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Video/Stories & Literature

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

7 minutes

Video/History

The amazing and awful outcome of releasing 1.5 million balloons into the sky

7 minutes

Essay/Cities

Common ground

When we think of urban public space in terms of competing rights, we create a battleground. Is there a better way to share?

Farhan Samanani

Video/Social Psychology

Laughing at others’ misfortune is fine for ‘fail’ videos. It’s poison for politics

6 minutes

Essay/Social Psychology

Microaggressions?

Prejudice remains a huge social evil but evidence for harm caused by microaggression is incoherent, unscientific and weak

Scott O Lilienfeld

Video/Love & Friendship

From a 77-year relationship to a first date – a brisk, cheery survey of love

3 minutes

Idea/Economics

Conspicuous consumption is over. It’s all about intangibles now

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

Essay/Social Psychology

The crisis of expertise

Experts are either derided or held up as all-seeing gurus. Time to reboot the relationship between expertise and democracy

Tom Nichols

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

Video/Mood & Emotion

Will they or won’t they? Prospective jumpers anguish at the edge of the high dive

16 minutes

Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

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

Kate Fehlhaber

Essay/Economics

Platonically irrational

How much did Plato know about behavioural economics and cognitive biases? Pretty much everything, it turns out

Nick Romeo

Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

Descartes was wrong: ‘a person is a person through other persons’

Abeba Birhane

Essay/Neuroscience

Touched

We ride a stream of naked neurons, stripped of their sheaths, to the most blissful moments and deepest intimacies of life

Steven M Phelps

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

Idea/Social Psychology

Dishonesty gets easier on the brain the more you do it

Neil Garrett

Video/Mental Health

An elderly man dedicates himself to saving lives at Japan’s ‘suicide cliffs’

40 minutes

Idea/Social Psychology

The seductive lie of ‘Patient Zero’ and the outbreak narrative

Leyla Mei

Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

On shared false memories: what lies behind the Mandela effect

Caitlin Aamodt

Idea/Social Psychology

People are intensely loyal to groups which abuse newcomers. Why?

Christopher Kavanagh

Idea/Childhood & Adolescence

Is it better to beat temptation or never feel tempted at all?

Christina Starmans

Video/Social Psychology

‘The order could come at any moment’: two kamikaze pilots tell their story

8 minutes

Idea/Social Psychology

How the fear of death makes people more Right-wing

Bobby Azarian

Idea/Social Psychology

Bragging rights: when beating your own drum helps (or hurts)

Patrick Heck

Idea/Neuroscience

How the cute Pikachu is a chocolate milkshake for the brain

Joel Frohlich

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

Essay/Work

Stupefied

How organisations enshrine collective stupidity and employees are rewarded for checking their brains at the office door

André Spicer

Video/Social Psychology

How gang violence is American violence: it shows alienation at all social levels

5 minutes

Video/Mood & Emotion

Can any of these four men shed tears on command? The psychology of the ‘guy cry’

4 minutes