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We will show you the hidden forces that drive your behavior.

Science of People is a human behavior research lab. Our goal is to teach you how people work.

Understanding people is the most important life skill a person can have. Yet, we are not taught people skills in school nor do our parents sit us down and teach us how to interact effectively.

But here’s the problem:

You can’t succeed in business, life or love without mastering people skills. body language of attraction, psychology of attraction

If you want to win the deal, get the date, negotiate the sale or influence others you have to understand the science of people.

We’re going to show you a better way to interact.

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The psychology of people can increase your influence in life and business.

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Human Behavior Hacking

We use the latest research on human behavior, psychology, and relationships to answer questions like:

  • What makes someone charismatic?
  • Why didn’t I get the date?
  • Do people like me?
  • How can I win the deal?

To get it all, check out our book:

Captivate: Use Science to Succeed with People


We teach you why people act the way they do and how you can benefit from it.

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Science Based Approach:

Over the last ten years, I have gathered scientifically proven strategies and tactics from world-renowned academic scientists and New York Times best-selling authors into one place. About 1.8 million scholarly articles and scientific papers are published each year in 28,000 journals. 50% are never read by anyone but the editor and authors. 90% are never cited again! All of this amazing research and hard work goes to waste. And we want to change that.

We want to bring you the latest, most powerful people science so you can use it in your life.

In fact, we operate by three rules while putting together our articles, videos and courses for you:


1. A Moment of Science

We have to find the studies to back up our claims. Some of our favorite areas:

  • The secrets of body language and nonverbal communication
  • Human lie detection
  • The psychology of successful relationships and influence
  • The science of personality

2. Immediately Applicable

We do the work for you. We read the jargon-filled, hundred pages of research studies, articles and books from across the world and synthesize it into bite-size science that is actionable and able to use instantly.

3. Interesting as Heck

We are allergic to boring. If it doesn’t captivate our interest, we don’t share it with you. You have enough boring stuff happening at work. We won’t let that happen here.

I’m so grateful that Science of People has grown into a thriving community of individuals who want to step up their game. As you will see on our Facebook and Twitter page, our readers have increased their impact, influence and income using our techniques. I hope you will join us.

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Subscribe to the Science of People (of course, it’s free) and you will see how understanding the dynamics of people will change your life.

The Science of People approach has helped thousands of people around the world.

Can we show you how?

About Vanessa Van Edwards:





Vanessa Van Edwards is lead investigator at the Science of People—a human behavior research lab. She is the national bestselling author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding With People, which was chosen as one of Apple’s Most Anticipated Books of 2017. She writes a monthly column on the science of success for Entrepreneur Magazine and the Huffington Post. Her original research has been featured in Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, TIME, Forbes, INC and USA Today. As a human behavior hacker she runs original research experiments on topics such as the science of leadership, human lie detection, body language hacks, the psychology of attraction and successful people skills. Vanessa has been invited to discuss her innovative work on CNN, CBS Morning news and NPR. She leads cutting edge soft skills trainings for a number of Fortune 500 companies including Dove, Intel and American Express. More importantly she’s addicted to sour patch kids, airplane coffee and puppies.

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About Our Team:

We are a small, but nimble team here at the Science of People. Check out our team page to meet all of the fabulous people working to get you the best people science on the web.

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Science of People in the Media:

Vanessa Van Edwards and The Science of People have been featured across multiple media outlets including:

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Be sure to check out our favorite Podcasts too!

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Cool Projects:

We are always working on weird, crazy, cool new projects. We even do our own citizen science projects where we do crazy experiments to test that the research works in real life. Here’s what’s current:

  • We have asked hundreds of readers to submit videos of themselves lying. Here’s why.
  • We are building the world’s largest database of body language and nonverbal behavior science. Check it out.
  • Our goal is to collect body language data on over 5,000 readers. Take our quiz and test your body language skills!

Talk Nerdy to Me!

Here’s what people are saying about us: “Vanessa’s presentation style is so engaging and entertaining that I believe everyone will get something extremely useful out of it. “ –Monica Enand, Founder of Zapproved “Vanessa’s work is informative, educational and fun. I did not realize that people’s body language could tell you so much by detecting certain things to look for. Everyone could use these tools in both their jobs and daily lives.” –Nancy Swaffield, Conference Chairman, Credit Professionals International “Vanessa is a dynamic and polished teacher.” –Emily Ediger, Portland State University Business Accelerator

Want even more? Join the Science of People Community:

–> Read Our Book: Captivate

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–> Take Our Course: Lie Detection in 100 Minutes

“Just two weeks after I took a course with Vanessa Van Edwards I met my dream man! 1 year later we are still going strong–thank you so much Vanessa!” – Anna Z

–> Follow us on Twitter @Vvanedwards

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–> Like us on Facebook

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