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dc.contributor.authorCrum, Alia J.
dc.contributor.authorLanger, Ellen
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-20T13:22:35Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifier.citationCrum, Alia J., and Ellen J. Langer. 2007. Mind-set matters: Exercise and the placebo effect. Psychological Science 18, no. 2: 165-171.en
dc.identifier.issn1467-9280en
dc.identifier.issn0956-7976en
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3196007
dc.description.abstractIn a study testing whether the relationship between exercise and health is moderated by one's mind-set, 84 female room attendants working in seven different hotels were measured on physiological health variables affected by exercise. Those in the informed condition were told that the work they do (cleaning hotel rooms) is good exercise and satisfies the Surgeon General's recommendations for an active lifestyle. Examples of how their work was exercise were provided. Subjects in the control group were not given this information. Although actual behavior did not change, 4 weeks after the intervention, the informed group perceived themselves to be getting significantly more exercise than before. As a result, compared with the control group, they showed a decrease in weight, blood pressure, body fat, waist-to-hip ratio, and body mass index. These results support the hypothesis that exercise affects health in part or in whole via the placebo effect.en
dc.description.sponsorshipPsychologyen
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishingen
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9280.2007.01867.xen
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dc.titleMind-set Matters: Exercise and the Placebo Effecten
dc.relation.journalPsychological Scienceen
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1467-9280.2007.01867.x*
dash.contributor.affiliatedLanger, Ellen


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