This Moderately Immoral Study Shows How We Misidentify Our Emotions

In today's experiments, one of the most common tricks that experimental psychologists play is giving people placebos instead of drugs. In the past, it was pretty much the reverse. Doctors would call people in, tell them they'd get an innocuous substance, and then inject them with something a thousand times more… » 10/14/14 7:20am 10/14/14 7:20am

Could You Use A Placebo To Calm Your Anxious Dog?

When a dog is left alone, it can be scary for them. Some dogs get so anxious that they destroy your stuff, scratch up your front door, and bark so loud it annoys your neighbors. But now it looks like there might be a solution - and it involves a simple placebo. » 9/16/14 12:11pm 9/16/14 12:11pm

Researchers may have just identified a genetic basis for the placebo…

The power of suggestion can be an incredible thing, and in few way is this more apparent than with the placebo effect. Now, newly published research suggests how susceptible you are to sham treatments and dummy medicine (a sugar pill, for instance) could actually be rooted in your genetics. » 10/26/12 1:40pm 10/26/12 1:40pm

Why hippies thought smoking banana peels could get you high

Every hear of (or see) someone smoking a banana peel to get high? Neither have I. However, the smoking of banana peels has a history dating to the late 1960s in the United States and Canada, with smokers allegedly receiving a hallucinogenic trip. » 9/29/12 2:00pm 9/29/12 2:00pm