Vanessa Van Edwards

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Vanessa Van Edwards
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Born (1985-05-17) May 17, 1985 (age 34)
Years active2015–present
Notable work
Science of People, Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People

Vanessa Van Edwards is a behavioral investigator with Science of People[1][2] and national best-selling author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People (2017).[3][4] She is also a corporate speaker and body language trainer specializing in science-based people skills.[5][6][7] She runs Science of People, a human behavior research lab in Portland, Oregon where she studies charisma, influence and power body language.[8][9][10]


Van Edwards, maiden name Van Petten, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.[11][7] She currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter.[12][13][14]


Van Edwards is lead investigator at her human behavior research lab, the Science of People.[12] She conducts original research experiments on popular psychology and communication.[15][16]

Van Edwards writes monthly columns for Entrepreneur Magazine[17] and The Huffington Post.[18] She is also a monthly guest on morning news show, AM Northwest.[19] She has written for CNN,[20] TIME,[21] Forbes,[22] and Fast Company.[23]

Van Edwards teaches online courses about body language, facial expression, nonverbal communication and lie detection,[24][25][26] all grounded in scientific research.[12] She gave her first TEDx Talk in London in 2017[27] and appeared on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose.[28]

Van Edwards has conducted a set of experiments on TED talks[29][30] and presented her research at SXSW in March 2015.[31]

Her lab has also conducted research on the TV Show Shark Tank[15] and analyzed hand gestures in presidential inaugural addresses.[20]

Van Edwards is the author of the books Human Lie Detection and Body Language 101,[32] Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People,[33][34] and Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I'm Grounded with Plume [35] under her maiden name, Vanessa Van Petten.


  1. ^ "About Vanessa Van Edwards". Science of People. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Vanessa Van Edwards The Science of Innovation". Inc. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Captive Hits iBooks Best-seller List". 25 December 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  4. ^ Van Edwards, Vanessa. Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People. Penguin Random House. ISBN 0399564489.
  5. ^ "Body Language for Introverts".
  6. ^ "Vanessa Van Edwards".
  7. ^ a b Marx Wheatley, Michaela. (2012-10-20). “Nationally-Renown Speaker to get Radical on Whidbey Parents.” South Whidbey Record. Retrieved 2014-10-03.
  8. ^ YEC Women (2013-09-24). "10 Ways Body Language Can Help You Be More Powerful". Forbes.
  9. ^ "Learning Marketplace Sites Compete To Become School Of Everything". (2013-11-06). Pickar, Julia. OPB. Retrieved 2014-10-3.
  10. ^ Online Teaching’s the New Blogging O’Connell, A.J. (2014-08-31). The Next Web. Retrieved 2014-10-03
  11. ^ Radical Parenting: Youthologist Teaches CT Teens and Parents to Communicate. Mindell, Cindy (2010-10-01). Jewish Ledger. Retrieved 2014.10.03
  12. ^ a b c "From Portland, self-taught expert teaches 60,000 around the globe".
  13. ^ "The First Weeks of Parenting: What Nobody Tells You - Episode #104 with Vanessa Van Edwards". Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  14. ^ "5 Mind-Blowing Myths About Pregnancy". Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  15. ^ a b Zissu, Alexandra (22 September 2016). "How to Win on 'Shark Tank'".
  16. ^ "How Deciphering the Science of Body Language Can Help Build Your Business". American Express. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  17. ^ Edwards, Vanessa Van. "Vanessa Van Edwards". Entrepreneur.
  18. ^ "Vanessa Van Edwards - HuffPost".
  19. ^ "How to Increase Your Influence".
  20. ^ a b Edwards, Vanessa Van. "Trump's hands speak and this is what they say".
  21. ^ "7 Body Language Tips Everybody Should Know". Time.
  22. ^ YEC Women (2012-10-09). "Want To Cope With "Annoying" Colleagues? Speak Their Language". Forbes.
  23. ^ "How Chobani Squeezed New Flavor Into A Crowded Market". Fast Company.
  24. ^ "From Portland, self-taught expert teaches 60,000 around the globe". Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  25. ^ "How Teaching Online Courses Helped One Entrepreneur Put a Down Payment on a House". Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  26. ^ "To command an audience, speak with your hands". Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  27. ^ TEDx Talks (27 June 2017). "You are contagious - Vanessa Van Edwards - TEDxLondon" – via YouTube.
  28. ^ "How to be the most memorable person in the room".
  29. ^ "How to Give a Speech Like a TED Talk Pro". 23 March 2015.
  30. ^ "Your hand gestures can help make you more charismatic". BBC. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  31. ^ "Digital Body Language - SXSW 2015 Event Schedule". SXSW Schedule 2015.
  32. ^ Van Edwards, Vanessa. Human Lie Detection and Body Language 101: Your Guide to Reading People's Nonverbal Behavior. N.p.: Create Space, 2013.
  33. ^ "These 4 simple conversation hacks will make you more memorable and likable". CNBC. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  34. ^ Van Edwards, Vanessa. Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People. New York, 2017.
  35. ^ Van Petten, Vanessa. Do I Get My Allowance before or after I'm Grounded?: Stop Fighting, Start Talking, and Get to Know Your Teen. New York: Plume, 2011.

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