The “Nocebo” Effect

The following is an article we posted on the Robbins’ Nest Blog last August. We often hear about the “placebo effect”; it seems timely to mention again the “nocebo effect.” A placebo is typically a fake medication used as a control in a...

Doctors Feel Your Pain, Study Reveals

Findings published this week in the journal Molecular Psychiatry suggest that the empathy and confidence a doctor has in his or her ability to provide patient relief may jump-start a placebo response in patients. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and...
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