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Summary

People who believe ageing brings wisdom live longer.

Lucky charms really do improve an athlete's performance.

Taking a placebo, even when you know it is a placebo, can still improve your health.

Welcome to The Expectation Effect.

In this book David Robson takes us on a tour of the cutting-edge research happening right now that suggests our expectations shape our experience. Bringing together fascinating case studies and evidence-based science, The Expectation Effect uncovers new techniques that we can all use to improve our fitness, productivity, intelligence, health and happiness.

Of course, you can't just think yourself thinner, happier or fitter, but using this book you can reframe many different facets of your life, and in so doing start real physiological change. These easy-to-use skills will help you on your way to becoming the person you want to be, living the life you want to live.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 David Robson (P)2022 Canongate Book Ltd

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Quite an interesting premise

I had heard this book reviewed before it came out so thought it would be interesting.
Lots of good examples throughout to show how your expectations can influence how your body reacts to things.
The thing I found a bit annoying was that at the end of each chapter there was a bell and then a little exercise to do - bit its really hard to go back after finishing the book to find all these individual exercises - so would have bene good to have them all repeated at the end.

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Read this book!

"The Expectation Effect" explains why you are always right when you think you can or can't do something. The beliefs we hold about ourselves become self-fulfilling prophecies.
For decades there have been discussions about the power of the mind and how we can harness its "magic," but David Robson illustrates how little we still understand ourselves and what we are capable of. Supported by a plethora of sound sources and evidence, Robson explains how the brain works, why it's a prediction machine and how we can use its powers to our advantage.
This book should be compulsory reading in schools! I genuinely believe that everyone can benefit massively from reading this book.
Thank you, David Robson!

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Nothing short of life changing

This book should be read by ever human on the planet. It would change everyone’s personal outcome for the better.

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where is the accompanying PDF?


PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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Inspiring change!

How do our expectations and beliefs influence our lives? Does the picture we hold in our mind's eye influence our reality? David Robson suggests it does.

Using data from various studies in scientific research, from pharmacology, medicine, chemistry, behavioral science, psychology, and athletics. Bridging the counterintuitive results that lack subject-specific explanations. Like how placebos have cured sick patients. How eating less but being told it's more has reduced hunger in study subjects. How elite athletes performed higher than their previous peak performance when their performance output data was manipulated. How an individual's views on old age and biological ability reflect their body. Importantly how people with a negative attitude towards old age demonstrate more characteristic age-related changes.

All the studies are used to underline the importance of the state of mind. The empirical evidence shows that whatever our mind's deterministic emotional inclination affects and molds the outcome of our reality. Adopting this lens to view the world is what David Robson recommends, and I can't help but agree.

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Fascinating subject(s) made dull

There is a lot about this book to commend, but I found myself frustrated with the ponderous storytelling. I would have preferred either a much shorter, denser book or one with more engaging prose.

Other people I’ve spoken to did not share my reservations though.

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Must read

Truly life changing, cutting edge science that really makes you think about how powerful the mind is

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Brilliant and insightful

Brilliant and insightful, with proper research and lots of applicable examples. I have particularly enjoyed the self-control of the author putting plenty of disclaimers along the book to make sure readers don't get too carried away with certain statements.

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Fascinating content. Do yourself a favour and read this book!

Highly recommend. Powerful stuff. Science based. I have come across the concept of the brain as a ‘prediction machine’ before, but this book has reframed my understanding to date in a new, powerful way. I will be relistening and revisiting often I suspect. Have also purchased hardback to make it easier to dip into specific sections.

Only complaint is that the narration often pauses awkwardly which I find quite disruptive to the flow. I’d also like to see the chapter breakouts in the audio book aligned and captioned to match the book chapters so it’s easier to revisit specific chapters and content more easily.

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Fantastic second book.

Having loved Davids first book the Intellegence Trap I was concerned that the standard might drop, but I can report that is not the case!
I really enjoyed this and found it a fascinating Insight into how our brains predict our reality and then impact (often negatively) how we react to different situations with its expectations.
I will certianly be listening again and taking away many things that I think can help to improve my life and those around me.

Highly recommend.