The Common Character Trait of Geniuses | James Gleick | Big Think

The Common Character Trait of Geniuses | James Gleick | Big Think

I’m tempted to say smart, creative people have no particularly different set of character traits than the rest of us except for being smart and creative, and those being character traits. Then, on the other hand, I wrote a biography of Richard Feynman and a biography of Isaac Newton. Now, there are two great scientific …

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Steven Pinker: Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain | Big Think

Steven Pinker: Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain | Big Think

My name is Steve Pinker, and I’m Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.  And today I’m going to speak to you about language.  I’m actually not a linguist, but a cognitive scientist.  I’m not so much interested as language as an object in its own right, but as a window to the human mind. Language …

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Are You a Psychopath? Take the Test! | Kevin Dutton | Big Think

Are You a Psychopath? Take the Test! | Kevin Dutton | Big Think

We all know about the psychopath’s enhanced killer instinct, their finely tuned vulnerability antennae. But it may surprise you to know that there are some situations in which psychopaths are actually more adept at saving lives than they are at taking them. So let me give you an example of what I mean by that, okay?  Imagine you’ve got …

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Liberal vs. Conservative: A Neuroscientific Analysis with Gail Saltz

Liberal vs. Conservative: A Neuroscientific Analysis with Gail Saltz

So I think what’s really fascinating is that there have been a number of recent studies looking at brain structural differences between liberals and conservatives. And what’s been found in several studies is that liberals tend to have a larger anterior cingulate gyrus. That is an area that is responsible for taking in new information …

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The Science of Learning: How to Turn Information into Intelligence | Barbara Oakley

The Science of Learning: How to Turn Information into Intelligence | Barbara Oakley

A very important idea that people are often unaware of is the fact that we have two completely different ways of seeing the world, two different neural networks we access when we’re perceiving things. So what this means is when we first sit down to learn something—for example, we’re going to study math. You sit …

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The Psychology (and Politics) of Disgust | Kathleen McAuliffe

The Psychology (and Politics) of Disgust | Kathleen McAuliffe

Similar parts of the brain – there’s a lot of overlap in how we process both visceral disgust and moral disgust. Psychopaths – needless to say they’re these cold-blooded killers are over representative in many of our high security jails. And these individuals show damage to many of the same circuits that are involved in …

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The extraordinary effect of mindfulness on depression and anxiety | Daniel Goleman

The extraordinary effect of mindfulness on depression and anxiety | Daniel Goleman

One of the strong benefits of meditation generally has to do with the ordinary ways in which we suffer depression, anxiety, the angst of life. It turns out that meditation generally makes people feel more positively, it helps diminish anxiety, but it becomes particularly powerful when it’s combined with a psychotherapy. The way this is …

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The Psychology of Motivation: Build Purpose, Respect Contributions, Give Credit | Dan Ariely

The Psychology of Motivation: Build Purpose, Respect Contributions, Give Credit | Dan Ariely

So the first lesson is don’t kill motivation. You know businesses are often not about just increasing it, it is by stop decreasing it. I’ll tell you a story I gave a talk at a company in Seattle a few years ago. It’s a big software company and I was giving a talk and I …

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How Neuroplasticity Could Help with Depression, with Ruby Wax

How Neuroplasticity Could Help with Depression, with Ruby Wax

About eight years ago in the U.K. I was outed by a mental health charity because they asked me if they could take a photo of me to raise money in one of their little, you know, pamphlets. And I said yeah and I thought it was going to be a tiny fingernail clipping of …

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Why Do You Check Your Phone 150 Times a Day? | Tristan Harris

So why should someone who’s in the business of getting someone’s attention—why should somebody who runs a business that’s all about getting attention, why should they switch to being in the business of helping people? Well, for one, it’s going to be hard to do that until consumers actually demand that that’s what they want. …

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