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The nocebo effect -- When negative expectations can make you ill

July 20, 2014

Tags: nocebo effect, placebo effect, Jodi Halpern

By Dr. Kate Scannell, Syndicated columnist
First published in print: 07/20/2014


As far as I know, my grandmother never used the term "nocebo effect," but she did understand its meaning. "Expect things to go badly, and they will," she'd caution.

More formally, the Oxford English Dictionary defines "nocebo effect" as, "A detrimental effect on health produced by psychological or psychosomatic factors such as negative expectations of treatment or prognosis, cultural beliefs about illness, personality traits, etc." (more…)

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