Smoking Essential Reads

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

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.

The Joy of Distraction

Negative affect is among the most important triggers of self-control failures.

Do Sleep Issues in Teens Predict Drug and Alcohol Problems?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on April 09, 2015 in Sleep Newzzz
Despite their seemingly boundless energy—and propensity to stay up late at night—teens need more sleep than adults.

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.

Psychosis Sucks!

By Joe Pierre M.D. on March 05, 2015 in Psych Unseen
Does the British Psychological Society's recently published monograph called "Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia" dangerously romanticize mental illness? Here's why psychiatrists say yes.

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.

What Motivates People to Make Healthier Lifestyle Choices?

By Christopher Bergland on January 30, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
A Cornell University study released yesterday offers new insights that can help you create a personalized inner-dialogue and messaging strategy that will motivate you to make healthier lifestyle choices every day.

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?

10 Tips for Reducing Anger

By Steven Laurent on January 15, 2015 in Chill Pill
I think some readers may take exception to tip no. 4. And many will struggle with no. 7 (myself included); but it's no reason not to strive for it...

Why Cravings Occur

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on January 07, 2015 in Science of Choice
For addicts, the trouble begins once they decide to give up the addiction.

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.

4 Ways Our Relationships Change Who We Are

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D. on December 16, 2014 in Close Encounters
When we are involved in serious romantic relationships, we find ourselves turning from a “me” to an “us”. That means that as we become increasingly committed to our partners, we find our self-concept actually changing. The “us” becomes “me”. But how does our self-concept change, and are these changes good or bad for us and for our relationships?

On the Nature and Treatment of Addiction

By Stanton Peele on December 10, 2014 in Addiction in Society
We are turning the corner in defining and treating addiction—or are we?

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.

The Neuroscience of Free Will and the Illusion of “You”

By Joe Pierre M.D. on November 08, 2014 in Psych Unseen
Neuroscientific discoveries from the past 20 years call into question our intuitive view of free will. Hard determinism, which rejects free will and dualism, could inform our understanding of the true nature of the self.

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.

This Is NOT Your Brain on Drugs

By Sean X. Luo M.D., Ph.D. on November 02, 2014 in Hooked on Patterns
Popular coverage of neuroimaging of substance abuse is often woefully unsophisticated: this is your brain, this is your brain on drugs. This creates completely false impressions of how these studies are done, what they really say and what they really mean. This practice really needs to stop.