This paper argues that, although neurofeedback seems to work, the therapeutic benefits from it largely stem from placebo effects rather than the brain-based mechanisms that practitioners suggest.
Dr. Amir Raz delivers the keynote address at Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences Ceremony.
The placebo effect has long been seen as an inconvenient component of medicine, one that new drugs must overcome in order to prove their effectiveness. But it’s only recently that the placebo effect itself has been investigated, and this new field of study is uncovering some remarkable things about the brain’s ability to heal. The Agenda discusses what harnessing the placebo effect could mean for medicine today.
A physical illusion serves as a vehicle to elucidate human cognition and consciousness.