Top 10 Facts – Psychology

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Published on May 22, 2015 by HWC Team

10 Facts of Psychology

Psychology is nothing but the scientific study of mental functions and behaviors

Fact 1:

How many friends can you have? Is there any limit?

Yes, there is a limit to a number of people you can maintain a stable social relationship.

Relationships help you to know:-

  • Who the person is
  • How each person relates to every other person in the group?

You might be surprised if we tell that you can establish a relationship with only 150 people. The limit is termed as Dunbar’s number.

Fact 2:

Have you ever wondered why do you think? Why do you do things and why do you feel the way you do? Why do you keep on the living? Surprisingly, Psychology has answers to all of these questions.

Dopamine is created in different parts of our brain. It plays a vital role in various brain functioning activities such as thinking, moving, sleeping, mood, attention, motivation, seeking and reward.

In simplistic terms, Dopamine is some system that keeps us motivated to learn and survive.

Fact 3:

When you’re thinking while walking, you’re looking around and suddenly see a friend in the crowd. The friend recognizes you but you do not. And when your friend says hello, you just look at him and somehow you still missed it. Do you know why this happens? The reason for this is-you can only think of one thing at a time. The fact is you cannot mentally focus on more than one thing no matter how good you might be at multitasking.

Of course, people can able to switch between multiple tasks very quickly, but it results in illusion of multitasking. We can also do some physical activity along with mental task such as walking and talking on the phone at the same time.

But the study revealed that people who talk on the phone while walking doesn’t really notice and remember things that are happening around them. This is termed as “Inattentional blindness”.

Fact 4:

If you would like to draw an object, from what perspective would you like to draw that? From above, from below, from side?

But, most people will draw it in a tilted angle as if they are slightly above the object and looking down. It’s called canonical perspective. The interesting thing is that this perspective applies to almost everything and every scenario such as horse, and while taking a photograph.

There’s no specific reason why people like and prefer to view things in this angle.

Fact 5:

When you are taking a big decision, you will carefully think of it and consider everything. But, research tells if you are thinking that your decision making is a deliberate process, it’s not.

Let’s say if you want to buy a TV, you will consider the size, brand, and the price, but the things that make you to buy TV end up unconsciously such as what most people are buying and what’s the new technology.

Fact 6:

Have you ever listened to someone who’s explaining you things or telling you how to do certain tasks? You’ll start imitating their movements, knowingly or unknowingly. It is something that our brain learned to do from a very early age. Simply watching what others are doing triggers some of the neurons in your brain and makes you feel to do the same. These are called “MIRROR NEURONS”.

Fact 7:

If you would like someone to try something new, it will work best only when you make them happy. Studies have unveiled that when people are sad they are scared and feel much vulnerable, but, when they are happy they want to try something new no matter whether they are familiar with it or not.

Fact 8:

Can we have the best and most accurate memory all the time?

Memories are not stored like a movie or image neither stored on hard disk instead memories are something that will be reconstructed every time we think of them. But sometimes, similar events get mixed up.

For ex, it’s cool to spend time with your friend every day, but when you recollect the moment where he/she wasn’t actually there, the reconstructed memory might assume he/she is present because they usually to be.

Fact 9:

The way we think differs from what culture we come from. Our way of thinking may vary in different ways. The point is our culture makes us to think differently.

Fact 10:

Providing information in increasing chunks of size can be more effective than large content. Short and basic facts can draw the attention of audience.

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