Mind Over Mind: The Surprising Power of Expectations

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 fields ranging from medicine to sports to education.Mind over MHow our fast forward minds make something out of nothingFrom 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 fields 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 about the next few milliseconds or the next few years bend reality It shows how expectations can sometimes make us healthier, stronger, smarter, and successful while other times leave us depressed and defeated.Along the way, author Chris Berdik uncovers some fascinating phenomena, including How cheering for a team can backfire How optical illusions can alleviate pain How stereotypes can hurt or help student test scores.Expectations can heal our bodies and make us stronger, smarter, and successful in many ways, or they can leave us in agony, crush our spirits, and undermine our free will If we can unlock the power of expectations, we can maximize their potential and avoid their pitfalls.
Mind Over Mind The Surprising Power of Expectations 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

  • Title: Mind Over Mind: The Surprising Power of Expectations
  • Author: Chris Berdik
  • ISBN: 9781591845096
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Monkeys enjoy lettuce. A monkey watches as a scientist places lettuce under 1 of 2 cups through a window from a connected room. Then the monkey enters the cup room and immediately lifts the cup where the lettuce was placed, eats the lettuce and the monkey is happy. Next, monkeys like bananas way more than lettuce. A monkey watches the same experiment but instead this time it sees a banana placed under one of the cups. The monkey then goes to the room and looks under the cup and seeslettuce. Now [...]

    2. **More than expected**The mind is a powerful thing. And, in ways that you might not even expect.Chris Berdik’s _Mind Over Mind_ reveals the power that our (often hidden) expectations have over our actual experiences. This power goes way beyond the placebo effect. What we imagine will be true can actually effect the brain’s neurochemical responses: “The brain has many ways to make good on our expectations, both good and bad. In response to a clinician’s promise, the brain releases painkil [...]

    3. Well-written, thought-provoking look into the way our minds operate as much based on expectations as on almost anything else. Dopamine actually spikes not during the pleasurable experience itself, but actually in the preceding moment of anticipation. The history of how expectations of all kinds, including interrelated in our medicine, is fascinating and begs whether the 'placebo effect' should be renamed the 'meaning response.' Learn why the history and expectations of English soccer stars in pa [...]

    4. This is a must read for anyone interested in placebos, expectations, and how much of our performance depends on how people expect us to perform and on how we expect ourselves to perform.The book doesn't introduce anything new, but Chris summarizes so many good quality studies that it is a great value anyway. And by the time you finish chapter 10, you will be amazed at just how much there is out there. If we could harness the powers described in this book, well, the possibilities are endless.

    5. I finished reading this excellent book more than two months ago, and I still find myself thinking about it just about every day. Chris Berdik does an excellent job of presenting a wide array of pertinent and thought-provoking information in a very accessible and entertaining manner. What he's taught me has helped to shape my perspectives on the ways in which our expectations truly create our realities. I'm hoping that I will eventually learn to harness this improved understanding and increased a [...]

    6. Maybe I should have read this earlier. As it was, just about every study cited in the book was one I had heard of from other sources. Interesting information the first time around. But not enough to sustain the book for me. A note on the audio: the narrator mispronounced so many words that it was a real distraction.

    7. Why I read it: The concept over “mind over matter” is neither new nor sophisticated. I’m almost positive that even 1950s high school PE teachers knew this cliché. Berdik, though, presents this philosophy in an evidence-heavy read that convincingly argues the benefit of controlling one’s thoughts. Although the book is not intended as a sermon, a reader gets the sense that the content of the book needs to be acted on.This is not the first time the “Power of Mind” has come across my ra [...]

    8. Berdik did survey many studies by Dan Ariely and others' that I've already read elsewhere in more depth, but there was some new material here too. I liked how the book started with the story of Franz Mesmer. I couldn't help but notice the similarities of what Mesmer did, with exorcism and various Christian charismatic practices that lead to healing and peace of mind. What is interesting is that though Mesmer was completely off concerning the science behind what he was doing, he nevertheless, ena [...]

    9. Well-written, thought-provoking look into the way our minds operate as much based on expectations as on almost anything else. Dopamine actually spikes not during the pleasurable experience itself, but actually in the preceding moment of anticipation. The history of how expectations of all kinds, including interrelated in our medicine, is fascinating and begs whether the 'placebo effect' should be renamed the 'meaning response.' Learn why the history and expectations of English soccer stars in pa [...]

    10. A collection of studies on how expectations and belief can control our performance, even our very biology. Investigating the fields of sports psychology (especially the reasons for top athletes’ “choking” in the clutch), medicine (with its use of placebos and their lesser-known opposites, nocebos), wine tasting (breaking down not only the experts’ claims for superior sensory discrimination but also their consistency), and others, Berdik shows the many and varied ways in which what we exp [...]

