How climate change affects your mental health | Britt Wray

For all that’s ever been said about climate change, we haven’t heard nearly enough about the psychological impacts of living in a warming world. If you’ve heard the grim climate research that science communicators like me weave into our books and documentaries, you’ve probably felt bouts of fear, fatalism or hopelessness. If you’ve been impacted …

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Siddharthan Chandran: Can the damaged brain repair itself?

I’m very pleased to be here today to talk to you all about how we might repair the damaged brain, and I’m particularly excited by this field, because as a neurologist myself, I believe that this offers one of the great ways that we might be able to offer hope for patients who today live …

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The art of misdirection | Apollo Robbins

Do you think it’s possible to control someone’s attention? Even more than that, what about predicting human behavior? I think those are interesting ideas. For me, that would be the perfect superpower, actually kind of an evil way of approaching it. But for myself, in the past, I’ve spent the last 20 years studying human …

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Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Johann Hari

Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Johann Hari

One of my earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of my relatives and not being able to. And I was just a little kid, so I didn’t really understand why, but as I got older, I realized we had drug addiction in my family, including later cocaine addiction. I’d been thinking about …

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The voices in my head | Eleanor Longden

The voices in my head | Eleanor Longden

The day I left home for the first time to go to university was a bright day brimming with hope and optimism. I’d done well at school. Expectations for me were high, and I gleefully entered the student life of lectures, parties and traffic cone theft. Now appearances, of course, can be deceptive, and to …

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How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris

In the mid-’90s, the CDC and Kaiser Permanente discovered an exposure that dramatically increased the risk for seven out of 10 of the leading causes of death in the United States. In high doses, it affects brain development, the immune system, hormonal systems, and even the way our DNA is read and transcribed. Folks who …

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Why do we sleep? | Russell Foster

Why do we sleep? | Russell Foster

What I’d like to do today is talk about one of my favorite subjects, and that is the neuroscience of sleep. Now, there is a sound — (Alarm clock) Ah, it worked! A sound that is desperately familiar to most of us, and of course it’s the sound of the alarm clock. And what that …

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An unexpected tool for understanding inequality: abstract math | Eugenia Cheng

An unexpected tool for understanding inequality: abstract math | Eugenia Cheng

The world is awash with divisive arguments, conflict, fake news, victimhood, exploitation, prejudice, bigotry, blame, shouting and minuscule attention spans. It can sometimes seem that we are doomed to take sides, be stuck in echo chambers and never agree again. It can sometimes seem like a race to the bottom, where everyone is calling out …

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A tale of mental illness | Elyn Saks

A tale of mental illness | Elyn Saks

Translator: Morton Bast Reviewer: Thu-Huong Ha So I’m a woman with chronic schizophrenia. I’ve spent hundreds of days in psychiatric hospitals. I might have ended up spending most of my life on the back ward of a hospital, but that isn’t how my life turned out. In fact, I’ve managed to stay clear of hospitals …

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