Dr. Phil lost his license to practise psychology in 2006. Therefore, all guests on his TV show must sign a contract stating they are only there to receive "advice" from an individual, not a psychologist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Today I learned about the sentinel hypothesis: an evolutionary psychology idea that explains why people have different sleep schedules. Night owls and early birds played important roles in early human life. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Lillian Gilbreth, the real mother from Cheaper by the Dozen, was also one of the first women to earn a PhD in engineering, pioneered the field of industrial psychology, and invented the pedal trashcan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lil…
The psychology of color plays a massive role in the soft drink industry’s beverage color selection visualcontent.space/brand…
A psychology study of more than 4,000 millionaires found that people with more wealth are indeed happier with life. They also found that people who earned their wealth were happier than those who inherited it. journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
Psychology researchers found that pressure to feel upbeat can make you feel downbeat. Embracing your darker moods can make you feel better in the long-run. news.berkeley.edu/2017/08…
After Ted Bundy was convicted, Bundy helped police catch another notorious serial killer Gary Ridgway, known as the Green River Killer. The Express reports Bundy offered to help the FBI and gave his opinions on the β€œkiller’s psychology and motivation”. timeslive.co.za/sunday-ti…
King Frederick II used reverse psychology on his peasants who refused to eat potatoes because they tasted horrible. To stop the food famine he sent his guards to guard fields of potatoes and the peasants started stealing them and growing their own. changingminds.org/blog/15…
Street dogs in Russia use trains to commute between various locations, obey traffic lights, and avoid defecating in high traffic areas. The leader of a pack is the most intelligent (not strongest) and the packs intuit human psychology in many ways (e.g. deploying cutest dogs to beg). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
An Emeritus Professor of Psychology taught his Border Collie to identify and retrieve 1022 toys by name en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Selective exposure is a theory within the practice of psychology, often used in media and communication research, that historically refers to individuals' tendency to favor information which reinforces their pre-existing views while avoiding contradictory information. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sel…
In social psychology, pluralistic ignorance is a situation in which a majority of group members privately reject a norm, but go along with it because they assume, incorrectly, that most others accept it. "No one believes, but everyone thinks that everyone believes" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plu…
A military psychology tactic in late WW2 was to attach whistles onto bombs. As the bombs fell, they made the terrifying decrescendo whistling sound we think of today. The same sound is often dubbed over every type of bomb in movies and cartoons, despite only being used on a few specific bombs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu…
In social psychology, the boomerang effect refers to the unintended consequences of an attempt to persuade resulting in the adoption of an opposing position instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
Dr. John B. Watson who performed the Baby Albert experiment is the founder of modern behavioral psychology as well as modern advertising hcs.harvard.edu/brain/fea…
Frontiers in Psychology journal confirmed that those with hypermobile joints (double jointed) are more likely to suffer from anxiety. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Today I learned of "the Truman Show Delusion" a term used in psychology to describe patients who believe they are part of a staged reality. Psychiatrist reported on one patient who had traveled to New York after 9/11 to ensure the event really happened and wasn't just a plot twist in his show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of James Gordon Wolcott who, at age 15, sniffed airplane glue, then shot and killed his parents and sister. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Today he is a psychology professor at Millikin University. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
In 19th- and early 20th-century medicine and psychology, an "idiot" was a person with a very profound intellectual disability en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idi…
Josh Waitzkin (chess prodigy from Searching for Bobby Fischer) also became a world champion at Tai Chi, has written a book on the psychology of learning, and has a black belt in Jiu Jitsu joshwaitzkin.com/josh
Flying monkeys is a term used in popular psychology mainly in the context of narcissistic abuse. They are people who act on behalf of a narcissist to a 3rd party, usually for an abusive purpose (eg smear campaign).The phrase has also been used to refer to people who act on behalf of a psychopath en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly…
Yakov Smirnoff (Soviet-Born Comedian famous for the phrase 'America: What a country!') went on to complete master's degree and a doctorate in psychology eventually teaching courses at the collegiate level en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yak…
"maledictology" is a branch of psychology that does research into cursing and swearing. Research assumes that swearing is part of human life and can even act as a passive self-defense, since it prevents palpable argument en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
