35 Ultimate Psychology Facts

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35 Ultimate Psychology Facts

Amazing Psychology facts which you don’t even find in google search.

1.When it comes to placebo, studies have found that a capsule works better than a tablet, and a syringe works better than a capsule (in terms of how successful the placebo effect is).

2. A placebo effect can work even when the individual is aware that the substance they are taking is a placebo.

3. Humans can live longer without food than they can without sleep.

4. Even small noises can make your pupils dilate.

5. By age 60, you will have lost half of your taste buds.

6. If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.

7. Your brain and your stomach are in constant contact with each other which is why some emotions affect our stomachs physically, especially distress.

8. Since the existence of the internet, fewer people claim to be religious.

10. Chewing gum helps your memory to receive a higher test score. 

11. The color purple or more specifically ‘lavender’ creates a soothing effect. It is also a great color to have for your bed spreads.

12. In one of Freud’s psychosexual stages, the phallic stage, children become interested in their own genitalia, their parents, and their friends. Accompanied with this stage is the term ‘penis envy’, this is defined as the female child’s realization/resentment that they do not have a penis.

13. Your Short Term Memory is an actual store in your brain, although it has a much more limited capacity than expected- it lasts approximately 20 seconds and can process five to nine things at one time.

14. red makes anyone more sexually attractive, but i learned that wearing blue makes men especially more attractive to women.

15. Most human display hindsight bias, the tendency to claim that they have predicted an outcome before the event occurred.

16. Almost 70,000 thoughts a day hit the average human mind.

17. On average it takes 66 days to form a habit.

18. If someone makes eye contact with you for 60% of a conversation they’re bored, 80% and they’re attracted to you and 100% of the time then they are threatening you.  

19. Excessive stress can alter brain cells, structure and function.

20. Descriptive words used on questions eye witnesses are asked after seeing an event can effect how they remember the event later on. In other words influence what people remember. 

21. The sense of falling involved in a dream actually comes from the brain falling asleep too fast and assuming it is dying. The sensation is essentially the brain giving itself an AED.

22. If you fake a smile, even when you’re in a bad mood, that smile will help you feel better and therefore make you happy.

23. Men are attracted to women with clear skin, bright big eyes, rosy lips, and lustrous hair because they are indicators of health and an optimal partner for reproduction.

24. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is not just being a germiphobe. The disorder is obsessive unwanted thoughts and associations of unconnected events.

25. When you yawn and someone else yawns right after it means they were watching you and\or are attracted to you.

 26. It is a myth that humans can only use 10% of their brain at any given point. We can actually utilize somewhere around 35% at once.

27. When focusing hard on a task, the human brain will completely block out other things going on, even if it’s right in front of them. It’s called selective attention.

28. Brains in some individuals produce more chemicals compared to others; this is why some people are considered more emotional than others.

29. Intelligence is partially based on genetics.
30. Though the placebo effect may trick people into thinking they are becoming healthier, it can also harm them in the sense that once they begin taking medications for things that don’t need it, they develop a resistance to that medication so that when they need it, it no longer works.

31. According Furnham & Chamoro-Premuzic (2004), certain personality traits can be significant predictors of a person’s academic average. In fact, conscientious introverts who are not very open minded tend to have an higher average in stats than others.

32. Our reflex reactions aren’t controlled by the brain but by the spinal cord. Nerves that run up and down the spine control what the body does when in need of an instantaneous, lightning fast action like pulling away from something too hot.

33. Smells of family members are similar. This is why the average person does not find family members to be attractive; it’s nature’s way of decreasing genetic mutations.

34. Besides being sexually appealing, red is also an aggressive color that causes people to appear more intimidating.

35. There is no sense of pain within the brain itself. This fact allows neurosurgeons to probe areas of the brain while the patient is awake. Feedback from the patient during these probes is useful for identifying important regions, such as those for speech, that are spared if possible.

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10 May 2014 at 08:56

It's only 34... 9 is missing. Still very interesting! The thing about brain surgery kinda makes you cringe though... lol

10 May 2014 at 23:41

#9 is missing from this list. Should this be 34 Ultimate Psychology Facts?

| 8. Since the existence of the internet, fewer people claim to be religious.
| 10. Chewing gum helps your memory to receive a higher test score.

13 May 2014 at 18:13

31. an higher average ; shouldn't it be a higher average ?

15 May 2014 at 01:15

@scratch slim

Actually, 'H' is supposed to be pronounced "aitch", which starts with a vowel and therefore would be proceeded by "an" opposed to "a". (:

Good post by the way! Recognised a fair few facts from AS Psychology.

