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Humans are the only animals who crave oblivion through suicide

Nicholas Humphrey

Idea/Mental Health

Psychopaths have feelings: can they learn how to use them?

Arielle Baskin-Sommers

Video/Social Psychology

Laughing at others’ misfortune is fine for ‘fail’ videos. It’s poison for politics

6 minutes

Video/Life Stages

Harlem’s over-55s synchronised swimming team thinks ageing is better in the pool

4 minutes

Video/Mood & Emotion

Will they or won’t they? Prospective jumpers anguish at the edge of the high dive

16 minutes

Classic /Meaning & the Good Life

On the happy life

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, 64 CE

With a new introduction and commentary by Massimo Pigliucci


Pigs, parrots and people: the problem of animal personality

Antone Martinho


Why is the brain prone to florid forms of confabulation?

Jules Montague

Video/Love & Friendship

Meeting your boyfriend’s family is hard. Agata must travel 3,000 miles. And she’s blind

13 minutes

Video/Human Evolution

Why do fear, cold and sublime feelings all provoke the same response in our skin?

3 minutes

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Jacob Taylor, Emma Cohen & Arran Davis

Video/Mood & Emotion

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

4 minutes


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

Minna Lyons

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