placebo effect

noun

Definition of placebo effect

: improvement in the condition of a patient that occurs in response to treatment but cannot be considered due to the specific treatment used

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And the good ol’ placebo effect may dictate a good amount of what happens. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "How Does Cannabis Actually Affect Sex?," 25 Mar. 2019 Still, learning an instrument may have a beneficial placebo effect, exciting and motivating children to work hard. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Science Behind Making Your Child Smarter," 24 Dec. 2018 Or does horoscopes’ accuracy lie in the placebo effect? Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: 1,427 dead. Not 64.," 10 Aug. 2018 Chess students may do better in school because of a placebo effect. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Science Behind Making Your Child Smarter," 24 Dec. 2018 The psychology of myalgias involves the nocebo effect, the flip side of the placebo effect. Richard Klasco, New York Times, "How Many People Can’t Tolerate Statins?," 1 June 2018 While many of the accoutrements of wellness can feel fun to own and use, much of it has been a placebo effect in my experience. Tasnim Ahmed, Allure, "I Bought Into the Commercialized Wellness Industry and It Left Me Broke (and Unwell)," 9 Aug. 2018 This is partly because using a lab is more practical than taking study participants outdoors, but also so participants will not know if they are grounded or not - to avoid a placebo effect. Carrie Dennett, chicagotribune.com, "Could walking barefoot on grass improve your health? Some science suggests it can.," 11 July 2018 Others, especially those specializing in integrative medicine, say there’s a lot more going on than mere placebo effect — and a new study published in Scientific Reports might go a long way toward explaining how that’s possible. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Do We Finally Understand How Acupuncture Works?," 30 Mar. 2018

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1902, in the meaning defined above

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placebo effect

noun

Medical Definition of placebo effect

: improvement in the condition of a patient that occurs in response to treatment but cannot be considered due to the specific treatment used

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