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

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Transcriber: Tijana Mihajlović Reviewer: Ellen Maloney

Hi everyone.

Gosh, I wish I could dance, but I can't,

and you really don't want me to.

So instead I thought I would talk a little today about how people think.

I'm fascinated by this question.

I'm a social psychologist,

which basically means I'm a professional people watcher.

So, this is what I do;

I try to figure out how humans think

and how we might be able to think better.

Here's something I noticed a few years ago about how I seem to think;

here's a typical week in my life,

which usually seems to revolve entirely around publishing papers.

So here I am,

at maximum of my artistic abilities as a stick figure,

going along at baseline,

and a paper gets accepted.

I get this rush, this blip of happiness,

and then I'm back to baseline by about lunch time.

(Laughter)