Friday, September 20, 2019

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  • “Consider a powerful passage from a placebo expert at Harvard: “Although placebo responses generally mimic the effects of the active drug, when people have response expectancies that are contrary to the pharmacological effects of the active drug, their response to placebo is consistent with their expectations rather than with the drug’s pharmacological effects” (Kirsch, 1985, p. 1192). In other words, the placebo effect is so strong that even when individuals are administered a drug that is, for example, a stimulant, if they are told the drug is a depressant, their expectancy to feel depressant effects can trump the pharmacological effects of the stimulant”

    In other words, when people are given placebo, their response is consistent with their expectation about the effects of the drug. There is no pharmacological effect in placebo. They are not administered a drug at all when they are given placebo