Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Your lab results are positive for…

If you ever get a positive result for a medical condition, you need to read this article (even though it is somewhat difficult) to realize what false positives mean.

The problem with p-values

Academic psychology and medical testing are both dogged by unreliability. The reason is clear: we got probability wrong

David Colquhoun | 11 October, 2016 | aeon

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October 20, 2016 Posted by | health, statistics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Your environment can help you lose weight

“Food cues. They make you eat more.” — Hedy Kober, Yale University

Removing temptations (sight or smell) from your environment can go a long way to achieve your diet goals.  You can’t do it everywhere, but where you can, such as your home or office desk, it’s an easy way to regulate your hedonic reward system and avoid unwanted calories. Details on how it works:

Why You Can’t Resist the Office Doughnuts

By Tamar Haspel | October 06, 2016 | Discover

To lose that extra weight, think less about food and more about environment.

October 20, 2016 Posted by | diet, health | , | Leave a comment