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Jacob, C., Olliges, E., Haile, A., Hoffmann, V., Jacobi, B., Steinkopf, L., Lanz, M., Wittmann, M., Tschöp, M., Meissner, K. (2023). Placebo effects on nausea and motion sickness are resistant to experimentally-induced stress. Scientific Reports, 13(1), 9908. Pubmed

Eggers, C., Olliges, E., Boeck, S., Kruger, S., Uhl, W., & Meissner, K. (2023). Exploring Pain, Quality of Life, and Emotional Well-Being in Patients with Advanced Pancreatic Cancer Practicing Spiritual Meditation: A Pilot Study. Complementary Medicine Research (online first). Pubmed


Meissner, K. (2022). Placebo, nocebo: Believing in the field of medicine. Frontiers in Pain Research, Pubmed

Linares Gutiérrez, D., Schmidt, S., Meissner, K., & Wittmann, M. (2022). Changes in Subjective Time and Self during Meditation. Biology, 11(8), 1116. Pubmed

Haile, A., Watts, M., Aichner, S., Stahlberg, F., Hoffmann, V., Tschoep, M. H., & Meissner, K. (2022). Central correlates of placebo effects in nausea differ between men and women. Brain and Behavior, 12(8), e2685. Pubmed

Olliges, E., Stroppe, S., Haile, A., Reiß, F., Malhis, M., Funke, S. A., & Meissner, K. (2022). Open-Label Placebo Administration Decreases Pain in Elderly Patients With Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis–A Random-ized Controlled Trial. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 13. Pubmed

Biller, A. M., Meissner, K., Winnebeck, E. C. & Zerbini, G. School start times and academic achievement - A systematic review on grades and test scores. Sleep Medicine Reviews 61, 101582, doi: (2022). Pubmed


Schoenberg, M. H., Olliges, E., Naumann, M. & Meissner, K. Is Ocean Sailing Associated with Improved Quality of Life in Young Adult Cancer Patients? German Journal of Sports Medicine/Deutsche Zeitschrift fur Sportmedizin 72 (2021).

Schmitz, T. et al. Reduced frequency of perforin-positive CD8+ T cells in menstrual effluent of endometriosis patients. Journal of Reproductive Immunology 148, 103424, doi: (2021). Pubmed

Olliges, E. et al. The Physical, Psychological, and Social Day-to-Day Experience of Women Living With Endometriosis Compared to Healthy Age-Matched Controls—A Mixed-Methods Study. Frontiers in Global Women's Health 2, doi:10.3389/fgwh.2021.767114 (2021). Pubmed

Meissner, K. [Vermeidbares Leid: Noceboeffekte und die COVID-19-Pandemie]. Complement Med Res 28, 87-88, doi:10.1159/000515848 (2021).

Koechlin, H. et al. Nonpharmacological Interventions for Pediatric Migraine: A Network Meta-analysis. Pediatrics, doi:10.1542/peds.2019-4107 (2021). Pubmed


Evers, A. W. M. et al. What Should Clinicians Tell Patients about Placebo and Nocebo Effects? Practical Considerations Based on Expert Consensus. Psychother Psychosom 90, 49-56, doi:10.1159/000510738 (2021). Pubmed

Olliges, E. et al. Psychosocial and physical long-term outcome in patients with a history of takotsubo cardiomyopathy or myocardial infarction - a multi-centered case control study. Psychol Health Med 25, 989-1003, doi:10.1080/13548506.2020.1722315 (2020). Pubmed

Meissner, K. et al. Molecular classification of the placebo effect in nausea. PloS one 15, e0238533, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0238533 (2020). Pubmed

Locher, C. et al. Efficacy, Safety, and Acceptability of Pharmacologic Treatments for Pediatric Migraine Prophylaxis: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatr 174, 341-349, doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.5856 (2020). Pubmed



Olliges, E. et al. Placebo and Nocebo Effects in Patients With Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy and Heart-Healthy Controls. Front Psychiatry 10, 549, doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00549 (2019). Pubmed

Meissner, K. et al. Individual Factors Contributing to Nausea in First-Time Chemotherapy Patients: A Prospective Cohort Study. Front Pharmacol 10, 410, doi:10.3389/fphar.2019.00410 (2019). Pubmed

