Get Started with the Science of People

If there’s one event that sums up what my work and the Science of People is all about, it’s the TEDx Talk I delivered in London. I recommend you watch this first before reading anything else!

Hi Friends!

My name is Vanessa Van Edwards and I am a recovering awkward person. I do research on human behavior to try to figure out what makes us tick. I also write funny, science-based, sometimes life-changing articles about the science of people. I’m allergic to boring and am addicted to giving you aha moments. Here is a sampling of some of my favorites.

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 Read These First

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Our Original Research

Current Experiments–play with us!

Watch This

I got to chat with Charlie Rose about our research–and it turned out kinda funny…

Social Skills:


Listen to this

From my segment on The Laura Ingraham Show on how to deal with awkward moments:

I Love Lists:

Need a Laugh:

Deep Thinkers:

Looking for Love:

Bonus: Our Take on Popular Books:

Our Media Hits:


Wanna check out our new book?

Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People

Do you wish you could decode people? Do you want a formula for charisma? Do you want to know exactly what to say to your boss, your date or your networking partner? You need to know how people work. As a human behavior investigator, Vanessa Van Edwards studies the hidden forces that drive our behavior patterns in her lab—and she’s cracked the code. In Captivate she shares a wealth of valuable shortcuts, systems and behavior hacks for taking charge of their interactions at work, at home, and in any social situation.

These aren’t the people skills you learned in school.

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