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Psychology

Essays and videos offering insights into the self, relationships, cognition and neuroscience
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Music

‘Dun dun dun duuun!’ Why Beethoven’s Fifth sticks in the head and stirs the heart

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Mood and emotion

An Oceanic lullaby, ‘Gimme Shelter’ and more elucidate how music taps into our emotions

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Mood and emotion

Moments of poetry pierce through the mundane at a small-town grocery

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Mood and emotion

When grief doesn’t end

Suffering the sudden death of a loved person leaves some survivors stuck in grief. Can they win their lives back – and how?

Martin W Angler

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Human evolution

Far from frivolous, cuteness is a powerful – and still mysterious – force of nature

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Family life

On a whirlwind morning, a couple learns if they’re facing an unplanned pregnancy

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Mood and emotion

The joy of sulk

Full of implicit rules and paradoxes, sulking is a marvellous example of intense communication without clear declaration

Rebecca Roache

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Love and friendship

A decade after his wife was swept away in a tsunami, Yasuo still searches the sea

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Mood and emotion

In praise of irritation

Unlike anger, irritation has neither glamour nor radicalism on its side. Yet it might just be the mood we need right now

Will Rees

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Politics and government

Join the spirited debate at a women’s hair salon before a pivotal election in Tunisia

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Earth science and climate

A biologist on the sorrows of documenting the Great Salt Lake’s collapse

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Medicine

What is it like to be a paramedic, navigating human emergency?

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Life stages

An unvarnished, poetic account of a new mother’s struggle to breastfeed

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Mood and emotion

‘Let me dream you into my reality’: memories illuminate an unthinkable isolation

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Personality

Wesley wants to solve the rooftop mystery – but does he have what it takes?

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History of ideas

Reasons to be cheerful

A cheery mood, you might think, is a terribly self-absorbed response to serious times. But history tells us otherwise

Timothy Hampton

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Meaning and the good life

You’re astonishing!

Life can be better appreciated when you remember how wonderfully and frighteningly unlikely it is that you exist at all

Timm Triplett

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Mood and emotion

A century of letters captures the emotions of life in a new city, far from home

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History

The smile: a history

How our toothy modern smile was invented by a confluence of French dentistry and Parisian portrait-painting in the 1780s

Colin Jones

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Mood and emotion

When hope gets in the way

Hope is usually seen as a positive agent of change that spares us from pain. But it can also undermine healing and growth

Santiago Delboy

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Wellbeing

Wry animations expose the gap between anxious aspiration and real life

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Mood and emotion

Alone on a small island in Belgrade, a father grieves his daughter in quiet solitude

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Mood and emotion

Close-ups on the night of anticipation in the 2020 US presidential elections

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Neurodiversity

Autistic children and adults sketch out the look and feel of their sensory world

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