The Meaning Response, "Placebo," and Methods

  title={The Meaning Response, "Placebo," and Methods},
  author={Phil Hutchinson and Daniel E. Moerman},
  journal={Perspectives in Biology and Medicine},
  pages={361 - 378}
ABSTRACT:In 2002, Dan Moerman outlined three candidate explanations for the "placebo response": the "conditioned stimulus-response," Irving Kirsch's "response-expectancy" explanation, and the "meaning response." The meaning response, Moerman argued, was the only one of the three candidate explanations that could cover all the data, gained from decades of RCTs and centuries of historical record. Moerman went so far as to propose replacing the term "placebo effect/response" with the term "meaning… 
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