. Experienced farmers or experts in bushcraft, for instance, would not be considered as street smart, even though such knowledge and experience is typically gained outside academia. Probably building on the Know-how article (which mentions street smart) would be a better strategy. --{{u|Mark viking}} {Talk} 18:58, 23 May 2019 (UTC)
That is an interesting perspective. It would be useful to have a source tying the use of the phrase, "street smart" to urbanity. bd2412 T 19:07, 23 May 2019 (UTC)
I have no great sources on the topic. But the OED definition of "street smart"] or streetwise says The experience and knowledge necessary to deal with the potential difficulties or dangers of life in an urban environment. --{{u|Mark viking}} {Talk} 19:18, 23 May 2019 (UTC)

A possible Science/STEM User GroupEdit

There's a discussion about a possible User Group for STEM over at Meta:Talk:STEM_Wiki_User_Group. The idea would be to help coordinate, collaborate and network cross-subject, cross-wiki and cross-language to share experience and resources that may be valuable to the relevant wikiprojects. Current discussion includes preferred scope and structure. T.Shafee(Evo&Evo)talk 02:56, 26 May 2019 (UTC)

Draft:Stimulus substitutionEdit

Does this duplicate the article Counterconditioning (which begins, "Counterconditioning (also called stimulus substitution)...")? If so, do you recommend merging? Thanks, Calliopejen1 (talk) 14:45, 20 June 2019 (UTC)

@Calliopejen1: OK to merge as long as these distinctions are clear in the resulting article: "The term counterconditioning has been used in two different ways, which are often confused." Fisher, Stuart G. (2004). "Counterconditioning". In Craighead, W. Edward; Nemeroff, Charles B. (eds.). The concise Corsini encyclopedia of psychology and behavioral science (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. p. 232. ISBN 0471220361. OCLC 52706295. Biogeographist (talk) 15:55, 20 June 2019 (UTC)

One of your project's articles has been selected for improvement!Edit

Please note that Sadomasochism, which is within this project's scope, has been selected as one of Today's articles for improvement. The article was scheduled to appear on Wikipedia's Community portal in the "Today's articles for improvement" section for one week, beginning today. Everyone is encouraged to collaborate to improve the article. Thanks, and happy editing!
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Article Irritability - Some sources not WP:RELIABLE?Edit

Irritability cites some sources that IMHO don't pass WP:RELIABLE.

Anybody care to take a look at it?

Thanks - 2804:14D:5C59:8300:0:0:0:1000 (talk) 15:03, 10 July 2019 (UTC)

Adler mergeEdit

I proposed that a few Adler and individual psychology articles be merged a few months ago but didn't get any feedback. Could someone help me with this Talk:Individual_psychology#Merge_proposal,_April_2018. Notgain (talk) 04:58, 13 July 2019 (UTC)

Presentation at American Psychological Association convention (APA 2019)Edit

Presentation 1 slides (50 min)
Presentation 2 slides (25 min)

I just gave a talk at the APA 2019 conference, so I thought I'd upload it here for reference. I'm happy to share the powerpoint slides if they're useful.

1) Wikipedia as a key public health tool: leveraging the world's most-read information source 2019-08-09
Abstract: Wikipedia and its sister projects are a key part of the knowledge ecosystem. For psychology topics, they are are often a first port of call for patients, journalist, lawmakers and more. Core topics are typically viewed over 100,000 times per year. Contributing to Wikipedia is therefore one of the most time-effective ways to make a difference to public understanding of psychology on topics ranging from Suicide among LGBT youth to Digital media use and mental health to Family therapy. The accuracy of these articles should be a top priority of the psychological community - their quality has immediate, international, real-word impact.

2) Wikipedia-integrated medical journals as a key health literacy and outreach platform 2019-08-11
Abstract: The internet is the first port of call for most people when looking for medical information. >70% of internet users use online health information and although 50% state that it influenced their decision, 35% don't fllow this up by visiting a clinician. Wikipedia is the most-accessed source of health information and so the accuracy of its medical content has a large impact on health literacy. However, clinicians, researchers and allied professionals rarely contribute to creating and improving its articles.
The WikiJournals of Medicine is a Wikipedia-integrated academic journal that addresses this problem in two ways. Firstly, it rewards authors with citable, indexed review publications to incentivise contribution. It is able to publish fully open access and without any author fees since it is hosted on Wikimedia Foundation servers and runs with a volunteer staff. Secondly, by subjecting submissions to rigorous external peer review, it ensures that the information is accurate and up to date. In addition to adding new articles to the encyclopedia, existing Wikipedia articles can also be expanded or overhauled and submitted for the same peer review and publication process. Each article is commonly read >100,000 times per annum with many above a million reads.
In this way WikiJMed and its sister journals improve the accuracy of the encyclopedia with high-quality, peer-reviewed content, and reward authors with publications that achieve far greater reach than any traditional scholarly publishing. Developing and expanding these journals is vital mechanism for ensuring the accuracy of biomedical information on a platform that is read millions of times per day. 

