nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Adolescents Less Sleepy If School Starts Later. Then How About Noon?

When did adolescent sleepiness become a policy issue?

I though it was like puberty and menopause, something humans just go through.

This is classic for dopey research. (LA Times Booster Shots, July 5).   I will bet you these schools will implement a policy to start school a half hour later.  Two years later a study will show that students are more alert.  Ten years after that we'll accumulate enough data to realize it was a total waste of time.

It's called the Hawthorne effect:  make a change, any change, and things improve...temporarily.

For more on this go here.  For a nice definition:
"The Hawthorne effect is a form of reactivity whereby subjects improve or modify an aspect of their behavior being experimentally measured simply in response to the fact that they are being studied, not in response to any particular experimental manipulation."
Sound familiar?

Doc D


The 50 Best Health Blogs said...

"It's called the Hawthorne effect: make a change, any change, and things improve...temporarily."

That sounds similar to the placebo effect.


Doc D said...

Well, there is a slight difference. The Hawthorne effect fades, while a placebo can be the gift that keeps on giving (as long as the patient believes).

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