Emily Reynolds, Big Think

Emily Reynolds

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Past articles by Emily:

Here's how ultra marathon runners are different from the rest of us

For many, running a marathon is seen as the ultimate amateur athletic achievement; for others, it's just the start. Ultramarathon runners often take on courses of incredibly impressive length, running 50 or 100 kilometres at one time or over several days. → Read More

Hard workers are more inspiring than geniuses

The successes of a hard worker, like Edison for example, might seem more in reach to most people. His example suggests that scientific successes are related more to effort, self-control, and perseverance than innate talent or genius, making people more likely to try. Learn more here. → Read More

Checking your phone at work? It might make you even more bored

Most of us spend the short lulls in our work day not getting outside or making a coffee, but checking our phones. Does this actually relieve any of the inevitable daytime boredom? A new study suggests it may actually do the opposite. Learn more in this article. → Read More

Knowing when a task is going to end makes us better at it

Even though they're stressful, deadlines can be a pretty good motivator for both personal and professional goals. Knowing you have to submit some work by a particular date can make it easier to get things done; you simply have to get on with it. Researchers publish a new paper looking into the reasons why — learn more in this article. → Read More

Here's how good liars get away with it

Being able to get away with a few white lies can be a useful skill. Giving your boss a plausible explanation as to why you're late to work, for example, can be fairly handy — why do they have to know you just pressed snooze a few too many times? → Read More

Thinking about past generations could help us tackle climate change

Advocates for climate action often calls on us to think of future generations: if we don't suffer the negative effects, then our children and grandchildren will. This is often not enough to spur people to action, however. What if we looked back at the sacrifices that previous generations made? Find out in this article. → Read More

The more we see fake news, the more likely we are to share it

Over the last few years, so-called "fake news" — purposefully untrue misinformation spread online — has become more and more of a concern. At first, it might have been easier to tell which news was fake and which was real. But now, with so much fake news on the internet, people are more likely to share and believe it. Learn more here. → Read More

Lying to your kids could make them more dishonest and less well-adjusted as adults

Telling white lies to children can be somewhat par for the course when you're a parent: "I've got Santa on the phone and he says he's not coming unless you go to bed now," is particularly useful during the festive season, for example. → Read More

Keep up with current affairs and news by listening to these podcasts on your commute

Listen to daily news podcasts to keep up with current affairs. Here are our favourite picks. → Read More

Mental health issues and money: kindness is not good enough

Being more understanding alone doesn’t give those with severe problems the services they need → Read More

Has Tinder lost its spark?

Dating apps are a huge success – but people are looking elsewhere for the perfect match → Read More


How does the gig economy affect mental health

A new show from artist Liz Magic Laser, 'In Real Life', is examining how zero hours contracts and uncertain work has created a new type of insecurity and stress. → Read More

We need a cultural change over how we treat alcohol abuse

An overstretched NHS needs both funding and joined-up thinking to cope with a growing problem, says the author Emily Reynolds → Read More

There's no duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment. That has to change

A new campaign seeks to close the gap in the law that allows too many workplaces to treat such abuse as a sad inevitability, says writer Emily Reynolds → Read More

Criminalising people who attempt suicide is unjust and dangerous

Changing the way we talk about suicide isn’t enough when people who try to kill themselves are being prosecuted, says journalist Emily Reynolds → Read More

The left-wing meme-makers trying to reclaim meme culture

Political memes are often associated with the right, but there's a growing left-wing meme community in the UK and US → Read More

The Jeremy Kyle Show is just the ugly face of reality TV's problem with mental illness

The ITV show – cancelled after a former participant died by suicide – not only damaged the mental health of its guests, but contributed to the stigmitisation of vulnerable people throughout the UK → Read More

I looked back to see if my old tweets were problematic and this is what I found

Late last year, in 2018, I hit a big milestone. It wasn’t a big birthday, an anniversary or personal achievement – nothing like that. No, December 2018 marked something perhaps a little less impressive: 10 years since I first joined Twitter. → Read More

Mental health problems don't end with age. Older people need help too

Loneliness is sometimes presented as the main reason for older people’s mental ill-health, but that’s not the case, says journalist and author Emily Reynolds → Read More


breaking silence: changing the culture around sexual harassment at uk universities

In 2010, a landmark study found that one in seven students had experienced a serious physical or sexual assault during their time at university. While structural changes are undoubtedly taking place, the toxic culture of UK universities is harder to fix. → Read More