Endless self-help approaches to a better life claim to have the answer. But, after 25 years as one of the world’s leading psychologists, Professor Elaine Fox, author of Switchcraft, knows that there isn’t a singular solution to life. 

The Expectation Effect author, David Robson, proposes that it is our expectations that shape our experiences, and suggests new techniques that can help you reframe your life to create true psychological change. 

In this conversation, focused on improving your own wellbeing, join us in exploring how harnessing the power of an agile mind can help us lead happier lives.

About The Authors

Headshot of author Elaine Fox, leaning against a railing in front of an Oxford University building

Elaine Fox

Elaine Fox is Professor and Head of the School of Psychology at the University ofAdelaide, Australia. She spent the last ten years at the University of Oxford where she founded and directed a world-leading research centre exploring the nature of resilience and mental wellbeing before moving to Australia in 2022.A cognitive psychologist by training, she is a leading mental health researcher combining genetics, psychology and neuroscience in her work. Elaine also runs a consultancy, Oxford Elite Performance, bringing cutting-edge science and psychology to those at the top levels of sport, business and the military. She was born and brought up in Dublin, Ireland and has held academic positions in Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and Australia. Her first book Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain was published in 2012.

David Robson

David Robson is an award-winning science writer specialising in the extremes of the human brain, body and behaviour. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, he worked as a feature editor at New Scientist and as a senior journalist at BBC Future. His freelance writing has also appeared in the Observer, the Atlantic, Men’s HealthAeon, and the Psychologist. David’s first book was The Intelligence Trap, published in 2019, and his second is The Expectation Effect, published in January 2022. In 2021, he won awards from the Association of British Science Writers and the Medical Journalists’ Association for his writing on psychological factors influencing the Covid pandemic.