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Surprised that placebos treat depression just as well as expensive, side-effect-ridden anti-depressant pills? Why?

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5 Responses to “‘”I was surprised by the results. They weren’t what I’d expected,” said lead researcher Jacques P. Barber, dean of the Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.’”

  1. dmf Says:


  2. bfa Says:

    I dunno. My antidepressants were cheap ($4 a month) and effective. Even if they were just a placebo, I’m OK with a $4 a month placebo that saved my life.

  3. Shane Street Says:

    $4 to you, maybe. It is unlikely that was their actual cost.
    If placebos are found to really work, we’ll be able to undercut even that price!

  4. david foster Says:

    Probably won’t work so well if you undercut the price. There’s also research that shows that in blind taste tests of wine, people who were told a wine costs more $ liked it better than those who were told that (the same wine) cost less.

  5. Mike S. Says:

    UD, why did you mark this article with the ‘march of science’ tag?
    Clearly this is not a proper scientific endeavor, but more of a ‘as close as we can get under certain constraints’ type of undertaking. The question is, and always will be, how close is close enough?

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