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If this was a pill, you’d do anything to get it

If this was a pill, you’d do anything to get it | Psychology | Scoop.it
Why is Medicare shutting down one of the most promising health-care experiments in the country?
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Shows why attitudes and behaviours in healthcare have to change and in a ironic way are so hard to change.

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Trying too much can be bad for breaking bad habits

Trying too much can be bad for breaking bad habits | Psychology | Scoop.it
less is more. Developing effective cognitive strategies for dealing with impulses is all about creating strong new neutral links and associations. This research suggests diluting a specific intervention by trying lots at the same time may be counter productive by spreading the load. Interested to see the longer term effects. Article also gives some good techniques for coping with cravings.
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5 Tips to Get a Productive Night's Sleep

5 Tips to Get a Productive Night's Sleep | Psychology | Scoop.it
Sleep is such an easy way to improve productivity and feel better
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Digestible tidbit of cognitive biases and faulty thinking

Digestible tidbit of cognitive biases and faulty thinking | Psychology | Scoop.it
Here’s a list of ten cognitive distortions that may be weighing you down, and some helpful examples of “counter” statements you can use to get you in a far healthier state of mind:
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World War Z - review - by a psychologist

not sure if knowing why you feel like you do makes things better or worse, suspect worse. probably a controlled experiment in this one..
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Mindfulness, great tips for practically improving attention, self control and mental balance» Practicing Mindfulness for Busy People - World of Psychology

Mindfulness, great tips for practically improving attention, self control and mental balance» Practicing Mindfulness for Busy People - World of Psychology | Psychology | Scoop.it

Most of us fly through our days with just enough time to get dressed, eat and go to work. Who really has the time to stop and smell the roses? But we don’t

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8 Things That Can Make You Smarter

8 Things That Can Make You Smarter | Psychology | Scoop.it
SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Annie Murphy Paul
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How to keep sharp, but difficult to keep on top of...

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This App Will Make You Feel Better, Using No Medicine At All

This App Will Make You Feel Better, Using No Medicine At All | Psychology | Scoop.it

 

Daniel Jacobs also wants to use placebos for good. His new app, which he’s crowd-funding on Indiegogo, is an attempt to take the placebo out of the doctor’s office and into your home. He hopes it will make people feel better, and contribute further to placebo research.

 

You start by setting a goal: say, more joy or love in your life. Then, you choose someone to give you the placebo (maybe a friend or family member), what you want it to be (a pill, say), and where you want to take it (maybe a forest where you go running with a friend). You then "take" the placebo whenever you want to, following a pre-set ritual built into the app.

 

The point is to replicate what’s important about the placebo effect, which isn’t the pill itself, but the experience. "If we think about placebo as a transformational symbol, then people get to choose what placebo they want," says Jacobs. "It can be a pill, magic wand, holy book, communion wafer, or herbs. It just needs to be meaningful for them."


Via Josué Cardona
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Nice use of positive psychology

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Nikki Howell's comment, July 17, 2013 11:11 AM
I believe that could really work. I like it.
William Hanna's curator insight, July 25, 2013 10:58 AM

I completely believe in a "mind over matter" approach.  After all your body is capable of producing every drug you could ever find in a drug store.  What's even better, your body can administer the exact dose for the exact time required.  I kid you not!  The trick is to truely believe without a shadow of any doubt.

robyns tut's curator insight, September 26, 2013 5:01 AM

this app sounds very cool, however it makes me worry how much more we really want to depend on technology. When I first started reading the article i thought it looked amazing, but then I realised that I am on my phine so ofte anyway; always checkingfacebook and keeping in touch with friends, even when i have friends sitting right next to me. My phone destracts me from the here and the now, even though connection is great sometimes it blocks out life that is passing by so fast. Now there is something more we should depend on our Phones for, things that we should get from actual human interaction- Justine Pearce

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Daniel H Pink: employees are faster and more creative when solving other people's problems - Telegraph

Daniel H Pink: employees are faster and more creative when solving other people's problems - Telegraph | Psychology | Scoop.it
Recent research reveals that people are more capable of mental novelty when thinking on behalf of others than for themselves. This has far-reaching practical implications at every level of business.
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Just a case of tricking ourselves somehow.  Trying to build this into a framework for use in team situations is very useful, certainly in agile development the morning scrum can be a good place to start others ruminating on your issues (solve it afterwards)

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Being social improves your health

Being social improves your health | Psychology | Scoop.it
Living longer and finding meaning comes through healthy relationships. Why are we bad at it so often? If you would like to live a good life and be happy, what are the things that count? The science of positive psychology is the place to find the answer. ... and a big part of that answer is your relationships with other people.
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Nervousness at the time of reckoning, cognitive bias viewpoint

Nervousness at the time of reckoning, cognitive bias viewpoint | Psychology | Scoop.it
Cognitive biases affect all aspects of our lives in both positive and negative ways. Identifying and bringing them under control is a core part of mindfulness. Nervous energy can be good and bad but it's hard to control.
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Part of the new wave of emotional analytics is lapping the shore

Part of the new wave of emotional analytics is lapping the shore | Psychology | Scoop.it
Not sure the commercial world is fully ready for this yet but the potential for this and other emotional analytics such as facial micro gestures or posture analysis is huge. Apps for negotiating, improving your poker face and body language will be arriving and succeeding in the next 5-10.
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Why do people like listening to sad music when they're feeling down?

Why do people like listening to sad music when they're feeling down? | Psychology | Scoop.it
Interesting analysis into why feeling sad can be good and the merits of sad music. Interesting to see how it fits into the natural mental healing process.
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Is the world fully ready for this yet? Quantified self is expanding, fit bit, jawbone and the fuel band have all lead the way. Another one joins the group hoping for the next break through. New h...

Is the world fully ready for this yet? Quantified self is expanding, fit bit, jawbone and the fuel band have all lead the way.  Another one joins the group hoping for the next break through.  New h... | Psychology | Scoop.it

Argus is the next iOS application in Azumio’s portfolio of health and wellness solutions.

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Google HR Boss Explains Why GPA And Most Interviews Are Useless

Google HR Boss Explains Why GPA And Most Interviews Are Useless | Psychology | Scoop.it
Google's Senior Vice President of People Operations Laszlo Bock explains why GPA and most interviews are useless for hiring.
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Very true, asking for details and behavioural interviews are very important as is having the skills to discern the right types of answer.  It's a moving battlefield as candidates become more familiar the behavioural interviews turn into a performance, which is, I suppose, a particular skill in itself.

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Animal Wise: The Thoughts & Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures - PsychCentral.com (blog)

Animal Wise: The Thoughts & Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures
PsychCentral.com (blog)
She's sorted through a great deal of research and talked to scientists galore to make sense of ethology and animal cognition.
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