Alexander MacLellan's research while affiliated with University of Bath and other places

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Background Empathic erosion and burnout represent crises within medicine. Psychological training has been used to promote empathy and personal resilience, yet some training useful within adjacent fields remain unexplored, e.g., Stoic training. Given recent research within psychology suggesting that Stoic training increases emotional wellbeing, expl...
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Stoic philosophy is widely misrepresented within medicine, often negatively portrayed as a ‘stiff upper lip’. In reality, Stoicism is a holistic philosophy with a primary concern of helping people live engaged, contented lives. In medicine, Stoicism offers a way to process distressing emotions felt as a result of ‘seeing the world from the patient’...
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Background Previous research has indicated a causal relationship between attentional control and anxiety with literature finding that attentional control training combined with mindfulness meditation may lead to cognitive improvements in high worriers. The current study investigates whether the practical application of Stoicism, a philosophy origin...

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... Stoic training differs from the psychological training currently utilised within medicine and could offer different or complementary benefits to approaches that are more commonly used, such as mindfulness. Recent research within psychology suggests that Stoic training increases emotional wellbeing by decreasing worry and increasing participants' senses of self-efficacy [18], which Bandura defines as a person's beliefs concerning how well they can execute a certain plan in prospective situations [19]. Stoic training has, to the authors' best knowledge, not been investigated within the context of medical education and offers an interesting interventional lens through which to study medical student empathy and resilience. ...