What’s a placebo? What causes The Placebo Effect? We’re pretty good at answering the first one but there are still a lot of unknowns when it comes to the second. Check out the podcasts below where Doc Mike attempts to explain this tricky topic and have a look at The Best of the Rest to learn more.
The Best of the Rest
|Clinical Research and The Placebo Effect
||This is a "patient page" from the journal Neurology. It gives some basic information on the placebo effect and why placebos are used in research.
||We like the nice simple language used on this page. Short and to the point, gives an example and provides links to further reading for a deeper dive if your interested.|
|The Power of the Placebo
||As the site describes this video: "How do college students drinking non-alcoholic beer impact the future training of traffic controllers? Find out in just 5 weird connections!"
||Neat little video which shows some examples of the placebo effect on real people and goes behind the scenes with researchers who are using some pretty cool brain imaging techniques to better to better understand this phenomenon.|
|The Placebo Problem
||This BBC Discovery podcast explores the placebo effect but also its much less studied "ugly sister" the nocebo effect.
||This is just so interesting! Makes you stop and think about how much your pre-conceptions about, and your framing of a situation can affect you physically. The brain is a marvelous thing.|