Psychosocial factors, such as words or how a person is received, can help to heal or bring relief. These findings are being presented by the Italian researcher Fabrizio Benedetti, who is the keynote speaker at the PNIRS 20th Scientific Meeting in Stockholm on Thursday, June 6.
Benedetti has studied the biological mechanisms behind the placebo effect. This research reveals that placebo is a complex phenomenon that can be achieved with the help of several different underlying mechanisms. The biological functions that can contribute to the placebo effect may involve expectation, anxiety, or rewards.“Besides showing that placebo is a genuine phenomenon, Benedetti’s research explains the mechanisms that make it work,” says Mats Lekander, professor at the Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University, and the Karolinska Institutet, who is hosting the PNIRS 20th Scientific Meeting. Thanks to Benedetti’s research, we have a better picture of how the brain can anticipate and trigger events that we expect will take place – for example, forthcoming pain relief.
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