The Laws of Connection – Social Strategies To Transform Your Life | How To Academy

Thu, 13 June 2024

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm BST

The Laws of Connection – Social Strategies To Transform Your Life

David Robson In Conversation With Hannah MacInnes

Award-winning science journalist David Robson joins us to reveal why social connection matters even more than we thought, and how we can build better relationships to improve our lives.

Social connection is as essential for our health and happiness as a balanced diet and regular exercise. Scientific research has proven that social connection can not only enhance mental focus, memory and problem-solving abilities, but also reduce our risk of stroke, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. Greater connection can also fuel creativity and enhance our work productivity, adding years to our life span.

And yet, many of us struggle to form strong and meaningful bonds. But the problem lies not with our personalities, but with a series of cognitive biases that stop us from fulfilling our social potential. Drawing on philosophy, neuroscience and cutting-edge philosophy, science journalist and author of The Expectation Effect David Robson will reveal the psychological barriers that lead us to keep others at a distance and offer evidence-based techniques to overcome them.

From making friends to recognising ‘frenemies’, from creating instant rapport to deepening meaningful and lasting relationships, David will show how we can all benefit from the laws of connection.

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David Robson

Award-winning Science Writer

David Robson is an award-winning science journalist. His first book, The Intelligence Trap, has been translated into 15 languages and his second, The Expectation Effect, won the British Psychological Society Award and was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Previously an editor and senior journalist at BBC Future, Robson is now a freelance journalist; his writing has appeared in The Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Atlantic, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and more.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.