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Psychology

Essays and videos offering insights into the self, relationships, cognition and neuroscience
Learning styles don’t exist | Aeon
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Teaching and learning

Learning styles don’t exist

A teaching approach that is based on students’ preferences sounds laudable. But this misunderstands how learning happens

Carl Hendrick

Born that way | Aeon
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Personality

Born that way

Confident or shy, our temperament is mostly baked-in from birth. But how that influences our lives is up for grabs

Gina Mireault

Deerwoods deathtrap | Aeon
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Family life

Fifty years ago, a train collided with Jack and Betty’s car. Here’s how they remember it

9 minutes

Small hours | Aeon
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Subcultures

The cast of ‘misfit toys’ who keep life on an idyllic tourist island afloat

7 minutes

Ida western exile | Aeon
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Technology and the self

One woman prepares for the risky solitude of Georgia O’Keeffe’s American West

8 minutes

Drawing on autism | Aeon
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Ethics

An animator wonders: can you ever depict someone without making them a caricature?

10 minutes

Welcome to the pros | Aeon
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Personality

Why a journeyman boxer finds contentment in the art of losing

6 minutes

The rocket on the roof | Aeon
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Personality

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

14 minutes

When hope gets in the way | Aeon
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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

EXCLUSIVESometimes surface | Aeon
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Subcultures

Bad puns, regrettable costumes, and other joys of collecting kitschy album art

13 minutes

Deal breakers | Aeon
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Personality

Art students divulge (and animate) the dating pet peeves they find unforgivable

3 minutes

While you were sleeping | Aeon
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Work

What is it like to clean the world for tomorrow while the rest of a city sleeps?

7 minutes

Out of mind | Aeon
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Neurodiversity

What it’s like to have aphantasia, the inability to visualise images in the mind’s eye

14 minutes

It’s rocket science | Aeon
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Making

How sky-high dreams launched one man’s audacious life in homemade rocketry

5 minutes

HAGS (have a good summer) | Aeon
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Life stages

A filmmaker reflects on his adolescence with the help of some long-lost friends

9 minutes

Talking heads | Aeon
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Childhood and adolescence

Want an unvarnished window into the world of kids? Try cutting their hair

15 minutes

Steve is undocumented | Aeon
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Personality

Meet the British bouncer in LA on an expired visa who has no time for immigrants

10 minutes

Fishcakes and cocaine | Aeon
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Home

Eccentrics, artists and Luddites find community on a remote Scottish peninsula

26 minutes

Is Eric Cantona an existentialist? | Aeon
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Values and beliefs

What would Sartre make of the footballer who stood by his decision to kick a fan?

3 minutes

EXCLUSIVEA friendship in tow/toe | Aeon
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Personality

Two strangers forge a surprising connection as they climb a steep Lisbon street

10 minutes

EXCLUSIVEElsewhere | Aeon
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Personality

Eight men reflect on their paths to prison – and imagine their alternative lives

30 minutes

Scars | Aeon
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Personality

How scars continue to shape the mind long after the tissue has settled

19 minutes

The hermit | Aeon
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Social psychology

Disturbed loner? Gentle recluse? Opinions on an infamous Maine hermit run the gamut

23 minutes

Out of the blue | Aeon
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Personality

Jim Hall, 78, has a blue body – but his outlook on life is more unusual still

8 minutes