Classical conditioning and expectancy in placebo hypoalgesia: A randomized controlled study in patients with atopic dermatitis and persons with healthy skin

@article{Klinger2007ClassicalCA,
  title={Classical conditioning and expectancy in placebo hypoalgesia: A randomized controlled study in patients with atopic dermatitis and persons with healthy skin},
  author={R. Klinger and S. Soost and H. Flor and M. Worm},
  journal={Pain},
  year={2007},
  volume={128},
  pages={31-39}
}
Abstract The effectiveness of placebos is unchallenged. However, it is still not clear on which mechanisms the placebo effect is based. Besides expectancy theories, classical conditioning is discussed as a major explanatory model. In an experimental conditioning design we tested 96 participants, 48 with atopic dermatitis (24 male, 24 female) and 48 with healthy skin (24 male and 24 female). All of them received a neutral ointment with a different briefing (“pain‐reducing ointment” versus… Expand
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