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The Placebo Effect, Digested (bps.org.uk)
23 points by laurex on March 19, 2019 | hide | past | favorite | 4 comments



The podcast Skeptics with a K did an interesting series on the Placebo Effect. It basically boils down to that it's a catch-all term for different types of bias. It's strange that something with such flimsy evidence lives on so strong, even in the Skeptical community.


I'm not sure about that. Regression to the mean and confirmation bias explain some of the placebo effect, but how do you explain pharmacological conditioning?

There have also been numerous studies that control for biases like regression to the mean by adding an additional control group that get neither the drug nor the 'sugar pill'.. and show that the placebo effect is still strongly present.


A theory: bodily resources are allocated between different demands. If one usage has a better utilization of that resource (sorta ROI), more is allocated to it, to maximize utility obtained.


Url changed from https://www.minnpost.com/second-opinion/2019/03/the-mysterio..., which points to this.




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