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RITUAL AND HEALING: EXPLORATIONS OF THE PLACEBO PHENOMENON AND PERUVIAN CURANDERISMO IN IQUITOS, PERU

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Title:
RITUAL AND HEALING: EXPLORATIONS OF THE PLACEBO PHENOMENON AND PERUVIAN CURANDERISMO IN IQUITOS, PERU
Physical Description:
Book
Language:
English
Creator:
Jara, Victoria Elizabeth
Publisher:
New College of Florida
Place of Publication:
Sarasota, Fla.
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Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Bachelor's ( B.A.)
Degree Grantor:
New College of Florida
Degree Divisions:
Social Sciences
Area of Concentration:
Biological Psychology
Faculty Sponsor:
Bauer, Gordon

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Genre:
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
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theses   ( marcgt )

Notes

Abstract:
Placebo effects can be used to explain the effectiveness of ritual healing. The evidence supporting the effectiveness of rituals and positive affective responses are due to neurobiological studies on placebo effects that point to the activation of the descending opioid and dopaminergic neural systems. Using Kaptchuk’s (2011) proposal of a ritual approach to understand the placebo phenomenon, I argue that placebo ritual theory can help explain how language, culture and metaphor affect physiological processes. Research for this thesis took place in Iquitos, Peru—the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon. Qualitative research was performed using semi-structured interviews and participant-observations. Healers and practitioners of the traditional healing system of curanderismo were interviewed to gain an understanding of the elements of healing (e.g. etiology of sickness, treatments, ritual ceremonies) present in this system. With this information, a discursive bridge was developed to link placebo neurobiological studies with the elements present in Peruvian curanderismo.
Thesis:
Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2014
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RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
General Note:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
General Note:
Faculty Sponsor: Bauer, Gordon
Statement of Responsibility:
by Victoria Elizabeth Jara

Record Information

Source Institution:
New College of Florida
Holding Location:
New College of Florida
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
S.T. 2014 J3
System ID:
AA00024755:00001

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