Karin Jensen
Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute & Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

What is minimally required to elicit placebo effects?

Today, little is known about the placebo response in patients with limited cognitive abilities, such as intellectual disability (ID). The aim of this talk is to discuss recent data on placebo mechanisms in patients with impaired cognitive function, as well as experimental studies investigating how implicit cognitive processes may shape placebo responses.

I am a clinical psychologist and neuroscientist specializing in brain imaging and pain. My studies have focused on the learning aspects of placebo analgesia, such as associative learning, and included psychophysical measurements as well as neuroimaging experiments. My research line includes studies of on the non-conscious aspects of treatment expectations.