News In Psychology In The Recommendation Of April

News In Psychology In The Recommendation Of April
Recent publications by ELTE PPK researchers cover, among other things, the situation of domestic school psychology, the alienation of minority groups, the relationship between work addiction and mobility while driving, as well as the statistical learning of people with Tourette's syndrome.


  • Misrecognition as an obstacle to belonging to mainstream society
  • People with Tourette syndrome are better at learning sensorimotor information
  • The Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Hypnosis
  • Do workaholics call more while driving?

Misrecognition as an obstacle to belonging to mainstream society

Misrecognition describes everyday practices that deny the autonomy of minority members to define who they are and instead impose identities that may diverge from their own sense of self. Being misrecognized is particularly relevant for the historically marginalized Roma people, whose national belonging is repeatedly questioned despite centuries of coexistence and citizenship. Our aim was to understand whether the experience of misrecognition, along with discrimination, would predict identification patterns that represent an obstacle to dual identification among Roma people in three East-Central European countries: Hungary, Romania and Serbia. We collected data among Roma participants online and face-to-face with convenience sampling (N = 1,325). Latent class analysis revealed three similar classes based on national and ethnic identification scores in all subsamples: (1) disidentification, (2) Roma identification and (3) dual identification. Logistic regression analysis showed that misrecognition and discrimination predicted stronger Roma identity than dual identification in Hungary and Serbia. However, misrecognition predicted stronger dual identification in Romania, possibly as a reaffirmation strategy in response to misrecognition. Our results show that misrecognition can add to our understanding of minority group members' identification with the superordinate category of the nation as well as subgroup ethnic minority identity, and this connection could be key for advancing Roma inclusion.

Kende, A., Nariman, H. S., Ayanian, A. H., Halabi, S., Ivan, C., Karic, T., Mihic, V., Nyúl, B., Pántya, J., da Silva, C., & Hopkins, N. (2024). ‘We’re still here’: Misrecognition and the quest  for dual identification of Roma people. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology. 34(3), e2793.

People with Tourette syndrome are better at learning sensorimotor information

Gilles de la Tourette syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by motor and vocal tics. It is associated with enhanced processing of stimulus–response associations, including a higher propensity to learn probabilistic stimulus–response contingencies (i.e. statistical learning), the nature of which is still elusive. In this study, we investigated the hypothesis that resting-state theta network organization is a key for the understanding of superior statistical learning in these patients. We investigated the graph–theoretical network architecture of theta oscillations in adult patients with Gilles de la Tourette syndrome and healthy controls during a statistical learning task and in resting states both before and after learning. We found that patients with Gilles de la Tourette syndrome showed a higher statistical learning score than healthy controls, as well as a more optimal (small-world-like) theta network before the task. Thus, patients with Gilles de la Tourette syndrome had a superior facility to integrate and evaluate novel information as a trait-like characteristic. Additionally, the theta network architecture in Gilles de la Tourette syndrome adapted more to the statistical information during the task than in HC. We suggest that hyper-learning in patients with Gilles de la Tourette syndrome is likely a consequence of increased sensitivity to perceive and integrate sensorimotor information leveraged through theta oscillation-based resting-state dynamics. The study delineates the neural basis of a higher propensity in patients with Gilles de la Tourette syndrome to pick up statistical contingencies in their environment. Moreover, the study emphasizes pathophysiologically endowed abilities in patients with Gilles de la Tourette syndrome, which are often not taken into account in the perception of this common disorder but could play an important role in destigmatization.

Takacs, A., Toth-Faber, E., Schubert, L., Tárnok, Z., Ghorbani, F., Trelenberg, M., Nemeth, D., Münchau, A., & Beste, C. (2024). Resting network architecture of theta oscillations reflects hyper-learning of sensorimotor information in Gilles de la Tourette syndrome. Brain Communications, 6(2), fcae092.

The Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Hypnosis

The Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Hypnosis covers the meaning of hypnosis and describes how best to incorporate the method into treatment. It includes the latest neuroscience findings, state-of-the-art practices, and clinical hypnosis applications in all areas of health care. Chapters summarize current research, theory, and applications through the lens of neurobiological plasticity, exploring the central importance of hypnosis in health care. The manual emphasizes the usefulness of clinical hypnosis as a biopsychosocial intervention. Several internationally recognized authors contributed to the volume with topics such as self-hypnosis, the relationship between hypnosis and trauma, the use of hypnosis to treat chronic pain, and attachment.

Linden, J. H., Sugarman, L. I., De Benedittis, G., & Varga, K. (Szerk.). (2024). The Routledge international handbook of clinical hypnosis. Routledge.

Do workaholics call more while driving?

People affected by workaholism are characterized by an excessive commitment to work, the difficulty of breaking away from work processes, and the fact that it is difficult for them to draw a line between the spheres of work and private life. All this suggests that workaholics use their smartphones more, even in riskier situations such as driving. The research examined the relationship between workaholism and smartphone use while driving, taking into account susceptibility to anxiety, rumination and worry. The authors analyzed the data of 1,866 Budapest residents aged 18-34 from the three data collection dates of the Budapest Longitudinal Survey. According to their results, individuals who showed stronger symptoms of workaholism at the first time point used their smartphones more while driving at both the second and third time points. Workaholism appears to increase the likelihood of phone use while driving – but does not predict later problematic smartphone use. The researchers also pointed out that those who are more characterized by anxiety and worry and are also affected by work addiction are less likely to put their phone aside while driving. The research draws attention to the fact that, in addition to many other negative consequences, work addiction is also characterized by risky phone use.

Kun, B., Paksi, B., Eisinger, A., Kökönyei, G., & Demetrovics, Z. (2024). Driving and mobile phone use: Work addiction predicts hazardous but not excessive mobile phone use in a longitudinal study of young adults. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 13(1), 66–75.