A series of experiments by psychologists at the University of California Berkeley and the University of Toronto showed that upper class people are less charitable and more likely to cheat.
A lost wallet is more likely to be returned if you have a photo of a baby in it. In a 2009 study, 88% of wallets with a baby photo were returned, followed by wallets with a photo of a puppy (53%), family (48%) and an old couple (28%). Only 15% of control wallets were returned.
Mirrors are placed near elevators as a psychological trick to make wait seem more tolerable. People like to look at themselves.
Most American adults will never develop past stages 4-6 on Loevinger’s 9-stage developmental scale. Below the seventh stage, most can’t even grasp the existence stages of development beyond their own. Less than 1% of the population will ever reach the 9th, or “Integrated” stage.
Faking confidence can positively change your brain chemistry and your life.
The most successful interrogator of WWII preferred friendliness to torture. He would take prisoners to the zoo and even arranged for one prisoner to enjoy a flight in a German fighter plane.
A Hungarian psychologist wrote a book on how to raise a genius. He proposed his ideas to a teacher. They married and raised three chess grandmasters, two of them became record-breakers and one even became the first female to beat the top ranked male.
The reason Tetris is so addictive is because of deep-seated psychological drive to tidy up.
Two psychologists, to study self-deception, created a provocative questionnaire with the assumption that a response of “no” to any of the questions would be a lie. Some of these questions include: “Have you ever wanted to rape or be raped by someone” “Have you ever enjoyed your bowel movements”.
Humans usually imitate the speech of someone with a strong accent due to empathy and to create a bond and assimilate with them.