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Interactive CD for Psychology Students and Educators

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Interactive CD for Psychology Students and Educators

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Brooks/Cole Publishing Company of Pacific Grove, California, has released a unique CD-ROM product, Exploring Psychological Disorders, Version 3.0, for the Macintosh. Its multimedia format allows users to work through real cases themselves making the tough clinical decisions faced by professionals.

Exploring Psychological Disorders, Version 3.0, by Douglas L. Chute, professor of Neuropsychology, Drexel University and Margaret E. Bliss, MacLaboratory Inc., is based on Doug Chute's MacLaboratory for Psychology program, an award-winning multimedia product--winner of two EDUCOM/NCRITPTAL awards for "Best Curriculum Innovation" and "Distinguished Psychology" as well as a "Wheels for the Mind" award, and a European Award from iec ProGAMMA in Social Science and Information Technology, an all-category winner.

"Exploring Psychological Disorders, Version 3.0 is a truly unique, hands-on CD-ROM product," said Marianne Taflinger, Psychology Editor for Brooks/ Cole. "No other product on the market gives students the ability to interactively explore real-life case studies using diagnostic decision trees, a hypertext glossary, and the latest DSM-IV criteria. This product allows users to make a diagnosis of a real patient (not an actor), an opportunity that would otherwise not be experienced at this stage of study."

For many of us, "to hear is to forget, to see is to remember, and to do is to understand." For this reason, the most effective use of this CD-ROM is a laboratory situation where users can work with the CD interactively.

Version 3.0 offers interactive access to decision trees, beginning with clinical features of the Axis I disorders, and allows users to follow a series of questions to include or exclude various disorders with a simplified expert system. Individual criteria for all the mental disorders on Axis I and Axis 11 of the DSM-IV, the GAF scales, and the Severity of Psychological Stressors Scale for Adults and Children are included. …

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