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What is CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

CBT is rooted within Behavioural approaches developed during the 1950s and 1960s by Eysenck and Wolpe and Cognitive approaches developed by Beck in 1970 and Elliss in 1977. CBT endorses the belief that how people feel and behave depends on the extent to which they are influenced […]

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CBT works – Important trial showing the effect of CBT

A randomised control trial led by Professor Anthony Morrison from the University of Manchester’s School of Psychological Science aimed to establish whether cognitive behavioural therapy was effective in reducing psychiatric symptoms in people with schizophrenia spectrum disorder who had chosen not to take antipsychotic drugs. The researcher […]

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Cognitive Neuro Scientist talks about visual illusion and the body

In an article in the Psychologist in March 2014 Henrik Ehrsson talks about his PHD in motor control and visual illusion. He says: “When you put a massager over the tendon and the muscle the biceps for example and you ask the person to close their eyes […]

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How CBT works to help depression

We are shaped by our thoughts, we become what we think, the Buddha once said. No one is born with prejudice and negative thoughts and feelings are learnt. Patients with depression or anxiety disorder show a vicious cycle of negative thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviours related […]

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Clinical Depression – Contributions to Psychological Knowledge

Professor Tim Dalgleish, lead of the Cognition Emotion and Mental Health Programme received an Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge. Professor Dalgleish work focused mostly on clinical depression and post traumatic stress disorder. He conducted a number of experiments to understand the process of memory and […]

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Insomnia? Perhaps the Moon is to blame!

For centuries myths have swirled like clouds around the possibility that the full moon affects the human psyche. According to a new small study by researcher in Switzerland, one influence is real – at or near full moon, they found that people’s sleep is affected. Their participants […]

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How CBT works to help alleviate anxiety

There are a number of CBT techniques that draw upon the power of imagery in tackling anxiety disorders by modifying the persistent negative images that patients hold of the anxiety provoking stimulus. One of the most effective techniques is exposure therapy where the patient confronts fear evoking […]

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Reducing symptoms of anxiety

Professor Elaine Fox has investigated our roadmap to resilience. She wanted to understand better why some people are emotionally vulnerable. Fear systems are crucial motivator of our behaviours but where we differ is in the automatic mechanism guiding our attention. She discovered that people differ profoundly in […]

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Unhelpful Cognitive Behavioural Traps!

From the book The situation is hopeless but not serious of Paul Watzlawick, clinical professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioural science at Stanford University Medical Centre here are some interesting quotes: “Maturity is the ability to do something even though your parents have reccommended it” […]

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MORE EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT FOR MOOD DISORDERS

Biomedical Engineering Research Group (BERG) established in 2004 is leading the way in a discipline that is transforming developments in medicine and healthcare delivery. BERG has recently been awarded a major research grant by the National Institute of Health Research to develop a personal lithium blood analyser […]

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