The Placebo Effect [EL028]

Course highlights

EC points

1.4

Start date

21-02-2022

End date

25-02-2022

Course days

Monday to Friday

Faculty

Reinoud de Jongh, PhD

Course fee

€ 910

Location

Online

Level

Intermediate

Disciplines

  • Medical Psychology

Application

How to apply

Detailed information about this course:

Description

The placebo effect has been studied since the 1950’s, starting with the original 1955 study of Beecher. In this course we will discuss several postulated underlying mechanisms of the placebo effect (e.g. expectancy, conditioning, affect-modulation, and doctor-patient communication). Furthermore we will debate the existence of the placebo effect and discuss the challenges in measuring the effect. Questions that will be addressed are for instance: can you deliver an open label placebo? Is it ethical to prescribe a placebo when a patient doesn’t know he is getting a sugar pill? Does the placebo effect exist outside of pain medication research? You will experience the strength of the placebo effect first hand in an experiment during the course.

The assessment of the course will exist of the presentation of a research proposal for studying the placebo effect.

Objectives

Gaining knowledge about

  • The underlying mechanisms of the placebo-effect
  • Methodological issues in measuring the placebo effect
  • Ethical issues in the application of placebo’s

Assessment

Assignment(s), Attendance


Reduction on fees

PLEASE NOTE THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO THE RESEARCH MASTERS (120 EC points)

No fees are charged for participation of Erasmus MC PhD candidates

Please note that in case of cancellation or no show, the cancellation policy applies based on the full course fee.

 

25% reduction for all (international) PhD students without formal appointment at Erasmus MC

Upon receipt of your application you will receive a request to upload proof of enrollment as a PhD student.