Comedian Yakov Smirnoff holds a PhD in psychology and global leadership businesswire.com/news/hom…
In psychology there is a principle called β€œcontrast” (if you left a heavy item first then a light item second, the second item will feel lighter than actually it is). That’s why online businesses show you the expensive items first so the less expensive items seem cheap and affordable to you. tactics.convertize.com/de…
James Gordon Wolcott killed his family with a .22 long-barrel in 1967. Found not guilty by reason of insanity, he was later released and is now a psychology professor and chair of the Behavioral Sciences department at Millikin University, going by the name James St. James. austinist.com/2013/08/02/…
That Positivity Psychology ratios of 3 compliments to 1 negativity leading to a fuller and better life, has been debunked mathematically as the ratios and equations for the research came from a 1965 paper on fluid mechanics. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
The current backlash against ADHD medication like Ritalin and Adderall was started as a plot by the Church of Scientology to discredit the field of psychology latimes.com/local/la-scie…
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, has casually studied subatomic physics, cosmology, biology and psychology throughout his life and frequently encourages harmony between science and Buddhism dalailama.com/messages/bu…
In developmental psychology, there are more studies of non-humans primates than of Africans, Asians or Latin Americans uni-muenster.de/imperia/m…
Flying Monkeys is a phrase in popular psychology used to refer to people who act on behalf of a psychopath. It is based on the Wizard of Oz. The wicked witch sent them to carry out her attacks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly…
'Moron', 'Idiot', and 'Imbecile' were once valid Psychology terms for people with low IQ. When these terms entered vernacular usage as insults, they were disused in favor of 'Mental Retardation' which in turn was disused in favor of 'Intellectual Disability'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
A psychology professor taught his sheepdog to recognize more than 1000 different toys by name. The dog could even infer names by discerning which toy it did not recognize. youtube.com/watch?v=omaHv…
Psychoanalytic dream interpretation is just a theory that isn't easy to test. Even Freud himself admitted the lack of foundation in science, & others say that the notion that free association gives access to the latent content of the dream has been invalidated by experimental psychology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psy…
Dr Phil hasn't had a license to practice psychology professionally for 9 years, and considers himself "retired from psychology." today.com/id/22901694
Scientists replicated 100 Psychology studies, and fewer than half got the same results smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Today I learned about Sir Isaac Brock, the general for Canada during the war of 1812. Using primarily psychology alone against the Americans in Fort Detroit, he fired constant cannon fire at them for 2 hours straight. Fort Detroit believed it had been outnumbered and surrendered to Brock. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
Today I learned of Polybius, a fictitious arcade game subject of an urban legend allegedly part of a government-run psychology experiment en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, was initially a neuroscientist but abandoned neuroscience completely after he made a last attempt to link both in his writing, β€œProject of a Scientific Psychology”. The reason for why he stopped studying the brain remains unclear ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
270 scientists re-ran 100 studies published in the top psychology journals in 2008. Only half the studies could be replicated successfully. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Today I learned of β€œflying monkeys”, a phrase in psychology to describe people who act on behalf of a narcissist or psychopath third party to help abuse their victims. The phrase comes from the flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly…
Today I learned of the amazing, but nearly invisible, psychology utilized in Japanese train stations. Over 13 billion riders a year in Tokyo alone have necessitated impressive efficiency and life-saving technology, such as strategically placed blue lights that have reduced suicide by train by 84% over 10 years. citylab.com/transportatio…
Soviet psychology once classified "the struggle for truth and justice" as a symptom of paranoid, delusional schizophrenia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slu…
Bruce Bridgeman, a professor of psychology, lived 67 years stereoblind - unable to perceive depth. However, watching a 3D movie caused some changes in brain's vision centre that enabled to experience stereoscopic three dimensional vision. theguardian.com/film/2013…
In 2015, the Journal of Basic and Applied Social Psychology declared that the null hypothesis statistical testing procedure is invalid. They promptly banned P values, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing from the journal tandfonline.com/doi/full/…
Former professor of social psychology Diederik Stapel published dozens of significant papers over many years, but it was found that he had manipulated and fabricated the data in the studies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die…
The β€œNo pomegranate!” lady wasn’t yelling at students about pomegranates. She was actually teaching her students studying children’s psychology how not to teach children with negativity, but with love. kcci.com/article/professo…
