Are you an angry, grumpy kind of guy or gal? Well, here’s a reason to get over it: people who have a good, can-do attitude are more likely to get pain relief from “fake” medicines.
That finding comes courtesy of a University of Michigan-led neuroscience research team who observed that about 25% of a person’s response to placebos was related to specific aspects of his or her personality such as resiliency, altruism and straightforwardness versus hostility.
If it bears out, the data could have wide-ranging implications for the study of new drugs and treatments. But since the researchers tested only a few dozen healthy subjects, more testing will need to be done in order to confirm the link between placebo response and attitude.
But, for the time-being, why not just let this bit of good news have a placebo effect on you?!