#142 The Nocebo Effect and Chronic Pain with Dr. Cosima Locher, Ph.D. | Jane Hogan

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Did you know the nocebo effect is the phenomenon where a person experiences adverse effects or worsening symptoms after receiving an inactive substance or treatment simply because they expect it to be harmful? It is essentially the opposite of the placebo effect, where a person experiences improvements in their condition due to believing in the effectiveness of a treatment, even if it is inert. In the case of the nocebo effect, negative expectations can lead to real physiological or psychological effects, often complicating medical treatments and clinical trials. Join me and my guest, Dr. Cosima Locher, Ph.D., to learn more about the book "The Nocebo Effect, When Words Make You Sick," which is the first book to investigate this fascinating phenomenon and offers a wide variety of topics and angles by the foremost researchers in this emerging field.

In this episode you’ll learn:

⏰ 00:00 - Intro

⏰ 04:34 - Nocebo Effect Mechanisms

⏰ 12:12 - Empowerment in the Nocebo Effect

⏰ 20:50 - Sources of Chronic Pain

⏰ 28:33 - The Book Dr. Cosima Co-Authored

⏰ 35:59 - The ONE Thing You Can Do Today


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Check out Dr. Cosima Locher, Ph.D.’s Bio:

Cosima Locher, Ph.D., is a psychologist who is dedicated to studying honest (e.g., "open-label") placebos. She is published in leading peer-reviewed journals, such as PAIN, the American Journal of Psychiatry, JAMA Psychiatry, and JAMA Pediatrics. Dr. Locher is a co-founder of The Pain Net, an international network of researchers interested in Chronic Primary Pain, including with a special focus on the placebo effect and ethics of placebo and nocebo effects. Her research has been profiled by international news outlets including The Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Sydney Morning Herald. She is one of the co-authors of the upcoming book, The Nocebo Effect: When Words Make You Sick


Dr. Cosima Locher, Ph.D.’s book link:

One copy of The Nocebo Effect: When Words Make You Sick (Mayo Clinic Press / March 19, 2024 / $26.99) -- https://www.amazon.com/Nocebo-Effect-When-Words-Make/dp/B0BQR6PLMY  


Connect with Dr. Cosima Locher, Ph.D.:

Website: https://mcpress.mayoclinic.org/  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mayoclinicpress  

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mayoclinicpress/  

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mayo-clinic-press/  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mayoclinicpress  

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIZepsWgSHtkO14RAW-_XEg  



Hi there! I am Jane Hogan, the Wellness Engineer, and the host of Wellness By Design. I spent 30 years designing foundations for buildings until the pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis led me to hang up my hard hat and follow my heart. Now I blend my backgrounds in science and spirituality to teach people how to tap into the power of their mind, body and soul. I help them release pain naturally so they can become the most wonderful fine version of themselves.

Wellness By Design is a show dedicated to helping people achieve wellness not by reacting to the world around them but by intentionally designing a life based on what their own body needs. In this show we explore practices, methods and science that contribute to releasing pain and inflammation naturally.

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