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- Feb 2 20179 minutes
Against Willpower: Willpower is a dangerous, old idea that needs to be scrapped.
Thomas1 was a highly successful and mild-mannered lawyer who was worried about his drinking. When he came to see me at my psychotherapy practice, his wine intake had crept up to six or seven glasses a night, and he was starting to hide it from his fa
- Jan 1 20172 minutes
Research-Backed Ways To Impress Anyone In Two Seconds
Got two seconds? Make the most of them.
- Apr 1 20141 minute
3 Strategies for Dealing With Toxic People
Unfortunately, you can't change them. But you can change the way you interact with them.
- Feb 3 20174 minutes
Trump Says a Lot, but Not With Words
The president-elect is a fascinating study in the power of nonverbal forms of communication.
- Feb 1 20171 minute
You’re Launching Your Company In 60 Days. How Will You Attract Customers?
Inc. 5000 honorees tell us how they would tackle a common business challenge.
- Feb 16 201711 minutes
The Anatomy of Charisma: What makes a person magnetic and why we should be wary.
For weeks I had been researching what science has to say about the power of charisma. Why do some people so clearly have it and others don’t? Why do we fall so easily under its influence? Charismatics can make us feel charmed and great about ourselve
- Feb 22 20176 minutes
5 Languages That Could Change the Way You See the World
I went to my neighbor’s house for something to eat yesterday.Think about this sentence. It’s pretty simple—English speakers would know precisely what it means. But what does it actually tell you—or, more to the point, what does it not tell you? It do
- Feb 14 20172 minutes
Love Can Make You Smarter
Love is supposed to make you stupid. We’re used to seeing the lover as a mooning fool, blind to his lover’s faults and the goings-on of the outside world, or even as a person who has lost all sense of rationality or propriety, driven to a kind of mad
- May 1 20162 minutes
How to Handle Personal Conflicts Professionally
Whether it's a betrayal, a personal dislike or a choice between public or private acknowledgement, personal conflicts can arise at work. Find out the right way to navigate these situations.
- Feb 6 20176 minutes
Minority Groups Lose When They Collaborate with Power
Cailin O’Connor—a philosopher, scientist, and mathematician—may not enjoy tense situations, but they fascinate her. Last year, in a Huffington Post article titled “Game Theory and The Walking Dead,” she wrote that the zombie show’s “plot lines are ri
- Jan 5 20174 minutes
What Sea Slugs Taught Us About Our Brain: Neuroscience:The simple nerve cells of sea creatures helped scientists fathom human memory.
When Leonid Moroz, a gregarious Russian-born neuroscientist and geneticist at the University of Florida, began studying ctenophores nearly a decade ago, he had a fairly simple goal in mind. He wanted to determine exactly where the blobby marine creat
- Jul 4 20161 minute
All Kinds of People When I was a kid, growing up in a small town in Texas, People gave me access to the rest of the world. It showed that dreams are possible and opened my eyes to the amazing variety of life beyond my borders. That’s because for 42
- Sep 1 20152 minutes
The Truth About Work-Life Balance
Defining and understanding the kind of life you want to lead is the first step to making it happen.
- Feb 3 20175 minutes
It’s Ridiculous to Use Virtual Reality to Empathize With Refugees
The technology isn’t the moral game-changer that some make it out to be.
- Jan 1 20133 minutes
Simple Steps to Effective Marketing
These strategies can demystify your product and help your customers see the light.
- Nov 27 20162 minutes
Sucking at Stuff
Where, how, and why to play piano, bake sourdough, and learn Thai massage in spite—and because—of the fact that you’ll be very bad at it. At least at first.
- Jan 30 20172 minutes
Innovation | Li-Fi
Nick Leiber Wi-Fi networks dependent on radio waves are growing more congested all the time—and can’t be used everywhere—so various researchers and companies are betting light waves from LED lamps and overheads can also stream data and connect peopl
- Aug 1 20152 minutes
Don't Just Build a Business -- Build a Business With Soul
You need more than brains to create and sustain a business that has a lasting impact.
- Oct 1 20162 minutes
Love it or loathe it, brainstorming is a ubiquitous part of office culture. Whether it is an effective tool for generating ideas and solving problems is up for debate. And since we love a good debate, we invited 50 leaders in the design community—typ
- Feb 22 20173 minutes
The Facebook Algorithm Is Watching You
You can tell a lot about a person from how they react to something.That’s why Facebook’s various “Like” buttons are so powerful. Clicking a reaction icon isn’t just a way to register an emotional response, it’s also a way for Facebook to refine its s
- Oct 10 20165 minutes
Framing the World in Terms of “Left” and “Right” Is Stranger Than You Think
Sometimes it’s the simplest studies that reveal how deeply culture shapes our thinking.Take a 2009 experiment involving only a researcher, a child, and a two-word instruction.1 The researcher announces, “Let’s dance!” and demonstrates a series of mov
- Feb 23 20173 minutes
Why The Dark Side Of The Force Had To Be Dark: The innate meanings of color and intensity.
You don’t have to look very hard to see that our culture has some pretty powerful associations between colors and feelings. As a recent example, the new Pixar film Inside Out has characters representing emotions, and the color choices for these chara
- Jul 1 20161 minute
Closing a Deal at a Bar? This Research Can Help.
Rule No. 1: Get to the bar early, so you control who sits where.
- Nov 1 20162 minutes
Every Company Has A Secret Product
Why the most important product you design is your company
- Nov 1 20163 minutes
You're Not Using the Phone Enough and It's a Problem
Stop only texting and emailing.
- Nov 7 20162 minutes
Inside the New Standards for Kids and Screen Time
WHEN IT COMES TO SCREEN TIME for kids, less is more. That’s what the American Academy of Pediatrics has maintained for years, warning that exposing young children to any kind of digital platform, from junk TV to educational apps, could lead to delaye
- Sep 1 20142 minutes
A Yoga Franchise for Kids Stretches Bodies and Minds
Imagination Yoga uses storytelling to encourage kids to move through a series of yoga positions.
- May 30 20133 minutes
A Crowdsourced Expert Interview: Nautilus readers delve further into the idea that metaphors make us human.
In “Metaphors Are Us,” biologist and neurologist Robert Sapolsky made a good case for why symbolic thinking may be the key feature separating humans from our nearest animal relatives. But that essay didn’t end the discussion, which spilled onto socia
- Nov 4 20168 minutes
Can Training Help People Un-learn a Lifetime of Racial Bias?
In the 1990s, the block I lived on in New York City was chaotic and seedy. From my window, I’d witnessed many drug deals, one stabbing, and the aftermath of one shooting. The mayhem escalated dramatically on the Fourth of July, when it was a good ide
- Aug 1 20131 minute
5 Simple Tips for Marketing to Nerds
Nerds, geeks, eggheads and wonks are an influential audience -- Nerdist's Chris Hardwick offers tips to reach them.