Psychology

What makes us tick? These TED Talks -- from psychologists and journalists, doctors and patients -- share the latest research on why we do what we do.

Exclusive articles about Psychology

7 ways stress does your mind and body good

Psychologist Kelly McGonigal used to demonize stress, warning patients that stress can increase the risk of a wide variety of ailments. Then, new research changed her mind. Heal...

Life: A play in multiple acts

“All of us are walking around with an illusion, an illusion that our personal history has just come to an end. We have just recently become the people we were always meant to be...
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Video playlists about Psychology

What makes you happy?

13 talks • 3h 20m
Everyone wants to be happy. But how, exactly, does one go about it? Here, psychologists, journalists, Buddhist monks and more gives answers that may surprise.

Angela Duckworth: 4 talks on human behavior

4 talks • 1h 26m
Psychologist Angela Duckworth studies the traits that allow us to stick to our goals — and she chose four great talks that explore other facets of how human beings behave.

How we make choices

8 talks • 2h 31m
Illuminating talks on why some choices are so tough and how we can choose to make better ones. (Or are we in control of our own choices at all?)

Charming talks for a boost on a bad day

5 talks • 50:40
Bad days happen to good people. Here are talks guaranteed to help cheer you up.
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TED Books

TED Book: The Science of Optimism

The Science of Optimism: Why We're Hard-Wired for Hope

Most of us have an optimism bias; we expect things to turn out pretty well, often better than they actually do. Tali Sharot explains why we're hard-wired for hope.
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