New hobby tonight: giving accurate yet mischievious answers on Yahoo Answers
Q: I need a topic for my science project. I can’t think o any….. :(?
Well, can you give me a few ideas of a topic or tell me how I can go about with the medicinal herbs topic I had in mind and how I can relate it to science?
A: The Placebo Effect.
Make up a drug effect. Pick ten test subjects. Tell them a great deal about how this drugs will work. Then give them tic-tacs or some other non-drug. Insist this is a real drug you got with the cooperation of the medical clinic at the nearby college.
Observe them for ten minutes and report what they say. Record how many of them report feeling the effects you describe. Encourage their descriptions as much as possible. Write down any other “side effects” they feel from the fake drug.
Now repeat the experiment with ten more people. Don’t tell them anything about what you are giving them. Observe them for ten minutes and report what they say.