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Psychology

Essays and videos offering insights into the self, relationships, cognition and neuroscience
A man lies down with his head on a miniature model of buildings and streets, blending into the tiny, urban scene at night.
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Biography and memoir

The unique life philosophy of Abdi, born in Somalia, living in the Netherlands

29 minutes

A person in glasses smiles amid colourful confetti in the air, with blurry, illuminated urban background and celebratory atmosphere.
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Rituals and celebrations

Meet the entrepreneur whose business is crafting perfect peak experiences

12 minutes

Person wearing a white hazmat suit and a full-face respirator, standing in a dimly lit industrial setting.
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Personality

Why cleaning up crime scenes requires a rare mix of grit and empathy

9 minutes

An elderly man with a white beard and blue cap stands on a rocky beach with ruins in the background on a clear day.
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Personality

Why one man spent 15 years in ‘self-imposed’ island exile

7 minutes

Two elderly women in red dresses and sunglasses standing in front of a tropical mural with birds, flowers, and a full moon.
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Personality

The myth of mirrored twins

What do the lives of twins tell us about heritability, selfhood and the age-old debate between nature and nurture?

Gavin Evans

Man lying on an orange sofa reading a document with a yellow notepad, faces partially obscured background.
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Language and linguistics

A master palindromist spells out his 40-year ‘love affair with reversibility’

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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

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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

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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

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Subcultures

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

7 minutes

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Technology and the self

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

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Ethics

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

10 minutes

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Personality

Why a journeyman boxer finds contentment in the art of losing

6 minutes

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Personality

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

14 minutes

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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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Subcultures

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

13 minutes

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Personality

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

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Work

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

7 minutes

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Neurodiversity

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

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Making

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

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Life stages

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

9 minutes

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Childhood and adolescence

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

15 minutes

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Personality

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

10 minutes

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Home

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

26 minutes