Thought this was rather interesting:
A new study has given researchers a better understanding why some people given a simple sugar pill will say it significantly reduces their pain.
It’s all in their heads.
Using functional magnetic resonance brain imaging (fMRI), scientists at the Northwestern Medicine and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) have identified for the first time the region of the brain that’s responsible for the “placebo effect” in pain relief. It’s an area in the front part of the brain — called the mid frontal gyrus — that also plays a key role in our emotions and decision making.