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Two Minds (In Association with Amazon.com)
of Dr. Schiffer scientific
papers with some full text articles
What's all this stuff about
taped goggles and special sunglasses?
It sounds strange, even unbelievable
that taped goggles, sunglasses which allow a little more light to come
in the side of one eye, or even an envelope could evoke significant often
profound emotional and personality changes in people, yet this is what
I claim; this is what I have written about in peer reviewed psychiatric
articles and in my book, Of Two
Minds. It is also what producers at 20/20, CNN and other shows
and print media including the New York Times and Boston Globe researched
and taped or wrote about.
Still, this claim seems absurd.
But this is what I have found, and it is something that I use and observe
daily in my clinical practice. In earlier questions on the "Ask Dr
Schiffer" page, I discussed how I came to this observation
and the research I and others have done to
confirm these findings and attempt to rule out the possibility of suggestion
or placebo effects. In my book, I give many examples of patient's
responses to the glasses, one of which I have included on
this web site.
There also is a consistent hypothesis
explaining why the glasses work: that they tend to encourage one hemisphere
of the brain to become more dominant. My hypothesis is that one hemisphere
is associated with a more mature personality and one with a less mature
personality in those people who respond vigorously to the glasses.
There is considerable evidence for this hypothesis from the scientific
literature to EEG studies and a new study
in submission using a new technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation.
Many colleagues and readers have written
me, telling me that they too have found the glasses very useful in their
lives or in their practices of psychotherapy. This is not a study,
but I find it encouraging.
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