Category: Neuroscience/Mental Health

Pain Reprocessing Therapy

In a trial of Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT), 2/3 of patients with chronic low back pain reported significant pain relief with psychotherapy that helped them reconceptualize the pain as nondangerous. Impressive if true, but flaws in research design make the study untrustworthy.

/ May 3, 2022

Emotional Freedom Technique – Acupuncture for the Mind

Emotional Freedom Technique is based in pseudoscience and inadequate clinical research.

/ April 27, 2022

Patients Who Deceive

Loren Pankratz's book Patients Who Deceive covers the whole spectrum of different kinds of deception. It is well written, informative, and entertaining, with case examples that read like detective stories.

/ April 26, 2022

Facilitated Communication Is Still Pseudoscience

Facilitated communication is a harmful pseudoscientific technique that has managed to survive through rebranding and deception.

/ April 13, 2022

The World’s First Productivity Drink

Magic Mind claims to be the world's first productivity drink. There's no supporting evidence.

/ April 12, 2022

Fetal Signs of Autism

More evidence that ASD is a developmental disorder that begins in the womb.

/ April 6, 2022

Videos Said to be “Proof” that Nonverbal Autistics Can Communicate by Spelling

The father of nonverbal autistic child believes videos constitute proof that other children with autism can communicate by by pointing to letters on a board held by a facilitator to spell out words. He is wrong.

/ March 29, 2022
How the DMED works

Antivaxxers misuse the Defense Medical Epidemiology Database to demonize COVID-19 vaccines

Over the last couple of weeks, a claim that the Defense Medical Epidemiology Database (DMED) shows that COVID-19 vaccines have caused a massive increase in cancer, neurological, and cardiovascular diseases in military personnel has gone viral. A closer look shows that the increases are almost certainly spurious and due to underreporting in previous years.

/ February 7, 2022

Using AI Technology To Treat Mental Illness

AI will likely play a big role in treating mental illness in the future, but quack uses are also likely to proliferate.

/ February 2, 2022