Shocking But True Psychological Facts! by Sherylynn Tetley - Musely
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Shocking But True Psychological Facts!

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  • These facts all come from psychological experiments, both classic and modern. I've included in brackets a search term you can look up for full details on each experiment.
    These facts all come from psychological experiments, both classic and modern. I've included in brackets a search term you can look up for full details on each experiment.
  • - Most ordinary people will obey an authority figure to the extent of killing an innocent human being. (Milgram)

    - Phobias can actually be induced in someone. (Little Albert)

    - A person can experience a traumatic event and have no recollection of it whatsoever afterwords. (Repression. Eileen Franklin is a shocking example)

    - Eye witness testimony is often inaccurate and can lead to wrongful convictions. (Loftus & Palmer)

  • - It's possible to 'implant' a memory into someone, to the point where they believe it happened and even expand on the events, when the memory was actually completely made up. (False memories)

    - We have a tendency to conform to the rest of the group, even if we know they are wrong. (Asch)

    - We tend to overlook a lot of things around us and fail to notice our surroundings, which could potentially be dangerous. ("missing" child experiment)

  • - Our overall impression of someone can be based on one trait about them. Eg, if a person has a likable personality, we are likely to deem their other qualities good too. (The halo effect)

    - We will always try to convince ourselves we've made the right decision, even if we haven't. (Cognitive dissonance)

    - Brainstorming in groups doesn't work! (Brainstorming doesn't work)

  • - Psychiatrists and psychologists usually can not tell if someone is actually mentally ill or if they're faking it.

    - Just staying in a psychiatric hospital for a period of time can potentially make you mentally ill, even if you were fine to begin with. (For info on the last 2 facts, search Rosenhan)

    - We can teach chimps/gorrilas sign language! (Washoe / Koko)

    - The more people that see someone in need, the less likely they are to receive help (Bystander effect)

    - No one notices your mistakes as much as you do (Spotlight effect)

  • - Your likability will actually increase if you're not perfect (Pratfall effect)

    - Having a lot of responsibility can lead to illness and even death. (Brady's monkeys)

    - We all have some capacity for evil. (Stanford Prison Experiment)

    - Love really is all that matters in terms of long-term happiness and life satisfaction. (Harvard Grant)

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