People Believe In Astrology To Cope With Stress & Conflict

Why do people believe in astrology?

It’s fascinating to understand why people believe in astrology. The answer is not so obvious, but it is quite simple. There are many ways to approach astrology: as an alternative world-view, as a relic of the pre-scientific era, as a social reality, as a psychological reality, etc. This post will adopt the 3rd and 4th …

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The Effect of Reading Fiction on The Brain: Do Books Increase Empathy?

The effect of reading on the brain: Can books increase empathy?

There is some debate on whether reading literary fiction has any effect on the brain. Can reading improve empathy, mentalizing (being aware of one’s and other’s thoughts), and desirable attitudes? Research in this area looks at the theory of mind and social cognition. Let us first understand these terms. Theory of Mind – This framework …

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3 Stupidly Useless, Pointless & Amazing Facts About the Human Brain

3 amazing facts about the human brain.

After a series of long & detailed posts, let me share something fun and amusing. Let’s look at 3 amazingly surprising and interesting quirks of the human brain. The word “fact” is used for creating some dramatic influence. A more accurate description would be interesting psychological findings. 1. Side-to-Side eye movements can temporarily boost memory …

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The Einstellung Effect: Why Experts Lack Creativity And Problem Solving Skills

Einstellung effect - Learn to utilize resources correctly to increase productivity

Speaking anecdotally, have you ever had an interaction with a professional who has a vast amount of experience but ultimately failed to offer a smart and creative solution? One possibility is that the expert really wasn’t an expert and genuinely lacked problem-solving skills. The other possibility is that you experienced the Einstellung Effect; also known …

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The Peter Principle OR Why Everyone Sucks At Their Job – tips to overcome incompetency in the work place

regression to the mean: peter principle

Back in 1969, a guy called Laurence Peter made a shrewd observation and published a book on it – The Peter Principle. If you are someone’s boss, you probably know this. You can skip ahead to the part where I discuss how to counter the Peter Principle. I’m certain everyone has a friend who complains about …

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10 psychology facts that’ll (NOT) blow your mind away

Considering this is the era of fact sharing and how people like ‘quick bites’ of information, I thought I’ll compile some of the psychological facts that are almost never talked about. These are not psychology facts per se. These are robust research findings that are close to being facts. Truth be told, it’s hard to …

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The Kiki Bouba effect – research overview & explanation

The kiki bouba experiment psychology

…. Deep inside your brain, cross-modal correspondences make you human. The Kiki-Bouba effect: Which shape do you think is ‘KIKI’ and which one do you think is ‘BOUBA’? ……..…………. What is your answer?….…..…………. Do you think the left one is KIKI and the right one is Bouba?..…… Yeah? Or do you think it was the …

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