Could imbalance in the autonomic nervous system explain the complexity and heterogeneity of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? Could teaching kids and families affected by ASD skills in autonomic regulation broadly improve comfort and functioning? This is the first of three blog posts on our work at the Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation at RIT.
It's extremely common for accidents and other moments of sudden shock to bring an extreme slowing down of time. Is this an evolutionary adaptation, or simply what happens when we shift into a different mode of consciousness?
We can all create "scary" images of undesirable outcomes for ourselves. Guided imagery can help us to leave behind outdated ideas about ourselves and what we can do, and harness the mind's ability to create positive change.
As Elizabeth Loftus reported in a recent talk, "We’ve done hundreds of experiments involving thousands of subjects showing that it’s relatively easy to change people’s memory of the details of an event that they’ve actually experienced.”
How reliable are memories of abuse "recovered" through psychotherapy?
I recently had a family come to see me. They were greatly concerned, that Mom was “using"—addicted to opiates and other narcotics that have kept her back pain at bay for years. A couple of pills in the morning get her up. Two more at breakfast. A few before making dinner. Yep, Mom is a drug addict!
Many of those people who claim to be alien abductees are seemingly sincere, psychologically healthy, nonpsychotic people—so are their experiences real and their claims to have been abducted true? Psychological research has identified 5 traits that could get you “abducted by aliens”
The 1st part of my write-up of what I learnt at the recent science of consciousness conference (ASSC). The science of magic and hypnosis are discussed, in the light of what they can teach us about the mind and about consciousness.
A new Army policy discourages some types of PTSD treatments, saying they do more harm than good. And in deference to soldiers' concerns, the policy has broadened its range of approved alternative therapies to encourage programs like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR) and neurofeedback.
In previous posts, I’ve noted problems with how most research on prayer for healing has been conducted. Researchers have attempted to design double-blinded, controlled trials of distant intercessory prayer.
Milton Erickson, M.D., is most well known for his brilliance in the art of medical hypnosis. His ability to heal his patients by accessing the their unconscious mind with the use of trance has inspired many generations of therapists.
James Jackson Putnam (1846-1918) was a Boston neurologist who is known mostly for his unusually courageous advocacy for Freudian psychoanalysis at a time (1905-1918) when Freud's ideas were deeply unpopular in America and considered disreputable and obscene.
Most people know the importance of regular physical exercise. Few people know, however, that proper psychological fitness training is also very important for overall health and optimum well-being. Here's how to exercise you mental muscles.
Coping means dealing with and overcoming problems, and there are plenty of those if you're in the fertility battle. In fact, problems of one kind or another roll at you like a tsunami at times and the main goal in coping is to learn how to ride the wave without getting swamped.
Every therapist's space provides the backdrop against which clients' personal dramas will be revealed. Yet, psychologists receive little, if any, training about how to set an effective stage for the client-practitioner interplay.