PSych assignment2 - Christopher Evans Psych Assignment #2...

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Christopher Evans Psych Assignment #2 (Placebo Effect) GSI: Psyche (section 119) 2/4/07 The placebo effect is essentially a method of making a person unaware of whether or  not they are receiving a particular drug during a test or experiment. The subject in the study is  given a sugar pill that has essentially no effect on the individual. Although the drug may not  have any medical affects on the subject, there may still be some changes in the overall  condition of the patient. This is due to the placebo effect. This is when a person is told that they  may be affected in a certain way by the drug they are given, thus because they are expecting  that change to happen. There may be no change at all because the perception of the change  may just be psychosomatic, meaning that its basically all in their head. If they think well about  their condition they will ignore the negative ailments they may have. This is so vital for psychology because it gives insight on how the mind’s perception and 
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This note was uploaded on 03/09/2009 for the course MATH 54 taught by Professor Chorin during the Spring '08 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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