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Vanessa’s TedX Talk: You are Contagious

A dream came true! I was honored for the opportunity to give a TEDx Talk in London a few weeks ago and the video has just posted–I hope you love it! Watch it right now:

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10 Surprising Myths About Popular Psychology

Much of what you know about psychology may be a lie. Over the last several decades, popular psychology has led to the rise of dozens of myths that have given people a false sense of understanding about how their brains operate and how to interpret the...

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How to Make a Learning Bucket List

Do you have a learning bucket list? If not, today is the day to start one. Research shows that people who create bucket lists are more likely to accomplish their goals and feel like they have meaning in their lives. When you write down what you want to do,...

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The Science of the Perfect Handshake

A handshake can make or break a first impression, so we have to get it right. The problem is these days many people have switched to alternative greetings like waves, fist pumps, and friendly nods. Aside from being the expected way of greeting people in...

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The Science of Makeup

Why do 44% of American women do not like to leave their homes without makeup on? Research shows there are two primary reasons why women wear makeup: Camouflage - Women who are anxious and insecure tend to use makeup to appear less noticeable. Seduction -...

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The Science of Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday is America’s favorite shopping day of the year where, as of 2016, over one hundred million people converged on stores and ecommerce sites for supposedly the best deals of the year. Given all of the hype for the day, it’s inevitable that...

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How to Identify and Avoid Pickpockets

Did you know that there are over 400,000 pickpocketing incidents worldwide each day? It’s likely this number is even higher because many people and police assume that items that were stolen from pockets and bags were lost, not stolen, since pickpockets are...

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The Top 6 Smartphone Apps for Emerging Speakers

Whether you’re striving to make public speaking your primary job, you’re a professional learning to speak up more so you can become a stronger leader in your organization or you have goals that lie somewhere in between, mastering public speaking skills is...

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Ask the Brain to Look for Hits Not Misses

To be a great conversationalist, you don’t have to show how intelligent, witty, funny or naturally charismatic you are. Though these traits make it easier to keep conversations going, what truly matters is how others feel when they talk to you. Check out...

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8 Playlists to Help You Bond to the Rhythm of Music

Listening to music is one of the easiest and most fun ways to strengthen the bonds between people. Researchers have found that there is a part of our brain dedicated solely to music. Because of this, all sorts of reactions occur in our brains in response...

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Testimonials from the Science of People Community

As you know, here at the Science of People, we talk a lot about interpersonal intelligence or PQ. So my colleague, Danielle Baker, and I decided to do a little video on the other hidden benefits of PQ. Most people just think of social skills or friends,...

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Book Club Book: The Relationship Cure

The Relationship Cure: A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family and Friendships  By: Dr. John Gottman and Joan DeClaire Book Description:  From the country’s foremost relationship expert and New York Times bestselling author Dr. John M. Gottman comes a...

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Do You Know This Song?

Are you ready for a science challenge?  In the video below, I am going to clap out a few songs for you and I want you to guess the songs I'm clapping. Ready? Let's play:  Most people think they can do very well on this challenge, but in actuality, they...

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Is it Better to Be Loved or Feared?

Is it better to be loved or feared? We asked our Twitter followers this question. 89% of our followers said it was better to be loved than feared. Only 11% said it is better to be feared. Find out what the science has to say in this video. Researchers Joseph Folkman...

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What is an Intrapreneur?

Do you fantasize about becoming an entrepreneur but love the company you’re working for and would hate to leave it? You don’t have to start your own business to have an entrepreneurial career. Instead, become an intrapreneur. The term “intrapreneurship” was first...

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Never Ask These 5 Stupid Questions

In school you may have been told that there is no such thing as a dumb question. I hate to break it to you, but you were lied to. As much as I believe education is important and a great tool to help you become more successful, it offers students a serious...

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Master the Art (and Science) of Networking

We chatted with Southwest Magazine this month on the secrets to making better connections. Check it out: Master the Art (and Science) of Networking Behavioral expert Vanessa Van Edwards reveals the secrets to making better connections. What's the best way to work a...

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Career Development Plan

As a professional--entrepreneur, intrapreneur or aspiring, how often do you develop goals surrounding your career? How often do you use active energy to think about how you want to evolve and grow professionally?  It's easy to get swept into the day-to-day...

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People Workflow

In the modern workplace, there's a palpable buzz of productivity, projects and people. How often, however, do you stop to think about how your individual workflow is affected by the people around you?    Our unique workflows and our to-do lists are actually not all...

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Book Club Book: Beyond Reason

Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate  By: Roger Fisher  Book Description:  In Getting to Yes, renowned educator and negotiator Roger Fisher presented a universally applicable method for effectively negotiating personal and professional disputes. Building on...

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Why We Love to Hate Certain Celebrities

Why do certain actors rub us wrong while other celebs steal our love? Hating Anne Hathaway has become a national pastime. But no one can get enough of Jennifer Lawrence. Ben Affleck was selected as one of the most hated celebrities of 2016,...

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The Science of Vocal Power

When preparing for public speaking events, most people carefully plan out what they’re going to say, wear, what presentation aids they’re going to use and even what body language they are going to display. The one thing that people often forget to take care of is...

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How to Read Someone’s Eyes

When you first meet someone, do you stare into their eyes?  There's an old saying, "the eyes are the windows to the soul" -- sound familiar? We say, it's not wrong! We can tell a lot about someone based on their eye contact, especially hidden emotions.  Do...

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Discover the Science Behind These Personality Traits

Here at the Science of People, we think a lot about personality. Not only is personality a fun way to learn about yourself and your friends, it can also make you a more effective team member and leader. Understanding personality allows you to form stronger...

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Habits: Optimize Your Routines to Increase Productivity

In our effort to become more productive we download new apps, optimize our schedules, eliminate distractions and try a host of other productive things. However, have you ever considered the role your basic, day-to-day habits play in your success? Habits are powerful...

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Book Club Book: Stop Talking, Start Doing Action Book

Stop Talking, Start Doing Action Book: Practical tools and exercises to give you a kick in the pants By: Shaa Wasmund  Book Description: Have you got an itch? To start your own business, go to the North Pole, retrain, lose weight, get promoted, learn to play the...

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What Do You Regret?

I regret hitting reply all on that email. I regret drinking too much that one night - you know the one I mean. I regret buying that stupid, overly-priced vacation package. I regret my college major. I regret getting that tattoo - just kidding....

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5 TV Shows That Will Make You Think

Let’s face it, at the end of a long day at work sometimes all we want to do is relax on the couch and watch TV. When you have a packed to-do list, you may feel guilty allowing yourself the lazy pleasure, but depending on what you watch, you don’t have to....

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Why Rejection Hurts According to Science

I have a question for you: Would you rather break an arm or be broken up with? We asked our Twitter followers this question and 76% said they would rather break an arm, while 24% said they would rather be broken up with. This response is stunning, because...

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Read it Forward

Books have saved me. No kidding, I escaped into novels as a child. I learned how to interact with people from books as a college student and writing my own book as an adult has changed the trajectory of my career. Now I want to Read it Forward. I will send...

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How to Decode Your Boss’s Behavior

Do you struggle to understand your boss? If you’re working for someone whose actions and demands are a source of frustration and confusion, the problem likely lies not in their behavior but in your lack of understanding of the personality...

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Book Club Book: The Power of Habit

In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed.

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Stress: It’s Not the Enemy You Think

Stress is a worldwide epidemic. According to the Global Organization for Stress, at least 60% of working adults in major global economies are stressed and that statistic is even higher in countries like Australia where it’s estimated that 91% of citizens...

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