Professor of Health Psychology Andrea Evers has been awarded a Proof of Concept Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). This additional grant is awarded to previous recipients of an ERC grant. They can use this to further explore the potential of their work for new innovations and thus bring relevant research closer to the market.
Evers will use her grant to develop an innovative training tool that uses virtual reality. This tool will give health workers a good idea of how to optimise patients’ health expectations. Previous research has shown that positive expectations about a treatment (placebos) have a positive effect on the actual outcome of a treatment.