The Placebo Effect

The Placebo Effect is the amelioration of symptoms not attributable to medication—a kind of mental magic trick that has been shown to boost immunity and alleviate pain—even if you know it's all in your head.

Clinical Trials and Drug Approval: Why Placebos are Essential

By Stephanie Sarkis Ph.D.
Placebos play an important role in clinical trials.

Out With the Old

By Lisa Manterfield
The importance of ritual and new beginnings

What's the First Thing You Should Say to Someone Who Is Sad?

By Donna Barstow
A cartoon about how to look your best, when you feel your worst.

Comparative Effectiveness Research: When It's Okay to Compare Apples and Oranges

By Mark Borigini M.D.
Where the placebo no longer roams free.

Placebos Do Work: Let's Consider Why

By Christopher Lane Ph.D.
New research on the placebo effect has big implications.

The Placebo Effect: How It Works

By Faith Brynie Ph.D.
This thought experiment demonstrates how the placebo effect works.

Is Psychotherapy a Placebo?

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D.
Psychotherapy's effectiveness seems to reside in the placebo effect.

Are the Benefits of Exercise Due to Placebo Effects?

By Thomas G. Plante Ph.D., ABPP
Perceived fitness may be as or more important than actual fitness.

Even When You Know It's Fake: The Strength of the Placebo Effect

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D.
Power Balance wristbands fooled so many, but would fake pills work for you?

In Defense of Placebos

By Alex Korb Ph.D.
Take advantage of faith in sugar pills.

Do antidepressants really work?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D.
Or should we prescribe sugar pills?

The placebo response: Not in your head but in your brain.

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D.
How sugar pills and sham treatments mimic the real thing