The placebo effect: dissolving the expectancy versus conditioning debate.

@article{StewartWilliams2004ThePE,
  title={The placebo effect: dissolving the expectancy versus conditioning debate.},
  author={Steve Stewart-Williams and J. Podd},
  journal={Psychological bulletin},
  year={2004},
  volume={130 2},
  pages={
          324-40
        }
}
The authors review the literature on the 2 main models of the placebo effect: expectancy theory and classical conditioning. A path is suggested to dissolving the theoretical impasse that has long plagued this issue. The key is to make a clear distinction between 2 questions: What factors shape placebo effects? and What learning mediates the placebo effect? The reviewed literature suggests that classical conditioning procedures are one shaping factor but that verbal information can also shape… Expand
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