• The Expectation Effect

  • How Your Mindset Can Change Your World
  • By: David Robson
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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“As David Robson makes plain in this compelling book, the way we think about the world can profoundly shape how we navigate it. Based in science and packed with smart advice, The Expectation Effect will expand your mind - and maybe even extend your life.” (Daniel Pink, New York Times best-selling author of When, Drive, and To Sell Is Human)

A journey through the cutting-edge science of how our mindset shapes every facet of our lives, revealing how your brain holds the keys to unlocking a better you

What you believe can make it so.

You’ve heard of the placebo effect and how sugar pills can accelerate healing. But did you know that sham heart surgeries often work just as well as placing real stents? Or that people who think they’re particularly prone to cardiovascular disease are four times as likely to die from cardiac arrest? Such is the power and deadly importance of the expectation effect - how what we think will happen changes what does happen.

Melding neuroscience with narrative, science journalist David Robson takes listeners on a deep dive into the many life zones the expectation effect permeates. We see how people who believe stress is beneficial become more creative when placed under strain. We see how associating aging with wisdom can add seven plus years to your life. People say seeing is believing but, over and over, Robson proves that the converse is truer: Believing is seeing.

The Expectation Effect is not woo-woo. You cannot think your way into a pile of money or out of a cancer diagnosis. But just because magical thinking is nonsense doesn’t mean rational magic doesn’t exist. Pointing to accepted psychology and objective physiology, Robson gives us the practical takeaways we need to improve our fitness, productivity, intelligence, and happiness. Any listener who wants to take their fate into their own hands need only pick up this book.

A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company.

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 Macmillan Audio

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I have to listen again-it’s that good.

His soft voice belies his monumental presentation. One must ruminate on subject mater before applying. Very thoughtful.

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Proof to support what I always believed

I have always believed that the mind can control all aspects of your life. I particularly related to the chapter about the effects of aging. Being in my sixties, I have personally experienced negative attitudes from young and old regarding aging. I truly believe that “age ain’t nothing but a number”! Great book! I will recommend to others and listen again.