A bank robber covered his face with lemon juice because he believed it would make his face invisible to surveillance cameras. This led to a Cornell psychology study that showed unskilled people mistakenly assess their abilities to be much higher than they really are. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dun…
Ferdinand Waldo Demara, commonly known as β€œFred” the great imposter, was a Monk, US Army, US Navy, Naval Surgeon, Psychology teacher, Orderly, Deputy Sheriff and Biologist among other identities he took during his criminal career. headstuff.org/culture/his…
In 2005 nearly 72 percent of new PhD and PsyDs entering psychology were women apa.org/monitor/jun07/cha…
Researchers repeated 100 studies published in three top psychology journals, and got the same results only 36 times time.com/4013940/psycholo…
Natalie Portman is a published researcher in Psychology. Her first scientific paper was co-authored while still in high school. It was entered into the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search and made it all the way to the semi-finals. nerdist.com/secret-scienc…
The pilot who successfully ditched Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009 was an expert on airline safety, an NTSB accident investigator, published a paper on airline crew psychology in a crisis, and had his pilot's certificate in gliders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
In psychology, Westerners and particularly Americans display strikingly different behaviors from other cultures. As of 2013, however, almost 70% of psych studies are conducted on Americans. psmag.com/social-justice/…
In psychology, moron was used to denote an IQ of 51-70, imbecile was used to denote an IQ of 26-50, and idiot was used to denote an IQ of 0-25 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Dr. Phil does not have an active licence to practice psychology, and the California Board of Psychology determined that he does not require one because his show involves "entertainment" rather than psychology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
A 1996 psychology paper titled "Farting as a defence against unspeakable dread" talks about an abandoned boy who used farts to envelop himself in a cloud of familiarity onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
Rapper Kevin Gates Received a Master's Degree in Psychology Thru a Prison Program en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kev…
Using long words doesn't make readers think you're smart. The first psychology paper, reporting on this result was called "Consequences of Erudite Vernacular Utilized Irrespective of Necessity" goodreads.com/quotes/1401…
The movie The Champ is used in psychology laboratories to test how sadness affects people. Scientists spent years going through hundreds of movies, and decided the 'Wake up Champ!" scene is the saddest in the world - even more so than the death of Bambi's mum. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
A former coach at the University of Iowa decided to paint the visitors locker room Pink. The former coach obtained his master's degree in psychology. sbnation.com/college-foot…
Eye movement in music reading is an extremely complex phenomenon that involves a number of unresolved issues in psychology. Despite some 30 studies in this area over the past 70 years, little is known about the underlying patterns of eye movement in music reading. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye…
Sigmund Freud considered himself a scientist and his two research methods in psychology were dream intepretation and hypnosis web.mst.edu/~psyworld/psy…
Today I learned of King Psamtik I, who conducted the first recorded experiment in psychology. He sought to prove that the innate language was Egyptian. He sent two infants to live secluded in care w/out ever hearing words. The conclusion: Phrygian. One babys first word was "becos," Phrygia's word for bread. wikipedia.org/wiki/Psamti…
, that Ansel Bourne, a famous psychology case, was likely the inspiration of the Bourne identity en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ans…
Today I learned of a man who killed his family in 1967, sent to a mental institution and later became a professor of Psychology nbcnews.com/news/other/bo…
Natalie Portman "would rather be smart than a movie star." She had a 4.0 gpa in high school, and attended Harvard, where she contributed to a study in psychology and got an AB degree. Portman is also fluent in Hebrew, and knows French, Arabic, German and Japanese. natalieportman.com/?page_…
To encourage potato farming to beat future famines, a Prussian royal used reverse psychology to make them seem "worth enough to steal" history-magazine.com/pota…
There is a branch in psychology whose purpose is to use scientific understanding and effective interventions to aid to satisfactory normal life rather than merely treating mental illness. It's called positive psychology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
Machiavellianism in psychology refers to a personality trait which sees a person so focused on their own interests they will manipulate, deceive, and exploit others to achieve their goals. harleytherapy.co.uk/couns…
Today I learned about Xenoglossy - a controversial topic in psychology that relates to a persons ability to speak a foreign language without any prior training. It raises questions about the true nature of our collective unconscious and brings up the interesting topic of past lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xen…
The 'Father of PR', Edward Bernays, adopted new theories on mass psychology to create a world full of perpetually unfulfilled consumers smellslikehumanspirit.com…
Children's difficulty in understanding abstract concept causes them to share unequally | Piaget's Stages of Development (Psychology) youtu.be/TRF27F2bn-A?t=2m…
