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General article on problems of expectation effect/placebo in psych trials, & some interesting links

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Esther12, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. Esther12

    Esther12 Senior Member

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    I don't think that this is really relevant to the key problems with spin and CFS research, but it could be of interest to some here.

    http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/07/09/nice-results-but-what-did-you-expect/

    They really emphasised on the role of prior expectations as a form of bias, and don't really talk about the problem of the interventions themselves leading to biased reporting... but they were generally referring to training programmes, the outcomes of which depended not upon self-report questionnaires, but on testing participants.

    They did also say that they were focusing upon the problems with video game training studies not because they were especially poor, but because they were some of the best psych studies around - so maybe that's why they're over-looking some problems I think are important.

    It did include some related links to things I found interesting, but a lot of it is not that important to CFS, as they could be assuming that you should use objective measures of outcome rather than self-report questionnaires:

    http://openscienceframework.org/project/7EB6A/node/KSzdu/wiki/home

    The pervasive problem with placebos in psychology /

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    Blog post on it:

    http://blog.dansimons.com/2013/07/pop-quiz-what-can-we-learn-from.html

    Paper on it:

    http://pps.sagepub.com/content/8/4/445.full
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