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Title: Motivation and the placebo response : predicting non-specific therapeutic benefits from the concordance of therapeutic rituals with high-level goals
Author: Whalley, Benjamin Jon
Awarding Body: University of Plymouth
Current Institution: University of Plymouth
Date of Award: 2008
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Predicting individual differences in placebo responding has proved hard. Predictions from dispositional or personality variables are unreliable for two reasons: first, because dispositional predictions fail to account for situational variability, and second, because the dimensions identified in popular dispositional models are inter-individual variables, and may not map on to intra-individual structures and processes involved in placebo effects. This thesis describes a new psychological mechanism of placebo responding—motivational concordance—which links placebos with established research on human values and goal striving.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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