There is a strong bias within the field against psychology graduate students who themselves suffer from mental illness. apa.org/gradpsych/2012/01…
A Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology is the lowest paying Master's Degree out there. career-advice.monster.com…
Dr. Phil is an actual former psychologist, and though he retired from practicing, he does not require a license for his show because it "involves entertainment rather than psychology." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Scientists replicated 100 recent psychology experiments. More than half of them failed. vox.com/2015/8/27/9216383…
There is a growing movement to unify modern psychology under the premise that evolution shaped our behavior the same way it shaped all of biology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evo…
Experts in psychology denounce spanking as harmful and ineffective, however two-thirds of Americans still approve of parents spanking their kids. apa.org/monitor/2012/04/s…
Ted Bundy, infamous serial killer, received a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Some casinos spend tons of money to pump fragrances into their buildings. Pure psychology. vegasmagazine.com/vegas-r…
Scientists can only verify about 39% of psychology studies out there, suggesting that more than half of what we know about psychology could be wrong vocativ.com/news/226120/p…
French philosopher Rene Descartes had a fetish for cross-eyed women, a fetish that turned out to shape his beliefs about free will and presage Freudian psychology. mentalfloss.com/article.p…
During ovulation, women are more attracted to 'manly men', which covers certain smells, dominance, a masculine, symmetrical face and body, and a deeper voice. "On fertile days women prefer the George Clooney type of guys, the sexy ones", said Martie Haselton, a UCLA professor of psychology. techtimes.com/articles/34…
Connecticut College students and a professor of psychology have found Oreos to be just as addictive as cocaine – at least for lab rats. And just like most humans, rats go for the middle first. conncoll.edu/news/news-ar…
The more times a scientific experiment is replicated, the less significant its results become, a phenomenon called the 'decline effect' that is troubling scholars in a number of fields, ranging from psychology to ecology. newyorker.com/reporting/2…
The US undergrad major with the highest earning potential is petroleum engineering at $120,000 median income. Lowest is Couseling Psychology at $30,000. npr.org/blogs/money/2013/…
Mark Zuckerberg majored in psychology, not computer science businessinsider.com/mark-…
We still don't know the psychology of why we blush. However we do know that the blood cells dilate, allowing more blood to flow at a faster rate. This is why our faces go so red when we are embarrassed. science.howstuffworks.com…
A study in the Journal of Consumer Psychology compared all No. 1 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 list from 1958 to 2012 with tracks that never broke past No. 90. They found the simpler and more repetitive a song’s lyrics were, the better its chance of reaching the top spot. psychologytoday.com/artic…
The founder of feminist psychologyβ€”founded in response to Freud's theory of penis envyβ€”had the last name of Horney. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
There is a road safety system called "Shared space" that relies on psychology. Traffic signs, kerbs and road markings are removed from town centers. Without markings drivers are more cautious and aware of their surroundings and thus slow down and pay more attention. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
The word meme is an analogy for gene, as both are formed inside of an host and jump from one host to another. Memetics is a branch of science that uses principles of genetics, evolutionary biology, sociology and psychology to study how memes form, spread and change over time. sorites.org/Issue_15/alva…
A study published in Evolutionary Psychology showed that men who smoked and drunk more were more attractive to women on a short-term basis (so for a short fling or one-night stand), as they were seen as more β€œsexually open” dazeddigital.com/artsandc…
Babies as young as 9 months know what makes a friend,new research suggests. A study conducted in January in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, shows that babies who are too young to talk still have a set of abstract expectations about the social world. livescience.com/42477-bab…
As an Undergraduate, Tim Duncan co-authored a chapter in a Psychology textbook. It was titled, β€œBlowhards, Snobs and Narcissists: Interpersonal Reactions to Excessive Egotism.” ftw.usatoday.com/2016/07/…
The Muhammad Ali effect (in psychology), named after Muhammad Ali, states that people who are asked to rate their intelligence and moral behavior in comparison to others,will rate themselves as more moral, but not more intelligent than others. personalitycafe.com/membe…
John B. Watson went from being a psychology researcher to an advertising executive, and "is credited with popularizing the 'coffee break' during an ad campaign for Maxwell House coffee". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Studies spanning from psychology to pharmacology are sometimes subject to a 'decline effect', where the results of repeated studies are confirmed but less and less pronounced, and no one knows why. nyr.kr/gcWDf5
Developed countries are referred to as WEIRD ("Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic") in the study of psychology, with Americans representing the most extreme individualists known in the world. [PDF] www2.psych.ubc.ca/~henric…

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