MacNews Category Review: Psychology office management software, part II (updated)
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MacNews Category Review: Psychology office management software, part II (updated)

imageThis MacNews Category Review looks at part two of our round-up of psychology office management software for Mac OS X. Products covered include ShrinkRapt, SuperLab Pro and more.

ShrinkRapt

[url=http://www.sanersoftware.com]ShrinkRapt[/url] is a complete billing and insurance program that prepares client billing statements and completes the entire HCFA 1500 claim form for insurance filing. Other features include: referral source tracking,managed care alerts, bank deposit slips, insurance tracking, and session notes. An appointment scheduling module that is fully integrated with billing is also available.Technical support is free and available by phone, fax and e-mail. ShrinkRapt is compatible with Mac OS X and Mac OS 8.x-9.x.

SuperLab Pro

[url=http://www.cedrus.com/]SuperLab Pro[/url] is an experimental lab software for building experiments, running them on patients or subjects, and collecting data. Features include: presentation of visual and auditory stimuli; interaction with lab equipment using I/O cards; accepting subjects' response from keyboard, I/O card, serial ports, or built-in microphone; trial randomization; feedback to subjects; and more. SuperLab Pro works with Mac OS 7.x-9.x; there's no Mac OS X native version.

Software for demonstrating complex adaptive systems

[url=http://cognitrn.psych.indiana.edu/rgoldsto/complex/]Software for demonstrating complex adaptive systems[/url] involves several computer simulations for an undergraduate course Professor Robert Goldstone teaches at Indiana University called "Complex Adaptive Systems." The course deals with systems that evolve and adapt over time.  Psychology, computer science, economics, biology, and neuroscience depend upon a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that govern adaptive systems.  A common feature of these systems is that organized behavior emerges from the interactions of many simple parts.  Ants organize to build colonies, neurons organize to produce adaptive human behavior, and businesses organize to create economies.  To address the essential question of "What are the properties of complex adaptive systems?," case studies of several systems are explored: chaotic growth in animal populations, human learning, cooperation and competition within social groups, and the evolution of artificial life.  The central thesis is that widely different systems (businesses, ant colonies, brains) share fundamental commonalities.

Training of Cognitive Strategies

[url=http://pedcurmac13.unifr.ch/CogStrat.html]The Training of Cognitive Strategies[/url] is a program from the Institute of Special Education University of Fribough/Switzerland. It's designed to improve the cognitive functioning. Learning disabled, mentally handicapped, but also normally intelligent people can get benefit from it, according to the folks at the Institute. Colored cards and stencils are to put one onto the other, so as to reproduce a model. All activities of the trainee are registered in a protocol that purportedly allows the exact analysis on how the person thinks. The program analyses 44 types of errors. The user can choose between oral and written feedback. The Training of Cognitive Strategies works with Mac OS X and Mac OS 8.x-9.x.

Also, there's a thorough list of software for dealing with depression that can be found [url=http://www.programurl.com/software/depression.htm]here[/url] and a list of "mind media life enrichment resources [url=http://www.mindmedia.com/]here[/url]. Plus, there are some sites that offer lists of practice software packages for psychologists/mental health providers: [url=http://www.assessmentpsychology.com/practicesoftware.htm]AssesmentPsychology[/url], the [url=http://www.capterra.com/landing/mhealth]Mental Health Software Directory[/url] and [url=http://www.clinicalsocialwork.com/assorted.html]Pat McClendon's Clinical Social Work[/url].

Part one can be found at http://www.macnews.com/content/macsimum-migration-kit-psychology-office-... .

 
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