Patients who Google their therapist, and vice versa

Patients who Google their therapist, and vice versa

The 4-5-15 edition of the New York Times has a commentary by a psychoanalyst about the impact of browser searches on therapy. T he article, “Do You Google Your Shrink?”, is part of a regular NYT Sunday edition feature, “Couch,” which is described as featuring “essays by psychotherapists, patients and others about the experience of therapy- psychoanalysis, cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, marriage therapy, hypnotherapy or any other kind of curative talk between people behind closed doors.”

Potential Health Care Policy Change with Significant Impact on MH Services

The 4-5-15 edition of the New York Times has an article about a new way of thinking about, and quantifying, health policy with potentially significant implications for research and funding for mental health conditions. The article, “When ‘Moneyball’ Meets Medicine,” begins by discussing traditional measures of health problems, which focus on the number of deaths from diseases and injuries. The results guide how money money is invested in research and treatment for conditions like cancer, stroke, and heart disease.

Psychology at play: Does music affect the taste of wine? – there is research about that question!

The 4-4-15 edition of the Wall Street Journal (which has excellent technology, science and health reporting) has a fun article about psychological research of how music affects the taste of wine. This article, “Can Music Change the Way Your Wine Tastes?”, discusses both actual research done by psychologists and some very subjective, but playful and fun, “research” done by the author and others.

U. of M. psychologist in the news for “myth-busting” research about dieting and wellness

The 3-29-15 edition of the Start Tribune featured an article about a University of Minnesota psychologist, Traci Mann, Ph.D., who is getting national attention for her creative research about eating behaviors. The article, “The Hungry Mind of Traci Mann,” describes her research s “unconventional” and “quirky,” and reports that the outcomes have made her “a rising star in the niche field of food psychology,” which you could view us part of the wellness behavioral health field. She made a major splash in 2014 with a study that found that comfort does not actually provide true comfort.