All about placebos

The placebo effect: It’s both an everyday fact and a giant question mark for medical science. Placebo effects happen whenever people benefit from medical “treatments” that don’t actually target the problematic condition. Think of someone experiencing relief from illness after swallowing a pill-shaped candy. Such cases point to the importance of people’s mental states — … Continue reading


Insights in “Side Effects”

Clip: Dr. Banks (Jude Law) discusses Emily with another psychiatrist (Catherine Zeta-Jones). I just watched Side Effects, and it kind of made my brain explode. To be exact: it gave me too much to think about. I can’t remember the last time I watched something that offers so much fertile (if imperfect) commentary on the relationship between … Continue reading