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6 studies on how money affects the mind6 studies on how money affects the mind

Posted By Jessica Gross

How does being rich affect the way we behave? In today’s talk, social psychologist Paul Piff provides a convincing case for the answer: not well. “As a person’s levels of wealth increase, their feelings of compassion and empathy go down, and their feelings of entitlement, of deservingness, and their ideology of self-interest increases,” he says in […]

Science

Elizabeth Loftus on embedding false memories in U.S. soldiersElizabeth Loftus on embedding false memories in U.S. soldiers

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

“We can’t reliably distinguish true memories from false memories,” declares psychologist Elizabeth Loftus in today’s talk. She’s spent the past forty years studying the memory, and has reached some mind-blowing conclusions about what we know, and what we think we know. Here, she shares more detail about her work, and suggests further reading for anyone […]

Science

Want to know more about the unreliable nature of memory? Read thisWant to know more about the unreliable nature of memory? Read this

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

Elizabeth Loftus studies false memories. As she describes in her TED Talk, The fiction of memory, she has implanted erroneous memories of childhood trauma into adult study subjects as part of her work. She has pinpointed failures in eyewitness testimonies. She’s found that misinformation can reshape taste preferences. And, she’s found that people in stressful […]

Business

The psychology of energy savings: Talking behavioral economics with Alex Laskey and Sendhil MullainathanThe psychology of energy savings: Talking behavioral economics with Alex Laskey and Sendhil Mullainathan

Posted By Helen Walters

“For the past five years we’ve been running the largest behavioral science experiment in the world,” says Alex Laskey in today’s TED Talk, given at this year’s 2013 conference in Long Beach. “And, it’s working.” Laskey’s company Opower partners with utility companies to deliver personalized home energy reports, all based off the insight that people are […]

Culture

TEDWeekends thinks you should rethink your sanityTEDWeekends thinks you should rethink your sanity

Posted By Tedstaff

At TED2012, Jon Ronson wove a mind-bending tale that asks: How can we truly tell who is a psychopath? What’s the line between crazy and sane? And is it something we can truly delineate, or are we trying to discern black and white in a color-soaked world? Today’s TEDWeekends on the Huffington Post picks up […]

Culture

TED Weekends: Understanding evilTED Weekends: Understanding evil

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

Philip Zimbardo knows evil inside and out. He led the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment of 1971 and was an expert witness at Abu Ghraib, privy to graphic unseen images. At TED2008, Zimbardo explains how easy it is for the good to turn evil, and on the flip side, for inspiration to lead people to heroism. […]

Culture

Are we getting more intelligent? Jim Flynn at TED2013Are we getting more intelligent? Jim Flynn at TED2013

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Watch James Flynn’s TED Talk: “Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents’ Jim Flynn is an expert in intelligence famous for his research on the Flynn effect, the phenomenon that humanity’s IQ has been dramatically increasing since the 1930s. He opens Session 11 today on the last day of TED2013 to help answer […]

News

“The Unquiet Mind”: TED Radio Hour season 2 premieres today“The Unquiet Mind”: TED Radio Hour season 2 premieres today

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Turn up the radio! TED Radio Hour’s second season begins today. Hosted by NPR’s Guy Raz, the first episode is “The Unquiet Mind,” a beautifully soundscaped hour of inspiration that will make you think differently about, well, thinking. We’ve all had that moment when you see or hear something and wonder: am I going crazy? […]

Health

The vastness of human sexuality: Christopher Ryan at TED2013The vastness of human sexuality: Christopher Ryan at TED2013

Posted By Ben Lillie

Humans have sex like apes Christopher Ryan begins his talk with a strong reminder, “We didn’t descend from apes. We are apes.” A special kind, but we are one. We’re closer to chimps and bonobos than they are to any other primate. But he wants to know, “What kind of ape are we? Particularly in terms […]

Culture

Make the most of your 20s: Meg Jay at TED2013Make the most of your 20s: Meg Jay at TED2013

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In her 20s, Meg Jay saw her first psychotherapy client, Alex, who was there to talk about her guy problems. Jay didn’t take the sessions all too seriously at first. But then her supervisor gave her a wakeup call. While Jay said, “Sure she’s dating down and sleeping with a knucklehead. But she’s not gonna […]