Genes & the Placebo Effect: Are You Easily Pleased?

The effectiveness of placebo may depend on someone’s DNA, so writes The Economist. Give someone who is sick a sugar pill that you have told him is a powerful drug, and it will often make him feel better. Even if you tell him what it really is, he may still feel better. The placebo effect,… Read More

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10,000 Hours & Genes: Does Practice Make Perfect?

An article from the July 5th – 11th 2014 Economist: “TO MASTER the violin takes 10,000 hours of practice. Put in that time and expertise will follow. This, at least, is what many music teachers – following Malcolm Gladwell’s prescription for achieving expertise in almost any field by applying the requisite amount of effort –… Read More