Psychology and the Mind
The mind has fascinated and mystified humans for millennia. Delve into the science behind the brain with these works on philosophy, foundational psychology, and scientific studies.
The Tipping Point
In this informational text, Malcolm Gladwell describes how social phenomena are similar to diseases.
Are Stories A Key To Human Intelligence?
Tania Lombrozo for NPR
This informational text discusses the impact of stories on human intelligence and AI systems.
Thresholds of Violence
In this informational text, Malcolm Gladwell discusses why people act violently when they normally wouldn’t.
The Madness Of Humanity Part 3: Tribalism
Marcelo Gleiser for NPR
This essay explores how tribalism operates in modern society.
How Autism Freed Me to be Myself
In this speech, 16-year-old Rosie King shares her experiences with autism and how it has allowed her to be true to herself.
How Human Should A Gorilla Be?
Barbara J. King for NPR
This informational text discusses Koko, a gorilla who can communicate with humans using American Sign Language.
What Fear Can Teach Us
Karen Thompson Walker
In this speech, Karen Thompson Walker discusses how fear impacts the decisions we make.
Why Dolphins Make Us Nervous
Dolphins’ brain size suggests they may be as intelligent as humans.
Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain
The experience of children in a Romanian orphanage sheds light on brain development.
Bullying in Early Adolescence
Dorothy L. Espelage
This research digest explores the roles that peers play in promoting bullying in adolescence, beyond the role of “bully” and “victim.”
Sleepy Suspects Are Way More Likely to Falsely Confess to a Crime
A scientific study has shown that sleep deprivation can impact the validity of suspects’ confessions.
The Keys to Happiness: Partly Genetic, But You Control the Rest
New research explores how genetics and personal choices contribute to a person’s happiness.
Scientists Reveal Three Keys to Happiness
Stephen and Rachel Kaplan’s study identifies three important elements for achieving happiness.
How Small Fibs Lead to Big Lies
Researchers test to see if telling small lies leads to telling bigger lies.
The New Era of Positive Psychology
Martin Seligman discusses the development of “positive psychology” and how people can lead happier lives.
Can You Still Have Hope When Life Seems Hopeless?
Ashley Westerman discusses the hopes of the Rohingya refugees who have been forced to flee to Bangladesh to avoid persecution.
The Science of Solitary Confinement
Solitary confinement can have a strong impact on a prisoner’s mental state.
Altruism: Why We Risk Our Own Well-Being to Help Others
Kendra Cherry discusses psychologists’ theories about why people act in unselfish ways.
Rethinking One of Psychology's Most Infamous Experiments
Cari Romm reexamines Milgram’s shocking experiments regarding human obedience.