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The Power of Expectation

Dr. Joe Dispenza | Posted 06.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Joe Dispenza

A study into the relationship between pain and the placebo effect used the dentist's office as a testing ground. The findings provide further evidence of our capacity to heal ourselves.

Changing Bad to Good: How Expectations Influence Behavior

Dr. Joe Dispenza | Posted 06.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Joe Dispenza

So if we believe a good restaurant is pricier, friendly or cleaner would we be able to tell if something wasn't quite right? What would happen if you ordered steak and the chef used a fatty piece of meat he bought at the grocery store? What if he arraigned it beautifully and the impeccably dressed waiter brought it to you on a platter? Would you be able to tell?

How Neuroscience Could Make Marketing Super Creepy

Fusion | Isha Aran | Posted 05.15.2015 | World

Ever felt exceedingly pleased with yourself after splurging on a luxury good? Blame marketers, who are becoming increasingly sophisticated a...

On the Culture Front: Bjork With Orchestra, Small Mouth Sounds and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 06.10.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Backed by the fifteen-piece modern classical orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, her voice resonated with chilling clarity.

Placebo Is No Aspirin, But It's a Solid Dose of Reality

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 05.26.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Louise strolls into Jonathan's apartment, awkward and exhausted. She's still wearing her white lab coat from work. In fact, she almost never takes it off. It's her good luck charm, her safety blanket that gets her through days of sexually stimulating rats for research.

Should Alternative Remedies Carry a Health Warning?

Brian Clegg | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Clegg

Let's take each of the arguments standing in the way of a health warning on alternative therapies. They are natural, they might work, they raise hope and they don't do any harm.

First Nighter: Melissa James Gibson Prescribes an Ineffective 'Placebo'

David Finkle | Posted 05.16.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

With Placebo, Melissa James Gibson, who's written some A-plus plays is intent on depicting the difficulty of keeping a love affair buoyant. The object of Louise's often-unrequited affection is Jonathan (William Jackson Harper), who appears to be housebound.

On Memory, Medication, and Meditation

Michael Sigman | Posted 02.27.2015 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

I was always the guy who remembered everything, from baseball stats to the B-sides of obscure singles to phone numbers I hadn't dialed in decades. But recently, finding my eyeglasses and keys had required more and more sleuthing.

Alternative Paths to Wellness a Political Act With Winners, Losers

Sienna Craig | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Sienna Craig

Who benefits when governments appeal to UNESCO to endorse a traditional medicine as intangible cultural heritage? Who loses and who gains when the FDA determines what can and cannot be called a "medicine"?

Believe This and Live Forever

Mark Morford | Posted 02.11.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Morford

Every day, the battle! Every day, the forces align and the crusade begins all over again. And for what? For your attention, of course. Your loyalty. Y...

Placebo Surgery: More Effective Than You Think?

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

To be sure, many conditions require surgery, and surgical procedures have contributed to important increases in longevity and quality of life in industrialized settings. But the few sham surgery trials that have been done have likely uncovered the tip of the iceberg.

Can Your Mind Influence Your Weight?

Alejandra Ruani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Alejandra Ruani

I'm talking about a sensible balance, where we eat wisely and healthily, and indulge every now and then, but merely observe our minds a little, catching ourselves when we think negative about what we are eating. The difference is in the mind.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Rockers Placebo Makes New "Friends," Keeps Old Ones

Jon Chattman | Posted 12.28.2013 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Since they debuted, the stellar UK band have switched up their sound but keep it rocking throughout the journey with their signature sound and sharp-as-a-machete lyrics. Last month, the trio dropped their seventh album entitled Loud Like Love.

When Does Choosing a Treatment Matter?

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

In the United States, many provisions of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) are about to take effect. Opponents of the law are concern...

Expectations Could Influence Placebo Effects

| Posted 10.28.2013 | Healthy Living

By Katherine Harmon (Click here for the original article and podcast) When it comes to providing pain relief, expectations can be a powerful pre...

Positive Thinking, Seriously

Mitch Horowitz | Posted 10.20.2013 | Books
Mitch Horowitz

Today, positive thinking is the closest America has to a national religion. It is the foundational idea of business motivation, mind-body medicine, prosperity ministering and much more.

Lethal Placebo

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.18.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

All forms of hormone replacement for all women at menopause was never right, but nor is NO forms of hormone replacement for NO women at menopause. There was always baby and bathwater here, and we have egregiously failed to distinguish between the two.

Hippocratic Humility

Allen Frances | Posted 07.08.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

Psychiatric diagnosis and treatment are often life changing events -- usually for the better, sometimes for worse, sometimes a tie score. Sorting out who is who in the rule of thirds requires patience and humility -- both currently in short supply.

Is The Placebo Effect Dangerous?

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Wray Herbert

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt's the result of a fundamental misunderstanding of placebo effects and control groups -- a misunderstanding that, scientists are now arguing, invalidates any claims of effectiveness for almost all psychological interventions.

Talking Expectations with Chris Berdik

Phil Simon | Posted 03.04.2013 | Books
Phil Simon

The human brain has always fascinated me. How person A interprets reality may very well not be the same as how person B does. Why is that the case? And what role do expectations play in the process?

'I Will Not Be Pleased' -- Your Health and the Nocebo Effect (Part 3)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

One key to an entirely new kind of medicine is suggested by the placebo effect. But for this promise to come true, we need to see placebos as part of a holistic system.

'I Will Not Be Pleased' -- Your Health and the Nocebo Effect (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 12.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

You are either preventing or not preventing illness all the time. There is no such thing as benign neglect. The feedback loop is inescapable. Rather than considering that a threat, we can create a new model of well-being that gives you much more control over your health for life.

'I Will Not Be Pleased' -- Your Health and the Nocebo Effect

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

The key to the placebo effect is that the patient expects a good outcome, while in the nocebo effect the expectation is of a bad outcome: I will be pleased versus I will not be pleased.

Can a Spoonful of Sugar Really Help the Medicine Go Down?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 11.10.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

In medicine, especially when it comes to therapies and evaluating what works and what doesn't, it's crucial even in the 21st century to be wary of what once was dubbed the placebo effect, or as it more properly should be labeled, the placebo response.

Can Digital Medicine Exert a Placebo Effect?

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Dike Drummond, M.D.

Is the placebo effect something that demands the presence of a living human -- or can we program it into a cell phone app? What happens to health care...