The mind games of pain

Confession: I love pain. More precisely, my past year of study has left me fascinated by the ways psychological factors influence the experience of physical pain. So I had a field day with a recent Trends in Cognitive Sciences article that examines the ways sensory experiences beyond touch — especially visual and auditory experiences — can ramp up or … Continue reading

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How cartoons might improve healthcare

Navigating tough conversations that affect mental health: apparently, there’s an app for that. Or actually, at least 15 apps. Kognito just launched an app to help physicians discuss childhood weight gain with families, adding to their collection of simulation apps for healthcare sensitivity training. Called Change Talk, it’s the result of a two-year collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics. You can … Continue reading