Mind-Body

Woo-woo to true-woo

There’s a dictionary definition of woo-woo. It goes like this: “Unconventional beliefs regarded as having…

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Cartoon of a brain in a lotus position meditating with a smile on its face.

Can you use your mind to improve your strength?

“Imagine extending and contracting your little finger.” This was the sort of instruction given to…

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Bottles with some labels saying placebo and other labels saying extra strength placebo.

Does a placebo work if you know it’s a placebo?

Patients receiving ‘open label placebos’ had reduced pain compared with those who received ‘treatment as usual’. When the latter group were then offered placebos to supplement their usual treatment, their pain also then reduced.

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Woman's eye with digital image overlain over

The amazing power of observation

Doing the reps increased strength by 50%. Amazingly, observing the reps increased strength by 32%.

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