Understanding the Placebo Effect

Understanding the Placebo Effect


Use the resources on The Placebo Effect student E-Sheet to help you answer these questions.

Hotel Maids Challenge the Placebo Effect
What is the story about? 



What do you think this experiment illustrates?




How do you think the researchers interpreted these findings?



Defining the Placebo Effect
Consider these questions as you discuss the placebo effect with your class:



Do you ever feel better right after taking medicine, before the treatment would have had time to work?



Have you ever heard people talk about “sugar pills”? Do you know what they were referring to?



Have you ever felt better or worse just by thinking about something?



Use this chart to keep track of your research. 

Website Title and URL


Revealed: How the Placebo Effect Works: http://my.webmd.com/content/article/82/97282.htm












The Healing Power of Placebos:  http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/2000/100_heal.html












Alternative Medicine: All in Your Mind: http://whyfiles.org/150alt_med2/3.html












More Scientific Proof of the Power of Suggestion: http://www.bcx.net/hypnosis/placebo2.htm










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