The Placebo Effect

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Major Resources:

Wikipedia on The Placebo Effect
Harvard-Wide Program in Placebo Studies (PiPS)

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Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself
By Lissa Rankin

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NHNE Coverage:

• New Book: ‘Mind Over Medicine’
60 Minutes: ‘Treating Depression: Is There A Placebo Effect?’ (02/21/12)
Pain Of Arthritis Eased By Mind Game (04/16/2011)
Placebos May Work Even When People Are Told (12/27/2010)
The Magic Cure: Startled By The Power Of Placebos, Doctors Consider How To Use Them As Real Treatment (05/09/2010)
Placebo Effect Caught In The Act In Spinal Nerves (11/5/2009)
Scientists Present First Genetic Evidence For Why Placebos Work (7/21/2009)
The Placebo Effect Is Not All In Your Mind (6/4/2009)
Placebo’s Power Goes Beyond The Mind (8/23/2006)
This Is Your Brain Under Hypnosis (11/23/2005)
Placebo Sparks Brain Painkillers (8/24/2005)
Acupuncture, Real Or Fake, May Help Migraines (5/3/2005)
First Glimpse Of Mechanistic Explanation For Placebo Effect (5/19/2004)
Cough Medicines ‘No More Effective Than Placebos’ (6/24/2002)
Placebos Fight Depression As Well As Drugs (5/8/2002)
The Nocebo Effect: Placebo’s Evil Twin (5/2/2002)
The Placebo Effect: The Power Of Nothing (5/26/2001)

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Amir Raz (Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Psychology) is the Canada Research Chair in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention. He is also a researcher affiliated with one of McGill’s teaching hospitals, the Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital, and the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research. He works closely with neuroscientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute as well as other departments, including Psychology, in McGill’s Faculty of Science.

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Other Articles:

Placebos Are Getting More Effective
Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why

By Steve Silberman
Wired
August 24, 2009

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