Nothing to Fear But... Nocebo | Alan Christianson

February 20, 2015 5:20 PM

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Nothing to Fear But... Nocebo | Alan Christianson

You may have heard of the placebo effect -- people feeling better from taking pills without any active ingredients -- but do you know about placebo's evil twin, nocebo?

With a placebo, something that is not helpful makes you feel better because you think it will. With a nocebo, something that is not harmful makes you feel worse because you expect it to. Nocebos are mind viruses. They spread through education, and they can cause very real pain and suffering like the...

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