Linares Gutierrez, D. et al. Meditation-Induced States, Vagal Tone, and Breathing Activity Are Related to Changes in Auditory Temporal Integration. Behav Sci (Basel) 9, doi:10.3390/bs9050051 (2019). Pubmed

Jonas, W. B. et al. Are Invasive Procedures Effective for Chronic Pain? A Systematic Review. Pain medicine 20, 1281-1293, doi:10.1093/pm/pny154 (2019). Pubmed

Hamberger, J., Meissner, K., Hinterberger, T., Loew, T. & Weimer, K. Placebo Economics: A Systematic Review About the Economic Potential of Utilizing the Placebo Effect. Front Psychiatry 10, 653, doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00653 (2019). Pubmed

Crawford, C. et al. Dietary Ingredients as an Alternative Approach for Mitigating Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: Evidence-Based Recommendations for Practice and Research in the Military. Pain medicine 20, 1236-1247, doi:10.1093/pm/pnz040 (2019). Pubmed

Aichner, S. et al. The Role of Tactile Stimulation for Expectation, Perceived Treatment Assignment and the Placebo Effect in an Experimental Nausea Paradigm. Front Neurosci 13, 1212, doi:10.3389/fnins.2019.01212 (2019). Pubmed



Wittmann, M., Meissner, K., Tsakiris, M. & De Preester, H. The embodiment of time: How interoception shapes the perception of time. The interoceptive mind: From homeostasis to awareness, 63 (2018). 

Meissner, K. & Linde, K. Are blue pills better than green? How treatment features modulate placebo effects. in International review of neurobiology Vol. 139 357-378 (Elsevier, 2018). Pubmed

Linde, K. et al. How often do general practitioners use placebos and non-specific interventions? Systematic review and meta-analysis of surveys. PloS one 13 (2018). Pubmed

Evers, A. W. M. et al. Implications of Placebo and Nocebo Effects for Clinical Practice: Expert Consensus. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 87, 204-210, doi:10.1159/000490354 (2018). Pubmed

Evers, A. W. et al. Implications of placebo and nocebo effects for clinical practice: expert consensus. Psychotherapy and psychosomatics 87, 204-210 (2018). Pubmed



Öllinger, M., Meissner, K., von Müller, A. & Collado Seidel, C. Expectation violation in political decision making: A psychological case study. Frontiers in psychology 8, 1761, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01761 (2017). Pubmed

Meissner, K. Believing in the Effectiveness of Treatment: From Placebo to Crediton and Back. in Processes of Believing: The Acquisition, Maintenance, and Change in Creditions 125-137 (Springer, 2017).

Howick, J., Steinkopf, L., Ulyte, A., Roberts, N. & Meissner, K. How empathic is your healthcare practitioner? A systematic review and meta-analysis of patient surveys. BMC medical education 17, 136, doi:10.1186/s12909-017-0967-3 (2017). Pubmed

Hansen, E., Zech, N. & Meissner, K. [Placebo and nocebo : How can they be used or avoided?]. Der Internist 58, 1102-1110, doi:10.1007/s00108-017-0294-0 (2017). Pubmed

Gollwitzer, M., Thorwart, A. & Meissner, K. Editorial: Psychological Responses to Violations of Expectations. Frontiers in psychology 8, 2357, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02357 (2017). Pubmed

Gollwitzer, M., Thorwart, A. & Meissner, K. in Frontiers in psychology (2017) Pubmed

Gollwitzer, M., Thorwart, A. & Meissner, K. Psychological responses to violations of expectations. Frontiers in psychology 8, 2357 (2017). Pubmed

Beissner, F., Preibisch, C., Schweizer-Arau, A., Popovici, R. M. & Meissner, K. Psychotherapy with somatosensory stimulation for endometriosis-associated pain: The role of the anterior hippocampus. Biological psychiatry, doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2017.01.006 (2017). Pubmed



Zimmermann-Viehoff, F., Steckhan, N., Meissner, K., Deter, H.-C. & Kirschbaum, C. Influence of a suggestive placebo intervention on psychobiological responses to social stress. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine 21, 3-9 (2016). Pubmed

Schötz, E. et al. Time perception, mindfulness and attentional capacities in transcendental meditators and matched controls. Pers Indiv Differ 93, 16-21 (2016).

