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TED-Ed: Why do we feel nostalgia? – Clay Routledge

Nostalgia was once considered an illness confined to specific groups of people. Today, people all over the world report experiencing and enjoying nostalgia. But how does nostalgia work? And is it healthy? Clay Routledge details the way our understanding of nostalgia has changed since the term was first coined in the late 17th century. Lesson …

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TED ED: Is there a reproducibility crisis in science? – Matt Anticole

Published scientific studies can motivate research, inspire products, and inform policy. However, recent studies that examined dozens of published pharmaceutical papers managed to replicate the results of less than 25% of them — and similar results have been found in other scientific disciplines. How do we combat this crisis of scientific irreproducibility? Matt Anticole investigates. …

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Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not …

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Pico Iyer: The art of stillness

The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few …

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Harvard University: Science, Humanities, and the Human Mind With Steven Pinker and Susanna Siegel

Steven Pinker (FAS/Psychology) and Susanna Siegel (FAS/Philosophy) discuss the relationship between science and the humanities. Moderated by Anne Harrington (FAS/History of Science) and organized by the Harvard Mind/Brain/Behavior Graduate Student Committee (Enoch Lambert & Samuel Mehr, co-chairs).  

Elizabeth Loftus: The fiction of memory

FILMED JUN 2013 • POSTED SEP 2013 • TEDGlobal 2013 TED presents psychologist Elizabeth Loftus who studies memories. More precisely, she studies false memories, when people either remember things that didn’t happen or remember them differently from the way they really were. It’s more common than you might think, and Loftus shares some startling stories …

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Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

FILMED JUN 2013 • POSTED SEP 2013 • TEDGlobal 2013 TED presents Kelly McGonigal who is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University. She talks about stress, that has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. McGonigal urges us …

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Marshall Brain – Meaning of Life

TEDx presents Marchal Brain taliking about the meaning of life. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

Steven Pinker: A History of Violence

Fora TV presents Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker. who links the Humanitarian Revolution, an historical decline in violence, to widespread literacy. “It’s plausible,” he explains, “that as people consume fiction, drama, history, and journalism, they start to inhabit the minds of people unlike themselves, which conceivably could expand their empathy and decrease their taste for cruelty.” …

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Faith Jegede: What I’ve learned from my autistic brothers

TED presents Faith Jegede, who tells the moving and funny story of growing up with her two brothers, both autistic — and both extraordinary. In this talk from the TED Talent Search, she reminds us to pursue a life beyond what is normal.

Lemn Sissay: A child of the state

TED presents Lemn Sissay who talks about how literature has long been fascinated with fostered, adopted and orphaned children, from Moses to Cinderella to Oliver Twist to Harry Potter. So why do many parentless children feel compelled to hide their pasts? Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay tells his own moving story.