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    ERIK VANCE: Suggestible You – The Mind’s Power to Deceive & to Heal
    Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    Presentation with Q&A at 5:00 PM in La Casona Event Center. Informal reception to follow, with complimentary botanas and beverages available for purchase. Advance tickets available online or at the Boleto City ticket desk in Mercado Sano, upper level, for 250 pesos. 300 pesos at the door on the day of the event.

    Science has shown us that the brain is miraculous, with ongoing research constantly unveiling more of its mysteries. And no wonder: the brain is the most complex thing we know of in the universe, an organ of 100 billion neurons, 1,000 trillion synapses, and astonishing capabilities. Did you know that the brain can medicate itself? Or that fake medicine can actually make you feel better?

    Award-winning science journalist Erik Vance explores the power of the brain to heal our bodies and color our lived experience in Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal. Throughout, he sheds light on the surprising ways that our expectations and beliefs can influence our bodily responses to pain, disease, and everyday events.

    Vance draws on centuries of research and interviews with leading experts in the field to explore the world of placebos, nocebos (placebo’s evil twin), hypnosis, false memories, and even brand over brain (sure, that expensive wine is delicious, but how much more so, knowing that it’s expensive?). The stories he tells reveal the curious science behind our suggestible minds. Could the key to our personal health lie within our own brains?

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