Getting stuck in the negatives (and how to get unstuck) | Alison Ledgerwood | TEDxUCDavis

Getting stuck in the negatives (and how to get unstuck) | Alison Ledgerwood | TEDxUCDavis

Alison Ledgerwood joined the Department of Psychology at UC Davis in 2008 after completing her PhD in social psychology at New York University. She is interested in understanding how people think, and how they can think better. Her research, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, investigates how certain ways of thinking about an issue tend to stick in people’s heads. Her classes on social psychology focus on understanding the way people think and behave in social situations, and how to harness that knowledge to potentially improve the social world in which we all live.

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  1. pp op

    Keeping it real is the key,

  2. Secret Agent

    lol how it started

  3. johnebgood108

    it all comes down to money – have apartment, have car, money in investments, inheritance on the way.talk nasal.

  4. Matt Crawley

    The fact that people can't do basic math questions is rather depressing.

  5. Michael Boyd

    was. a. nowtorn
    add. pronton

  6. zizwe allette

    wasn't the first thing she said was that she can't dance?

  7. I am Bullyproof Music

    We have four songs on this topic. LOVE this topic! Thank you :-)

  8. Richard Boe

    Staying negative is probably an effect of our evolution, a survival technique. As an event "tanks" we become more cautious and tank with it. Then even after the situation is stable we tend to have the attitude "let's wait and see if its really safe". If you reach your hand out to pet a dog and get bit, the next time you see a dog you are likely to be cautious about touching it (continuing negativity) but that may keep you safe. I see it as totally natural.

  9. Paul Mic

    I suspect that this 'bias' is cultural.
    i.e. that we are 'trained' to think of the negative (just like we can 'train' ourselves to think of the positive)
    Have there been any studies into this phenomenon in non-western cultures?
    Micro-cultures could work too… a pre-industrialised area perhaps?

  10. Nick Roncato/superbros64 (Half genie hero)

    I have to watch this for school lol

  11. 1954774

    FFS LOL SIMPLE – EASIER GOING DOWN HILL HARDER GOING UP HILL.

  12. sunset 509

    I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEE BRAIN GAMES!

  13. Random O Con

    I'M IN THIS EPISODE. I'M IN THE AUDIENCE WEARING PURPLE.

  14. jr paramo

    Jk

  15. jr paramo

    Begening

  16. jr paramo

    I seem the lady at the beeging

  17. Keanna

    This episode made me happy. I think I'm going to go to class and pass my midterm.

  18. LukeOfTroy

    This show was better when NPH ran it. Motivational horse shit is not entertaining.

  19. Abdiel Murillo

    thank u this is so cool

  20. Brook Bonk

    when you had to make stories for the first or "sad" one i said hmmm maybe he was crying because he was offered an AMAZING deal so he's going to somewhere good same with the other one