    11. There's no doubt that how we think is a crucial element of how well we live and how effectively we work. And while there has been a surplus of brain-centric literature during the past decade, few have been as informative and entertaining as Mind Over Mind by Chris Berdik (Current, $16.00, 274pp). Originally published as a hardbound book in 2012, with a dark gray cover and a graphic of a floating red balloon tied to a concrete brick, the paperback edition instead has (more appropriately) a bright [...]

    12. Provides compelling insight into how our minds effect us.Berdik covers studies involving placebos; showing how are minds can help heal our bodies in certain instances. He includes a favorite research experiment of mine done by Ellen Langer (a Harvard Professor who focuses on aging, the idea of "control", and mindfullness) where she gathered groups of men in their seventies and eighties in a house and had them pretend they were back in 1959. At first they were super elderly, barely able to carry [...]

    13. A slow starter, but very glad I held out. This book does exactly what its title implies it will: it surprises you how much power your own expectations can hold. There's something for everyone in this book: for athletes (you can trick your body into going faster/longer); for wine-drinkers (how much of our enjoyment of wine is due to expectations from price and awards alone?); for parents (who might unwittingly impact their children's expectations in a way that causes them to underperform on a tes [...]

    14. The power of expectations is close to the power of belief. Obviously humans are constrained by our physical limitations but we continue to surpass what we thought was possible: continually defeating speed records, most dramatically in somewhat abruptly chosen 'four-minute' mile records. Placeboes have a real impact on patient's health even if they know it is a placebo, regardless of having no medicinal value and simply operating by the power of expectation. Our mind develops phantom limbs that p [...]

    15. This book is about the power of the mind to overcome beliefs, physical abilities and other things. I found parts of it quite interesting, especially the part about BELIEVING I am a faster swimmer, and how this will help me actually swim faster (I believe it). It was also said how thinking about working your muscles, or dreaming about working them, can actually build muscle strength, to a certain degree. I have known for years that the mind can keep a person alive, in spite of illness, and can ki [...]

    16. This was an interesting book for sure, but I am generally underwhelmed by books that just pummel you with study after study after study to make their points. It ends up feeling very choppy and disjointed to me and frankly, I don't really want to know the ins and outs of all the studies -- I just want to get to the takeaways or insights from them. Enjoyed reading the book but probably wouldn't recommend it (10 second summary: the brain is wildly powerful and continues to be very mysterious and un [...]

    17. Much of this book will be familiar to those who have read Dan Ariely, Carol Dweck, Roy Baumeister, et al. Its strength is that it takes a lot of familiar information and puts it together in a way that focuses on the issue of how surprisingly powerful and effective expectations can be. The section on placebos and nocebos is especially intriguing. Be warned: the narrator reads this in a style I can only describe as "surfer dude," and those with a low tolerance for mispronunciation will find themse [...]

    18. I have always wondered about the science behind placebos, the mind-set of athletes during big moments, and even what our own physical posture conveys to others--and ourselves. In this fascinating book, Berdik covers these subjects and quite a few more. Berdik's style is at once informative, intelligent, and conversational. This was a pleasure to read and I can't wait to see more from this author. Get. This. Book. Now.

    19. tl;dr Expectations influence reality.I didn't learn anything new, and in fact I think this book is late to the game; a lot of these studies are common knowledge by now. It's also far too wordy. This could have been a blog post and still contained all the information you needed to know. Watch a TED talk instead or something.

    20. This book contains a lot of historical anecdotes and references of psychological studies, so it's chock full of interesting information. However, the tone and writing style was not very engaging, and I had a hard time staying interested. I skimmed to see if I could get immersed into it, but just couldn't finish it.

    21. A really good book. It opened my mind to the power of expectations and how we create our reality in overt and subtle ways day in and day out. I highly recommend this to anybody following the path of self discovery.

    22. This book was a bit dry in places but overall it was very interesting. It discussed human expectation in a variety of contexts and I found most of the information to be captivating. I would recommend this for anyone who's interested in how people think and how the mind can warp reality.

    23. even more illuminating than the typical new age positive-speak. posits we are greatly affected by the "anticipation" of an outcome even more than the actual outcome thereby influencing the outcome (?) also an interesting correlation pointing to "social" choices

    24. Interesting. Lots of neuroscience which I wasn't exactly prepared for ergo, I think I need a take two on this one. It is entirely possible that I am so enmeshed in the minutia that I am missing the big picture.

    25. The middle of this book offers great insight to the power of expectations. However, the book shifts to discussing the effects of placebos towards the end. If you are interested in Psychology and the theory behind placebos, this is definitely the book for you.

    26. Sorry but for me this was excruciatingly dull. I gave it the requisite 53 page read then skimmed ahead a little to see if it picked up didn't.

    27. Seems that he had no organization as to the data he put down, but of course the main idea was expectations and how we are affected by them, great read, but a little disorganized.

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