‘The Expectation Effect’ by David Robson


The Expectation Effect swept up awards in 2022 from the Financial Times Best Book of 2022 on Health and Wellbeing to Waterstone’s best popular science book of 2022.

Esteemed science journalist, David Robson, who himself suffered from depression, takes us on a tour of some of the ways that our expectations shape our experiences in life. The Expectation Effect looks at what cutting-edge science tells us about how our mindset shapes many facets of our lives, revealing how your brain holds the keys to unlocking a better you. 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.

The book examines how your body, brain and the prevailing culture can interact potently to produce self-fulfilling prophecies. This is not a Pollyanna-like book that instructs us to just adopt a more positive mindset, it looks at specific beliefs and looks at how they can be reframed or reappraised. Among the beliefs examined are ones on ageing, health and intelligence.

This book can help you reexamine many different facets of your life, and in so doing start real psychological, physiological and behavioural change. From looking under the bonnet of our beliefs or attitudes, we can then look at some easy-to-use skills that can help you on your way to be the person you want to be and live the life you want to live.