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.

Video playlists about Psychology

What makes you happy?

14 talks • 3h 33m
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
Talks on why some choices are so tough, and how we can make better ones. Some even ask: are we really in control of our 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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Exclusive articles about Psychology

5 ways to build lasting self-esteem

Everyone is in favor of high self-esteem — but cultivating it can be surprisingly tough. Psychologist Guy Winch explains why — and describes smart ways we can help build ourselv...
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The Science of Optimism

by Tali Sharot
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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