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Placebo effect

Placebo effect is the reaction to a placebo as though it were an active substance, e.g. patients feeling better after being given a sugar pill. The term is sometimes used in a wider sense to refer to a positive response from people when they feel that attention is being paid to them. At this point it sounds very like the Hawthorne effect.

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