View Single Post
Old 31 January 2013, 05:12 AM
ganzfeld's Avatar
ganzfeld ganzfeld is offline
Join Date: 05 September 2005
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Posts: 23,785

As in the case of all reported observations, including UFOs and ghosts and many other things, lying is one of many possibilities but not a necessary hypothesis. For example, I don't think people are usually even aware of the reasons they might select one box higher or lower on a score of ten. Nevertheless, many things very unlikely to be related to pain have been shown to influence such responses so it is not unlikely that there are at least several not yet accounted for. Many researchers have suggested ditching the term "placebo effect" for the more accurate "nonspecific effects". It seems to me the only reason that hasn't happened is because of the unfounded assertion that placebos actually have an effect.
Reply With Quote