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Can a placebo make you cycle faster?

Duration: 02:54

Can a placebo - a pill filled only with corn flour - help elite cyclists to go faster? Placebos work due to our expectations. Will that be enough to improve the cyclists’ times?

Available since: Thu 13 Feb 2014

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Horizon 2013-2014, The Power of the Placebo

8/12 Investigating how placebos work, and how we could all benefit from their hidden power.

First broadcast: 17 Feb 2014

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