What is psychology?
What is psychology, and what does it study?
What can it teach us about life?
Branches of Psychology
What are the different branches of psychology?
What does each branch study?
History of Psychology
Where did psychology come from?
How did the discipline change over time?
Who was Wilhelm Wundt?
How did Wundt make psychology more scientific?
Who was Sigmund Freud?
What were some of his major ideas?
What are the parts of the Central Nervous System?
How does your brain influence your mind and personality?
How does your brain change as you age?
What types of cells make up your brain?
Nature vs. Nurture
What shapes your life most: nature or nurture?
What is epigenetics?
How do we learn to think and amass knowledge?
Who was Jean Piaget?
What is the Visual Cliff Experiment?
How do babies learn to be afraid of heights?
Stress and the Brain
What is stress biologically?
How does it affect your brain and body systems?
Why do we yawn?
Is yawning contagious?
What is consciousness?
How does the brain create consciousness?
What is sentience, and is it limited to humans?
What is the difference between consciousness and sentience?
What is a thought?
How does our brain create thoughts?
Theory of Mind
What is theory of mind?
Around what age do humans develop a theory of mind?
Why do we sleep?
What effect does sleep have on our health?
Why do we dream?
How does dreaming affect our memories?
Why do we have nightmares?
What can cause them?
How is intelligence defined?
Are IQ tests accurate?
Why can't people admit to being wrong about something?
What is confirmation bias?
What is the Marshmallow Test?
How can it predict future success?
How does our brain control where we focus our attention?
Why do we sometimes not see things that are right in front of us?
How do optical illusions work?
Why does our brain sometimes perceive static images as moving?
How do habits change our brain?
How are we able to drive home without thinking about it?
What are non-verbals?
How can our body language influence the way we think?
Is there a scientific basis for meditating?
How can meditation physically change the brain?
What are memories?
How do they form, and why do they fade?
What is the hippocampus?
What role does it play in long-term memory?
When I was a baby...
Why do we not remember being babies?
What are episodic memories?
Is eyewitness testimony reliable?
How can our memories be wrong?
Acing the Test
What can you do to improve your memory?
What factors can decrease your memory-recall?
Language and the Brain
What brain regions play a role in language development?
How do injuries to these areas affect language use?
How do babies learn language?
Why do we speak to babies with exaggerated speech?
Why is it harder to learn a language as an adult?
Is there a critical period for learning languages?
How does being multilingual change your brain?
How is language ability measured?
What is an accent?
Why do we have different accents?
Ethos, Pathos, Logos
How can we use language to influence others?
What is rhetoric?
What are emotions?
How does our brain create emotions?
Emotion vs. Logic
Why do we have emotions?
Are emotions irrational?
Still Face Experiment
Do babies respond to emotional cues?
What happens if parents ignore babies' interactions?
How can we define happiness?
What does science say predicts happiness?
Can smiling make you happy?
How does muscle activation affect our brain?
How is fear related to stress?
Why are we sometimes afraid of non-threats?
What makes something creepy?
How is fear related to creepiness?
At what stage in life does a person develop their own identity?
What role do cliques play in forming one's identity?
What type of vegetable are you?
Are personality tests like the MBTI valid?
How do psychologists define personality?
The Life of the Party
Who are introverts, extroverts, and ambiverts?
Who coined the terms introvert and extrovert?
What is morality?
Where does morality come from?
The Religious Brain
Why do some people have faith?
How is religion recognized by the brain?
Why do we procrastinate?
How is procrastination related to impulsivity?
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
How is gender different from sex?
Do people choose their sexual orientation?
What is love according to science?
How is a brain in love like a brain on drugs?
Sex & Sexuality
How does the body physically react to having sex?
How does culture influence views on sexuality?
Are people really attracted to their opposites?
What is assortative mating?
What is the attachment theory?
What does it tell us about how people behave in relationships?
How common is sexual monogamy in animals?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of being in monogamous relationships?
When Relationships End
How does the brain react to heartbreak?
How can we alleviate emotional pain?
Why does rejection hurt so much?
How can people get over rejection?
What are the physical and emotional signs of an abusive relationship?
What can you do if you think you are in an abusive relationship?
What is social psychology, and what does it study?
How are individuals influenced by their society?
A Hierarchy of Needs
What are the stages of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs?
What is self-actualization?
How does culture influence your behavior?
What are the three ways people can react to being in a new culture?
What role does socioeconomic status play in life outcomes?
How is health influenced by social class?
What are social groups?
How do people act when they are in groups?
Why do people do evil things?
What is social thinking?
Do extremists share a common psychological profile?
How do people become terrorists?
Prejudice and Hate
What are in-groups and out-groups?
Why does our brain create these groups?
What are stereotypes?
Why do we stereotype members of out-groups?
Can you be racist without knowing it?
What is implicit bias?
Prejudice & Discrimination
How are prejudice and discrimination defined?
What causes people to behave discriminatorily?
What is the difference between racism, prejudice, and discrimination?
Why does racism exist?
Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health
Why is there a stigma around mental health?
How can we move past this stigma?
Defining Mental Illnesses
How are psychological disorders defined?
What is the biopsychological approach to mental health?
How does addiction change brain chemistry?
What are tolerance and withdrawal?
How is ADHD related to the reward center of the brain?
Is there an evolutionary connection to having ADHD?
Anxiety and OCD
What are the different types of anxiety disorders?
How is having OCD related to anxiety?
Autism Spectrum Disorder
How is Autism defined?
Why is Autism considered a spectrum disorder?
Myth: Vaccines Cause Autism
Where did the myth of vaccines causing autism come from?
What studies prove there is no link between vaccines and Autism?
How is clinical depression defined?
Can people with clinical depression just 'get over it'?
What is bipolar disorder characterized by?
How is bipolar disorder related to depression?
Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphia
How are eating disorders dangerous?
What causes eating disorders and body dysmorphia?
Trauma and PTSD
How can experiencing trauma cause PTSD?
What are the symptoms of PTSD, and where can one get help?
What is schizophrenia?
How are people with schizophrenia stigmatized in society?
What are personality disorders?
How are personality disorders categorized?
Antisocial Personality Disorder
What personality disorders fall into Cluster B Personality Disorders?
What characteristics do people with Antisocial Personality Disorder share?
Borderline Personality Disorder
What are the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder?
Where can people with BPD get help?
What treatment options are available for people with mental illnesses?
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
How do psychologists design their experiments?
What research methods do they use?
Ringing a Bell
What did Pavlov's Dog Experiment show?
What is the difference between operant and classical conditioning?
What is the Rorschach Inkblot Test?
Are these tests valid as diagnostic tools?
Stanford Prison Experiment
What was the Stanford Prison Experiment?
Why was this experiment stopped early?
How do researchers ensure their experiments are ethical?
How does unethical research exploit vulnerable populations?
How can behavioral science studies be biased?
What is the WEIRD population?
Do people really have a limited amount of willpower?
How can flawed interpretations of data lead to false conclusions?
Fact or Fiction?
What are ghosts according to science?
How are sound waves related to hauntings?
Is hypnosis a real thing?
What is hypnosis from a scientific perspective?
What are the different learning styles?
Is there a scientific basis for them?
Logic vs Creativity
Are people really right- or left- brained?
What is brain lateralization?
What are good luck charms?
How are they related to self-fulfilling prophecies?
How do lie-detector tests work?
Are they accurate?
Why do some people believe in conspiracy theories?
How is having these beliefs related to evolution?
What are some common myths in psychology?
Where do these myths come from?