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The Expectation Effect

The Expectation Effect

There is no substitute for auto-suggestion, or self-belief.

Understanding the power of mind-over-muscle might lead us to reconsider some of our core underlying beliefs about our fitness. For manifold reasons, we might assume that we simply aren’t cut out for exercise.

We may have had poor experiences in gym classes at school, for example, and our feelings of inadequacy could then be exacerbated as we compare ourselves with the stronger and faster gym bunnies around us. 


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Placebos: We Think We Are Getting Better, And We Do

Placebos: We Think We Are Getting Better, And We Do

Caffeine, for instance, has long been considered a muscular stimulant that can enhance performance in many sports - yet that is largely a product of our expectations about what it can do.

According to multiple studies, people can benefit from so-called open-label placebos, even thou...


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Fatigue Is A Mind Thing

Fatigue Is A Mind Thing

A new picture is emerging of the way that the brain manages the body's resources and how this can be swayed by our motivation, and by our broader beliefs about our capabilities and the task ahead.

These new insights offer enticing strategies that we can all use to boost our performance ...


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The Negative Thought Spiral

The Negative Thought Spiral

Scientific research shows that negative beliefs about our capacity for exercise can reduce our endurance and increase our discomfort. This will naturally make it much harder...


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Our Mind is the Obstacle

Our Mind is the Obstacle

Many of us are stopped from being able to do pull-ups is our mistaken belief that we can't do itThe notion inside our mind that we can't do a pull-up is a major reason for our incapacity to do it.

Another reason most people cannot do pull-ups is the lack of regular ...

The bystander effect

We tend to believe that someone else will deal with a crisis

This developed for good reason: if a threatening wild animal is lurking at the edge of our hunter-gatherer group, it’s a waste of effort for every single member to spring into action. Today, however, this leads us to assu...

The First-Night Effect: The Reason We Can’t Sleep At A New Place

The First-Night Effect: The Reason We Can’t Sleep At A New Place

  • Known as the First-Night Effect, many of us aren’t able to sleep properly at a new place the first time.
  • The reason for this, according to research, is that half our brain (the left hemisphere, mostly) stays awake in alert mode. This area of the brain is called the defau...

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