Friday, September 23rd
Pain, Placebo, and Positive Feedback Loops
Dr. Tor Wager will share how social influence and conditioned cue effects act as key mechanisms driving placebo effects in adults, and how these could be ethically leveraged to enhance placebo effects in clinical care. He will argue that these mechanisms can create the conditions for positive feedback loops between beliefs and the experience of pain and other symptoms. Targeting these feedback loops can result in effective psychological treatments for chronic pain.