Also called the placebo response. A remarkable phenomenon in which a placebo -- a fake treatment, an inactive substance like sugar, distilled water, or saline solution -- can sometimes improve a patient's condition simply because the person has the expectation that it will be helpful. Expectation to plays a potent role in the placebo effect. The more a person believes they are going to benefit from a treatment, the more likely it is that they will experience a benefit.
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The placebo effect is all to do with expectation - for example, if a person expects a certain pill to take an action on their body (i.e. a pill to help your endurance), the pill might not do anything at all. Instead, the person’s mind will stimulate a response that will be similar to the pill simply because the person believes that that is what the pill is doing. Studies have shown that the placebo effect is less successful if the person is aware of the drug’s real influence.
Again, the “drug” doesn’t even have to be a drug - another example of placebo is changing a person’s perception of pain. If one were to think that hitting their elbow against a chair wasn’t painful, they’re less likely to perceive it as pain - but instead get used to it as something “normal”.
Try applying this to your everyday life. Persuade yourself into thinking that by doing that one thing (a placebo), it might just help boost your grades, endurance to help you study or whatever else you might be wishing for - and create a placebo effect! On Suite Life on Deck, Bailey convinced London that a “special lipstick” would help her boost her grades - and just like that, London’s grades went from a C+ to a B+ on her next test. It might not exactly work the same way for everyone, but it’s a good start!