MIND GAMES

Mens Health (Australia) - - Health -

Ac­cord­ing to Dr Steve Kam­per, a pain re­searcher at the Univer­sity of Sydney, when it comes to har­ness­ing the placebo ef­fect, your best move is to ig­nore the sugar pill and in­stead look to the psy­chol­ogy that un­der­pins the ef­fect. “Rit­u­als, vi­su­al­i­sa­tion – these things boost ex­pec­ta­tions about out­come,” he says RIT­U­ALS A study from the Univer­sity of Cologne found that peo­ple putted more ac­cu­rately when they were told the golf ball was “lucky”. The re­searchers con­cluded that su­per­sti­tions and lucky charms boost self-ef­fi­cacy. Rab­bit’s foot, any­one? VI­SU­AL­I­SA­TION Here’s a strength plan for the think­ing man: re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Giessen found that peo­ple who vi­su­alised half their weights ses­sions over an eight-week pe­riod boosted their strength by up to four per cent – roughly the same as those who hit the gym the en­tire time. EX­PEC­TA­TION Per­for­mance re­view loom­ing? Time to kick some goals. A Mcgill Univer­sity study found that univer­sity stu­dents who wrote down de­tailed goals across a four-month pe­riod im­proved their aca­demic per­for­mance by 30 per cent.

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