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2019 May-Jun

Pain Rep



Placebo and nocebo effects and operant pain-related avoidance learning.


Janssens T, Meulders A, Cuyvers B, Colloca L, Vlaeyen J W
Pain Rep. 2019 May-Jun; 4(3):e748.
PMID: 31583361.


Research on learning in placebo and nocebo has relied predominantly on Pavlovian conditioning procedures. Operant learning procedures may more accurately model learning in real-life situations in which placebo and nocebo effects occur.