PET study finds genetic link to placebo effect

12/3/2008 | ScienceDaily

Swedish researchers used PET scans to identify genetic variants that affect the activity in the amygdala -- the brain region linked to emotional reactions -- to cause people suffering from social phobia to respond well to placebo. "The findings show that the possibilities of demonstrating that an active treatment functions better than a placebo can be affected by the gene variants in the trial subjects," the lead researcher said.

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