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Honesty about Dishonesty


Popular behavioural economist Dan Ariely explains how people can be dishonest and honest at the same time. Rationalization and small actions lead people to accept themselves as good people and feed their ego gratification, even while they may commit small acts of dishonesty.

Ariely explains through the results of science experiments and social psychology, big cheaters and crimes are far less common than we might think - it's the cumulative effect of many small acts of cheating that really...
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‘To This Day’ Live at TED


Spoken word artist Shane Koyczan gives a live performance of "To This Day" in a TED Talk. Accompanied by a violinist, as well as the crowdsourced animation from the viral video (with million views and counting), Shane also gives a longer introduction with more talk about bullying and growing up.

Rousing, touching, funny and sad, this is a beautiful performance that received a standing ovation. Transcript available in nine languages.

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To This Day: Recovering from Bullying


Heartwrenching and visually exquisite, "To This Day" is an animated journey into the effects of bullying.

Mental health problems, long lasting impacts on self-esteem, and other consequences result from bullying in youth. But as well as exploring those themes in touching ways, this video inspires people to recover and look to their own beauty. A great way to begin an anti-bullying conversation from the perspective of recovery instead of empty "end bullying" sloganeering, this video immediately went viral, with...
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ADHD Animation


ADHD and Me

Children's voices come to life in animation as they describe symptoms of ADHD and what it's like to have treatment.

The VOICES (Voices On Identity, Childhood, Ethics & Stimulants) study involved 150 children in the United States and the United Kingdom. The film uses clips from the actual interviews with the children. They describe what it's like to take Ritalin, how they feel, and what improvements they experience. It also describes downsides. Stigma is another issue tackled.

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Brain Awareness Video Contest People’s Choice Award – Vote Now


Using Your Brain

- The Society for Neuroscience's annual Brain Awareness Video Contest has already chosen a winner, but ten videos still have a chance to win $500 and recognition at the society's New Orleans conference with the People's Choice Award. These videos were created by scientists to communicate their knowledge of the brain, and voting is open to the general public.

In my personal favourite, Using Your Brain, Montreal neuroscientist Kenneth Stephen Dyson works with his...
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Funny Friday: Make It Get Better



"It Gets Better? Ingrid and Desiree"

- From The Slope, a comedy web series about "superficial, homophobic lesbians" living in Park Slope, Brooklyn, this episode spoofs the It Gets Better video campaign against bullying and suicide. Serious subjects, It Gets Better has been a massive success with tens of thousands of videos made by people encouraging gay youth to hold on past high school. I'd never seen a spoof video – surely too sensitive a subject? – but...
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Funny Friday: OCD Stereotypes


Sh*t People Say About OCD

- Although the Sh*t People Say meme is past its prime, this overlooked homemade video still rings true by parodying common things that uneducated people say to people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Example: "Could you clean my room?" Warning: coarse language (an obvious four letter word). Interactive transcript available. To learn real facts about OCD, visit her blog, and search PsychCentral's vast archives for lots more...
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