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The power of believing that you can improve

11 Jan 2015 Morvarid Akhbari
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 solv...

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Why some people find exercise harder than others

04 Dec 2014 Morvarid Akhbari
Why do some people struggle more than others to keep off the pounds? Social psychologist Emily Balcetis shows research that addresses one of the many factors: Vision. In an informative talk, she shows how when it comes to fitness, some people quite literally see the world differently from others —...

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How to spot a liar

24 Nov 2014 Morvarid Akhbari
On any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.

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Don't eat the marshmallow!

13 Nov 2014 Morvarid Akhbari
In this short talk from TED U, Joachim de Posada shares a landmark experiment on delayed gratification — and how it can predict future success. With priceless video of kids trying their hardest not to eat the marshmallow.

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What animal madness means for us humans

04 Sep 2014 Morvarid Akhbari
Behind those funny animal videos, sometimes, are oddly human-like problems. Laurel Braitman studies non-human animals who exhibit signs of mental health issues — from compulsive bears to self-destructive rats to monkeys with unlikely friends. Braitman asks what we as humans can learn from watching...

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Want to be happier ? Stay in the moment

12 Aug 2014 Milad Moodi
When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the surprising results: We're often happiest when we're lost in the moment. And the flip side: The more our mind wanders, the ...

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The origins of pleasure

18 Jun 2014 Milad Moodi
Why do we like an original painting better than a forgery? Psychologist Paul Bloom argues that human beings are essentialists — that our beliefs about the history of an object change how we experience it, not simply as an illusion, but as a deep feature of what pleasure (and pain) is.

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The riddle of experience vs. memory

20 Mar 2014 Milad Moodi
Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Daniel Kahneman reveals how our "experiencing selves" and our "remembering selves" perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy -- and our own self-awareness.

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How to make stress your friend

06 Feb 2014 Milad Moodi
New research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. In this talk, Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

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The fiction of memory

09 Jan 2014 Milad Moodi
Elizabeth Loftus studies memories. More precisely, she studies false memories, when people either remember things that didn't happen or remember them differently. Here she shares some startling statistics, and raises some important ethical questions we should all remember to consider.

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