Posts tagged research
Posts tagged research
"It turns out that we learn best when new information is linked
to existing information. New information should be maximally
related to what we know already . Loose facts are forgotten
unless we attach meaning to them, even if it is only in the form of
an aid-of-memory. In the area of communication in a medical
school we are fortunate, because students have been communicating
almost 20 years before we see them. They have much
experience, even though they may not be aware of it. We can make
use of this experience, by asking students to demonstrate what
they think is good communication with a patient, either real or a
simulated. When medical students enter our schools, they are
mostly motivated by: caring for people. They are clever and
compassionate people. It makes sense to use that motivation and
that experience and start our communication programme at day
one of medical school.”
Jan van Dalen, Communication skills in context: Trends and perspectives, Patient Education and Counseling, Available online 27 June 2013, ISSN 0738-3991, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2013.05.020.
I’m doing a project and writing a paper on physician communication and how it affects patient satisfaction and value based purchasing. I came across this article which highlights some interesting points:
Why you should dress like Jesus:
A group of researchers at Northwestern School of Management are studying embodied cognition and found that when undergrads wore a white coat they believed to belong to a doctor, their ability to pay attention significantly increases. But, when they wore the same coat they believed to belong to a painter, there was no effect. They go on to say that people think with more than our brains, but with our bodies too. It’s been long established that people perceive you differently by the way you dress, but they are trying to see how the way you dress affects your basic abilities and your readiness to take on different roles. Since doctors are believed to be good at paying attention and careful, the students acted that way too. Funny quote:
“Clothes invade the body and brain, putting the wearer into a different psychological state, he said. He described his own experience from last Halloween (or maybe it should be called National Enclothed Cognition Day).”
He had decided to dress as a pimp, with a fedora, long coat and cane. “When I entered the room, I glided in,” he said. “I felt a very different presence.”
So I’m just going to go around dressing and pretending I’m Liz Falvey, my awesome modern dance teacher who also teaches yoga. “Try to dance your warm-up!” Or maybe I’ll dress like a Buddhist monk…I may be more mindful of what I do and say. lol like I could be any nicer…jk. (confession: I have to combat my sarcastic nature on my blog).
Anyone take this seriously and down to dress like their fitness/health role model (or Katniss)? omgod cosplay may have a purpose…
Things I love about Research #187…nerdy puns
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Caffeine is Good for Your Skin
Scientists at Rutgers University show that caffeine applied directly to the skin might help prevent damaging UV light from causing skin cancer. Caffeine acts as an antioxidant and inhibits a protein, ATR, known to promote skin cancer when damaged. Also, it acts as a sunscreen.
I bought this face wash from Clean and Clear before I read this study and was skeptical because of the added caffeine, but now I’m happy I bought it!
Scared of going on birth control because of weight gain? Don’t be! Because recent research at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden shows that hormonal birth control does not directly cause weight gain. The only factors which did were age and smoking.
Changes in hormone levels may cause mood-swings…and many of us lament over a bowl of ice cream to calm down leading to weight gain. However, after a few months, your body should adjust to the changes and you’ll achieve a balance. The first few months can be a little crazy (increase/decrease appetite, moody, acne) but things settle after a few months. If you are sensitive to the pill, I suggest looking into Nuvaring which releases a constant amount of hormones throughout the day making it easier to adapt to. Taking a pill once a day creates peaks and valleys of hormone levels which can throw off your system.
So don’t stop your birth control unless you want some of these Shrek Babies…
After a fatty meal, triglyercides (fat molecules) are released in your your bloodstream increasing your risk of heart disease. However, researchers from Penn State found that adding spices like tumeric and cinnamon to high-fat meals reduces this phenomenon by ~30%. The experiments compared overweight, but otherwise healthy adults who were separated into one group that ate meals with spices, and another which did not have spices.
Spices tested because of high antioxidant ( levels:
See if you can use some of these ingredients in your cooking for meal that not only is healthy, but reduces oxidative stress!