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53 Post author: John_Maxwell_IV 20 June 2010 06:25AM

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Comment author: wedrifid 16 August 2010 04:02:46AM *  1 point [-]

Thanks for the report, that sounds like a remarkable achievement!

How much of your success do you attribute to placebo related influences?

Comment author: Cyan 16 August 2010 04:39:07AM *  4 points [-]

It's hard to say, since in this case any kind of blind experimentation would require memory erasure and a conspiracy to prevent me from finding out that variable reinforcement schedules produce the strongest effects. But that same info I'd need to be prevented from knowing makes my prior probability for a placebo effect rather low.

I'll also add to my results that the technique doesn't work where I have pre-established Ugh Fields. (In those cases, I couldn't even get started, so I have no information about what the success rate would be over time.) It's too late at night for me to try to work through whether this has implications for the plausibility of placebo effects.