The museum -supported case study on the use of natural stones for healing

Kutlu Y. A., Çalık A., Ulugergerli E. U.

8th International Universty Museums Association Platform Congress, İstanbul, Turkey, 1 - 04 October 2021

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Unpublished
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, the interest of people with postgraduate education in semi-precious gemstones and the relationship of this interest with the placebo effect was investigated. Even though the usage patterns of healing stones all over the world differ depending on the cultural structures of the societies, the application methods are very similar to each other. For this reason, the perception of healing stones on humans was investigated on academic staff visiting COMU Earth Sciences and Natural History Museum by using the survey technique. The survey data were evaluated using the SPSS program. As a result, it has been revealed that seeking healing from stones is not a scientific method from the point of view of academic stuff, but there is no harm in trying it. In addition, due to the increasing demand in recent years, the fact that most of the stones on the market are artificial stones, it has been concluded that the healing expected from these stones has a placebo-based psychological origin.


Keywords: Healing Stones, Placebo, Questionnaire, Earth Sciences, and Natural History Museum