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How language changes over time | Playlist | TED.com

Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there’s much more to texting — linguistically, culturally — than it …



What does it mean to think? Can machines think, or only humans? These questions have obsessed computer science since the 1950s, and grow more …


Germanwings Crash: Mental Illness Not Necessarily to Blame

Investigators may never know exactly why Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz carried out what is believed to have been a deliberate plane crash in …

Mental Health

Can we harness telepathy for moral good? – Kat McGowan

Every modern generation has had its own idiosyncratic obsession with telepathy, the hope that one human being might be able to read another person’s …


Life Lines

Life LinesFor an artist with amnesia, the world takes place through her pencil.Using a pencil and a ruler, Lonni Sue Johnson lovingly traced a blue …


When Friends' "Help" Hurts

It has been well-documented that perceived support is associated with better health and well-being.1,2 Knowing that you’ll have someone there when …


The Psychology of Flow: What Game Design Reveals about the Deliberate Tensions of Great Writing

“The books that give us the most pleasure, the deepest pleasure, combine uncertainty and satisfaction, tension and release.”

A full creative life requires equally that we cultivate a capacity for boredom, as legendary psychoanalyst Adam Phillips asserted, and learn to welcome rather than avoid …


This is exactly why likable people are so likeable

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Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few—the good looking, the fiercely social, and the incredibly talented. It’s easy to fall prey to …


Sense of Nonsense: Alan Watts on How We Find Meaning by Surrendering to Meaninglessness

“It is in this kind of meaninglessness that we come to the profoundest meaning.”

In his early thirties, Alan Watts (January 6, 1915–November 16, 1973) walked away from a career as an Episcopal priest and set out to popularize Zen teachings in the West. His singular fusion of secular philosophy and …


Stanford's Most Popular Class Isn't Computer Science—It's Something Much More Important

It's called "Designing Your Life," a course that's part throwback, part foreshadowing of higher education's future.

Before Kanyi Maqubela became an investment partner at the Collaborative Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on social enterprises, he was a typical Stanford student in …

Stanford University

Inside Google's Insanely Popular Emotional-Intelligence Course

How one of Google's original engineers became a self-help guru, and why thousands are on waiting lists for his course.

In 2006, Google engineer Chade-Meng Tan decided he no longer wanted to feel like a cog in the great machine, and set out to create a program that would train people to be more …


Diner Beware

How restaurants trick you into eating less and spending more

In the 1760s, Mathurin Roze de Chantoiseau opened a series of Parisian shops that boasted a curative consommé. Although the main draw was the broth, Roze’s establishments also set a new standard for dining out, with individual tables, …


Onions CAN taste like apples: the Tony Abbott effect

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott currently has people scratching their heads as to what he was thinking when he ate a raw onion like most people would eat an apple. While people looking at Tony Abbott’s words and actions and thinking “what the hell are you doing?” is nothing unusual these …

Tony Abbott

Why Children Need Chores

Today’s demands for measurable childhood success—from the Common Core to college placement—have chased household chores from the to-do lists of many young people. In a survey of 1,001 U.S. adults released last fall by Braun Research, 82% reported having regular chores growing up, but only 28% said …


Where does identity go once memory goes? – Charles Leadbeater

‘On my good days, I can almost pass for a normal person. On my bad days, I feel like I cannot find myself… I don’t know who I am and what I am going …


Stop mocking Starbucks’s ‘Race Together.’ It could actually lead to useful conversations about race.

Starbucks recently launched a campaign called “Race Together,” in which baristas invite customers to engage in conversations about race by writing …


Infectious Psychology

As the Ebola epidemic subsides, global leaders look to the next outbreak.

Sitting and talking about the 10,000 people so-far killed by Ebola hemorrhagic fever in West Africa, it's easy to feel impotent. The scope and nature of the problems that fed the outbreak are the result of disparities so vast …


What Makes You ‘Click’ With Someone Else?

Eric Barker writes Barking Up the Wrong Tree.

The content of a conversation is less important than how personal and emotional it is

You can’t put your finger on it.

You may not have anything in common.

On paper it might seem you’d never be friends.

But you just… “click.”

How does that work? Personally, …


One of psychology's most infamous experiments on the dark side of humanity is back under the microscope

In 1961, Yale University psychology professor Stanley Milgram placed an advertisement in the New Haven Register. “We will pay you $4 for one hour of your time,” it read, asking for “500 New Haven men to help us complete a scientific study of memory and learning.”

Only part of that was true. Over the …


The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans | Daniel Amen | TEDxOrangeCoast

How teenage brains are different

DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV was 19, legally an adult, at the time of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. He now faces 30 federal counts related to the …

The Brain

The troubling psychology behind how we decide who’s a scientific “expert” — and who isn’t

In the past few days, the climate change debate has reverted to a familiar mode: Follow the money. The New York Times and many other outlets reported …


Why we're all overconfident

Here's a phenomenon we've all noticed: a friend insists they're right about something, refuses to waver in spite of doubters, and then consults Wikipedia, only to realize that they're dead wrong.

We might laugh, but it happens all the time. Think about those poor people on Jay Leno or Jimmy Kimmel …

Public Broadcasters

The Weird Way Facebook and Instagram Are Making Us Happier

Facebook's emphasis on experiences instead of material goods is giving us a new way to worry that we may not be keeping up with the Joneses. Here's …


Why men lose their memory younger than women

Men are affected by memory loss earlier than women, according to a study. Why does it happen and what can we do to stave it off?

Men over 40 have worse memories than women of the same age, according to a study carried out by American scientists.

The research showed that the hippocampus area of the …

The Brain

How "compassion fatigue" affect doctors' decisions

An interview with Danielle Ofri, physician and author of “What Doctors Feel” – a book about the emotional lives of doctors.

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In search of cultural competence

Cultural competence — loosely defined as the ability to understand, appreciate and interact with people from cultures or belief systems different …


What I Learned Writing A Brain Blog For 17 Months

Brain myths die hard, and other things I learned from writing WIRED's popular Brain Watch blog for 17 months.The post What I Learned Writing A Brain …

The Brain

The Vicious Cycle of Workplace Bullying

Psychological Science at Work

The indispensable research blog on the science of the modern workplace, covering everything from leadership and

Mental Health