Submitted by BlogEditor on Fri, 08/04/2017 - 10:16
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Submitted by BlogEditor on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 19:31
Anyone who has been to the doctor recognizes that medical diagnoses and treatments are embedded in a social context. Patients are influenced not only by what tests are performed and what treatments are suggested, but how the doctor communicates the results of these tests makes recommendations, and engages with patients. How can we use the social context to improve healthcare?
Submitted by BlogEditor on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 20:44
“Wealth equals health” has been a commonly accepted principle for decades. Beginning in 1967, the classic Whitehall studies revealed that higher-class British civil servants had lower risks of mortality from a wide range of diseases
Submitted by BlogEditor on Sat, 01/30/2016 - 15:04
By Alex Danvers
Charlotte Markey only had one couple get in a fight as a result of her study—mildly surprising, given that she forced same-sex romantic partners to rate what they thought their partner’s ideal body shape was in front of each other.
Submitted by hdaniel on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 15:25
By Tracy Epton
People engage in many behaviors that are bad for their health such as smoking, not exercising, eating unhealthily or drinking too much alcohol. What is intriguing is that people continue pursuing an unhealthy lifestyle even when they are confronted by information that tells them that these choices are bad for them; they minimize the risks or even deny them altogether. Self-affirmation theory (Steele, 1988) offers an explanation of why people do this.