Scientific pursuits need to be coupled with a humanist tradition — to highlight not just how psychedelics work, but why that matters.
Once associated with mind-control experiments and counter-cultural defiance, psychedelics now show great promise for mental health treatments and may prompt a re-evaluation of the scientific method.
Evidence isn’t always as straightforward as it might first seem.
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Brain-zapping, the curious case of the n-rays and other stories of evidence.
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You've had an x-ray before but have you had an n-ray? Of course not, because they're not real. But people used to think they were. Today, on Trust Me, I'm an Expert, we're bringing you stories on the theme of evidence.
Economist, author and MP Andrew Leigh spoke to Fiona Fidler about how we should be using randomised trials more to drive decisions and policy in public life.
This works for everyone…on average.
Here's how it could find it again.
It’s hard to test therapies for rare cancers because there are too few people to study.
Rare cancers are hard to research given the few patients that have each type of cancer, so how can we improve treatment for these patients?
Unless we design research programs to look at why people would rather stay on country than receive effective health treatments, Aboriginal health may not improve.
Like all good health care, improving health in remote settings requires an evidence base. But forcing all research questions into the randomised controlled trial model is not the answer.
Volunteering boosts your health.
Scientists have found that there are many physical and mental benefits to volunteering.
Blockade of Toulon by Thomas Luny.
The British blockade of France wouldn't have worked if it wasn't for an ingenious experiment conducted half a century earlier.
Observational scientists study subjects in real life, outside a controlled laboratory environment.
The randomised controlled trial is touted as the gold standard in medical research. But its controlled laboratory conditions are far removed from the messy realities of life.
Tell me about your childhood.
A new study has found that psychodynamic therapy is useful for treating depression, and the positive effects are longer lasting.