New study gives the most detailed look yet at the neuroscience of placebo effects

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“Is the placebo changing the way a person constructs the experience of pain or is it changing the way a person thinks about it?” The placebo effect has never been fully understood despite the studies conducted, likely because these studies usually had small sample sizes. However, a new meta-analysis of 20 neuroimaging studies, with 600 participants, has revealed the parts of the human brain that are affected by placebo effects, and have answered the placebo cliffhanger: the placebo effect can actually control the construction of pain, not just the interpretation of it. Read full article here

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