Placebo-effects can have powerful down-stream consequences for our experiences and behavior.
The power of placebo
Several studies from our lab show that human beliefs in the ability to unleash hidden mental powers can exert powerful effects on experience and performance. For instance, in a recent large-scale study conducted at a music festival in the Netherlands that received wide media-attention, we found that about half of all participants reported intense mystical and spiritual experiences in association with the use of a so-called ‘god-helmet’ – allegedly capable of inducing these experiences.
The findings from this study can be found here.