4 Psychology Myths You Probably Thought Were True

4 Psychology Myths You Probably Thought Were True

Do you know brain facts from fiction?
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Rauscher, F. H., Shaw, G. L., & Ky, K. N. (1993). Music and spatial task performance. Nature, (365), 611.

Chabris, C. F. (1999). Prelude or requiem for the ‘Mozart effect’?. Nature, 400(6747), 826-827. http://libres.uncg.edu/ir/asu/f/Steele_KM_1999_Prelude_or_Requiem.pdf

Husain, G., Thompson, W.F. & Schellenberg, E.G. (2002). Effects of musical tempo and mode on arousal, mood, and spatial abilities: Re-examination of the “Mozart effect”. Music Perception, 20, 151-171.

Varakin, D. A., & Loschky, L. (2010). Object appearance and picture-specific viewpoint are not integrated in long-term memory. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63(6), 1181-1200. http://www.k-state.edu/psych/vcl/documents/Varakin_Loschky_2010.pdf

Park, D. C., Lodi-Smith, J., Drew, L., Haber, S., Hebrank, A., Bischof, G. N., & Aamodt, W. (2014). The Impact of Sustained Engagement on Cognitive Function in Older Adults The Synapse Project. Psychological science, 25(1), 103-112. http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/11/07/0956797613499592.abstract?papetoc


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Bi-Plane: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/Strummed/Biplane
Cascades: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/podington_bear/rhythm_and_strings/Cascades
Gravy: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/Upbeat/Gravy


February 26, 2015 / 39 Comments / by / in
  • Oh the puns! 🙂

  • the last comment is true. i changed my answer on a test once and got it wrong.. never again xD ever since i've just completed test and never double checked. didnt go too bad :p

  • The puns are REAL. 😀

  • best puns ever

  • 1:08 Vanessa isn't very clear here. She says picture memories aren't encoded the way they are recalled (?!). And she uses "Eidetic memory" but doesn't define it. One definition is that it's a synonym for photographic memory. And certainly there are people with exceptional memory, even the memory of images. Stephen Wiltshire is an example:


    He draws cities like London, Rome, and New York in detailed panorama after only a brief helicopter flight.
    I suspect Vanessa means our minds are incapable of retrieving an image and then inspecting it on an internal viewer. It doesn't seem like I can do that, but I'm not so sure she proved it doesn't happen.

  • she looks so creepy in the thumbnail.

  • Idk I always tested above average and I stuck with my gut…but maybe I just knew the material

  • I have a pornographic memory, I remember all the porn I watch

  • I love this vid, so many amazing puns

  • I had a psychology professor that once recommended that students not change their first guesses on exams because the first guess is more likely to be correct. Shows what he knew…

  • I Would like You to elaborate on the Classical Music theme. As I understand You:

    1) Spatial recognition improved WHILE listning to classical music. With no lasting effect.

    2) The spatial recognition furthermore was only present in major keys and NOT in minor keys.

    Now a harmonic triad consists of:

    a) The root.

    b) The third – more about that later.

    c) The perfect fifth is tuned precisely to the root 1.5 times higher. I.e. the soundwaves will coincide after precisely 2 wavelengths of the root. That is the fifth is 3/2 of the root.
    A major third is 5/4 of the root. This means that the sound wave of the major third coincides precisely with the root after 4 vibrations of the root.

    Interesting: Seems (to me) to be that fase does not really matter.

    To me it seems like the minor third is altnatively "catching up/being caught up" with the root (or its mate the octave above) and the fifth.

    Help me out here, as I am trying to understand – something – don't know precisely what!

  • I wonder why the "Mozart effect" doesn't work with minor chords. Im a musician and I LOVE minor chords. They add substance and richness. I would love to learn more about this.

  • I love your jokes!

  • Thank you for your video. They started playing classical music in public areas such as large bus shelters a few years ago in England. The idea was that the classical music would reduce incidences of vandalism. I've no idea if they're still playing it in these public amenities or whether this idea worked or not.

  • My 5th-grade teacher told the class repeatedly to "go with our gut" when we are unsure of the answer!

  • when i watch motivational video i feel like a Superman and i start working on project but it lasts only 1 day the next i feel stupid.

  • I thought Bach was baroque?

  • haha these tests are joke

  • awesome puns!

  • in 8th grade a guy i know wasn't working and just doodling in his workbook. the teacher called him out on it. my friend said he had a photographic memory and could remember everything written on the whiteboard. there was like 500 words on the board and he looked at it for about 2 seconds. somehow the teacher believed him >_<

  • I saw that taco note and I automatically thought of Jake from Vsauce3.

  • That wasn't a minor chord though…

  • Cool

  • Isn't the logic of the first instinct fallacy more because, for example, in an ABCD scenario changing from a wrong answer to a right answer is more common because from wrong to right has a 33% success rate but right to wrong has 0%? Where do the wrong to wrong changes fit in the hierarchy?

  • Bach's music is not classical. It is baroque.

  • I need more of these puns.

  • I love how the little dude says hadouken in Chinese at 2:11!

  • 2:27 Nice red Lego 1×2 plate earrings. I'm a Lego fan. ^u^

  • this is great!

  • anything can stimulate brain cell growth if you enjoy it. the more you enjoy it, and the more complex it is, the more brain cells it grows. but only if you derive pleasure from it.

  • About the photographic memory, whenever I see for example lyrics in a lyric video and layer on want to sing that song its almost like I am watching the video again in my head. That's just one example but I think photographic memory is real.

  • it doesn't work when the major chords are replaced with minor chords…… Well that wouldn't be classical music then would it? That's like saying the blues didn't make people tap their foot when the tritone is taken out.

  • Absolute shit!

  • Explain why I can recognise flags and countries capitals so easily and fast

  • 2:18 THAT is the catch. I have to USE the skill CREATIVELY to get the benefit. But my YT account is, by LAW, the center of my life.

  • youre so fucking hot

  • Anu

    Mozart's musics aren't my cup of tea anyway.

  • why do you look to the left when you say 'click away', when the other videos are on the right?

  • Eww these puns are killing me

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