Placebo Effect: It’s the Real Thing!
Photo by Fabrizio Benedetti in The Scientist, 2 Aug 2004
During a deep brain stimulation clinical trial, researchers detected elements of the placebo effect. The pre-placebo neuron was recorded from the left subthalamic nucleus as a control. The post-placebo neuron was recorded from the right subthalamic nucleus. Other neurons demonstrated a similiar decrease in activity.