The placebo effect is real, we all know that. Our bodies can be tricked into getting better and healthier even when we’re take taking sugar pills or fake drugs or undergoing treatment that isn’t even supposed to help us get better. If we believe it will help, it sometimes really does help. Ted-Ed dives in a bit on the…
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In today's experiments, one of the most common tricks that experimental psychologists play is giving people placebos instead of drugs. In the past, it was pretty much the reverse. Doctors would call people in, tell them they'd get an innocuous substance, and then inject them with something a thousand times more…
When a dog is left alone, it can be scary for them. Some dogs get so anxious that they destroy your stuff, scratch up your front door, and bark so loud it annoys your neighbors. But now it looks like there might be a solution - and it involves a simple placebo.
The power of suggestion can be an incredible thing, and in few way is this more apparent than with the placebo effect. Now, newly published research suggests how susceptible you are to sham treatments and dummy medicine (a sugar pill, for instance) could actually be rooted in your genetics.
The placebo effect seems to make little sense: get ill, take a dummy pill, and you'll recover in much the same way as someone taking real drugs. While there have been many theories bandied about over the years to explain how it works, new evidence suggests that it may be genetic.
Every hear of (or see) someone smoking a banana peel to get high? Neither have I. However, the smoking of banana peels has a history dating to the late 1960s in the United States and Canada, with smokers allegedly receiving a hallucinogenic trip.
The placebo effect seems to make no sense: get mildly ill, take a dummy pill without knowing it's ineffective, and you'll recover in much the same way as someone taking real drugs. But new evidence suggests that we might have evolved the placebo effect to save energy.
The placebo effect is so strange and mysterious, how can fake pills trick ourselves out into feeling better? This video explains all the interesting properties of a placebo, like how one placebo can be half as effective as aspirin while another placebo can be half as effective as morphine. Watch it. [Laughing Squid]
NixVAX was supposed to be this magical vaccine that helped smokers kick the habit. Awesome, right? Yeah! Too bad it doesn't work. In testing NicVAX, researchers found that it performed no different than a placebo. As in, it did nothing.
Neuroscientists have conducted a study showing spinal-cord neural activity when individuals were convinced that their pain would be alleviated by a cream treatment. This activity shows where the Placebo Effect occurs and how gullible volunteer test subjects can be.