The COVID crisis throws into relief what happens when grief has—quite literally—nowhere to go. The evidence suggests that most people summon strengths that surpass their own expectations.
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The boundary between medicine and self-healing
Jeremy Howick Ph.D.
It feels good and has personal scientific backing.
Shopping is important to get the economy up and running. But people cannot live by bread alone.
Do you use your smartphone more than you think? Research says the answer is probably yes, and it's not good for your health.
A tsunami of mental health problems are coming because of COVID-19. Here are some things you can do to help yourself and others.
Dying alone is psychologically damaging to the dying, families, and doctors. It is not required to prevent spread of Covid-19. We need to change it.
The herd instinct is more helpful than we think, and we can use it to our advantage.
Mass hysteria blinds us to what we can do to protect ourselves.
Is January getting you down? Here's an easy cure for you and the world.
Like to change a stubborn habit? Understanding how they work can help lead to change.
The debate about the ethics of placebos will not be resolved by opinion. The debate about homeopathy has been raging for 150 let’s put an evidence-based stop to both of them.
Do you think that your health would improve if your doctor was a better actor? Evidence suggests you would.
Chronic back pain is common and understanding the role of the brain can help overcome it.
Change your thoughts to change your weight? It's not that simple, but it's the best way to start.
Looking for inspiration and tips to clean up your negative 'nocebo' mental chatter? This is the place to look.
Research suggests it's not clear whether antidepressant drugs are much better than placebos for depression. But the placebo effect needs to be taken seriously.
Need a reason to reach out to that long lost friend or relative? How about it will improve your health and make you live longer.
The magic of a Mother's touch, and how men get (almost) get there by relaxing.
Jeremy Howick, Ph.D., a clinical epidemiologist and philosopher of science, is a senior researcher at the University of Oxford as well as the director of the Oxford Empathy Programme.