Placebo-Induced Changes in fMRI in the Anticipation and Experience of Pain

  title={Placebo-Induced Changes in fMRI in the Anticipation and Experience of Pain},
  author={Tor D. Wager and James K. Rilling and Edward E. Smith and Alex Sokolik and Kenneth L. Casey and Richard J. Davidson and Stephen M. Kosslyn and Robert M. Rose and Jonathan D. Cohen},
  pages={1162 - 1167}
The experience of pain arises from both physiological and psychological factors, including one's beliefs and expectations. Thus, placebo treatments that have no intrinsic pharmacological effects may produce analgesia by altering expectations. However, controversy exists regarding whether placebos alter sensory pain transmission, pain affect, or simply produce compliance with the suggestions of investigators. In two functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) experiments, we found that placebo… 
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  • K. Davis
  • Biology, Psychology
    Neurological research
  • 2000
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