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Power of your Mind to Change your
STUDY: Ageing as a Mindset:
A Counterclockwise Experiment to
Rejuvenate Older Adults
renowned 1979 “counterclockwise” study, showed how
elderly men who lived for a week as though it was 1959
grew noticeably younger and healthier eg; vision, hearing,
strength, and other abilities significantly improved. This important work provides us the
first clear, scientific evidence that the biological clock
can be reversed.
study, supervised by Dr Ellen
Langer (now aged 72 and the longest serving Professor at
Harvard University) shows us the ways in which our belief in
physical limits constrains us; and demonstrates how our
desire for certainty in medical diagnosis and treatment
often prevents us from fully exploiting the power of
program has now been successfully conducted in three countries
(US, Great Britain, and South Korea) all yielding very
powerful results for enhanced functioning for older adults.
study and other more recent studies (see below), hold enormously
exciting and powerful keys for changing our general
health—including old age, heart health, cancer, weight and
vision—as well as for our fundamental happiness.
Many similar studies have
as a paper
published in the journal Psychological Science
84 hotel maids. The maids had reported that they didn’t get
much exercise in a typical week. The researchers primed the
chambermaids to think differently about their work by
informing them that cleaning rooms was serious exercise.
Once their expectations were shifted, the maids lost
weight, relative to a control group (and also improved on
other measures like body mass index and hip-to-waist ratio).
All other factors were held constant.
difference was the change in mind-set.
Academy of Sciences of the USA
The power of the mind to ease various
In a recent Type 2 Diabetes Study —
the subjects’ perception of how much time had passed was
manipulated. The theory was that the diabetics’
blood-glucose levels would follow perceived time rather than
actual time; in other words, they would spike and dip when
the subjects expected them to. And that’s what the data
each subject thought about time actually influenced the
metabolic processes inside of their bodies. Anil
Ananthaswamy (New Scientists journalist, Ted speaker and
author of the Edge of Physics) writes that people between
the ages of 40 and 80 tend to feel younger than their
chronological age, while those in their 20's feel older.
This makes sense, as Robert Sapolsky (professor of biology,
and professor of neurology and neurological sciences and
neurosurgery, at Stanford University) points out in
‘Behave’: after the age of 30 our metabolism slows down,
which skews our perception of time. Time actually feels
different. What’s amazing about the research above is we
have a conscious decision in how we feel about that.
Is it possible for people to decide to get
More studies have followed such as in 2014
number of healthy test subjects were given the mission to
make themselves unwell. The subjects watched videos of
people coughing and sneezing. No deception was involved.
This was explicitly a test to see if they could voluntarily
change their immune systems in measurable ways.
Following the experiment nearly half of the experimental
group exhibited cold symptoms
showed high levels of the IgA antibody (a
sign of elevated immune-system response). Here was concrete
proof that people could get sick or well through the power of their mindset.
Placebo effects have already been proven to work on the
immune system. But
this study clearly showed for the first time that they work
in a different way —
that is, through an act of will.
Mind-Body Interface Conference Summary report 2017
Academy of Medical Sciences (comprising UK’s leading medical
scientists from hospitals and academia).
Our brain's interface with our body.
“The vagus nerve comprises over 100,000 nerve fibres, of
which 80% are sensory and connect the brain to almost every
organ in the body. Professor Tracey explained that the vagus
nerve is involved in normal physiology and homeostasis of
most organs and the immune system.”
Research has shown how the immune system can be regulated
by the brain via the Vagus Nerve.
A growing body of research has now shown that people's
mindsets have driven placebo responses where a patient's
health changes. This has also led researchers to consider
how a placebo or mindset change can affect the vagus nerve.
For example; recent clinical trials have shown how inflammatory markers
have been reduced in inflammatory diseases such as
rheumatoid arthritis. The Report concludes that as a change
of mindset can affect connections in the brain that trigger
a positive physiological outcome,
other forms of mental stimulation such as cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness which can change a
person’s perception, attitude and thinking should also be
Therapeutic neuroscience education (TNE) has been shown
to be effective in the treatment of mainly chronic
musculoskeletal pain conditions. Emerging research shows how patients who
were shown how to change their mind-set regards pain
produced impressive immediate and long-term changes, such
as; decreased pain, improved function / movement and, increased calming of the brain (as seen on brain scans).
In summary, Therapeutic Neuroscience Education is now successfully used
by some of the world's leading musculoskeletal clinics to change a patient’s perception of
pain (change of mind-set) resulting in lower
pain and increased mobility.
Your mindset can rewind
aging, physically and mentally!
Florida State University College of Medicine psychologist
and gerontologist Antonio Terracciano states subjective age
is correlated with factors such as walking speed, lung
capacity, grip strength, and bodily inflammation. As
his work, among others, shows, it’s not necessarily the
body influencing the mind. Your mindset about aging has an
equally important role in aging. Terracciano's research has
shown that this affects cognition: a belief in a higher
subjective age correlates with cognitive impairments and
So much can be revealed by how we talk about ourselves. How
much emphasis do you place on numerical age? Do you believe
age limits your physical and mental abilities? Is age an
excuse for all the new things you don’t try? Do you spend
more time reminiscing about what once was instead of
planning on what’s to come? These questions and more are
indicative of the mindset you have around age. And, as this
research shows, it will affect how you actually age.
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Using the Mind-Body approach, health studies recently
conducted aimed to improve disease outcomes by attention to
symptom variability. Arthritis, chronic pain, als, tbi,
prostate cancer, and ms have been shown to be amenable to
this treatment. Studies with other disorders are now
year study (still in progress -due to be completed early 2020),
Dr Ellen Langer
who supervised the seminal 1979 Counterclockwise Study, tests
if a change of mind-set can shrink the tumours of cancer
Results to date are highly encouraging. Another ongoing
study investigates whether mindfulness can slow progression
of prostate cancer. Note: Martin Seligman, recognized as the
father of positive psychology, calls Langer “the mother of
positive psychology,” in recognition of her groundbreaking
work, while others call her "the mother of mindfulness".
Today, neuroscientists are charting what’s going on in the
brain when expectations alone reduce pain or relieve
Many other experiments now focus on how changes in
self-perception can generate positive, reversal changes in
A “new alliance” between neuroscience and psychotherapy is
now taking place.
Recent neuroscientific developments show that
the mind is linked not only to the
body but to specific neuronal brain structures.
Neuroscientific explorations are also contributing concepts
such as the relational mind, implicit memory, and mirror
neurons. This new mind–body
alliance has opened up
new doors for understanding for both theory and practice how
the mind can change the body.
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