We know about placebos when it comes to medication, but could there be an equivalent in design? Could the effects of design actually be an illusion and could processes like co-design compound the placebo effect?
You can read the full article here: https://medium.com/designerpsychology/placebo-design-76c7e8b0529d
Some of the things I mention in the episode:
“Placebo effects of caffeine on cycling performance” by Beadie et al (2006)
“Absolut memory distortions: alcohol placebos influence the misinformation effect.” by Assefi & Garry (2003)
“An Evaluation of Internal-Mammary-Artery Ligation by a Double-Blind Technic.” by Cobb LA, Thomas GI, Dillard DH, Merendino KA, Bruce RA (1959)
Marginal Revolution blog by Tyler Cowen