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New Research Sheds Light on Placebo Effect

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New Research Sheds Light on Placebo Effect

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New Research Sheds Light on Placebo Effect

New Research Sheds Light on Placebo Effect

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Can patients get better by simply believing that their symptoms are being treated? Tor Wager and his colleagues used an fMRI study to determine what parts of the brain are activated when patients experience the mysterious placebo effect. Wager discusses the team's findings.

Tor Wager, assistant professor, department of psychology, Columbia University