My Hypothesis-paulajean5

  1. the placebo effect
  2. the placebo effect and antidepressants
  3. the effect of a placebo in place of an antidepressant on people with major depressive disorder
  4. A placebo in place of an antidepressant will help with the treatment of major depressive disorder meanwhile demonstrating a new level of self resiliency in the mind of the one suffering
  5. Taking out the actual active ingredients in the antidepressant pill without subjects being aware may increase the success rate of the pill (in experimentation, of course.)
  6. Once the awareness of self resiliency comes from taking a placebo, people may not have to rely on medicine as much and can focus on therapy and other, maybe more effective, treatments for major depressive disorder.

7 thoughts on “My Hypothesis-paulajean5”

  1. This is brilliant, PaulaJean.
    I’ve been waiting years for a good paper on the Placebo Effect, and your little outline there convinces me you’re just the right candidate.
    Just one problem.
    Your Step 6 is actually Step 1.

    It might not sound like it, but that’s high praise, PaulaJean.
    I’m very impressed; therefore, I have high hopes and expectations.

    If we start with the existence of the Placebo Effect as a given, can you apply it to an aspect of human experience where is HASN’T been demonstrated? You might not be able to prove it, but you could make a persuasive argument that treating people as if you are giving them a solution to their problem actually solves their problem.

    Are you with me on this?
    I will push, pull, or carry you every step of the way on this excursion if you’re willing to give it a try.

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  2. Thank you! I really like that idea. I might need some more help finding where it hasn’t been demonstrated. But I definitely on board with that!


    1. A friend of mine will be able to supply the name of a social science researcher who has demonstrated the “opposite” of the placebo effect, if this idea intrigues you. He conducted experiments with students doing SAT prep courses who were sincerely motivated to succeed on practice exams. Before the test began, he asked black students “identity” questions: Name, address, age, gender, year in school, that sort of thing. But he asked half of them one additional question as well: What is your race? He repeated this process across many classes and the students who were asked to consider their race before they took the exam performed statistically worse. He did the same for Asian girls and got half of them to perform better by asking them their race before the test. In each case, he concluded, the students were “living up” or “living down” to their stereotypical expectations.

      Not a perfect match for your hypothesis yet, but you can see the parallel, I’m sure. Is society’s high expectation of success a placebo that produces success? Your response, please.


      1. I think that is super interesting! I will try to work that in while creating my white paper! Thank you for the feedback!


  3. From now on, we can ignore this post, PJ. Its purpose was to get the ball rolling. Any further revisions or enhancements to your Hypothesis can be accomplished inside your White Paper.

    That said, your White Paper, where the rest of the work will continue, is now overdue. No reason to panic yet. You have made a strong hypothesis selection and I admire where your intentions are heading. But soon the first short argument will be due, and if it’s late, you may truly begin to fall behind the development curve. Do a little push here so you can clear that first hurdle. The process will take over naturally once you’re on your way.

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