“It is widely accepted that aerobic exercise and meditation training are useful behavioral therapies for remediating clinical symptoms of depression. However, no study to date has assessed the combined effects of the two behavioral interventions. Here, we present data indicating that [Read more…] about Study: Combining aerobic and mental training can significantly improve mental and cognitive health
(Editor’s Note: we are pleased to bring you this article thanks to our collaboration with Greater Good Science Center).
A Course Correction for Positive Psychology
A review of Martin Seligman’s latest book, Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being.
- By Jill Suttie
As president of the American Psychological Association in 1998, Martin Seligman challenged the psychological community to radically change its approach. For too long, he charged, psychology had been preoccupied solely with relieving symptoms of mental illness; instead, he believed it should explore how to thrive in life, not just survive it. He called for a psychology that would uncover what makes people creative, resilient, optimistic, and, ultimately, happy. The “positive psychology” movement was born.
Yet in his latest book, Flourish, Seligman tries to provide something of a course correction for positive psychology. [Read more…] about A Course Correction for Positive Psychology: A Review of Martin Seligman’s Latest Book
What started as an academic dispute regarding disclosure of conflict of interest is now snowballing into the mainstream media, due to the over-reaction by JAMA editors as reported in this Wall Street Journal blog post, JAMA editor calls Critic a “Nobody and a Nothing”
In summary, Dr. Jonathan Leo, the “Critic”, dared to draw attention to 2 important points regarding a study comparing the efficacy of therapy vs. medication published in the Journal of the American Academy of Medicine (JAMA) — one of the most prestigious scientific publications:
1) The study results were presented and reported in a biased way, since they favored one specific intervention, a drug, while ignoring another one, therapy-based, that had equally statistically significant effects.
2) Both the lead author of the study and one of the main experts asked to comment on the study in several media outlets had undisclosed and unreported conflicts of interest. JAMA could have done a 5‑minute Google search to identify and report the conflict of interest of the lead author (received a variety of revenues from the drugmaker).
Dr. Leo has summarized the continuing matter in several impressive letters. The 2 main ones, in chronological order:
- “Central to the idea of evidence-based medicine is that the choices made by patients and doctors to use a certain treatment should at least in part be based on scientific studies published in peer reviewed academic journals. For a patient diagnosed with [Read more…] about Therapy vs. Medication, Conflicts of Interest, and Intimidation