Description: Hopefully, if you are taking or have taken an introductory psychology course you do not need a list of 11 fascinating findings to tell your friends and relatives about. However, you may not have had a section on social psychology yet or it is just nice to have examples at your fingertips. The article linked below describes 11 mind blowing findings from psychological research and contains links where you can either read the original research released get more information about the classic or unique studies described. As you read each one, perhaps rate your level of surprise at the results on a 1 to 10 point scale.
Source: 11 mind-blowing psychology findings that explain the baffling choices you make every day, Shane Lebowitz, www.businessinsider.com
Date: November 26, 2016
Photo Credit: Jackal Lantern
Links: Article Link — http://www.businessinsider.com/mind-blowing-psychology-research-2016-11
The article linked above provides you with compact clear ways to talk about some of the more interesting and frankly amazing findings in the general area of social psychology. One of things to keep in mind you are talking to other people, who may not of had a psychology course, about these findings is the important role that research has played in psychology’s efforts to come to a clear understanding of how we function cognitive, emotionally and socially as we move about in the world. As surprising as these results might seem it is equally important to be able to talk about what they tell us about the nature of human social information processing. Also worthwhile to think about are other things you have learned in your introductory psychology courses that also may be surprising to others based on their “commonsense” assumptions about human thinking works.
Questions for Discussion:
1. Which of the 11 listed results did you find most surprising and why?
2. What additional information would you provide to people who expressed interest in one or two of the “mind blowing” findings mentioned in the article in order to help them better understand that area of psychology?
3. What sorts of factors do you think influenced the researchers in each of these areas in choosing to approach their topics the way they did and which produced the results noted as surprising in the linked article?
References (Read Further):
10 top myths of popular Psychology, http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/10-09-01/
Ben Ambridge: 10 myths about psychology, debunked – TED.com https://www.ted.com/talks/ben_ambridge_10_myths_about_psychology_debunked
Podcast: Psychology Myths you believe thanks to movies http://www.cracked.com/video_20282_psychology-myths-you-believe-thanks-to-movies.html