Müller, V., Remus, K., Hoffmann, V., Tschoep, M. H. & Meissner, K. Effectiveness of a placebo intervention on visually induced nausea in women - A randomized controlled pilot study. Journal of psychosomatic research 91, 9-11, doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2016.09.012 (2016). Pubmed

Meissner, K. et al. Psychotherapy With Somatosensory Stimulation for Endometriosis-Associated Pain A Randomized Controlled Trial. Obstetrics and gynecology 128, 1134-1142, doi:10.1097/aog.0000000000001691 (2016). Pubmed

Koch, A. & Meissner, K. Holistic Medicine in Late Modernity. Some Theses on the Efficacy of Spiritual Healing. in Religion and Illness (eds A. Weissenrieder & G. Etzelmüller) 414-435 (Cascade Books, 2016).



Wittmann, M. et al. Subjective expansion of extended time-spans in experienced meditators. Frontiers in psychology 5, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01586 (2015). Pubmed

Otten, S. et al. Psychophysiology of duration estimation in experienced mindfulness meditators and matched controls. Frontiers in psychology 6, 1215, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01215 (2015). Pubmed

Meissner, K. & Koch, A. Sympathetic arousal during a touch-based healing ritual predicts increased well-being. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM 2015, 641704, doi:10.1155/2015/641704 (2015). Pubmed

Linde, K. et al. Effectiveness of Psychological Treatments for Depressive Disorders in Primary Care: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Annals of family medicine 13, 56-68, doi:10.1370/afm.1719 (2015). Pubmed

Linde, K. et al. Comparative effectiveness of psychological treatments for depressive disorders in primary care: network meta-analysis. BMC family practice 16, 103, doi:10.1186/s12875-015-0314-x (2015). Pubmed

Linde, K. et al. Efficacy and Acceptability of Pharmacological Treatments for Depressive Disorders in Primary Care: Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis. Annals of family medicine 13, 69-79, doi:10.1370/afm.1687 (2015). Pubmed

Jonas, W. B. et al. To what extent are surgery and invasive procedures effective beyond a placebo response? A systematic review with meta-analysis of randomised, sham controlled trials. BMJ open 5, e009655, doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009655 (2015). Pubmed

Fehse, K., Maikowski, L., Simmank, F., Gutyrchik, E. & Meissner, K. Placebo responses to original vs generic ASA brands during exposure to noxious heat: A pilot fMRI study of neurofunctional correlates. Pain medicine 16, 1967-1974, doi:10.1111/pme.12783 (2015). Pubmed

Fässler, M., Meissner, K., Kleijnen, J., Hrobjartsson, A. & Linde, K. A systematic review found no consistent difference in effect between more and less intensive placebo interventions. Journal of clinical epidemiology 68, 442-451, doi:10.1016/j.jclinepi.2014.11.018 (2015). Pubmed

Beissner, F. et al. Placebo-induced somatic sensations: a multi-modal study of three different placebo interventions. PloS one 10, e0124808, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0124808 (2015). Pubmed



Wittmann, M. et al. Individual differences in self-attributed mindfulness levels are related to the experience of time and cognitive self-control. Pers Indiv Differ 64, 41-45, doi:DOI 10.1016/j.paid.2014.02.011 (2014).

Wittmann, M. et al. Subjective expansion of extended time-spans in experienced meditators. Frontiers in psychology 5, 1586, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01586 (2014). Pubmed

Wackermann, J., Meissner, K., Tankersley, D. & Wittmann, M. Effects of emotional valence and arousal on acoustic duration reproduction assessed via the "dual klepsydra model". Frontiers in neurorobotics 8, 11, doi:10.3389/fnbot.2014.00011 (2014). Pubmed

Meissner, K. & Merrow, M. [Power of words]. Der Anaesthesist 63, 814-815, doi:10.1007/s00101-014-2395-7 (2014). Pubmed

Meissner, K. Wie wirkt ein Plazebo? Übersicht zum aktuellen Stand der Placeboforschung. . Internistische Praxis 54, 579-588. (2014).

