placebo effect

How the Placebo Effect Works

For centuries, doctors have prescribed drugs they knew weren't real - but that still somehow worked. It wasn't until the 1980s that the placebo effect, the phenomenon where an inert substance can have a genuine impact on a patient's recovery, was studied.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read a ton of great articles. Here are the best of the bunch.

New Explanation for Placebo Effect: Placebos are Effective

There is this curious aspect of medical science called the placebo effect and it gets largely ignored, in part because we simply don't understand it and also because it undermines a lot of science. As it looks from the outside, the placebo effect appears to be evidence that the mind can trick the body into healing itself. The term is interchangeable with the power of suggestion, magic, the Dodo Bird Effect (in psychology) and "What in the name of God is going on?!"