Mind-body science (also known as Integrative Health) is any research evaluating the benefits of a mind-body practice, such as yoga therapy, acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction, meditation, chiropractic, homeopathy, and tai chi, for a variety of behavioral and health outcomes.
The Science Sutras makes it simple by offering the skill-set required to become informed consumers of scientific evidence through easily accessible webinars and other learning opportunities!
Our mission is to cultivate an inclusive, evidence-informed community of mind-body practitioners through research literacy.
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Understanding Bias, Beliefs, Perceptions and the Scientific Method
As humans, we have a tendency to seek and interpret information and other evidence in ways that affirm our existing beliefs, ideas and expectations. The process often occurs at the subconscious level, so we don’t even realize we are doing it. Some people call it “my-side” bias. This can be problematic when we are trying to become informed research consumers.
This course will bring awareness to our own biases, perceptions and introduce you to science and the scientific method, as a way of thinking.
Research Literacy 101
As a critical research consumer, have you ever wondered if acupuncture really works for your migraine? Or, if stretching really does prevent or reduce soreness after exercise? Or, if topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs really work on musculoskeletal pain? Or, if chocolate, wine and coffee really do bestow the life-saving health benefits purported by the media? We hope so, right? But, how can we know with certainty? With scientific evidence accumulating at an unprecedented rate, how do we wade through the jungle of scientific information to find quality facts, and more importantly, how do we evaluate it? Using the latest scientific research for personal use or your mind-body practice can open the door to a more powerful connection between your personal needs or your work in order to make better decisions. This workshop will empower the research consumer to develop a strong foundation in research literacy by learning foundational skills to explain, evaluate, and apply scientific evidence for personal use. We take into consideration an in-depth, thoughtful integration of research evidence, expert opinion, and personal preferences.
Want to learn how to read a Research Article?
Whether you are looking for a scientific research article out of sheer curiosity and personal edification, or seeking answers to your specific questions or conducting an exhaustive literature review, reading a research paper can be a daunting task!
In this course you will learn:
- how and where to look for research papers
- the difference between types of articles
- about the peer-review process and reporting guidelines
- about the parts of the research paper.