Scientific Validation of the Mind/Body Paradigm & Muscle Testing

Daniel A. Monti, John Sinnott, Marc Marchese,
Elsabeth J. S. Kunkle and Jeffrey M. Greeson
Perceptual and Motor Skills, 1999, 88, 1019-1028.


Summary: This study investigated differences in values of manual muscle tests after exposure to congruent and incongruent semantic stimuli. Muscle testing with a computerized dynamometer was performed on the deltoid muscle group of 89 healthy college students after repetitions of congruent (true) and incongruent (false) self-referential statements. The order in which statements were repeated was controlled by a counterbalanced design. The combined data showed that approximately 17% more total force over a longer period of time could be endured when subjects repeated semantically congruent statements (p < .001). Order effects were not significant. Overall, significant differences were found in muscle test responses between congruent and incongruent semantic stimuli.

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