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David Robson - The Expectation Effect

Season 2, Ep. 3

What are your expectations for the year ahead? A depressing slog through a series of stressful situations or an exciting opportunity to tackle inspiring challenges?

We're excited and inspired to welcome award-winning science journalist David Robson to today's episode of NonFicPod. His latest book, The Expectation Effect offers an illuminating insight into the power of the prediction machine between our ears.

In this podcast we talk about

  • the placebo effect,
  • the connection between the way we describe food and how much we eat
  • the ways to take the sting out of exercise, tricky mental problems, and even aging

And we also reveal the authors who inspired us.

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