"'Given the enormous societal toll of chronic pain, being able to predict placebo responders in a chronic pain population could both help the design of personalized medicine and enhance the success of clinical trials,' said Marwan Baliki, PhD, a research scientist at RIC and an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine."
Placebo Effect is All in Our Heads
"In a sense both Pauletich and Mödl
participated in a performance, one that we humans have been engaging in
for thousands of years, every time we go to healers with the hope that
they can make us feel better. And just as a good performance in a
theater can draw us in until we feel we’re watching something real, the
theater of healing is designed to draw us in by creating powerful
expectations in our brains. These expectations drive the so-called
placebo effect, which can affect what happens in our bodies as well.
Scientists have known about the placebo effect for decades and have used
it as a control in drug trials. Now they are seeing placebos as a
window into the neurochemical mechanisms that connect the mind with the
body, belief with experience."
Unlocking the Healing Power of You
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