Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Strange Powers of the Placebo Effect

This video isn't about mindfulness specifically, but I think it's a wonderful illustration of one of the reasons why scientific research is so important. Without controlled studies, it's hard to discern active treatments from placebo because placebo by itself can an effective treatment. It's important to assess whether treatments work for the reasons we think they work; otherwise, we can become lost in a sea of pseudoscientific cures. (If you're interested, click here for a blog post I did about pseudoscience in psychotherapy.)

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