[Ads-l] Nocebo

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 19 21:33:40 EST 2022

In OED3 from 1961.

On Wed, Jan 19, 2022 at 9:16 PM James Landau <
00000c13e57d49b8-dmarc-request at listserv.uga.edu> wrote:

> from an article in ArsTechnica
> arstechnica.com/science/2022/01/up-to-76-of-covid-vaccine-side-effects-are-just-in-peoples-heads-study-finds/
> article by Beth Mole dated 1/19/2022 5:10 pm
> "Nocebo responses explain up to 76% of COVID vaccine side effects"
> <quote>
> <snip>But placebos also have a dark side. The harmless interventions can
> just as easily lead people to report harmful side effects, particularly
> when people are expecting such side effects. Researchers have coined these
> phantom adverse reactions "nocebo responses." Nocebo responses are thought
> to stem from expectations of side effects, anxiety-induced effects, and the
> mistaken attribution of common, nonspecific ailments, like headaches, to
> the placebo.
> <end quote>

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