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Old 05-06-2012, 05:53 PM   #11 (permalink)
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What we are talking about is not 'truely placebo effect' (as frank stated)
here is an example:
I give frank lee, Darin and Carlos each a geo metro to drive. I tell Frank Lee and carlos their cars are exactly modded to achieve optimal mileage.
(for the sake of the test I have only increased the air pressure in Carlos tires to 48psi, frank lee & darin are at 32)
Frank is the placebo.

Darin knows that he has no alterations and just drives.
Frank Lee thinks he has a 'modded' car and subconsiously drives better.
Carlos gets better mileage because of the mode (and subconsoiusly drives better)

In the medical/pharma field, the placebo effect can be as high as 15% of the blind group can 'feel' a positive result of the sugar tablet.

What we experience is really a 'shadow' effect. or ghost effect. or guilt effect.

But I agree that it exists.

MetroMPG: "Get the MPG gauge - it turns driving into a fuel & money saving game."

First: ScangaugeII

Second: Grille Block

Third: Full underbelly pan

Fourth: rear skirts and 30.4mpg on trip!

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