Thursday, 19.12.2019 – Are Placebos Powerless?

Link of the Day: Are placebos powerless?

Scott Alexander reviews a paper which posits that the placebo effect is actually close to non-existent in most cases. The reason that we might observe such a high placebo effect might just be regression to the mean: if you’re sick you are likely going to get better, no matter whether you take a pill, a placebo or nothing.



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