This is how an illusionist targets your unconscious mind | Derren Brown | Big Think

This is how an illusionist targets your unconscious mind | Derren Brown | Big Think

When you work I think with any sort of magic you become a very good applied psychologist just in a very niche area, which is why it’s generally magicians that are brought in to kind of test for psychic claims and that kind of thing to sort of debunk or look for that kind of …

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Memory hack: Derren Brown teaches the method of loci | Big Think

Memory hack: Derren Brown teaches the method of loci | Big Think

DERREN BROWN: We all think we’re terrible at remembering things we all complain we can’t remember faces and remember names we can remember faces often but we can’t remember names and at a party and you know we all think we have terrible memories I think we sort of imagined maybe that some people just …

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The psychological tricks of faith healing, explained | Derren Brown | Big Think

The psychological tricks of faith healing, explained | Derren Brown | Big Think

So, I did a show called Miracle, which it’s on Netflix at the moment. And the second half of it was faith healing, which was a bold move because I knew my audiences wouldn’t believe in it any more than I do, which is not at all essential in terms of anything divine happening. And …

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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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The psychology of magic: Where do we look for meaning in life? | Derren Brown | Big Think

The psychology of magic: Where do we look for meaning in life? | Derren Brown | Big Think

We live in a world now where we’ve comfortably dispensed with most myth and superstition for the last few hundred years. That’s the enlightenment project, you know, we have embraced a very rational approach to life and that’s wonderful and it has brought us many great things, but it’s also left us with a sort …

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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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Depression is different for everyone. Here’s what it’s like for me. | #9 of Top 10 2019

Depression is different for everyone. Here’s what it’s like for me. | #9 of Top 10 2019

PETE HOLMES: You woke up in a conundrum. You were born into a conundrum. And I don’t care how we label it or lower our anxiety by going, well, it’s this and it’s not this, and it’s that — let’s just talk about this shared mystery that we’re soaking in. I want to be careful …

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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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