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Placebo Effect Examined on Science Channel's Weird Connections

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Post Sun Nov 23, 2008 8:50 pm

Placebo Effect Examined on Science Channel's Weird Connections

Not sure when this is playing again, but check listings. It's only 30 minutes and has some great insights into how the human mind works under the power of suggestion. I saved it on my DVR and just watched it. Couldn't find it on YouTube, but I'm sure you enterprising young men can figure something out.


Episode 9: Brain Drunk
Tuesday, October 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT


This episode starts with a University Professor tricking his students into getting drunk on alcohol free beer: an illustration of the power of placebo and how the mind can influence the body. Cutting edge technology shows that we can eventually learn to control our own brain activity to benefit us physiologically. This could change our future; Air traffic controllers could use the power of the mind to prevent accidents and save lives.



http://science.discovery.com/tv/weird-c ... tions.html

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Post Sun Nov 23, 2008 10:08 pm

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Have it set to record for next time. This should be an interesting one.
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Post Wed Dec 03, 2008 3:47 am

Re: Placebo Effect Examined on Science Channel's Weird Connections

The best information on the Placebo effect that I've seen bar none is in the recent and incredibly cool book "13 Things that Don't Make Sense".

http://www.amazon.com/Things-That-Dont- ... 0385520689
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Post Wed Dec 03, 2008 9:14 am

Re: Placebo Effect Examined on Science Channel's Weird Connections

I finally got to check out the Brain Drunk episode. Very cool stuff. I think one of my favorite bit was the part about teaching people not to feel pain (as much). Very interesting stuff. That books looks interesting, I'll have to give it a gander.
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Post Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:37 pm

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I have a friend with a rare stomach disease.. was telling her about this episode but can't find it anywhere. Can someone watch the part where they train the brain not to feel pain and tell me the name of the study or the Dr.'s name.. just want to check it out.  thanks.
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Post Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:27 pm

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It looks like it's on again tomorrow. I'll watch it again and let you know in case you can't catch it.
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Post Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:09 pm

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The guy named in the episode was Neurobiologist Christopher DeCharms at Omneuron and he was working with the University of California - San Francisco. I did a bit of googling and found a page on the particular study, including a paper on the topic:

http://www.omneuron.com/PNAS_study.html

Good luck to you and your friend.

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