Mind Over Mind

Mind Over Mind

The Surprising Power of Expectations

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Penguin Putnam
“Our brains can’t help but look forward. We spend very little of our mental lives completely in the here and now. Indeed, the power of expectations is so pervasive that we may notice only when somebody pulls back the curtain to reveal a few of the cogs and levers responsible for the big show.”
We all know expectations matter—in school, in sports, in the stock market. From a healing placebo to a run on the bank, hints of their self-fulfilling potential have been observed for years. But now researchers in fields ranging from medicine to education to criminal justice are moving beyond observation to investigate exactly how expectations work—and when they don’t.
In Mind Over Mind, journalist Chris Berdik offers a captivating look at the frontiers of expectations research, revealing how our brains work in the future tense and how our assumptions—about the next few milliseconds or the next few years—bend reality. We learn how placebo calories can fill us up, why wine judges can’t agree, how fake surgery can sometimes work better than real surgery, and how imaginary power can be corrupting. We meet scientists who have found that wearing taller and more attractive avatars in a virtual world boosts confidence in real life, gambling addicts whose brains make losing feel like winning, and coaches who put blurry glasses on athletes to lift them out of slumps.
Along the way, Berdik probes the paradox of expectations. Their influence seems based on illusion, even trickery, but they can create their own reality, for good or for ill.
Expectations can heal our bodies and make us stronger, smarter, and more successful, or they can leave us in agony, crush our spirit, and undermine our free will. If we can unlock their secrets, we may be able to harness their power and sidestep their pitfalls.
Drawing on psychology, neuroscience, history, and fascinating true stories of xpectations in action,Mind Over Mind offers a spirited journey into one of the most exciting areas of brain research today.



Baker & Taylor
"How our fast-forward minds make something out of nothing. From a healing placebo to a run on the bank, the self-fulfilling potential of expectations has been observed for years. But now neuroscientists and psychologists are beginning to solve the mysteries of our expectant brain and applying their findings to field ranging from medicine to sports to education. Mind over Mind explores the frontiers of expectations research, revealing how our brains work in the future tense and how our assumptions bend reality. It shows how expectations can sometimes make us healthier, stronger, smarter, and more successful while other times leave us depressed and defeated"--

Baker
& Taylor

Draws on research in neuroscience and psychology to explain the mysteries of the "expectant brain" and how the findings can be applied to medicine, sports, and education, offering insight into how assumptions can influence reality.
Draws on the latest understandings in neuroscience and psychology to explain the mysteries of the "expectant brain" and how related findings can be applied to medicine, sports, education and other fields, offering insight into how assumptions can profoundly influence reality. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Current, c2012
ISBN: 9781591845096
Branch Call Number: 153.4 BER
Characteristics: 272 p. ;,24 cm.

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eastvanbookfan
Apr 20, 2013

Lots of useful research (although I've read much of it elsewhere). That I've heard it in other books is not a bad thing, its just certain ideas/concepts and stories (Phineas Gage, anyone?) get brought up in lots of books. I love reading this type of book because I often catch myself doing/saying things that only prove what the book was trying to say. Insight is a powerful part of how my life has changed as a result of reading this 'type' of book.......

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