Cognitive scientists from Yale University converse with a wide array of thinkers, exploring the latest findings on how we think, feel and behave.
Nick’s new book, “Mindwise”
Do we know what will make us happy?
What’s that self-driving car thinking?
How Standing Bear legally became a human
Talking to strangers on a train
Nick: The mind comes though the mouth
Americans have no idea how unequal America is
Psychological effects of income inequality
The embarrassment of riches
When economic growth leads to less happiness
What to buy to make you happy (hint: it’s not stuff)
The “warm glow” of giving money away
The cognitive science of New Year’s resolutions
When you should start a new diet
Seeking your next “fresh-start moment”
Temptation bundling, or exercising with “The Hunger Games”
How to build good habits
More tips on sticking to your resolutions
Paul’s new book, “Just Babies”
Do babies know what’s right, but choose to do wrong?
The problem with the sense of justice
Paul makes the case against empathy
Is impartiality in the genes?
Paul: To save the world, fix institutions, not people
How humanism differs from atheism
Chris’s unusual path to becoming a humanist
The importance of humanist communities
Chris responds to his atheist critics
In defense of humanist chaplains
What atheists can learn from the gay rights movement
Tali explains optimism bias
The optimal level of optimism
Are animals also overly optimistic?
The act of choosing is hard to master
How to turn optimism bias to your advantage
Scientifically testing whether ’80s movies are the best
How to overcome nostalgia bias
People don’t know what will make them happy
The great penguin soap dish experiment
A psychologist’s diet tips
What is a belief, exactly?
Truth vs. our psychological health
How Fox News distracts to distort
Why it’s so hard to change beliefs
The philosophical way to combat racism
When identity and action violently clash
The power of the marshmallow test
Can self-control be taught?
Why you can be good at saving money but bad at dieting
How stress leads to irrational behavior
The tricky task of turning intention into practice
Pigeons, Mr. Clown Box, and character development
Faces, the icons of minds
Insights from morphing a doll’s face into a baby’s face
The Pixar paradox
How music is like a synthetic mind
Did music help human evolution?
Thalia’s experiments that challenge free will
Is how you speak who you are?
Babies prefer native speakers
Experiments pitting race against accent
Should we be optimistic about overcoming racism?
Accents and social status
Kids’ stereotypes about northern vs. southern accents
If you’re watching this, you’re probably WEIRD
Why psychologists shouldn’t only test undergrads
Do markets make us more or less moral?
Religion as a solution to the free rider problem
When divine punishment isn’t forthcoming