Spinning Logic #132 – Erik Vance

Spinning Logic #132 – Erik Vance

Erik Vance is a writer whose work focuses on the human element of science. He has written for the New York Times, Scientific American and National geographic to name a few. He is the author of the book “Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal.” In this podcast we discuss the power (and limitations!) of the placebo effect, why science focuses on the mechanism over the miracle of it and how it will play a huge part in the future of medicine.

Guest: Connect with Erik Vance on the Twitters @ErikVance and check out his book Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal.

Show Notes:

• TED TALK • Your body language may shape who you are

• Clever Hans

• Placebo by proxy: the effect of parents’ beliefs on therapy for children’s temper tantrums.

False Memory

Hippocratic Oath

• Broken heart syndrome

• Timeline: the Kennedy Curse

• A Dad Takes His Son To The Doctor And Discovers Fear Of Vaccines

Zipf’s Law

• In the Depths of the Oceans, Human Activities Are Beginning to Take Their Toll

• In Search of the Lost Empire of the Maya

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