In medicine, when we talk about the "nocebo effect," what we are referring to is the concept that adverse health or clinical events can be produced or influenced by negative expectations.
Three research studies from the last few years have explored an interesting tool that could potentially be used to combat the obesity epidemic in our culture.
New design research paradigms, processes and methods are vital to an organizations' ability to sustain their competitive advantage. The days of open-e...
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the sickest of them all? A new study says it might be the guys who are always looking in the mirror!
It's one of the perils of theorizing about sex differences: Our own expectations and intuitions get in the way. We hear about a study that reveals a significant sex gap and we immediately jump to conclusions.
What makes someone attractive to you? Specific physical features? A particular personality type? A certain indefinable quality of character or depth of soul? All reasonable answers, sure, but there's another critical influence on who you're attracted to: context.
When it comes to medicine, all too often we think, "Well, if a little is good for you then more must be better!" But three recently published studies underscore why, when it comes to our health, more may actually be more than we need.
An elixir of youth capable of at least reversing the ravages of aging, if not bestowing immortality, has always been one of the enduring dreams of humanity. We don't want to just live longer; we want to live younger.
There is a real paradox in our relationship with the quality of being nice. On the one hand, parents want their kids to be nice. On the other hand, there is a clear sense that being nice can sometimes be a disadvantage.
A paper just published in a psychology journal provides a fresh look at one of the most often-discussed early studies of human behavior, the "Little Albert" experiment.
Weight management is an everyday struggle for many Americans and there is an abundance of quick-fix gimmicky diets on the market.
Recently, I spoke with someone who opened my eyes to an entire class of diseases for which there are few to no medications available, and almost no plans to create any remedies in the near future. These ailments are called "rare" or "orphan" diseases.
Relatively pleasant endings can put a positive spin on even long, painful experiences, like the year 2011. And by this time next year, we'll likely have the same warm feelings about 2012.
In the U.S., the outward markings of success are for sale. The value of these status symbols is particularly high for people when they are feeling that they are being discriminated against.
Journalists are schooled in investigating and reporting events objectively and when it comes to conflicts, they report on the progress of wars, gang v...
These results are being used as proof that men and women's brains are fundamentally different, but what's important is what the study doesn't measure.
Sandusky's arrest last November triggered a wave of news coverage. But what is the media coverage saying, and how might it affect the public conversation as Sandusky's trial moves forward?
Every scientist has at least one paper or graph tucked in a folder that lies in a dusty corner of the hard drive. The data is interesting, but doesn't lend itself to the creation of the grand narrative you must have for a traditional publication.
Is it possible that health workers might be more motivated by messages that emphasize patients' welfare rather than their own?
We love to look at good-looking people. Hardly an earth-shattering conclusion, I know. But it's a well-documented one: Attractive people grab our attention.