The Placebo Effect: Is Expectation Even Necessary?

Event Date: 
Friday, January 31, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm EST
Event Location: 
AT 2015
Event Contact Name: 
Alex Macey
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Presented by NeuRIG & Psi Chi

Lecture by: Dr. Mike Moland

The Placebo Effect: Is Expectation Even Necessary?

Research evidence suggests that the placebo effect is responsible for a significant component of the therapeutic outcome of many medications. The expectation of being influenced by a drug is supposedly what underlies the effect. Yet compelling evidence suggests that individuals may derive benefits of placebo interventions even when they are told beforehand that they will be receiving a placebo. This presentation seeks to critically evaluate the latest research evidence highlighting the brain areas and cognitive processes involved in this captivating phenomenon.