Jason Cohen, Psy.D, M.A.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Jason Cohen, Psy.D., M.A., and I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in San Luis Obispo,CA. I hope you find this information educational, helpful, and/or interesting. If there is a specfic area you would like me to address or you have a question, do not hesitate to contact me. In addressing your questions, I will be sure to word responses in a way to maintain your privacy. You are also encouraged to post a comment.  

*Please note that topics presented and discussions occuring within this blog: 1) are of a general nature and therefore may have limited relevance to specific situations, 2) do not constitute a professional relationship between Dr. Cohen and those reading blog material or posting comments, and 3) should not substitute consultation with a mental health professional.


“Herbal incense”, “potpourri”, or synthetic marijuana

posted by Dr. Cohen on October 03, 2012 19:00 as Drugs

In the 1970s and early 1980s, PCP use was on the rise. In search of "building a better mouse trap”, increased profit margins, chemist errors, and who knows what else, at least 30 additional drugs similar in structure to PCP were produced and sold. In the 1990s, an analogue of GHB (i.e., 1, 4-B) was sold over the counter. The manufacturer of the product was not selling the consumer GHB, but rather a product that was metabolized into GHB by your liver. The court ruled that 1,4-B was an analogue of GHB and therefore considered a Scheduled drug. More recently, bodybuilding supplements sold in stores were deemed analogues of anabolic steroids and pulled from shelves. The concept of altering the fingerprint of an illicit substance so it can be sold legally is not new and was the purpose of the Analogue Act.

Enter synthetic weed…I mean "herbal incense” or ...


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SEP 23

Teens and Their Friends

posted by Dr. Cohen on September 23, 2012 15:58 as General

Borch (2012), recently published an interesting article which "examined the dynamics of popularity in adolescent friendship networks across 3 years in middle school. Longitudinal social network modeling was used to identify selection and influence in the similarity of popularity among friends. It was argued that lower status adolescents strive to enhance their status through befriending higher status adolescents, whereas higher status adolescents strive to maintain their status by keeping lower status adolescents at a distance. The results largely supported these expectations. Selection partially accounted for similarity in popularity among friends; adolescents preferred to affiliate with similar-status or higher status peers, reinforcing the attractiveness of popular adolescents and explaining stability of popularity at the individual level. Influence processes also accounted for similarity in popularity over time, showing that peers increase in popularity and become more similar to their friends. The results showed how selection and influence processes account for popularity dynamics ...


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SEP 14

Therapy for Men

posted by Dr. Cohen on September 14, 2012 23:12 as General

Problems solved - http://mantherapy.org/#/center 

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CBT Presentation

posted by Dr. Cohen on September 04, 2012 2:21 as General


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AUG 28

Telling Lies Part 2

posted by Dr. Cohen on August 28, 2012 1:08 as Deception

There is no fool proof way to detect a lie. Most methods measure stress-type responses, not necessarily lying. Unfortunately there are a multitude of factors other than lying that can increase stress responses in interactive settings. Debates over the accuracy of polygraphs and CVSA ensue. Interestingly, there is no "passing” a polygraph, just a determination of no deception detected and if you understand how a polygraph works, you would know the only way to pass a polygraph is to lie (I will cover this in greater depth at a later date). Regardless, neither polygraphs nor CVSA measure lying – they measure behavioral correlates associated with autonomic arousal – lying is only one reason that GSR (sweat), blood pressure, breathing, heart rate, voice pitch, etc. may change. Innocent people fail polygraphs and liars can pass them [rumor has it that one of OJ Simpson’s defense attorneys, who will remain unnamed, prepared ...


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