Meissner, K. Placebo responses on cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and respiratory organ functions. Handbook of experimental pharmacology 225, 183-203, doi:10.1007/978-3-662-44519-8_11 (2014). Pubmed

Linde, K. et al. The use of placebo and non-specific therapies and their relation to basic professional attitudes and the use of complementary therapies among German physicians--a cross-sectional survey. PloS one 9, e92938, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0092938 (2014). Pubmed

Koch, A. & Meissner, K. Imagination, Suggestion und Trance: Suggestionsforschung und Religionsästhetik zu Heilung. in Religion–Imagination–Ästhetik: Vorstellungs-und Sinneswelten in Religion und Kultur Vol. 7 (eds L. Traut & A. Wilke) 131 (2014).



Zimmermann-Viehoff, F. et al. Autonomic effects of suggestive placebo interventions to increase or decrease blood pressure: a randomized controlled trial in healthy subjects. Journal of psychosomatic research 75, 32-35, doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2013.03.011 (2013). Pubmed

Meissner, K. & Linde, L. What are the best Placebo Interventions for the Treatment of Pain? in Placebo and Pain: From Bench to Bedside. (eds L. Colloca, M.A. Flaten, & K. Meissner) 235-242. (Elsevier, Academic Press, 2013).

Meissner, K. et al. Differential effectiveness of placebo treatments: a systematic review of migraine prophylaxis. JAMA internal medicine 173, 1941-1951, doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.10391 (2013). Pubmed

Linde, K. et al. Use of placebos and nonspecific and complementary treatments by German physicians--rationale and development of a questionnaire for a nationwide survey. Forschende Komplementarmedizin 20, 361-367, doi:10.1159/000356230 (2013). Pubmed

Jonas, W. B., Crawford, C., Meissner, K. & Colloca, L. The Wound that Heals: Placebo, Pain and Surgery. in Placebo and Pain: From Bench to Bedside. (eds L. Colloca, M. A. Flaten, & K. Meissner) 227-234 (Elsevier/Academic Press, 2013).

Flaten, M. A., Meissner, K. & Colloca, L. Methodological aspects of Placebo Research. in Placebo and Pain: From Bench to Bedside (eds L. Colloca, M. A. Flaten, & K. Meissner) 149-157 (Elsevier, 2013).

Colloca, L., Flaten, M. A. & Meissner, K. (Academic Press (Elsevier), 2013).

Beissner, F., Meissner, K., Bar, K. J. & Napadow, V. The autonomic brain: an activation likelihood estimation meta-analysis for central processing of autonomic function. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience 33, 10503-10511, doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1103-13.2013 (2013). Pubmed



Witt, C. M. et al. Stimulation of gastric slow waves with manual acupuncture at acupuncture points ST36 and PC6--a randomized single blind controlled trial. Neurogastroenterology and motility : the official journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society 24, 438-445, e211-432, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2982.2012.01877.x (2012). Pubmed

Neubert, G. & Meissner, K. Selektive Beeinflussung der Hauttemperatur durch Suggestionen im Trancezustand. Hypnose - ZHH 6, 83-108 (2012).

Meissner, K., Hofner, L., Fassler, M. & Linde, K. Widespread use of pure and impure placebo interventions by GPs in Germany. Family practice 29, 79-85, doi:10.1093/fampra/cmr045 (2012). Pubmed



Ronel, J. et al. Effects of verbal suggestion on coronary arteries: results of a randomized controlled experimental investigation during coronary angiography. American heart journal 162, 507-511, doi:10.1016/j.ahj.2011.06.016 (2011). Pubmed

Meissner, K. & Ziep, D. Organ-specificity of placebo effects on blood pressure. Autonomic neuroscience : basic & clinical 164, 62-66, doi:10.1016/j.autneu.2011.06.006 (2011). Pubmed

Meissner, K. & Wittmann, M. Body signals, cardiac awareness, and the perception of time. Biological psychology 86, 289-297, doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2011.01.001 (2011). Pubmed

Meissner, K., Muth, E. R. & Herbert, B. M. Bradygastric activity of the stomach predicts disgust sensitivity and perceived disgust intensity. Biological psychology 86, 9-16, doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2010.09.014 (2011). Pubmed

Meissner, K., Kohls, N. & Colloca, L. Introduction to placebo effects in medicine: mechanisms and clinical implications. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 366, 1783-1789, doi:10.1098/rstb.2010.0414 (2011). Pubmed

