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The Nocebo Effect Shows Pain Isn’t All in Your Brain

Research into the so-called nocebo effect sheds light on the complicated mind-body connection behind our perception of pain.

Published On 10/11/2017
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E E verybody’s heard of the placebo effect — the phenomenon in which people report positive health impacts of drugs that are, in fact, nothing more than sugar pills. But there’s also an opposite reaction called the nocebo effect, when patients report negative side effects — dizziness, headaches, nausea — from drugs that aren’t really drugs.