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Paul Enck

Paul Enck is Professor of Medical Psychology and Head of Research at the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Tübingen, Germany. His research focus is psychophysiology and neurogastroenterology (i.e. stress research, pain research, biofeedback applications, cortical imaging, eating disorders, functional gastrointestinal disorders and placebo research).

Mental Health Is More Than Not Being Ill

Australian researchers believe that mental well-being and illnesses such as depression or anxiety are separate constructs. They came to this conclusion after testing the processing of emotions in twins. Health is the state of physical, mental, and social well-being and […]

The Origin Of Mistrust, Investigated In Twins

Is distrust the opposite of trust? No, say American researchers. Both feelings have their own origins, and only one is influenced by genes. Everyone has heard it before — this inner voice that warns us about someone. We distrust a […]

Big Pharma Is Not Innocent Of The Placebo Effect

We tend to attribute the placebo effect — and its recent rise in randomized placebo-controlled trials (1) — to changes in individual patient behavior, e.g. higher expectations toward the medical system and/or toward doctor behaviors when it comes to prescribing […]

Tired Teenies: Are Genes Or Environment Responsible For Lack Of Sleep In Adolescents?

In puberty, getting up early becomes torture for most teenagers. Scientists from Switzerland wanted to know what is responsible for this: genes or the environment? Young people are one thing above all else: overtired. Studies show that adolescents get far […]

Early Protection = Prevention

Swedish researchers have investigated whether leisure activities undertaken as young adults can later protect against mental decay. They have also discovered gender differences. Hardly any other field is as concerned with research as mental decline. In view of an aging […]

The Dubious Increase In ADHD Diagnoses

Diagnostic figures for ADHD are rising almost everywhere. Are there really more children with “Fidgety Philipp syndrome” today? A Swedish study suggests otherwise. Like an inner drive that never stands still, this is how those affected describe what happens in […]

To Use Or Not To Use The Term “Placebo,” That Is (Not) The Question

Placebos have been around forever, even if they were not named as such. Just think about the stone age, when healers operated with mostly, if not exclusively, placebos, but did not call them that. Today, the term is rather popular […]

In Adult Twins, Genes Lose Weight In Weight-Gain 

Published by Paul Enck and Nicole Simon This is part 33 of a series covering twin health provided by Paul Enck from the Tübingen University Hospital and science writer Nicole Simon. Further studies in twin research can be found at […]

Science Without Giants: What Drives Placebo Research Since The 1990s?

In previous postings, we have pushed some giants of placebo research off their column, or rather, jumped off their shoulders (to refer to Robert Merton’s allegory again), namely Henry K Beecher and Stewart Wolf. We have claimed that they cannot be made responsible […]

Marriage Can Protect Against Tribulation 

The psyche should also benefit from a bond for life. Researchers have now noticed a certain degree of protection against depression. However, this is by no means true for everyone.   With a marriage certificate, life becomes more relaxed. Anyone […]