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Analyze the Placebo Effect. How does it work? Include a summary of Patient Characteristics, Situational Determinants and Social Norms in your response.

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1. Analyze the Placebo Effect. How does it work?

There is one argument that the mind itself has healing powers; so when you think you are getting a medicine, your mind works even harder to help you get better. Second is the argument that there s no real "placebo effect" and that what we perceive is simply the natural healing process taking its course. However, recently, research has shown an observable and measurable effect in the brain on those who receive placebos, when compared to those who receive real medication (http://atheism.about.com/library/glossary/paranormal/bldef_placeboeffect.htm). Given these views, the placebo effect points to the importance of perception, expectation and the brain's role in physical health.

2. Include a summary of Patient Characteristics, Situational Determinants and Social Norms in your response.

The placebo effect does not work for everyone, which have been accounted for by individual and situational differences, genes and social norms. Some of the individual and situational differences include:

? The level of the desire for relief from pain, "goal motivation", and how far pain is expected ...

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Analyzes the Placebo Effect and how it works, including patient characteristics, situational determinants and social norms impacting this effect. References are rpovided.

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