Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Reverse Placebo

If education and ignorance can be positive placebos, can the reverse be true?:
Researchers from Britain and Germany used brain scans to map how a person's feelings and past experiences can influence the effectiveness of medicines, and found that a powerful painkilling drug with a true biological effect can appear not to be working if a patient has been primed to expect it to fail.
Via Justin Landwehr.

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