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Childhood & Adolescence
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Consciousness & Altered States
Family Life
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Neuroscience
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Psychiatry & Psychotherapy
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Social Psychology
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Idea/Childhood & Adolescence

Five-month-old babies know what’s funny

Gina Mireault

Video/Childhood & Adolescence

Why the ‘exotic and strange’ world of childhood is ripe for horror

5 minutes

Video/Mood & Emotion

Reason might be our puppet master but only after emotions tug on the strings

3 minutes

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Essay/Ethics

Honestly, it’s fine!

Tight-lipped, frosty and fake, the passive-aggressive person never quite takes the blame. Is this always a bad thing?

Rebecca Roache

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Idea/Social Psychology

How the fear of death makes people more Right-wing

Bobby Azarian

Video/Mood & Emotion

How the sounds of solitary confinement might be worse than the isolation

3 minutes

Video/Self-Improvement

Athletes endure a bizarre, nearly impossible 100-mile race for its sheer thrill

23 minutes

Video/Sports & Games

Life as a young referee: you get berated on the pitch; at home, mother does it too

17 minutes

Essay/Mood & Emotion

A theory of creepiness

A bear chasing you is simply scary but a guy with a big mouse’s head can give you the creeps. What’s the difference?

David Livingstone Smith

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Idea/Nature & Environment

Do only humans have souls, or do animals possess them too?

Michael Jawer

Video/Mood & Emotion

Can any of these four men shed tears on command? The psychology of the ‘guy cry’

4 minutes

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Essay/Food & Drink

Hot stuff

Pepperheads love the hit of a habanero, the kick of a bhut jolokia. But what’s the allure of a fruit designed to repel?

Kendra Pierre-Louis

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Idea/Social Psychology

Liberal academics are ‘open’ but are they truly tolerant?

Mark Brandt

Video/Mood & Emotion

Kindness as self-defence – the power of ‘non-complementary behaviour’

8 minutes

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Essay/Neuroscience

My spotless mind

Imagine purging life’s disturbing events. If you could alter or mute your worst memories would you still remain yourself?

Lauren Gravitz

Idea/Social Psychology

Exercising together boosts performance and forges friendships

Arran Davis, Jacob Taylor & Emma Cohen

Video/Mood & Emotion

Music might be quintessentially human, but does it serve a purpose?

4 minutes

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Idea/Personality

Sex, drugs and late nights: on night owls and psychopaths

Minna Lyons

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Essay/Mood & Emotion

Only the lonely

Loneliness is hell: debilitating yet formative. Can we avoid the pains of loneliness yet enjoy the pleasures of solitude?

Cody Delistraty

Video/Mood & Emotion

The true meaning of the match is clearest on the face of the diehard fan

5 minutes

Idea/Social Psychology

Why rudeness at work is contagious and difficult to stop

Trevor Foulk

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Essay/Self-Improvement

Don’t beat yourself up

Learning to be kind to yourself when you (inevitably) make mistakes could have a remarkable effect on your happiness

Mark Leary

Video/Mood & Emotion

Blame lets you blow off steam, but it will rarely help you get at the truth

3 minutes

Idea/Neuroscience

Why a well-crafted melody has the power to colonise your mind

Patrick McNamara

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Essay/Self-Improvement

The pleasure of their pain

Why the punishment and humiliation of reality TV contestants provides such a satisfying and deep pleasure

Batya Ungar-Sargon

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Idea/Family Life

Why mothers of tweens – not babies – are the most depressed

Lucia Ciciolla & Suniya Luthar

Essay/Wellbeing

The cruelty of kindness

‘No kill’ animal shelters have unleashed an epidemic of suffering. Is a life of misery any better than a quick death?

Sabine Heinlein

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Idea/Childhood & Adolescence

Why playing peekaboo with babies is a very serious matter

Caspar Addyman

Essay/Law & Justice

No apology

Those accused of crimes are often asked to apologise, but status and prejudice may shape the impact of those apologies

Jessica Pishko

Idea/Childhood & Adolescence

Police interrogation techniques are bogus and inaccurate

Douglas Starr