Definition: A phenomenon which occurs as a result of an experiment and/or a patient’s belief that a treatment has had an effect on his/her condition.
Example: A research participant might be treated for anxiety and he/she is given a sugar pill, which looks like anxiety medication. The patient’s anxiety may go away merely because his/her expectation of the tablet’s effect.
Definition: The precision to which a particular test or research measures what it was intended to measure. It is important for results to be valid in order for them to be applied elsewhere.
Example: if a study which tests the relationship between concentration and stress demonstrates that participants who are exposed to stress perform considerably worse on a test than participants who were not exposed to stress – then these findings have to be further examined using criteria and implementation processes outside the original environment in order for the findings to be proven valid and be generalised.
Definition: A process in which a research participant gives permission or confirms his/her willingness to participate in the research. This occurs once the participant has been informed about all aspects of the experiment that are relevant to his/her decision to participate.
Example: A consent form is given to participants before the start of a research which involves the patients being deprived of sleep. The participant much read the form and understand the aim and all other aspects of the research before giving consent and confirming that he/she will participate in the study.
Stress is an inevitable part of life. Our jobs, families and friends are constant potential sources of stress in our lives. People are constantly on the search for ways to deal with their stress. Yoga has been proven as a means of dealing with stress so in this essay I will discuss how yoga has been used to deal with stress and anxiety. By definition, Yoga is; “a Hindu spiritual and ascetic ...