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Author Chris Berdik to speak at Stamford's Ferguson Library

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STAMFORD, CT - The mystery of willpower, and why some people go beyond the limits of human achievement while others are confined to mediocrity, are the big questions Chris Berdik discusses in his critically-acclaimed book, “Mind Over Mind: The Surprising Power of Expectations.” Berdik will talk about his book on Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. at The Ferguson Library’s Third Floor Auditorium, Bedford & Broad Streets, Stamford.

Taking the reader through such disparate worlds as wine tasting, penalty kicks, compulsive gambling and police lineups, Berdik utilizes a compelling mix of personal stories and persuasive science to show us how expectations can influence success – for better or worse. Delving into the human psychology of the placebo effect, Berdik reveals the power of the human brain to effect outcomes.

Using this research, Berdik gives the reader the tools to break free of some of our negative assumptions and influence others.

“This is a delightful book: a mind-bending survey of what scientists are beginning to learn about the remarkable powers of the imagination. Fascinating, illuminating, and full of surprises, Mind Over Mind will forever change the way you think—about the way you think,” said Toby Lester, author of Da Vinci’s Ghost and The Fourth Part of the World.

Berdik is a science journalist and former staff editor at The Atlantic and Mother Jones. He has written for numerous publications, including New Scientist, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The San Diego Union-Tribune. He lives in Boston.

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