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Marc Schoen, Ph.D.
Marc Schoen, Ph.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine where he teaches courses to medical students on Performance and Decision Making Under Pressure, as well as Hypnosis and Medicine. He is the author of Your Survival Instinct is Killing You (Hudson Street Press, March 2013).

He has extensively studied the area of performance under pressure, particularly as it relates to physical and mental decision making. He has a particular interest in the area of retraining the brain for the purpose of altering its influence on behavior and health.

His work has been featured extensively on television, radio, and in magazines and newspapers, in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Investors’ Business Daily, Oprah, WebMD, Fortune Magazine, Health, Natural Health, Prevention, Yoga Journal, and many others.

He is also the author of "When Relaxation Is Hazardous to Your Health." This book addresses the Let Down Effect, the condition that deals with Post-Stress Illness or why we become sick after stress.

Entries by Marc Schoen, Ph.D.

Can You Really Sleep Away Your Fears?

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 12:19 PM


Research finds that we can reduce certain fears in a couple of weeks.

It's no secret that fear increases pain and suffering from any health problem. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could just sleep away our fears? What if there was...

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Decision-making and Performance Under Pressure

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 10:28 AM

Excelling Under High-pressure Conditions

The ability to perform well under pressure and stress conditions is one of the best skills we can develop. Those individuals who excel under these conditions often report that it gives them an advantage over those who crumble in heated conditions. As important as this is...

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The Fear Epidemic: Managing the Survival Instinct's Fear Response

(3) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 2:08 PM

The recent tragedies in Boston and Texas remind us once again that we are not totally safe in our world. These types of horrific disasters instinctively and positively stoke within us a great sense of empathy for those who have suffered. At the same time, they also kindle our inner...

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Is There Really Such Thing as an Undecided Voter?

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 9:48 AM

Does the Undecided Voter Deserve So Much of the Candidates' Attention/Resources?

Is it truly possible to be undecided? Is it possible that the Undecided Voter has unconsciously already made up her or his mind, and is merely looking for a logical reason to justify it?

Unless you live in...

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Hypnotize Yourself To Good Sleep

(14) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 8:06 AM

Hypnotherapy for sleep disturbance is commonly believed to be driven by the power of suggestion -- where suggestions are given to the client to feel tired or sleepy at bedtime. Yet, hypnotherapy can be substantially more than direct suggestions for sleepiness. In its greatest form, hypnosis has the ability to...

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