Placebo Effect: Definition & Explanation


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When someone incorrectly believes he or she is receiving a real treatment and reports an improvement in his or her condition, it is called...

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1. The placebo effect can occur when you have taken a real medication.

2. One reason the placebo effect may occur is...

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The placebo effect is a well-documented phenomenon that's not as simple as it sounds. This quiz will test you on a number of things regarding the placebo effect, including why it might occur.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This placebo effect quiz tests your ability to:

  • Match a relevant term to its definition
  • Determine if a fact about the placebo effect is true or false
  • Recognize reasons the placebo effect may occur

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw from relevant information found in the lesson on the placebo effect
  • Critical thinking - use this information to consider if given statements regarding the placebo effect are true or false
  • Information recall - remember the knowledge you've acquired about reasons the placebo effect may occur

Additional Learning

Still want to know more? The lesson on the placebo effect titled Placebo Effect: Definition & Explanation covers the following objectives:

  • Define placebo
  • Explain how conditioned responses work
  • Provide multiple theories as to why the placebo effect works
  • Examine placebo effect testing that has been done