16 May 2014 at 09:40

Interesting list. I'll be going out to by some red and blue attire tomorrow!

24 June 2014 at 22:24

The list is so interesting that.... I didn't get to know that 9 was missing ..:)

25 June 2014 at 16:21

@Zoe Coombes Yes but 'higher' is pronounced with an 'h' like that in hard which doesn't take an but takes a, as seen in the phrase 'between a rock and 'a' hard place'. Were the word one such as honour where the h is silent then you would be correct.

25 June 2014 at 23:31

@Zoe Coombes

Actually, @scratch slim is right. Use of "a" and "an" is dependent on the sound at the beginning of the word.

When "H" is aspirated/makes a consonant sound at the beginning of a word, it should be preceded with "a" not "an", as in "It's a hit!" not "It's an hit!" "An" is used before words that start with a vowel sound, e.g. an hour. This can also go in the opposite direction with "a" being used before a word that starts with a vowel but sounds like a consonant, e.g. a unicorn.

#22: If you fake a smile, even when you’re in a bad mood, that smile will help you feel better and therefore make you happy. - I learned about this in a behavioral psychology class. If you hold a pencil sideways in your mouth to make yourself smile or frown it will affect your mood. I try to make my husband do it when he's grumpy...

Also test and class gum chewing FTW.

9 September 2014 at 08:41

#27...wow, TV must be a hard task for my mom. I've had her block me out a ton.

14 December 2014 at 02:03

All of those are common knowledge and googleable just fine. and some omit important things. Like, of course intelligence is "genetically determined". Genes tell a cell to form a human body with a big brain in the first place! How trivial. If it's about variables between different humans, modification and genetics cannot be neatly seperated and looked at. Intelligence itself is not even a neutral concept.

14 December 2014 at 03:07

#32 is incorrect. NOTHING works independently from the brain.To simplify, sensation is sent from the limb into the brain and back to the hand.

15 December 2014 at 04:59

.good to know info....

15 December 2014 at 06:55

Reflexes do though. Which is why a brain dead patient can actually have certain reflexes still work for some time after being brain dead. Or think about a chicken with his head cut off....they can still move..there is no brain...all reflex.

26 January 2015 at 04:13

@Zoe Coombes Actually you are wrong. The H in higher is not pronounced aitch. Only words that start with an H where the H is not pronounced do you use an instead of a like in honest. He is a honest person is wrong because the H in not pronounced and the next letter is a vowel so it would be he is an honest person.

28 March 2015 at 07:13

From a psych major standpiont this is an incredibly inacurite list. You can tell it doesnt come from someone with anything but a rudimentary lunderstanding of psychology. #3 completely dependent on body fat levels #12 is currently being used to proove Frued as being sexually hysterical . because its just plain wrong, which weve known for a while. #25 yawing doenst have to do with attraction beyond how attention implies atraction. #26 different for dif people, @ dif times, 4 dif people, doing dif things. #28 incorrect cause and effect. #30 like wat? #32 the nervous system is the lowest form of brain. (its the same thing) Basically dont take anything on this for fact, just a fun read

3 April 2015 at 16:13

Aw look how smart you're trying to be.

5 August 2015 at 09:21

Interesting. Number 5. Sometimes I wish my taste buds halved at 40 because everything tastes delicious. Number 17. I was off the belief that it took 21 days to form a habit, but I suppose if your committed then it should not matter how many days it takes. Really enjoyed reading your facts.

16 September 2015 at 22:20

Very interesting list!

21 September 2015 at 11:11

great and interesting article.

27 October 2015 at 18:43

Nice info, I like so much psycology fact number 3.

11 December 2015 at 21:07

I really enjoy reading this article. Hope that you would do great in upcoming time. A perfect post.

13 February 2016 at 08:10

my saliva can´t dissolve metal but still can taste it.

12 July 2016 at 12:23

Thanks for a nice and helpful post :)

5 August 2016 at 12:50

@Dm Kitty
32 IS correct actually. The reflex removes the limb from danger immediately and the brain is activated immediately following this. If the brain had to receive the impulse first and send this to the limb to contract the muscle and perform the action, damage to the tissues would be more serious. This has been demonstrated by neuroscience.

22 October 2016 at 23:57

@Zoe Coombes That is incorrect. Only when the H takes on a vowel sound, such as in the words 'hour' and 'honor,' will the "AN" be used in place of the "A."

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