The neuroscience of placebo effects: connecting context, learning and health

Last updated: 04-17-2018

Read original article here

The neuroscience of placebo effects: connecting context, learning and health

Placebo effects are beneficial effects that are attributable to the brain–mind responses to the context in which a treatment is delivered rather than to the specific actions of the drug. They are mediated by diverse processes — including learning, expectations and social cognition — and can influence various clinical and physiological outcomes related to health. Emerging neuroscience evidence implicates multiple brain systems and neurochemical mediators, including opioids and dopamine. We pre...


Read the rest of this article here