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Placebo effects in exercise and sport

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Goal: This line of research aims to investigate which neurophysiological mechanisms lie behind the placebo effect.

Short summary: The placebo effect is traditionally seen as the positive effect that follows the administration of a placebo. However, it recently became clear that this is a very broad and complex phenomenon, and can depend on a large number of triggers. It became clear that the effects of a placebo are caused by neurobiological changes. The placebo effect was often studied in more medical conditions (pain, depression, ...), but it can go much further and also have an impact in daily life. For example, the placebo effect can certainly be found in exercise and sports. It should be noted, however, that so far little is known about the mechanisms on which the placebo effect works in these circumstances.

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