I'll be giving that second talk in a couple of days so will also share those slides too once I've finalised them. T.Shafee(Evo&Evo)talk 04:40, 10 August 2019 (UTC)

I've now also added the slide deck or the second talk. T.Shafee(Evo&Evo)talk 12:32, 12 August 2019 (UTC)
That is so awesome Thomas! Good on you man. (Btw, you linked to the American Psychiatric Association. I believe you meant to link to . Your invited address is listed on p. 312 of the Convention Program.)
Thanks! With 12500 people there the conference was pretty intense (previously the largest I've attended is 2000), but there seemed to be great enthusiasm from several of the divisions as well as the APA communications office so I'm hopeful that the momentum will continue. I've corrected the link above - over-hasty googling! T.Shafee(Evo&Evo)talk 00:36, 13 August 2019 (UTC)

Categories with committed suicide in titleEdit

Opinions are needed on the following: Wikipedia talk:Categorization#RFC: Categories with committed suicide in title. A permalink for it is here. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 20:09, 10 August 2019 (UTC)

Possible bias klaxon on the article: General knowledgeEdit

The General knowledge article seems to lean very heavily - ~50% of refs - on papers by Richard Lynn, a controversial (and some would say repugnant) academic who seems big into supposed race and sex -based differences in intelligence. That doesn't seem like a good thing. Perhaps someone from this project could give the article some attention to ensure that wikipedia is not promoting fringe views. thx --Tagishsimon (talk) 20:43, 23 August 2019 (UTC)

Not least, the article seems to be being used by Amy Wax as evidence to support her superiority of Anglo-Protestants view - for which read white supremicism - according to the New Yorker - --Tagishsimon (talk) 20:54, 23 August 2019 (UTC)
Good catch. :0) I made one edit and have it on my Watchlist.   - Mark D Worthen PsyD (talk) (I am a man. The traditional male pronouns are fine.) 17:55, 27 August 2019 (UTC)

Proposed move - change title of "Veterans benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder in the United States"Edit

It has been proposed that Veterans benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder in the United States be renamed and moved to Veterans benefits for posttraumatic stress disorder in the United States. Please see my rationale for changing the title (removing the hyphen in "post-traumatic" is the only change proposed) at Talk:Veterans benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder in the United States#Requested move 27 August 2019. Please discuss on that Talk page too. Thanks!   - Mark D Worthen PsyD (talk) (I am a man. The traditional male pronouns are fine.) 16:39, 27 August 2019 (UTC)

I withdrew this proposed move (title change). Please see the article's Talk page for details. 19:38, 1 September 2019 (UTC)

Fluid and crystallized intelligenceEdit

Can I get someone knowledgeable about fluid and crystallized intelligence to take a look at the section that explains these concepts? I have posted on that page's talk page that I can't understand any of it; I'm wondering how much of this is due to my own ignorance and how many it is due to its inherent understandability. The first paragraph is especially baffling to me. The "Hard or "crystallized" sciences" subsection doesn't fare much better for my poor brain. It definitely has to be rewritten to be more understandable to a broad audience, but I have no idea what parts should stay or go (considering that a very high chunk of it is seemingly either original research or reliance on primary sources, you might argue for deleting most of it).--Megaman en m (talk) 15:21, 1 September 2019 (UTC)

Thank you for notifying WP:PSYCH and for your edits, article notices, and message to the person adding all the questionable material. I just reviewed the article and deleted a lot of the text (‭14,626‬ characters) due to the problems you identified (diff). I also left a "Caution" message on the person's Talk page.   - Mark D Worthen PsyD (talk) (I am a man. The traditional male pronouns are fine.) 20:30, 1 September 2019 (UTC)

Help invited at new stub Ecological griefEdit

Your help would be welcome at new stub Ecological grief NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 11:10, 2 September 2019 (UTC)

Digital media use and mental health FA nomEdit

Hello! I was wondering if any members of the WikiProject could kindly take a look at the review for this article that I nominated. With many kind thanks --[E.3][chat2][me] 13:49, 12 September 2019 (UTC)

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