Greg Hochmuth: Staring at the internet

Greg Hochmuth is an artist and engineer based in New York City. He studied computer science and design at Stanford University, and then worked as a product manager, engineer, and data analyst at Google, Instagram, and Facebook. In 2015, Greg started collaborating with Jonathan Harris based on their shared interest in data poetics; Network Effect, an exploration of the psychological effects of internet use on humanity, is the first project they have released together.


Scott Barry Kaufman: Creative Brains

Scott Barry Kaufman is a cognitive psychologist specializing in the development of intelligence and creativity.

He applies a variety of perspectives to come to a richer understanding and appreciation of all kinds of minds and ways of achieving greatness.

Kaufman is an adjunct assistant professor of psychology at New York University, where he teaches courses on cognitive psychology and human intelligence.

He is also author of “Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined,” co-founder of The Creativity Post, and he writes the popular blog “Beautiful Minds” at Scientific American Mind.


Ellen Langer: Mindfulness Over Matter

Ellen Langer is an artist and Harvard psychology professor who received her doctorate from Yale.

She has authored 11 books and over 200 research articles on the illusion of control, perceived control, successful aging and decision-making.

Each of these is examined through the lens of her theory of mindfulness.

Her research has demonstrated that by actively noticing new things — the essence of mindfulness — health, well being, and competence follow.

Fiery Cushman: Studying Harm

Fiery Cushman

Fiery Cushman studies the human capacity for moral judgment and behavior.

His research spans cognitive, neural, developmental and evolutionary approaches to this topic. It also serves as a platform to address more basic questions about the psychological mechanisms that make Homo sapiens stand apart dramatically from the other 8.5 million species on earth.

more at: Moral Psychology Research Lab

Amy Cuddy: Power Poses

Amy Cuddy: Power Poses

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy's pioneering research shows that subtle manipulations in posture can actually change our hormone levels and dramatically alter the way we feel and are perceived by the people around us. Just two minutes in one of Cuddy's power poses boosted testosterone and lowered cortisol levels, and actually changed the performance of research participants in stressful situations. She channeled these findings into empowerment training tips.

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Laurie Leitch and Loree Sutton: Tapping social resilience

Retired Army Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton, MD and clinical trainer Laurie Leitch, Ph.D., founded Threshold GlobalWorks to explore a neurobiological approach to social resilience. “We are all wired with it, in case you did not know that,” says Leitch. “We are born neurologically wired for resilience because our system is survival-based.”

Simonetta Carbonaro: Liquid societies

Simonetta Carbonaro

Simonetta Carbonaro, a consumer psychologist, encourages us to think differently about consumption. She reminds us that a consumer-hungry outlook for cheaper and faster is outdated, and that we now know that consuming and producing less, in fact, creates more jobs, more free time, and more happiness.

Hot or not? Dan Ariely on attractiveness, pain, and adaptation

Dan Ariely - PopTech 2010 - Camden, MaineAdaptation is the basic idea that we get used to stuff and interpret signals. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explores how these types of signals relate to pain and social adaptation. How does our previous exposure to pain alter how we experience it now? How is it that we all appreciate the pinnacle of beauty in the same way, but we’re drawn to partners with a level of attractiveness similar to our own?

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Dan Ariely: Predictably Irrational

The Reset Moment: Danny Ariely

Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, referenced the foolishness of certain actions (e.g. texting while driving), what he calls “small irrationalities” that we do every day. These can lead up to big problems. With our current model of labor, for instance, we reward people with rest. This doesn’t really capture what it is that engages people, what causes them to want to work.

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