Lea Gaslowitz: How to spot a misleading graph (2017)


When they’re used well, graphs can help us intuitively grasp complex data. But as visual software has enabled more usage of graphs throughout all media, it has also made them easier to use in a careless or dishonest way – and as it turns out, there are plenty of ways graphs can mislead and outright manipulate. Lea Gaslowitz shares some things to look out for.


Stuart Vyse: Where do superstitions come from? (2017)


Are you afraid of black cats? Would you open an umbrella indoors? How do you feel about the number 13? Whether or not you believe in them, you’re probably familiar with a few of these superstitions. But where did they come from? Stuart Vyse shares the weird and specific origins of some of our favorite superstitions.


Wilfred Manzano: How blood pressure works? (2015)


If you lined up all the blood vessels in your body, they’d be 60 thousand miles long. And every day, they carry the equivalent of over two thousand gallons of blood to the body’s tissues.

Richard St. John: 8 secrets of success (2007)


Why do people succeed? Is it because they’re smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success.

Noah Zandan: The language of lying (2014)


We hear anywhere from 10 to 200 lies a day. And although we’ve spent much of our history coming up with ways to detect these lies by tracking physiological changes in their tellers, these methods have proved unreliable. Is there a more direct approach? Noah Zandan uses some famous examples of lying to illustrate how we might use communications science to analyze the lies themselves.


Jody Williams: Activism (2014)


Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize winner, firmly believes that each and every one of us can and should contribute to creating a better world. In this empowering RSA Short Jody explains why it is so important that we strive to make a difference.

Randall Hayes: At what moment are you dead? (2014)


For as far back as we can trace our existence, humans have been fascinated with death and resurrection. But is resurrection really possible? And what is the actual difference between a living creature and a dead body anyway?

Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness (2015)


What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction.

In a Nutshell: How Small Is An Atom? (2015)


Atoms are very weird. Wrapping your head around exactly how weird, is close to impossible – how can you describe something that is so removed from humans experience?

Laniakea: Our home supercluster (2014)


Superclusters – regions of space that are densely packed with galaxies – are the biggest structures in the Universe. But scientists have struggled to define exactly where one supercluster ends and another begins. Now, a team based in Hawaii has come up with a new technique that maps the Universe according to the flow of galaxies across space. Redrawing the boundaries of the cosmic map, they redefine our home supercluster and name it Laniakea, which means ‘immeasurable heaven’ in Hawaiian.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness (2004)


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi asks, “What makes a life worth living?” Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of “flow.”

Dominic Walliman: The Map of Physics (2016)


Everything we know about physics – and a few things we don’t – in a simple map.

Dominic Walliman: The Map of Mathematics (2017)


The entire field of mathematics summarised in a single map. This shows how pure mathematics and applied mathematics relate to each other and all of the sub-topics they are made from.

Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread (2003)


In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.

Eleanor Nelsen: Why do your knuckles pop (2015)


Some people love the feeling of cracking their knuckles, while others cringe at the sound. But what causes that trademark pop? And is it dangerous? Eleanor Nelsen gives the facts behind joint popping.


Jeffrey Siegel: What makes muscles grow (2015)


We have over 600 muscles in our bodies that help bind us together, hold us up, and help us move. Your muscles also need your constant attention, because the way you treat them on a daily basis determines whether they will wither or grow. Jeffrey Siegel illustrates how a good mix of sleep, nutrition and exercise keep your muscles as big and strong as possible.


In a Nutshell: The Immune System Explained – Bacteria Infection (2014)


Every second of your life you are under attack. Bacteria, viruses, spores and more living stuff wants to enter your body and use its resources for itself. The immune system is a powerful army of cells that fights like a T-Rex on speed and sacrifices itself for your survival. Without it you would die in no time.

In a Nutshell: Quantum Computers Explained (2015)


Where are the limits of human technology? And can we somehow avoid them? This is where quantum computers become very interesting.

The Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithms (2015)


Without us noticing, modern life has been taken over. Algorithms run everything from search engines on the internet to satnavs and credit card data security – they even help us travel the world, find love and save lives.



Беседы Гордона: Интеллект и наследственность (2002)


Передается ли интеллект по наследству? Можно ли развить способности у умственно отсталых детей? Чем объясняется сходство в поведении близнецов — генами или воспитанием?

Равич-Щербо Инна Владимировна – доктор психологических наук. Веракса Николай Евгеньевич – доктор психологических наук, заведующий кафедрой социальной психологии развития факультета социальной психологии МГППУ.

Tim Urban: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator (2016)


Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

Adam Grant: The surprising habits of original thinkers (2016)


How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies “originals”: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world.


Наука о душе: Деньги в нашей жизни (2009)


В гостях у передачи Виктор Макаров – профессор психотерапии.

Беседы Гордона: Этология любви (2003)


Когда и почему в эволюции появляется пол? Для чего нужны первобытному человеку устойчивые связи между мужчиной и женщиной? Существует ли любовь в животном мире и зачем она необходима человеку? О сходствах и различиях в мужской и женской сексуальных стратегиях – этолог Марина Бутовская.


Беседы Гордона: Два мозга (2001)


Что отличает человеческий мозг от мозга животных?

О роли функциональной асимметрии полушарий мозга в памяти, сознании, психике, языке и культуре — доктор биологических наук Татьяна Черниговская и доктор медицинских наук Константин Анохин.

Наука о душе: Система активизации творческого потенциала человека (2009)


Сергей Ключников – директор центра практической психологии, академик РАЕН. Тема беседы – “Вырваться из порочного круга обыденности. Система активизации творческого потенциала человека”.

James O’Keefe: Run for Your Life! At a comfortable pace, and not too far (2012)

Run for Your Life! At a comfortable pace, and not too far

Run for Your Life! At a comfortable pace, and not too far

“The fitness patterns for conferring longevity and robust lifelong cardiovascular health are distinctly different from the patterns that develop peak performance and marathon/superhuman endurance. Extreme endurance training and racing can take a toll on your long-term cardiovascular health. For the daily workout, it may be best to have more fun endure less suffering in order to attain ideal heart health.” Dr. James O’Keefe Jr. is the director of Preventative Cardiology Fellowship Program and the Director of Preventative Cardiology at Cardiovascular Consultants at the Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, a large cardiology practice in Kansas City.




От первого лица: Языки мозга (2011)

Языки мозга

Языки мозга

Публичные дебаты с участием психолингвиста Татьяны Черниговской и нейробиолога Константина Анохина.

Татьяна Владимировна Черниговская – российский психолингвист, специалист по когнитивной науке, доктор филологических наук, доктор биологических наук, профессор СПбГУ.

Константин Владимирович Анохин – нейробиолог, член-корр. РАН и РАМН, профессор, заведующий лабораторией нейробиологии памяти Института нормальной физиологии РАМН.



Повелитель интеллекта: Татьяна Черниговская (2014)

Татьяна Черниговская

Татьяна Черниговская

Что является критерием ума – образование, эрудиция, хорошая память? Может ли человек быть умным и глупым одновременно? В чем разница между умом и мудростью? Как влияет степень развития интеллекта на способность человека изменять свою жизнь к лучшему?


Nicole Avena: How sugar affects the brain (2014)

How sugar affects the brain

How sugar affects the brain

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine – an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.