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Behavioral psychology: fear is something that our culture teaches us


Josh explains in the video from above why fear is something we learn and not something we are born with. The 1919 Little Albert Experiment is one of the experiments that taught us that fear is something that can be conditioned in the people.

The little Albert experiment used a 9 month old child to teach him to be scared of neat things like a bunny or a cat or a monkey. At first the child was happy to see those animals, but after the researcher made loud noises behind his head, scaring him every time of these cute animals would show up, the child would cry whenever he saw those animals.

Fear is something you learn with the passing of time.

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Thunderf00t: the art of professional victimhood #cancelcolbert

I like this guy. He says the things as they are and, as opposed to the video above, he’s not only dealing with feminists that don’t have any real achievement in their life, he also fights pseudo-science (remember Thorium car) and creates scientific videos from which we can learn a ton of new info.

Yup, he’s the guy you’d want to be.

Getting back to professional victimhood, you can’t miss out on some really good stuff, like the fact that some women get slapped because they protect them selves by throwing accusations of sexism when faced with criticism due to their ill logic.

Feminism is a bitch IF you use it as a shield for your poor reasoning and all you do is whine and point fingers at men : men have greater income because they are mean to women, not because women, at a certain age, CHOOSE to stay at home with kids and thus lose some privileges along with this decision. Too hard to explain that to some women who claim they are feminists.

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Vsauce explains illusions


Illusions, mostly optical illusions, are either generated by our brain or by the natural phenomena that occur under some circumstances. The illusions caused by our brains are created because the brain tries to compensate for a given situation/information that it does not understand.

Lots of times, optical illusions generated by our brain are also rooted in the culture we live in. The bushmen might not see an illusion where we see one.

The illusions generated by the nature can have something to do with how the light bends when it passes from hot air to cold air where such currents meet. This way you may see a boat floating above the sea water or you may not even see the boat at all.

Vsauce, thanks again for the explanations.

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Vsauce explains: why bad words are bad?


Did you ever used the “F” word or the “S” word? Do you know why you use these words and why these words are socially acceptable under some circumstances? Vsauce explains the origin of swear words and how they influence our behavior.

Also, it is worth noting that when you swear you activate other nervous centers from your brain than the normal speech centers. This is why some illnesses allow you to swear, but not to speak correctly. Auch.

Bad, as a word, was, at first, a derogatory term for effeminate man. There is no single reason why bad words are bad.

Vsauce aka Michael Stevens, who gave a nice interview a while ago, tells us that there are 5 types of bad words or swearing:
– abusive – really bad, oriented at hurting people, bad on purpose – used to hurt disfavored persons
– emphatic – taboo words about gross become practical
– dysphemism – bad words with good words in the same place: defecate s@#t
– idiomatic – nothing is emphasized, no dysphemism is made, ok to swear
– cathartic – you get a relief when you swear as a result of a pain

Yep. i didn’t know either that they were doing scientific psychological studies on bad words or swearing. Well, you gotta thank those guys that they do teach us more about our selves. 😀

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Vsauce about Nostalgia: our need to get back home

Michael Stevens has shaken a bit my viewpoint of who I am or, better yet, what I am from in his new video: Nostalgia. Incredibly enough, he mentions that our bodies regenerate the cells every 5 years. It has to be noted that the brain, heart and eye cells do not regenerate at all or they do regenerate very very slowly. So, if your organs and other tissues are new every 5 years or so, not the same can be said about your brain, eyes and heart. Good read here.

What needs to be noted is that , even though most of the matter we consist now has not been with us 5-10 years ago, nostalgia is a sense of belonging, a need for us to get back home to a place we felt comfortable with. As long as our brain is alive and kickin’ well have those memories waiting for us.

Michael explains a bit about the role of music in human psychology as it helps generating that feeling of nostalgia (a term coined in 1680). He also presents James Ma, one of my nwewest favoirite science presenter at Head Squeeze. Below is the video about music and how it can make us smarte. Well done Michael and James. I am glad to see such partnerships.

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How does your brain work?

ASAP science explains the types of thinking we do: fast thinking and slow thinking. The fast thinking is the one that gets us in trouble with illusions, like seeing different line lengths for a line that has different surrounding objects, but it is the same length.

The slow thinking allows us to focus on a task, but with that we might lose the changes that might happen around the point of focus. Fast thinking is what makes us take the burden of off the brain when small tasks or fast tasks need to be done. That poor brain has to work even at nights. Anyways, many don’t really use it.

The video explains even the Moses Illusions: how many animals did Moses take on his ark? The answer is: none. Noah was the guy with the Ark, not Moses.

Moses was too busy splitting water all over the place. And he did a pretty good job that those news got to us until today 😀 Have ASAP Science, get your brain at work!

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How thinking changes the shape of our brain!

That is something new: if you think at doing something that is almost as if you really do that thing. Truth is, to murder someone requires a lot of though and then makes that person comfortable with that thought and then with the actions.

It is quite interesting how thinking can be related to actions. ASAP Science points out that the same parts of the brain are triggered when you think at doing something and when you actually do that thing. The scientists did a test with two group of people, one group playing the piano and one only imagining this. The ones imagining playing at piano has the same changes in the brain as the ones who were exercising.

Now, what were you saying about a Ferrari?

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Inattentional Blindness explained by YouAreNotSoSmart [video]

Okay, I was very surprised by this one. There are so many things hidden in such very short video. Inattentional Blindness means looking without even seeing some of the obvius facts. Being focused on some elements we see it is easy to ignore other things, like a moonwalking bear.

A very detailed explanation of this phenomenon can be found at You Are Not So Smart where we can learn a lot of useful things about how we think and see the World around us. Behind these small documentaries is David McRaney, a journalist that has published an interesting book about delusion.

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What do we know about how we think? Nothing.

Wanna know some more about the way we all are thinking these days? Once we step back and look at our self with other eyes some interesting things come to light. In this animated documentary you can see some of the secrets regarding our brain and guess what: the two hemispheres depend on each other a lot. So, at least one mith busted.

RSAnimate has done this small documentary based on the words Iain McGilchrist, British psychologist and writter, had written in his book: The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World. Thanks to Open Culture for bringing this up.