You Don’t Need an Expensive Pair of Running Shoes

Based on 134,867 reviews of 391 running shoes from 24 brands, this study compare the list price of running shoes with how well rated they are. The key conclusion is that expensive running shoes are not better than more affordable ones. In fact, inexpensive running shoes are better rated than expensive ones.

Source: Expensive Running Shoes Are Not Better Than More Affordable Running Shoes (Study)

If you’re just starting out, you don’t need to invest in an expensive pair.  Wait until you’re actually interested in the hobby, and know your body better to get the right shoe for yourself.

That said, I have various examples of how price effects our perception:

Five Mind Tricks That’ll Make Your Food “Taste” Better

If you’re worried about impressing someone with your cooking skills, or you’re trying a new recipe for the first time, there are some mental tricks you can use on others to make your meal seem better than it really is. Here are five of the most effective.

Source: Five Mind Tricks That’ll Make Your Food “Taste” Better

Trick #6: Add salt

Some things that weren’t covered in the article, were covered in a previous one about why airline food tastes bland.

Price of Medication Impacts Efficacy

Just like the old Gypsy woman said!  Kidding – just like the buffet

In a recent study, an “expensive” salt solution was shown to to be significantly more effective at managing the symptoms of patients with Parkinson’s disease than an “inexpensive” one. The salt solutions were identical placebos.

Source: For Patients with Parkinson’s Disease, Expensive Placebo Works Better

Placebo effects mostly operate on highly subjective symptoms like pain, nausea, mental performance (i.e. coordination, mental acuity, alertness, mood etc). It also has some effect in temporarily boosting immunity, as it has long been determined that stress influences it. And when the patients have been told that they are on placebos, the effect rapidly reverses.

Also, there is the fact that only 30% of the population is susceptible to placebo effects. And the effectiveness of placebos are highly overblown in the lay literature.