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ASK Fabrizio Benedetti about the placebo and nocebo effect

ASK Fabrizio Benedetti about the placebo and nocebo effect

ASK prominent neuroscientist and placebo expert Professor Fabrizio Benedetti how positive and negative beliefs and expectations affect health, symptoms and illness.

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What is the placebo effect, and why does it happen?
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What is the difference between placebo and nocebo?
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What are some clever uses of the placebo effect?
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Does everyone respond to placebos?
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Are all diseases equally placebo-responsive?
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Is healing from placebos all in your mind?
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Does more frequent dosing increase the placebo effect?
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Could the placebo effect be just regression to the mean?
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Does your research suggest that we shouldn't be rejecting complementary medicine such as homeopathy and ancient healing techniques due to their lack of scientific evidence?
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Is it attention and nurturance from a health practitioner, i.e., a healing relationship that may account for a large part of the placebo effect?
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Could some of the side-effects people are experiencing from the COVID vaccine be attributed to the nocebo effect? Are there cultural differences in vaccine side-effects dependent on what the dominant ideas about vaccines are?
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Have you looked at how much a doctor's belief about a treatment's effectiveness influences the outcome for a patient? And for example, to look out for pessimistic doctors?
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Can excessive knowledge about what can go wrong in the body harm you - in a nocebo way?
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If placebo effects cause actual change, then why have we not developed treatments based on this phenomenon rather than relying on medication that can have harmful side effects?
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