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Psychology

Essays and videos offering insights into the self, relationships, cognition and neuroscience
Believing is seeing | Aeon
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Social psychology

Social contagions can cause genuine illness, and TikTok may be a superspreader

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Through the eyes of another | Aeon
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Ethics

Through the eyes of another

It’s impossible to shed our individual biases. So the best way to establish objectivity is by taking on new perspectives

Heidi Maibom

The will to fight | Aeon
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War and peace

The will to fight

Throughout history, the most effective combatants have powered to victory on commitment to core values and collective resolve

Scott Atran

You’ve never been completely honest | Aeon
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Social psychology

A harrowing account of a 1970 ‘leadership seminar’ spotlights self-help’s dark side

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A good scrap | Aeon
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Social psychology

A good scrap

Disagreements can be unpleasant, even offensive, but they are vital to human reason. Without them we remain in the dark

Ian Leslie

A small antelope horn | Aeon
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Anthropology

Sitting by the fire with a nomadic tribe, a physicist ponders the many shapes of wisdom

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EXCLUSIVEConor and Kobe | Aeon
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Mood and emotion

Grieving Kobe Bryant, Conor wonders: why do untimely celebrity deaths hit so hard?

6 minutes

Why are we so attached to our things? | Aeon
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Social psychology

Feeling connected to objects is a fundamental – and fraught – part of human nature

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Everything is stories: reviled and maligned | Aeon
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Ethics

Does everyone deserve a respectful burial? How a terrorist’s body divided a city

22 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

Your name here | Aeon
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Film and visual culture

‘From dream to reality!’ The 1960s spoof that marked the dawn of self-aware advertising

9 minutes

Dating on the rebound – when looking for love can be a lifesaver | Aeon
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Love and friendship

Dating on the rebound – when looking for love can be a lifesaver

Claudia Brumbaugh

9at38 | Aeon
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Music

The violinist staging a concert of unity at the border between North and South Korea

18 minutes

Do you have imposter syndrome? | Aeon
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Social psychology

Do you feel like a fraud after a success? It can mean you’re doing something well

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This mortal coil | Aeon
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Death

This mortal coil

The fear of death drives many evils, from addiction to prejudice and war. Can it also be harnessed as a force for good?

Jeff Greenberg

Men | Aeon
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Social psychology

As a debauched weekend comes to its end, a strange grace settles over these young men

17 minutes

The drill | Aeon
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Childhood and adolescence

‘I want to take the bullet and save my friends’ – the grim reality of safety drills in US schools

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In the absence | Aeon
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Human rights and justice

‘They told us to stay put’: the South Korean ferry disaster that sank lives and trust

29 minutes

The big push | Aeon
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War and peace

The eerie serenity of a summer’s day by water, before one of history’s bloodiest battles

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Black sheep | Aeon
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Social psychology

What ultranationalism offers working-class teens in England’s north

16 minutes

What is to be done about the problem of creepy men? | Aeon
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Social psychology

What is to be done about the problem of creepy men?

Heidi Matthews

The smart move: we learn more by trusting than by not trusting | Aeon
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Social psychology

The smart move: we learn more by trusting than by not trusting

Hugo Mercier

Houses of horror | Aeon
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Social psychology

Houses of horror

A ragged curtain, a creaking attic, a dark cellar – what explains the architecture of creepiness, and its enduring appeal?

Francis McAndrew

The fast track to a life well lived is feeling grateful | Aeon
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Virtues and vices

The fast track to a life well lived is feeling grateful

David DeSteno