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Video/Childhood & Adolescence

What to make of a Riot Grrrl? A snapshot of feminism and high school in the 1990s

18 minutes

Essay/Personality

Indescribable you

Can novelists or psychologists better capture the strange multitude of realities in every human self?

Carlin Flora

Video/Stories & Literature

A story is like a black box – you put the reader in there: George Saunders on storytelling

7 minutes

Essay/Ethics

Moral luck

Two people drive drunk at night: one kills a pedestrian, one doesn't. Does the unlucky killer deserve more blame or not?

Robert J Hartman

Video/Personality

Magic from the mundane – paper towels flourish in the hands of a coffeeshop artist

2 minutes

Essay/Personality

First impressions count

A judgment of competence is made in a tenth of a second on the basis of facial features. Thus political decisions are made

Alexander Todorov

Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence

Kate Fehlhaber

Idea/Personality

Pigs, parrots and people: the problem of animal personality

Antone Martinho

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Video/Love & Friendship

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

13 minutes

Video/Social Psychology

Never judge a book by its cover. But what about people and their faces?

12 minutes

Idea/Anthropology

How arrogance can make even an obnoxious person popular

Joel Robbins

Video/Values & Beliefs

How a millionaire traded his wealth for happiness – and a shoeshine box

4 minutes

Essay/Ethics

The Phineas Gage effect

When someone changes for the worse, we see a totally different person. But what happens if the change is for the better?

Kevin Tobia

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Video/Chemistry

Obsession and electricity: a scientist chases the origins of life in the lab

16 minutes

Video/Art

How a focus on the present moment has given David Hockney many lives

7 minutes

Essay/Social Psychology

Group smarts

Groupthink can be stultifying. So how do the most successful groups elicit collective intelligence from their members?

Jane C Hu

Idea/Childhood & Adolescence

How summer camps and Scout groups turn children into citizens

Benjamin Jordan

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

Idea/Personality

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

Minna Lyons

Video/Personality

At the world’s largest gathering of twins, everyone is part of a double act

7 minutes

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Video/Subcultures

The Dull Men’s Club: where being extraordinarily ordinary is celebrated

15 minutes

Video/Film & Television

Squirm, laugh, judge – but reality TV school is not quite what you think

23 minutes

Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

Playing games for real

My father was hopelessly, joyously addicted to gambling and I his moral critic. How did I end up playing pro blackjack?

Marina Benjamin

Video/Mood & Emotion

The candid, surprising stories of a tower block’s residents emerge in the lift

25 minutes

Essay/Art

Head to head

Michelangelo and Raphael; Leibniz and Newton; Constable and Turner. Does every creative genius need a bitter rival?

Jacob Burak

Video/Cognition & Intelligence

How do you get a robot to seem more like a human? You make it a liar robot

4 minutes

Essay/Philosophy of Mind

I am not a story

Some find it comforting to think of life as a story. Others find that absurd. So are you a Narrative or a non-Narrative?

Galen Strawson

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Video/Meaning & the Good Life

Can negativism sweeten life’s small joys in the face of illness and death?

5 minutes

Video/Mood & Emotion

The inventive absurdity of Chuck Jones, creator of ‘Looney Tunes’

9 minutes