The placebo effect and our physiology


Expectations and beliefs play an important role in the placebo effect. But did you know that expectations can also have an influence on our physiology? I wonder whether expectations could have such an influence on, for instance, heartrate in our biofeedback games! What do you think?

Exercise, loosing weight and the placebo effect

How you think about your food changes your hunger hormones

Crum, A. J., Corbin, W. R., Brownell, K. D., & Salovey, P. (2011). Mind over milkshakes: mindsets, not just nutrients, determine ghrelin response. Health Psychology, 30(4), 424-429.

Crum, A. J., & Langer, E. J. (2007). Mind-set matters: Exercise and the placebo effect. Psychological Science, 18(2), 165-171.


Aniek Wols
Researcher at GEMH Lab

I am interested in how and why applied games for mental health work, with a specific focus on the influence of one's mindset, motivation and expectations.


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