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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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Listen to This First

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


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Our Original Research

Current Experiments–play with us!

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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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