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By Ramsha Nayab

Feb 25, 2023

Intriguing TED Talks On Psychology 

The Optimism Bias

Why do we think that the future will be better than the past? According to cognitive neuroscientist Tali Sharot, our brains are biased toward optimism. In this insightful talk, Sharot explains that while there can be some risks to being unrealistically optimistic, for the most part, optimism has plenty of benefits.

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Autism—What We Know (And What We Don't Know Yet)

In this factual and informative talk, she explains why Wndy Chung focuses on the genetic factors and how early diagnosis and intervention can have a positive impact.

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Depression: The Secret We Share

In this sobering yet eloquent talk, writer Andrew Solomon takes you inside his personal fight against depression – "the family secret that everyone has" – and his journey to understand it.

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The Voices In My Head

Longden discusses her painful journey to understanding that the voices were meaningful responses to traumatic life events and the "good and generous people who fought with her and for her" and empowered her to save herself.

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A Simple Way To Break A Bad Habit

Why is it so hard to stop smoking or lose weight when we know these habits are bad for us? According to psychiatrist and addiction expert Judson Brewer, it's because the part of the brain that controls cognition is the first to go offline under stress.

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What Do Babies Think?

A well-respected child development psychologist, Gopnik says that babies and young children are the research and development division of the human species, and that play is really a kind of experimental research program.

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Don't Eat The Marshmallow!

This short presentation featuring author Joachim de Posada is a Ted Talk classic. DePosada discusses a landmark study on delayed gratification and how it can predict future success.

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Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Change your body posture for two minutes and you can change your life by changing how other people perceive you, says social psychologist and Harvard Business School researcher and professor Amy Cuddy.

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