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Placebos, Illness, and the Power of Belief

By Frank Simons

The Meditation Center presents the video lecture series The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being from Great Courses, Lecture 15, “Placebos, Illness, and the Power of Belief.”

The Science of Mindfulness
Thu, May 28, 5:30pm
The Meditation Center
Callejón Blanco 4
Free, donations accepted

One of the biggest challenges that people face in recovering from psychophysiological or stress-related disorders is believing that the mind could be powerful enough to cause the illness. This is because these disorders are so disruptive to the body. One of the ways that patients can understand this is by learning about placebo studies, because in the effects of the placebos, we see just how powerfully the mind can influence our organ systems. Topic Headings this week: The Effects of Placebos; Using Mindfulness to Treat Disorders; Illness Anxiety.

Dr. Ronald D. Siegel is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance, where he has taught for more than 30 years, and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Siegel is a longtime student of mindfulness practices, and serves on the board of directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.  There will be a discussion period after the video. Presentations of the Meditation Center are offered without charge donations are gratefully accepted.


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