Dr Ben Colagiuri

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney


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Research interests

The majority of my research focuses on the placebo effect. This research is primarily concerned with whether the placebo effect contributes to treatment side effects and the extent to which expectancies influence outcomes in clinical trials. More recently, I have begun to investigate the role of suggestion and conditioning in producing placebo effects for pain. Other areas of interest include human leaning, particularly the role of conscious awareness, psycho-oncology, and research methodology in complementary medicine.

More details about my research and publications can be found on my personal page.

Selected grants

2015

  • RCTs on Trial: How Placebo Effects Could Undermine Double-blind RCTs; Colagiuri B, Sharpe L; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2014

  • Exploring placebo effects in RCTs; Colagiuri B; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

2013

  • The role of reward expectancy and reward availability in appetitive motivation; Lovibond P, Colagiuri B; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
  • The psychometrics of pain: a collaboration to improve pain assessment in clinical trials; McGrane J, Colagiuri B, Sharpe L; The University of Western Australia/Research Collaboration Award.

2012

  • Extinction of placebo effects; Colagiuri B; UNSW/Early Career Research Grant.

2011

  • The placebo effect and its mechanisms; Colagiuri B; UNSW/Vice Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship.

2010

  • A pilot RCT comparing acupuncture needling alone with acupuncture needling plus lifestyle advice for chronic low back pain; Colagiuri B; UWS/Research Seed Grant.
  • The effects of acupuncture and instruction on exercise recovery in healthy young adults; Cheema B, Colagiuri B, Smith C; UWS/New Project Development Program Grant.

2009

  • Educating patients about chemotherapy and side-effects: What do nurses say?; Dhillon H, Jacquet J, Butow P, Jansen J, Colagiuri B, Cox K; DVC Research/Cancer Research Fund.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Colagiuri, B., Lovibond, P. (2013). Psychological Processes that can Bias Responses to Placebo Treatment for Pain. In Luana Colloca, Magne A Flaten, Karin Meissner (Eds.), Placebo and Pain: From Bench to Bedside, (pp. 175-182). London: Academic Press.

Journals

  • Au Yeung, S., Colagiuri, B., Lovibond, P., Colloca, L. (2014). Partial reinforcement, extinction, and placebo analgesia. Pain, 155, 1110-1117. [More Information]
  • Neukirch, N., Colagiuri, B. (2014). The placebo effect, sleep difficulty, and side effects: a balanced placebo model. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. [More Information]
  • Tang, C., Colagiuri, B. (2013). Can an educational handout enhance placebo analgesia for experimentally-induced pain? PloS One, 8(10), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Colagiuri, B., Dhillon, H., Butow, P., Jansen, J., Cox, K., Jacquet, J. (2013). Does Assessing Patients' Expectancies About Chemotherapy Side Effects Influence Their Occurrence? Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 46(2), 275-281. [More Information]
  • Cheema, B., Houridis, A., Busch, L., Raschke-Cheema, V., Melville, G., Marshall, P., Chang, D., Machliss, B., Lonsdale, C., Bowman, J., Colagiuri, B. (2013). Effect of an office worksite-based yoga program on heart rate variability: outcomes of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 13, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Lovibond, P., Colagiuri, B. (2013). Facilitation of Voluntary Goal-Directed Action by Reward Cues. Psychological Science, 24(10), 2030-2037. [More Information]
  • Colagiuri, B., King, M., Butow, P., McGrane, J., Luckett, T., Price, M., Birney, D. (2012). A comparison of the FACT-G and the Supportive Care Needs Survey (SCNS) in women with ovarian cancer: unidimensionality of constructs. Quality of Life Research, 21(5), 887-897. [More Information]
  • Colagiuri, B., Smith, C. (2012). A systematic review of the effect of expectancy on treatment responses to acupuncture. Evidence - Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012, 1-12. [More Information]
  • Colagiuri, B., McGuinness, K., Boakes, R., Butow, P. (2012). Warning about side effects can increase their occurrence: an experimental model using placebo treatment for sleep difficulty. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 26(12), 1540-1547. [More Information]
  • Colagiuri, B., Livesey, E., Harris, J. (2011). Can expectancies produce placebo effects for implicit learning? Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 18(3), 399-405. [More Information]
  • Oguchi, M., Jansen, J., Butow, P., Colagiuri, B., Divine, R., Dhillon, H. (2011). Measuring the impact of nurse cue-response behaviour on cancer patients' emotional cues. Patient Education and Counseling, 82(2), 163-168. [More Information]
  • Colagiuri, B., Christensen, S., Jensen, A., Price, M., Butow, P., Zachariae, R. (2011). Prevalence and predictors of sleep difficulty in a National Cohort of Women with Primary Breast Cancer Three to Four Months Postsurgery. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 42(5), 710-720. [More Information]
  • Roscoe, J., Morrow, G., Colagiuri, B., Heckler, C., Pudlo, B., Colman, L., Hoelzer, K., Jacobs, A. (2010). Insight in the prediction of chemotherapy-induced nausea. Supportive Care in Cancer, 18(7), 869-876. [More Information]
  • Boakes, R., Colagiuri, B., Mahon, M. (2010). Learned Avoidance of Flavors Signaling Reduction in a Nutrient. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 36(1), 117-125.
  • Colagiuri, B. (2010). Participant expectancies in double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trials: potential limitations to trial validity. Clinical Trials, 7(3), 246-255. [More Information]
  • Colagiuri, B., Zachariae, R. (2010). Patient Expectancy and Post-chemotherapy Nausea: A Meta-analysis. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 40(1), 3-14. [More Information]
  • Colagiuri, B., Boakes, R. (2010). Perceived treatment, feedback, and placebo effects in double-blind RCTs: an experimental analysis. Psychopharmacology, 208(3), 433-441. [More Information]
  • Colagiuri, B., Morley, K., Boakes, R., Haber, P. (2009). Expectancy in double-blind placebo-controlled trials: an example from alcohol dependence. Psychotherapy and psychosomatics, 78(3), 167-171. [More Information]
  • Colagiuri, B., Roscoe, J., Morrow, G., Atkins, J., Giguere, J., Colman, L. (2008). How do patient expectancies, quality of life, and postchemotherapy nausea interrelate? Cancer, 113(3), 654-661. [More Information]

