1) What is a placebo?
True or false? Doctors in the 1930's and 40's knowingly prescribed
placebo to patients.
How many patients with depression feel better on placebo?
Andrew Leuchter compared the brains of depressed patients on placebo
and the brains of patients on real antidepressant medication. What
surprising result did he obtain?
a) people on placebo did not feel
as good as people on real medication
b) people on placebo experienced
a change of brain activity inthe
same area of the brain that responds to real
c) people on placebo felt better than
people on real medication
d) none of these
What is the problem with the standard treatment for Parkinson's
When Jon Stoessl compared real Parkinson's treatment to placebo
treatment, what surprising result did he obtain?
Ron Turner is testing the effectiveness of an herbal remedy thought
to cure colds. How does he do it?
When Turner matched up the severity of infections in those given
the real substance versus those given the placebo, what did he find?
a) those on the placebo were less
b) those on the real substance were
c) no difference between
those on the placebo and those on
the real substance
d) none of these.
In the acupuncture study, what is Ted Kaptchuk trying to compare?
a) the placebo effect of acupuncture
versus the placebo affect of
b) sham acupuncture versus real
c) acupuncture versus pain medicine
d) none of these
The Italian scientists have found that people given placebo pain
killers react how?
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