Placebo Analgesia Is Not Moderated by Cue- or Outcome-Density
B. Psych (Hons), 2015
School of Psychology, University of Sydney
My honours thesis investigated the effects of cue and outcome-density on beliefs and perceptions of placebo analgesia. That is, when there is no contingent relationship between a placebo device and pain relief, whether the frequency of the two could moderate beliefs in the effectiveness of the device and thereby enhance placebo analgesia. While neither cue- nor outcome-density appeared to moderate placebo analgesia or belief in the effectiveness of the placebo device, high outcome-density enhanced preference for the placebo device, which suggested that outcome-density effects may manifest as a preference for the cue more than a belief in the cue in an experiential setting.
I’m currently taking a gap year from my studies, with the intent to pursue a Master of Clinical Psychology in 2017. Earlier in 2016, I volunteered at the Sydney University Gambling Treatment Clinic, doing administrative work as well as intake and follow ups of clients. I recently finished seasonal employment as a Lift Operator for Perisher (it was a blast!), and am about to start work as an interim research assistant under Professor Alex Blaszczynski at the Sydney University Gambling Treatment Clinic.