10 myths about psychology: debunked | Ben Ambridge

10 myths about psychology: debunked | Ben Ambridge

How much of what you think about your brain is actually wrong? In this whistlestop tour of dis-proved science, Ben Ambridge walks through 10 popular ideas about psychology that have been proven wrong — and uncovers a few surprising truths about how our brains really work.

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February 4, 2015 / 25 Comments / by / in
  • Everyone has seen the ''open loop'' at the end! I think it was brilliant.

  • Hot hand is not a myth, guys just failed in probability theory by choosing the wrong calculation method. Read "Story four – the hot hand": https://jasoncollins.org/2016/05/11/bad-behavioural-science-failures-bias-and-fairy-tales/

  • hey i thought those were hamsters climbing a tree before anyone said anything.

  • "any psychologist will tell you that…"
    How condescending!

  • Really misrepresented the Milgram study in a big way. You can watch the study yourself on youtube (watch the original, not a replication). Participants struggled to do the task due to the actors reactions.

  • I was pleased and relieved to hear that the Milgram Experiments were not as cynical as we are being told.

  • I think non identical twins share 75% of their jeans, and maybe slightly less of their genes.

  • I think it should be stated that there is a grain of truth to every myth, otherwise it would be an obvious falsehood.

  • why are people so bitter about this ted talk ?

  • S-oooo, what is the whole 'unkempt campsite' stage-set (replete with fake litter) in aid of??

    …..Have I missed some kindof smartypants subtext to it, or….. whaa?? O_o

  • Mr. Ambridge probably needs to state his case differently. 1) Who believes in the myths that he mentions? Regarding most that are mentioned most psychologists would not support them (I certainly don"t). For example, there is a lot of criticism directed against Rorschach tests (and no doubt some of it is valid) but they are certainly not used the way that he implies here.No psychologist that I have met would reach a conclusion based on a reaction to one card. They base their judgment on a clinical interview and the results of many tests with many different parts to each test. Yes if someone mentions his mother in reaction to every Rorschach card that he is presented then it would be important to explore his relationship with his mother but, that is stating the obvious. 2) In another example, regarding the differences between Men and Women, in my opinion, there are differences that are important and this is backed up by the evidence: e.g. difference in hormonal levels, in the use of different brain areas as shown in neurological images and in many other ways. For example, Depression is twice as common in Woman vs Men. Should we ignore that fact? The examples he quotes are not very relevant to the issue of gender differences and he seems to be missing the point or choosing bad examples in order to make his point. By the way, some of the "myths" that he mentions that have proven wrong were proven wrong by psychologists and theories were changed accordingly. And his conclusion is strange, Psychologists certainly should check their theories visa vis evidence. Some don't, in the same way, that some doctors don't stay up to date with the latest research, and some do. They do not, as far as I know, believe that Psychology is a "collection of interesting theories, all of which say something useful". I didn't know anyone treated Psychology (or any profession or science) that way?

  • As a person who studies Social engineering this guy is saying some b.s for example females are not better then males ,without a female there would be no male and without a male there would be no female another thing is notice how he doesn't ask the audience "any question"? and hes speaking fast like hes on a hurry.

  • Thanks. I also watch videos for the comments too lol

  • Remember when YouTube comments weren't cancer? Also, remember when people didn't speak in meme-ish vernacular like saying something they don't like is cancer?

  • oh god this is so bad

  • Two handed hi five to my fellow ambidextrians! ✋🏼🤚🏼

  • fuckin British hobo

  • get back to your cave

  • wish you were killed by the attack last month

  • Sorry, but on the whole, genetics can only give you an advantage – not insure your genius.
    There are far too many environmental factors that are not even addressed here, such as such as how you were raised, how competitive you are, what your goals are in life, and even "friends" that can have a far larger impact on you than genetics.
    If you think it is genetics, then how did I teach my cat what a remote control can do……….?

  • How far is "really far"? lol

  • The talk is what it is. Psychology has myths and some interesting ones at that. I bet most people, like me, believed at least some of them before hearing this. I learned quite a lot despite a slightly fast talking (overexcited, maybe just nerves) presenter. Why are so many people feeling the need to over-analyse?

  • LAST Year I was given a psych evaluation and the pictures of what do you see in this pic questions WERE in fact given to me, therefore, NOT ALL physchologist stopped using them for evaluations.

  • Rorschach tests can be used for simpler purposes than outright diagnosing people. The images people are drawn to see can uncover buried psychological issues.

  • There is very little research or evidence to show that the left handed and ambidextrous populations are more creative.

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