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    Book Overview
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    Chapter 1 Placebo and Nocebo Effects: An Introduction to Psychological and Biological Mechanisms
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    Chapter 2 Placebo, Nocebo, and Learning Mechanisms
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    Chapter 3 A Meta-analysis of Brain Mechanisms of Placebo Analgesia: Consistent Findings and Unanswered Questions
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    Chapter 4 Placebo analgesia: cognition or perception.
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    Chapter 5 Pain-related negative emotions and placebo analgesia.
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    Chapter 6 How Positive and Negative Expectations Shape the Experience of Visceral Pain
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    Chapter 7 Placebo Effects in Idiopathic and Neuropathic Pain Conditions
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    Chapter 8 Great Expectations: The Placebo Effect in Parkinson’s Disease
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    Chapter 9 The Effects of Placebos and Nocebos on Physical Performance.
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    Chapter 10 Learned Placebo Responses in Neuroendocrine and Immune Functions
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    Chapter 11 Placebo Responses on Cardiovascular, Gastrointestinal, and Respiratory Organ Functions
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    Chapter 12 Placebo and nocebo effects in itch and pain.
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    Chapter 13 Clinical and ethical implications of placebo effects: enhancing patients' benefits from pain treatment.
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    Chapter 14 Traditional and Innovative Experimental and Clinical Trial Designs and Their Advantages and Pitfalls
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    Chapter 15 Lessons to be Learned from Placebo Arms in Psychopharmacology Trials.
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    Chapter 16 The Emperor's New Drugs: Medication and Placebo in the Treatment of Depression.
Attention for Chapter 8: Great Expectations: The Placebo Effect in Parkinson’s Disease
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Chapter title
Great Expectations: The Placebo Effect in Parkinson’s Disease
Chapter number 8
Book title
Published in
Handbook of experimental pharmacology, January 2014
DOI 10.1007/978-3-662-44519-8_8
Pubmed ID
Book ISBNs
978-3-66-244518-1, 978-3-66-244519-8

Sarah Christine Lidstone, Lidstone, Sarah Christine


Our understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying the placebo effect has increased exponentially in parallel with the advances in brain imaging. This is of particular importance in the field of Parkinson's disease, where clinicians have described placebo effects in their patients for decades. Significant placebo effects have been observed in clinical trials for medications as well as more invasive surgical trials including deep-brain stimulation and stem-cell implantation. In addition to placebo effects occurring as a byproduct of randomized controlled trials, investigation of the placebo effect itself in the laboratory setting has further shown the capacity for strong placebo effects within this patient population. Neuroimaging studies have demonstrated that placebos stimulate the release of dopamine in the striatum of patients with Parkinson's disease and can alter the activity of dopamine neurons using single-cell recording. When taken together with the findings from other medical conditions discussed elsewhere in this publication, a unified mechanism for the placebo effect in Parkinson's disease is emerging that blends expectation-induced neurochemical changes and disease-specific nigrostriatal dopamine release.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 1 3%
Unknown 35 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 9 25%
Other 5 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 14%
Student > Master 3 8%
Student > Postgraduate 3 8%
Other 5 14%
Unknown 6 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 10 28%
Psychology 5 14%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 2 6%
Neuroscience 2 6%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 3%
Other 4 11%
Unknown 12 33%

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