2014

  • Au Yeung, S., Colagiuri, B., Lovibond, P., Colloca, L. (2014). Partial reinforcement, extinction, and placebo analgesia. Pain, 155, 1110-1117. [More Information]
  • Neukirch, N., Colagiuri, B. (2014). The placebo effect, sleep difficulty, and side effects: a balanced placebo model. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. [More Information]

2013

  • Tang, C., Colagiuri, B. (2013). Can an educational handout enhance placebo analgesia for experimentally-induced pain? PloS One, 8(10), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Colagiuri, B., Dhillon, H., Butow, P., Jansen, J., Cox, K., Jacquet, J. (2013). Does Assessing Patients' Expectancies About Chemotherapy Side Effects Influence Their Occurrence? Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 46(2), 275-281. [More Information]
  • Cheema, B., Houridis, A., Busch, L., Raschke-Cheema, V., Melville, G., Marshall, P., Chang, D., Machliss, B., Lonsdale, C., Bowman, J., Colagiuri, B. (2013). Effect of an office worksite-based yoga program on heart rate variability: outcomes of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 13, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Lovibond, P., Colagiuri, B. (2013). Facilitation of Voluntary Goal-Directed Action by Reward Cues. Psychological Science, 24(10), 2030-2037. [More Information]
  • Colagiuri, B., Lovibond, P. (2013). Psychological Processes that can Bias Responses to Placebo Treatment for Pain. In Luana Colloca, Magne A Flaten, Karin Meissner (Eds.), Placebo and Pain: From Bench to Bedside, (pp. 175-182). London: Academic Press.

2012

  • Colagiuri, B., King, M., Butow, P., McGrane, J., Luckett, T., Price, M., Birney, D. (2012). A comparison of the FACT-G and the Supportive Care Needs Survey (SCNS) in women with ovarian cancer: unidimensionality of constructs. Quality of Life Research, 21(5), 887-897. [More Information]
  • Colagiuri, B., Smith, C. (2012). A systematic review of the effect of expectancy on treatment responses to acupuncture. Evidence - Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012, 1-12. [More Information]
  • Colagiuri, B., McGuinness, K., Boakes, R., Butow, P. (2012). Warning about side effects can increase their occurrence: an experimental model using placebo treatment for sleep difficulty. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 26(12), 1540-1547. [More Information]

2011

  • Colagiuri, B., Livesey, E., Harris, J. (2011). Can expectancies produce placebo effects for implicit learning? Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 18(3), 399-405. [More Information]
  • Oguchi, M., Jansen, J., Butow, P., Colagiuri, B., Divine, R., Dhillon, H. (2011). Measuring the impact of nurse cue-response behaviour on cancer patients' emotional cues. Patient Education and Counseling, 82(2), 163-168. [More Information]
  • Colagiuri, B., Christensen, S., Jensen, A., Price, M., Butow, P., Zachariae, R. (2011). Prevalence and predictors of sleep difficulty in a National Cohort of Women with Primary Breast Cancer Three to Four Months Postsurgery. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 42(5), 710-720. [More Information]

2010

  • Roscoe, J., Morrow, G., Colagiuri, B., Heckler, C., Pudlo, B., Colman, L., Hoelzer, K., Jacobs, A. (2010). Insight in the prediction of chemotherapy-induced nausea. Supportive Care in Cancer, 18(7), 869-876. [More Information]
  • Boakes, R., Colagiuri, B., Mahon, M. (2010). Learned Avoidance of Flavors Signaling Reduction in a Nutrient. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 36(1), 117-125.
  • Colagiuri, B. (2010). Participant expectancies in double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trials: potential limitations to trial validity. Clinical Trials, 7(3), 246-255. [More Information]
  • Colagiuri, B., Zachariae, R. (2010). Patient Expectancy and Post-chemotherapy Nausea: A Meta-analysis. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 40(1), 3-14. [More Information]
  • Colagiuri, B., Boakes, R. (2010). Perceived treatment, feedback, and placebo effects in double-blind RCTs: an experimental analysis. Psychopharmacology, 208(3), 433-441. [More Information]

2009

  • Colagiuri, B., Morley, K., Boakes, R., Haber, P. (2009). Expectancy in double-blind placebo-controlled trials: an example from alcohol dependence. Psychotherapy and psychosomatics, 78(3), 167-171. [More Information]

2008

  • Colagiuri, B., Roscoe, J., Morrow, G., Atkins, J., Giguere, J., Colman, L. (2008). How do patient expectancies, quality of life, and postchemotherapy nausea interrelate? Cancer, 113(3), 654-661. [More Information]

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