When words are painful: Unraveling the mechanisms of the nocebo effect

@article{Benedetti2007WhenWA,
  title={When words are painful: Unraveling the mechanisms of the nocebo effect},
  author={F. Benedetti and M. Lanotte and L. Lopiano and L. Colloca},
  journal={Neuroscience},
  year={2007},
  volume={147},
  pages={260-271}
}
  • F. Benedetti, M. Lanotte, +1 author L. Colloca
  • Published 2007
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Neuroscience
  • The nocebo effect is a phenomenon that is opposite to the placebo effect, whereby expectation of a negative outcome may lead to the worsening of a symptom. Thus far, its study has been limited by ethical constraints, particularly in patients, as a nocebo procedure is per se stressful and anxiogenic. It basically consists in delivering verbal suggestions of negative outcomes so that the subject expects clinical worsening. Although some natural nocebo situations do exist, such as the impact of… CONTINUE READING
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