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[VIDEO] This is your brain on video games

Well, I’m not going to tell you that playing video games days in and days out is actually good for your health. It’s not, and binging is never good.

When we think about the effect of video games on the brain, it’s very similar to the effect of wine on the health. There are some very poor uses of wine. There are some very poor uses of video games. But when consumed in reasonable doses, and at the right age, wine can be very good for health.


Why domestic violence victims don’t leave. [TED Video]

One in three American women experiences domestic violence or stalking at some point in her life, and the CDC reports that 15 million children are abused every year, 15 million.  And while one may say that those in that situation just need to leave, over 70 percent of domestic violence murders happen after the victim has ended the relationship because then the abuser has nothing left to lose. Other outcomes include long-term stalking, even after the abuser remarries; denial of financial resources; and manipulation of the family court system to terrify the victim and her children, who are regularly forced by family court judges to spend unsupervised time with the man who beat their mother.

Leslie Morgan Steiner is a survivor of domestic violence.  She was in “crazy love” in her early 20’s.  That is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner shares the dark story of her relationship while examining any misconceptions people have about victims of domestic violence.


[VIDEO] A visual map of Twitter


Millions of tweets are sent everyday, and from these tweets, we can gather a lot of information about people’s lives: where they travel, when they wake up, and their opinions on pretty much everything. In this TEDYouth 2012 Talk, former New York Times data artist-in-residence Jer Thorp imagines what uses we can devise from this wealth of information.

[Video] The Psychopaths and the gray area

Is there a definitive line that divides crazy from sane?  Jon Ronson illuminates the gray areas of spotting the psychopaths among us, even when you have a check-list.

“It’s a lot harder to convince people you’re sane than it is to convince them you’re crazy.”

[Video] The illusion of skin color.

From TED Ed:
“Nina Jablonski says that differing skin colors are simply our bodies’ adaptation to varied climates and levels of UV exposure. Charles Darwin disagreed with this theory, however, as Jablonski explains, Darwin did not have access to NASA.”

[VIDEO] iO Tillett Wright: Fifty shades of gay


“iO’s photography can be seen regularly in two features in The New York Times: Notes from the Underground and The Lowdown. She is also the creator of Self Evident Truths—an ongoing project to document the wide variety of experiences in LGBTQ America. So far, she has photographed about 2,000 people for the project. Her goal: 10,000 portraits and a nationwide rethinking of discriminatory laws.”


Why eyewitnesses get it wrong: TED video

Scott Fraser studies how humans remember crimes — and bear witness to them. In this powerful talk, which focuses on a deadly shooting at sunset, he suggests that even close-up eyewitnesses to a crime can create “memories” they could not have seen. Why? Because the brain abhors a vacuum.

Scott Fraser is a forensic psychologist who thinks deeply about the fallibility of human memory and encourages a more scientific approach to trial evidence.

“All our memories are reconstructed memories. They are the product of what we originally experienced and everything that’s happened afterwards.” -Scott Fraser

The Power of Vulnerability (video)

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share. (more…)

Using Large Posters of Faces to Turn the World Inside Out (TED Video)

Winner of the 2011 TED Prize

Winner of the 2011 TED Prize (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Street artist JR made a wish in 2011: Join me in a worldwide photo project to show the world its true face. Now, a year after his TED Prize wish, he shows how giant posters of human faces, pasted in public, are connecting communities, making change, and turning the world inside out. You can join in (more…)

Tali Sharot: The optimism bias (TED Video)

Are we born to be optimistic, rather than realistic? Tali Sharot shares new research that suggests our brains are wired to look on the bright side — and how that can be both dangerous and beneficial. Read the rest of this entry


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