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Attacks on US diplomats: Alleged sonic weapon just mass hysteria?

It all started in Cuba in 2016: US diplomats and their families returning from the island complained of hearing loss, imbalance or even symptoms of a concussion, and some of them reported strange noises they had heard beforehand. Soon there was talk of a "sonic weapon" and further suspected cases arose in China, Uzbekistan and Singapore. Even if experts were always skeptical, the US government finally warned its diplomatic mission in China in May 2018 about strange noises - better safe than sorry.

However, that could fuel the problem even more if the medical and social scientist Robert Bartholomew is right. Bartholomew researches psychogenic diseases that spread rapidly in groups with no apparent organic cause. According to his hypothesis, the supposed sonic weapon does not exist. In a media report, he now confirms the hypothesis that it is a kind of mass suggestion based on the nocebo effect, the reverse of the placebo effect. Accordingly, the story of the sonic weapon would have aroused the expectation of strange noises and symptoms, first in Cuba and later worldwide, which then occurred promptly.

In doing so, he also defends his thesis against a study published in March, according to which the victims of the "weapon" even showed measurable changes in the brain. Bartholomew does not want to accept this: Such changes would occur similarly under very many circumstances, he argues, and brain scans are open to interpretation anyway. On the other hand, it is not clear how a sonic weapon should produce the symptoms mentioned. However, there are now other possible explanations in the room. For example, experts refer to similar cases in the Cold War, which were probably due to electromagnetic radiation in connection with wiretapping systems.