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The experiment showed how expectation can affect the actual encoding of the pleasantness of the experience. ... This response (is) common with certain prestige products such as clothing, cars and, nowadays, handbags.

2008-01-14

 psychology alcohol opinion bias unconscious price manipulation advertisement wine
The British Chiropractic Association has dropped its libel action against the science writer Simon Singh. Dr Singh was being sued by the organisation because of comments he had made in the Guardian in 2008 about the effectiveness of chiropractic. The case itself had sparked an intense debate about the role of libel actions in areas of scientific controversy.

2010-04-15

 chiropractics pseudoscience politics price legal court science
The relative price of gold and oil has remained almost constant over the past 50 years. So although the price of both (in either pounds or dollars) has risen during this period, if you were buying a barrel of oil with bullion you would hand over roughly the same weight of gold as you would have done in 1950. More startling is that gold has retained this purchasing power over even longer periods. It is thought that an ounce of gold bought...

2011-02-19

 bread price gold bullion oil inflation stability Keith Hudson