Mind the Brain

Message for Mind the Brain readers from PLOSBLOGS

[Note: Contrary to this post below uploaded by Victoria Costello on behalf of PLOS management, the  abrupt termination of the relationship between Mind  the Brain was not mutually agreed upon. Rather, it was unilaterally imposed by PLOSBLOGS in response to requests by myself and others for restriction on what I could discuss be lifted.  Since … Continue reading "Message for Mind the Brain readers from PLOSBLOGS"

Creating illusions of wondrous effects of yoga and meditation on health: A skeptic exposes tricks

The tour of the sausage factory is starting, here’s your brochure telling you’ll see.   A recent review has received a lot of attention with it being used for claims that mind-body interventions have distinct molecular signatures that point to potentially dramatic health benefits for those who take up these practices. What Is the Molecular … Continue reading "Creating illusions of wondrous effects of yoga and meditation on health: A skeptic exposes tricks"

Power Poseur: The lure of lucrative pseudoscience and the crisis of untrustworthiness of psychology

This is the second of two segments of Mind the Brain aimed at redirecting the conversation concerning power posing to the importance of conflicts of interest in promoting and protecting its scientific status.  The market value of many lines of products offered to consumers depends on their claims of being “science-based”. Products from psychologists that … Continue reading "Power Poseur: The lure of lucrative pseudoscience and the crisis of untrustworthiness of psychology"

Calling out pseudoscience, radically changing the conversation about Amy Cuddy’s power posing paper

Part 1: Reviewed as the clinical trial that it is, the power posing paper should never have been published. Has too much already been written about Amy Cuddy’s power pose paper? The conversation should not be stopped until its focus shifts and we change our ways of talking about psychological science. The dominant narrative is … Continue reading "Calling out pseudoscience, radically changing the conversation about Amy Cuddy’s power posing paper"

Jane Brody promoting the pseudoscience of Barbara Fredrickson in the New York Times

Journalists’ coverage of positive psychology and health is often shabby, even in prestigious outlets like The New York Times. Jane Brody’s latest installment of the benefits of being positive on health relied heavily on the work of Barbara Fredrickson that my colleagues and I have thoroughly debunked. All of us need to recognize that research … Continue reading "Jane Brody promoting the pseudoscience of Barbara Fredrickson in the New York Times"

Results of largest trial of suicide intervention in emergency departments ever conducted in US

The NIMH issued a press release about the publication in JAMA Psychiatry of results of the ED-SAFE Study, the largest suicide intervention trial ever conducted in emergency departments (ED) in US. NIMH “We expect that EDs are capable of helping individuals at risk for suicide attempts. Earlier ED-SAFE study findings showed that brief universal screening … Continue reading "Results of largest trial of suicide intervention in emergency departments ever conducted in US"

Unmasking Jane Brody’s “A Positive Outlook May Be Good for Your Health” in The New York Times

A recipe for coercing ill people with positive psychology pseudoscience in the New York Times Judging by the play she gets in social media and the 100s of comments on her articles in the New York Times, Jane Brody has a successful recipe for using positive psychology pseudoscience to bolster down-home advice you might’ve gotten … Continue reading "Unmasking Jane Brody’s “A Positive Outlook May Be Good for Your Health” in The New York Times"

Were any interventions to prevent teen suicide effective in the SEYLE trial?

Disclaimer: I’ve worked closely with some of the SEYLE investigators on other projects. I have great respect for their work. Saving and Empowering Young Lives in Europe was a complex, multisite suicide prevention project of historical size and scale that was exceptionally well implemented. However, I don’t believe that The Lancet article reported primary outcomes … Continue reading "Were any interventions to prevent teen suicide effective in the SEYLE trial?"

Will lessons in happiness solve the crisis in child mental health care?

Rome gave citizens bread and circuses. Is London giving citizens worthless randomized trials of inert interventions to solve the crisis of child mental health care without spending substantially more funds? The UK  Department for Education (DfE) issued an Expression of Interest [ What’s that? ] for a large randomized trial comparing three preventive mental health … Continue reading "Will lessons in happiness solve the crisis in child mental health care?"

Complex PTSD, STAIR, Social Ecology and lessons learned from 9/11- a conversation with Dr. Marylene Cloitre

Dr. Marylene Cloitre is the Associate Director of Research of the National Center for PTSD Dissemination and Training Division and a research Professor of Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York University, Langone Medical Center in New York City. She is a recipient of several honors related to her service in New … Continue reading "Complex PTSD, STAIR, Social Ecology and lessons learned from 9/11- a conversation with Dr. Marylene Cloitre"

Misleading systematic review of mindfulness studies used to promote Bensen Institute for Mind-Body Medicine services

A seriously flawed overview “systematic review “ of systematic reviews and meta-analyses of the effects of mindfulness on health and well-being alerts readers how they need to be skeptical of what they are told about the benefits of mindfulness. Especially when the information comes those benefiting enormously from promoting the practice. The glowing evaluation of … Continue reading "Misleading systematic review of mindfulness studies used to promote Bensen Institute for Mind-Body Medicine services"

The Prescription Pain Pill Epidemic: A Conversation with Dr. Anna Lembke

My colleague, Dr. Anna Lembke is the Program Director for the Stanford University Addiction Medicine Fellowship, and Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. She is the author of a newly released book on the prescription pain pill epidemic: “Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So … Continue reading "The Prescription Pain Pill Epidemic: A Conversation with Dr. Anna Lembke"