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8th Jul '17 9:01:29 AM nombretomado
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iridology Iridology.]] In the words of TheOtherWiki:

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iridology Iridology.]] In the words of TheOtherWiki:Wiki/TheOtherWiki:
26th Apr '17 5:57:27 PM gophergiggles
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* Up + B and tapping B to increase the odds of success of a thrown Pokeball in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. It has been proven both by WordOfGod ''and'' by fans themselves analyzing the various game's coding and capture rate formulas that neither of these have any effect on the RandomNumberGod. Fans ''don't care''; to this day many fans do these "tricks" and ''swear'' that they make capturing Pokemon easier.
15th Apr '17 3:09:16 PM Jeduthun
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* Some public utilities, such as street-crossing signs, elevators, and thermostats, include buttons that don't actually function. The so-called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Placebo_button placebo button]] serves not to operate the machinery but to keep people contented by giving them the illusion of control. For example, when office workers can't change the temperature in the room, they're likely to become disgruntled and upset if they feel too hot or cold; if they believe they can change the temperature, that belief is enough to calm them down. And similarly to the placebo effect in medicine, pressing a "lower temperature" button on a thermostat that you ''think'' works can be enough to make you actually feel cooler.
15th Apr '17 2:59:41 PM Jeduthun
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See MagicFeather in terms of the plot. A more realistic version of ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve. Related to BrandNamesAreBetter. If the person prescribing the placebo knows it's fake, it may be a MotivationalLie. Compare AllNaturalSnakeOil and SpiceRackPanacea for "natural" remedies that often prove to be placebos.

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See MagicFeather in terms of the plot. A more realistic version of ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve. Related to BrandNamesAreBetter. If the person prescribing the placebo knows it's fake, it may be a MotivationalLie. Compare AllNaturalSnakeOil and SpiceRackPanacea for "natural" remedies that often prove to be placebos. \n It can be considered a form of SelfFulfillingProphecy.
9th Apr '17 6:58:13 PM nombretomado
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* One chapter of SayonaraZetsubouSensei has a field day with this trope, including Nozomu taking a placebo drug and breaking out in hives from the percieved side effects, StalkerWithACrush Matoi forcing Nozomu to take a fake [[LovePotion Love Pill]], only for the effect to work on ''her'' instead when she's the only one convinced that it worked, and Nozomu eventually getting fake surgery performed on him to get rid of the fake side effects from the fake drug he took at the start, and ending up convinced that he's been turned into an android.

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* One chapter of SayonaraZetsubouSensei ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' has a field day with this trope, including Nozomu taking a placebo drug and breaking out in hives from the percieved side effects, StalkerWithACrush Matoi forcing Nozomu to take a fake [[LovePotion Love Pill]], only for the effect to work on ''her'' instead when she's the only one convinced that it worked, and Nozomu eventually getting fake surgery performed on him to get rid of the fake side effects from the fake drug he took at the start, and ending up convinced that he's been turned into an android.
5th Apr '17 2:17:20 PM MikeW
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* In the ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' episode "Flowers For Charlie," dim-witted Charlie is given a drug by scientists to boost his intelligence. Charlie is soon shown speaking Mandarin, working on equations and romancing women. At a big presentation, Charlie announces his massive breakthrough: allowing cats and spiders to talk to each other. The scientists then reveal there is no drug, the experiment was to see what would happen if someone ''thought'' they were now a genius. Charlie demands to know how he can speak Mandarin only to have the Chinese scientist state that Charlie has just been spouting gibberish and he's pretended to understand it. The gang actually point out how stupid an experiment this is as they storm out.


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* On ''NCISNewOrleans'', Sebastian is panicked being on a boat so Tammy gives him some "Chinese herbs" to calm him down. Sebastian is able to take down an attacker and thinks the herbs must have given him a boost. He rants on more side effects so Tammy tells him that all she gave him was some cold medication. Sebastian thus realizes he really did take that guy down on his own.
-->'''Patton''': You got placeboed, man!
15th Feb '17 11:01:12 AM Odacon_Spy
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-->'''Penn''': If you believe they work they work, if you don't they don't. You hardly ever hear that about penicillin.

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-->'''Penn''': If you believe they work they work, if they work. If you don't don't, they don't. You hardly ever hear that about penicillin.
20th Jan '17 3:39:19 PM Jeduthun
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* Spoofed several times in ''Webcomic/{{Xkcd}}'':
** In [[https://xkcd.com/790/ this strip]] the narrator confesses that he {{troll}}s scientific studies by secretly giving LSD to the control group, "[[AltText which, at one point]], led to a study showing that LSD produces no more hallucinations than a placebo."
** [[https://xkcd.com/1462/ This strip]] points out that while the placebo effect works well with things such as pills, it's a little harder to apply to scientific studies of, say, sexual activity.
** [[https://xkcd.com/1526/ This strip]] demonstrates the LogicBomb that results from trying to apply UsefulNotes/TheScientificMethod to a study of the placebo effect: how can you run a valid experiment if you have to use placebos to make a [[NoControlGroup control group]]?


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* This actually plays a role in genuine scientific research, since clinical trials for drugs usually involve a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blinded_experiment double-blind study]], in which half of the participants are given placebos to serve as a [[UsefulNotes/TheScientificMethod control group]]. For a drug to be approved, it has to perform demonstrably better than the placebo, as presumably a drug that works no better than a placebo is itself a placebo.
20th Jan '17 3:20:30 PM Jeduthun
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See MagicFeather in terms of the plot. A more realistic version of ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve. Related to BrandNamesAreBetter. If the person prescribing the placebo knows it's fake, it may be a MotivationalLie.

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See MagicFeather in terms of the plot. A more realistic version of ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve. Related to BrandNamesAreBetter. If the person prescribing the placebo knows it's fake, it may be a MotivationalLie. Compare AllNaturalSnakeOil and SpiceRackPanacea for "natural" remedies that often prove to be placebos.
24th Sep '16 10:44:11 AM Jeduthun
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See MagicFeather in terms of the plot. A more realistic version of ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve. Related to BrandNamesAreBetter.

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See MagicFeather in terms of the plot. A more realistic version of ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve. Related to BrandNamesAreBetter. If the person prescribing the placebo knows it's fake, it may be a MotivationalLie.
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