Meissner, K., Kohls, N. & Colloca, L. in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences Vol. 366 (1572) 1781-1930 (The Royal Society London, 2011). Pubmed

Meissner, K. et al. The Placebo Effect: Advances from Different Methodological Approaches. Journal of Neuroscience 31, 16117-16124, doi:10.1523/jneurosci.4099-11.2011 (2011). Pubmed

Meissner, K. The placebo effect and the autonomic nervous system: evidence for an intimate relationship. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 366, 1808-1817, doi:10.1098/rstb.2010.0403 (2011). Pubmed

Linde, K. et al. Treatment of depressive disorders in primary care--protocol of a multiple treatment systematic review of randomized controlled trials. BMC family practice 12, 127, doi:10.1186/1471-2296-12-127 (2011). Pubmed

Linde, K., Fassler, M. & Meissner, K. Placebo interventions, placebo effects and clinical practice. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 366, 1905-1912, doi:10.1098/rstb.2010.0383 (2011). Pubmed

Koch, A. & Meissner, K. Psychische und vegetative Effekte des geistigen Heilens in ihrem rituellen und religionsgeschichtlichen Kontext: Zwei exemplarische Falldarstellungen. in Spiritualität transdisziplinär (eds A. Büssing & N. Kohls) 145-165 (Springer, 2011).



Meissner, K., Bohling, B. & Schweizer-Arau, A. Long-term effects of traditional Chinese medicine and hypnotherapy in patients with severe endometriosis--a retrospective evaluation. Forschende Komplementarmedizin 17, 314-320, doi:10.1159/000322890 (2010). Pubmed

Linde, K., Niemann, K., Schneider, A. & Meissner, K. How large are the nonspecific effects of acupuncture? A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. BMC medicine 8, 75, doi:10.1186/1741-7015-8-75 (2010).  Pubmed

Linde, K., Niemann, K. & Meissner, K. Are sham acupuncture interventions more effective than (other) placebos? A re-analysis of data from the Cochrane review on placebo effects. Forschende Komplementarmedizin 17, 259-264, doi:10.1159/000320374 (2010). Pubmed

Gavrylyuk, G., Ehrt, O. & Meissner, K. Keine Effekte von placeboinduzierten Erwartungen auf die Pupillengröße und die AugenakkommodationLack of expectancy-induced placebo effects on pupil size and accommodation. Zeitschrift für Medizinische Psychologie 19, 154-160 (2010).

Fässler, M., Meissner, K., Schneider, A. & Linde, K. Frequency and circumstances of placebo use in clinical practice--a systematic review of empirical studies. BMC medicine 8, 15, doi:10.1186/1741-7015-8-15 (2010). Pubmed



Meissner, K., Enck, P., Muth, E. R., Kellermann, S. & Klosterhalfen, S. Cortisol levels predict motion sickness tolerance in women but not in men. Physiology & behavior 97, 102-106, doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2009.02.007 (2009). Pubmed

Meissner, K. Effects of placebo interventions on gastric motility and general autonomic activity. Journal of psychosomatic research 66, 391-398, doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2008.09.004 (2009). Pubmed



Zimmermann-Viehoff, F., Bergander, B., Meissner, K. & Deter, H. C. [Integrative therapy of a patient with complex psychosomatic complaints]. Forschende Komplementarmedizin 15, 152-155, doi:10.1159/000129271 (2008). Pubmed

Klosterhalfen, S., Muth, E. R., Kellermann, S., Meissner, K. & Enck, P. Nausea induced by vection drum: contributions of body position, visual pattern, and gender. Aviation, space, and environmental medicine 79, 384-389 (2008). Pubmed


Zimmermann-Viehoff, F. & Meissner, K. Homeopathy and placebo--synonym, similar or different? Forschende Komplementarmedizin 14, 247-248, doi:10.1159/0000103748 (2007). Pubmed

Meissner, K., Distel, H. & Mitzdorf, U. Evidence for placebo effects on physical but not on biochemical outcome parameters: a review of clinical trials. BMC medicine 5, 3, doi:10.1186/1741-7015-5-3 (2007). Pubmed


Porzsolt, F. et al. Applying evidence to support ethical decisions: is the placebo really powerless? Science and engineering ethics 10, 119-132 (2004). Pubmed