The Strange Powers of the Placebo Effect

Do drugs stop working if you know they are little better than a sugar pill? And do cultural factors, like our collective faith in a treatment, have a measurable effect on the benefits?

The response to placebo has increased significantly in recent years (as has the response to medication): perhaps our expectations of those drugs have increased.

Created by:
Daniel Keogh and Luke Harris

Sources:
Ben Goldacre’s book ‘Bad Science‘ has an excellent chapter on placebos – he collects stuff on it here.

The Wikipedia page on Placebos is pretty excellent too.

“Our minds create the medicine, and that is pretty freakin’ weird.”

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