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2021-10-28 10:39:56 AM  
To me, the funniest thing is that placebos often work even if you know it's a placebo.
2021-10-28 1:21:58 PM  
I was once addicted to placebos
I tried quitting, but then I realized it wouldn't have mattered.

- Steven Wright
2021-10-28 1:28:47 PM  
The behavioral componet here is.complex and confounded. People reported a placebo effect but they were also explicitly told they should feel less pain, because the cream should reduce it. So a component of the placebo effect may have been participants playing into the expectations of the researchers even if they really didn't feel more or less pain. Mind, pain is wierd, and saying it hurts more might actually make something seem more painful, or vice versa.

The imaging is more complicated and maybe more robust. I'm never sure, hard to know what brainstem changes really mean .
2021-10-28 2:49:39 PM  
So I've been snorting Pixie Stix all this time?
2021-10-28 3:28:36 PM  
Sometimes I still miss Car Talk:

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2021-10-28 7:08:38 PM  

dionysusaur: To me, the funniest thing is that placebos often work even if you know it's a placebo.

The even crazier thing to me is that furthermore, the placebo effect is growing stronger over time.
2021-10-29 5:03:01 PM  
The body is constantly undergoing repair, maintenance, and adjustments.  We still don't really know how or why it decides to repair one thing, rebuild another, or let some part die.
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