Award-winning science writer Erik Vance discusses the mind's ability to influence, transform and heal the body during a talk on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Politics and Prose in Washington, DC. His new book, Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain's Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal, delves into the power of placeboes and how we react to them.

Vance, who grew up in a family of Christian Scientists, theorizes that the mind works like an “internal pharmacy,” with thoughts and expectations producing measurable chemical reactions. The logical next step is to harness this power so we can think ourselves into happier and healthier lives.

Based out of California and Mexico, Vance is a contributing editor at Discover magazine and a Pulitzer Center grantee.

Politics and Prose is a bookstore, coffee shop and restaurant acting to "serve as a gathering place for people interested in reading and discussing books.”

Talk by Erik Vance, author of Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain's Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal
Saturday, December 3, 2016
3:30 p.m.
Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008


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Inside our heads is an ancient power. A tool of miracle-workers, charlatans, witch doctors, hypnotists and physicians alike. It's a basic part of who we are. It's the hidden power of suggestibility.


Suggestible You.
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Erik Vance explains the science behind the mind’s mending powers in his new book, "Suggestible You."
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New book takes readers through the world of placebos, hypnosis and false memories to reveal the groundbreaking science of our suggestible minds.