Smoking Essential Reads

Dogs Who Live with Smokers May Suffer from Premature Aging

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 19, 2017 in Canine Corner
Biomarkers show that living in a home with a tobacco smoker prematurely ages dogs at a cellular level

Cancer and Stigma

By Anne Moyer Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in Beyond Treatment
Today, cancer is less stigmatized and more openly discussed, but stigma can still affect the well-being of cancer patients.

Sticking With Your Goals

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Trust
If you're struggling to achieve your goals, try recruiting a little help from your friends.

Behind the Smoke-Screen of Vaping: E-Cigarettes

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on February 03, 2017 in The Gravity of Weight
Electronic cigarettes have become big business throughout the U.S. and worldwide. What do we really know about the safety of these products?

Applying Game Theory to Recovery From Addiction

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in Science of Choice
We can use the insights from the prisoner dilemma to suggest ways to resist changing motivation.
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To Vape or Not to Vape

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on November 06, 2016 in The Power of Rest
Do e-cigarettes help people quit smoking?

Does The Donald's or Hillary’s Health Status Really Matter?

By Peter Edelstein M.D. on August 31, 2016 in Patient Power
The Donald would be the oldest person to occupy the Oval Office! And is Hillary suffering from confusion? What are their real medical risks if either becomes Commander in Chief?

Fighting Lung Cancer Stigmas Saves Lives

By Theodora Ross M.D. PhD. on July 26, 2016 in A Cancer in the Family
How reframing lung cancer can lead to earlier diagnoses, more knowledge about the disease and maybe, just maybe, a cure.

Smoking Hot

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on June 05, 2016 in Pop Psych
How does recreational drug use affect your attractiveness in the dating world?

Why Do People With Schizophrenia Die Prematurely?

On average, individuals with schizophrenia die more than 25 years earlier than the general population. Both natural and unnatural causes are responsible for these premature deaths.

If You Want to Improve Health, Change Your Behaviour

By Ben C. Fletcher D.Phil., Oxon on October 17, 2015 in Do Something Different
New research confirms the role of behavioral factors in health and that text-based support can improve heart disease risks. Making small changes in behavior can improve life.

Want to Know What Constitutes Play?

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on May 15, 2015 in Play in Mind
Play is a moving target. We may know it when we see it, but pinning play down is quite another thing.

The Mindful Geek

The last 50 years have seen an explosion of anti-smoking campaigns as public health officials realize that smoking is a chief cause of cancer, cardiovascular illness and a host of other diseases. To some extent these campaigns have worked: We are seeing a dramatic reduction in smoking among younger generations. Good progress, but frankly it isn’t enough.

Whatever Doesn't Kill You, Will Only Make You Stronger?

By Dawn C. Carr MGS, Ph.D. on March 20, 2015 in The Third Age
When bad stuff happens to resilient people, it appears that in the short-term they don’t do anything different from what nonresilient people do. Instead, they feel something different about their ability to handle things. And as a result, they fare better physically and psychologically over the long-term.

How to Change People Who Don't Want to Change

By Joseph Grenny on February 09, 2015 in Crucial Conversations
When you’re trying to influence people who need motivation, but not information, don’t offer more information. That’s nagging. Instead, use questions to create a safe environment where they can explore motivations they already have

The Vaccine Controversy: Through an Evolutionary Lens

By Gabrielle Principe Ph.D. on February 04, 2015 in Your Brain on Childhood
In recent weeks, non-vaccinating parents have been blamed for being ignorant, stupid, or worse. But calling someone stupid does not seem like an effective way of getting parents to agree to do something that they believe might harm their child. Another way to look at parents’ fears about the risks of vaccinating is to look at decision making through an evolutionary lens.

Health Benefits of Resveratrol: New Plaudits

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on January 25, 2015 in Memory Medic
If you could only take one pill, would this be the one?

Why We Take Risks

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on December 29, 2014 in Media Spotlight
Research into risky decision-making suggests we are more impartial when asked to evaluate risk for other people than we are when we do these risky behaviours ourselves. Not only are we less likely to be swayed by cognitive biases in weighing risks for others, but we are less likely to let our emotions get in the way. What are some of the cognitive biases linked to risk?

Can Brain Magnetic Stimulation Help People Quit Smoking?

Less than 10% of people who attempt to quit smoking are successful. High frequency, but not low frequency, transcranial magnetic stimulation is reported to more than triple the success rate of quitting.

Diagnosing and Curing Our Sick Health System

By Allen J Frances M.D. on December 10, 2014 in Saving Normal
Many tens of billions of dollars are spent every year by the medical/industrial complex to perpetuate bad and expensive medicine. Our politicians are already bought and paid for. The smart money is on this Goliath. Only an outraged public and informed patients can contain harmful over diagnosis, over testing, and over treatment.

A Crying Shame

By Tom Shroder on November 03, 2014 in Acid Test
In a world of hurt, will we really have to wait 15 years for the healing potential of psychedelic medicine to be available to the millions who could benefit?

Why Do Men Sexually Assault Women?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on November 03, 2014 in Insight Therapy
More often than not, sexual violence against women is an expression—rather than a violation—of deep themes within the American social consciousness.

How Panic Spreads With Fears of Ebola

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on October 21, 2014 in Anxiety Files
Why is Ebola leading to panic? Cognitive science can tell us how we misperceive risk and how we get carried away with our fears.

Some Answers on Media Violence

The media tend to report that psychiatrists and other researchers continue to debate whether media violence promotes aggressive behavior in children. In fact, a variety of studies dating back six decades shows that media violence is bad for the developing brain and contributes to our nation’s elevated levels of assault, gang fighting, sexual violence, robbery and murder.

How to Scare People into Getting Married

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 25, 2014 in Living Single
An "expert" tells single people that they had better hurry up and get married or else their lives are going to be nasty, brutish, and short. Also, they won't have "important self-insights" like married people do and they won't know how to get along with people, either. This was in the Wall Street Journal. In the year 2014.

Smoke It Again, Abram, Part II

By Tom Shroder on September 12, 2014 in Acid Test
More details about new research indicating that the psychedelic compound psilocybin could be a revolutionary treatment for tobacco addiction, and further echoes from little-remembered LSD research of the 1950s.

Smoke It Again, Abram

By Tom Shroder on September 11, 2014 in Acid Test
New research indicating that the psychedelic compound psilocybin could be a revolutionary treatment for tobacco addiction echoes little-remembered LSD research from the 1950s.

A New Kind of Acid Test

By Tom Shroder on September 06, 2014 in Acid Test
Research into the medicinal use of psychedelic drugs, ranging from psilocybin to Ketamine, and from MDMA to LSD, has begun to accelerate. Despite the promising results of early studies, and the urgent need fro better treatment for the half million war vets returning home with debilitating PTSD, a half-century old stigma is slowing progress.

Video Games and Risky Behavior

By Art Markman Ph.D. on August 27, 2014 in Ulterior Motives
One topic I have taken up in this blog from time-to-time is the impact of video games on behavior. There are both positive and negative consequences associated with video game play. One area where it has been hard to draw firm conclusions is in the area of aggression and risky behavior.

If You Met All Your Goals Today, This Article Is Not for You

By Piers Steel Ph.D. on May 18, 2014 in The Procrastination Equation
Smarter than SMART goals, this describes a research program to develop an online app that trains you how to make goals that have the maximum motivation and science theoretically allows.