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Research Article

Why Reassurance Fails in Patients with Unexplained Symptoms—An Experimental Investigation of Remembered Probabilities

  • Winfried Rief mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: rief@staff.uni-marburg.de

    Affiliation: Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany

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  • Andrea Maren Heitmüller,

    Affiliation: Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany

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  • Katja Reisberg,

    Affiliation: Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany

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  • Heinz Rüddel

    Affiliation: Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany

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  • Published: August 01, 2006
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030269

About the Authors

Winfried Rief, Andrea Maren Heitmüller, Katja Reisberg, Heinz Rüddel
Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany

Corresponding Author

Email: rief@staff.uni-marburg.de

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

WR designed the study. WR supervised the development of experimental procedures and data collection. WR re-analyzed the data. WR wrote the paper. AMH, KR, and HR contributed to study design. AMH, KR, and HR contributed to data collection. AMH and HR contributed to statistical analysis. HR contributed to data interpretation. HR applied for the ethics approval. All authors commented on the manuscript, suggested changes, and approved the final version.