An interesting review article that I missed when it came out. It contains a succinct review of the domains of suggestion, distinctions between deliberate and non-deliberate suggestion, and an overview of response expectancy theory. Interestingly, it argues that suggestion could be one reason behind difficulties of replication in psychological science: the reason why a paradigm might work in a particular lab but not others could be that certain expectancies are set up in that lab, which might not be present in a different or more skeptical lab.

Michael, R. B., Garry, M., Kirsch, I. (2012). Suggestion, Cognition, and Behaviour. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 21(3), 151-156.

(An interesting comparison: Ray Dolan wrote an article 'Emotion, Cognition, and Behaviour' 10 years earlier which anticipated a trend towards emotion research)

Abstract

Deliberate and nondeliberate suggestions can influence cognitions and behaviors in surprising ways. Sometimes suggestions are helpful and improve our cognitions and behaviors, but at other times they are harmful. Suggestions can create response expectancies: the myriad ways in which we anticipate responding automatically to various situations. In this article, we discuss some of the most recent and intriguing reported effects of suggestion on cognition and behavior—effects that should make us stop and wonder, but should also make us reflect on the possibility that other well-known findings are the result of suggestion and expectation.The boundaries and underlying mechanisms of the effects of suggestion are puzzles waiting to be solved.

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