The Art and Science of Tricking Your Brain

What the research says about ‘fake it til you make it’

Erman Misirlisoy, PhD
Elemental
Published in
5 min readDec 20, 2019

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Illustration: George Wylesol

DDuring difficult times in your life, perhaps you’ve been told to “take a deep breath” or “try to smile more.” Anxious about that big presentation at work? Just “stand up tall with confidence, and everything will be fine.”

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Erman Misirlisoy, PhD
Elemental

Research Leader (Ex-Instagram / Chief Scientist at multiple startups). Author of the User Insight Newsletter: https://userinsight.substack.com/