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Placebo Effects

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Abstract

Let us leave the conceptual problems aside for a while and keep the phrase placebo effect. Even then there is a multitude of issues to be examined: Do placebo effects exist after all? If they do exist, what is their nature in relation to the human mind and body? How and why have they evolved? Are there placebo effects outside medicine? Is there a certain kind of personality that is prone to placebo effects? Can placebo effects be seen in children and non-human animals? I will begin with the question concerning the existence of placebo effects.

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  1. 1.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.University of TampereTampereFinland

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