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Old 31 January 2013, 02:03 AM
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Originally Posted by crescent View Post
However, even if they don't feel less pain, but only think they feel less pain, then they feel "better" than they think they otherwise would. They feel relieved - this is only an emotional response, but it is still real, in a way. To me, that has always been my understanding of the placebo effect.
What Ganzfield is talking about (I think) isn't whether or not people think they're feeling less pain, it's that they think they should be feeling less pain and therefore report that they're feeling less pain regardless of whether or not they're actually feeling any relief- like how people with chronic illnesses that go to faith healers will announce that they've been healed even though they haven't because they think they should be healed.
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