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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.
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