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


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