Tag Archive | Social Sciences

Why does the placebo effect work?

How and more importantly why does the placebo effect works?

The placebo effect is a long-recognised phenomenon that has played an important part in the history of medicine — from the healing powers of Stonehenge to administering placebo drugs to modern day patients. But it’s not until recently that science has begun to truly understand how the placebo effect really works.

Professor Nicholas Humphrey asks why placebos work and reveals their central paradox: If we can effectively cure ourselves by taking placebo medicine, why don’t we just heal ourselves straight away?

Exploring this paradox from the perspective of evolution, Professor Humphry looks at the associated costs and benefits of pain or illness. How can placebo medications readdress this balance and is a “dose of contrived optimism” just what the doctor ordered?

Could We Record Our Dreams?

This is an interesting video about visualising and recording dreams.

Have you ever wished you could record your dreams and watch them later? It may be possible sooner than you think…


Networks of Outrage and Hope

This is an interesting video from RSA about new social movements.

Leading sociologist Manuel Castells examines new social movements, new forms of change and political democracy in the global network society

Should You Use The SNOOZE Button?

An interesting video fromĀ AsapSCIENCE about the snooze button. Should we use it ?

The short answer is…. NO !

The snooze button – one of life’s luxuries. But is it really helping you out, or making you more tired?

Social animal

An intereting video from David Brooks at TedEd about the social skills and it’s failures.

Tapping into the findings of his latest book, NYTimes columnist David Brooks unpacks new insights into human nature from the cognitive sciences — insights with massive implications for economics and politics as well as our own self-knowledge. In a talk full of humor, he shows how you can’t hope to understand humans as separate individuals making choices based on their conscious awareness.

The difference between classical and operant conditioning

This a video from TedEd about the psychology of learning and the difference between classical and operant conditioning.

Why is it that humans react to stimuli with certain behaviors? Can behaviors change in response to consequences? Peggy Andover explains how the brain can associate unrelated stimuli and responses, proved by Ivan Pavlov’s famous 1890 experiments, and how reinforcement and punishment can result in changed behavior.

Make a Genius Tribe

As a follow-up at my last post about Dave Logan here, this is another TEDx talk about building great tribes that can change the world !

Tribal leadership

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TEDx (Photo credit: TEDxTalks)

This is an interesting video from TEDx about organizational culture and tribal leadership from David Logan.

But first, why you should listen to David Logan (from his speaker page):

David Logan studies how people communicate within a company — and how to harness our natural gifts to make change within organizations. He looks at emerging patterns of corporate leadership, organizational transformation, generational differences in the workplace, and team building for high-potential managers and executives.

More informations about this video:

At TEDxUSC, business professor David Logan talks about the five kinds of tribes that humans naturally form — in schools, workplaces, even the driver’s license bureau. By understanding our shared tribal tendencies, we can help lead each other to become better individuals.

The Science of the Friend Zone

This an interesting video fromĀ Vsauce about the science of the friend zone.

The Science of Productivity

Can we use science to be more productive ?

In today’s crazy world, productivity is on the minds of many. So what can science tell us about the human brain and productive work? How do we become more efficient at working, and spend less time working overall?