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The placebo effect has been mainly studied in pain. However, more recently Parkinson's disease has emerged as an excellent model to understand the underlying mechanisms from a neurophysiological point of view. In particular, it is possible to study the placebo effect at the level of single neurons during the implantation of electrodes for deep brain stimulation in the Parkinsonian patient. Over the past few years our group has described the activity of single neurons during the placebo response in Parkinson's disease in different brain regions, such as the subthalamic nucleus. This project is aimed at better understnating the neuronal circuit involved, for example by recording from other regions such as the motor thalamus. In addition, we will analyze different patterns of neuronal discharge, such as low and high frequencies. This experimental approach will allow us to better characterize the neuronal network involved in the placebo response in the Parkinsonian patient.
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The call (n. rep. 859), the requirements and how to apply are available at the following address: https://www.serviziweb.unito.it/albo_ateneo/
qualifications and interview (in Turin) - Dates and venues of the interviews are published on the website of the University of Turin at the official notice board (https://www.serviziweb.unito.it/albo_ateneo/) by the date of the deadline
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