The Power of the Placebo: Harnessing Placebo Effects to Improve Healthcare with Kari Leibowitz, PhD Candidate
What are the factors that produce placebo effects, and can they be harnessed to improve healthcare? In this talk, Kari Leibowitz will draw on her research in the Stanford University Mind & Body Lab to shed light on the psychological and social factors that produce placebo effects and discuss cutting-edge research that aims to understand how we can more effectively leverage these factors in healthcare. She will share her research on how an understanding of placebo effects can be used to deliberately shape mindsets in healthcare to reduce side effects and improve outcomes of treatment.
Kari Leibowitz is a fourth-year PhD student in the Stanford University Mind & Body Lab in the Department of Psychology and a Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow. Her research investigates the influence of mindsets – thoughts, beliefs, and expectations – on individual health and the healthcare system.
Kari received her BA in Psychology and Religion from Emory University, after which she served as the Program Coordinator for the Emory-Tibet Partnership for two years. Kari also served as a U.S. — Norway Fulbright scholar, during which time she lived in Tromsø, Norway, and studied mindsets about winter. Kari’s writing has appeared in The Atlantic and The New York Times.
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