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The placebo and its effects: A psychoneuroendocrinological perspective

Gaab, Jens. (2018) The placebo and its effects: A psychoneuroendocrinological perspective. Psychoneuroendocrinology. pp. 1-6.

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Abstract

Placebos are usually employed deceptively in clinical trials in order to control for non-specific effects. However, since placebos themselves have been found to cause clinically relevant changes and in some cases are indistinguishable from the verum they are tested against, this theoretically inert, but practically effective intervention has become a scientific discipline in its own right. In this review, it is argued that placebos are generic and genuine biopsychosocial interventions and as such are highly interesting candidates for a psychoneuroendocrinological perspective. Yet, despite a considerable conceptual proximity between explanatory models of placebos and their effects with psychoneuroendocrine models and findings, placebos have thus far not been subject to systematic psychoneuroendocrine examination. Consequently, it would be highly interesting and informative to make placebos the target of psychoneuroendocrine scrutiny.Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Abteilung Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie (Gaab)
UniBasel Contributors:Gaab, Jens
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0306-4530
e-ISSN:1873-3360
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:17 Jan 2019 13:50
Deposited On:17 Jan 2019 13:50

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