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From a new study led by the University of Toledo’s Jill Brown: Two experiments investigated the hypothesis that treatment choice enhances placebo treatment efficacy. In Experiment 1, prior to a pain task, participants were given either an expectation that two (inert) products could reduce pain or no expectation. In addition, participants either selected between the […]
If you haven’t seen them, I’ve got two new articles floating around the internet. The first, at Pacific Standard, looks at new research on economic performance and risk aversion that suggests most Congressmen will get reelected even though American’s say they hate Congress. The implication is somewhat depressing. If politicians allow the economy to deteriorate, […]
Humans are skilled at perceiving the world in a way that makes life more enjoyable. One thing that helps with this goal is the tendency to view the world as a fair and orderly place, a bias often termed the “Just-world fallacy.” There are benefits to believing injustice is rare. It makes you feel nice […]
Callan, M.J., Harvey, A.J. & Sutton, R.M. (2013). Rejecting Victims of Misfortune Reduces Delay Discounting, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2013.11.002