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Erik Vance
Science Writer

Erik Vance is a science writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American, Nature and Discover, among others. His first book, Suggestible You, about how the mind and body continually twist and shape our realities, is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Written by Erik Vance

Essay/
Neuroscience
Mesmerising

Look into my eyes: the fantastical history, mysterious healing power and emergent neuroscience of hypnosis

Erik Vance