Social Mood Conference | Socionomics Foundation

July 15, 2016

You’ve surely heard the phrase at one time and many of you may be familiar with Norman Vincent Peale’s 1952 bestseller which of course was widely panned by the establishment mental health community. Yet six decades later, research shows that artificially stimulating the brain’s feel-good center boosts immunity against diseases. Asya Rolls, an assistant professor and co-author of a paper published recently in Nature Medicine, says the findings “indicate that activation of areas of the brain associated with positive expectations can affect how the body copes with diseases.”

This research, conducted in the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Medicine, provides a compelling connection between mood and disease.

The Socionomics Institute has just posted its draft of a new academic paper titled “Exploring Socionomic Causality in Social Health and Epidemics” to the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). This landmark study shows that nine major epidemics over the past 200 years—including Zika—erupted after severe or long declines in affected countries’ stock indexes. The paper poses that waves of social mood drive changes in both markets and public health.

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