This month’s theme is about placebo effects. Because the month is almost over, I would like to end the theme month with a discussion. Before I do so, I will briefly recap our previous blog posts.
- In the introduction blog I told you a story about how my grandma used placebo on me.
- Joanneke Weerdmeester explained the placebo effect in more detail in her blog "What is the placebo effect?"
- I posted two shorter blogs: one with an episode of Derren Brown about how the social context plays a role in the placebo effect and one with a video clip about how expectations can have an effect on our physiology.
After you learned all this about the placebo effect, I would like to ask you:
“If you were a doctor, clinician or designer of a mental health game, would you use/enhance placebo effects?”
Let us know at @GEMH_Lab
Sources and further reading
Charlesworth, J. E., Petkovic, G., Kelley, J. M., Hunter, M., Onakpoya, I., Roberts, N., ... & Howick, J. (2017). Effects of placebos without deception compared with no treatment: A systematic review and meta‐analysis. Journal of evidence-based medicine, 10(2), 97-107.
Colloca, L., & Howick, J. (2018). Placebos without deception: Outcomes, mechanisms, and ethics. In International review of neurobiology (Vol. 138, pp. 219-240). Academic Press. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5918690/
Finniss, D. G., Kaptchuk, T. J., Miller, F., & Benedetti, F. (2010). Biological, clinical, and ethical advances of placebo effects. The Lancet, 375(9715), 686-695. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140673609617062