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The weird and mysterious feeling of ‘jamais vu’ (VIDEO)

Have you ever had that eerie moment where something incredibly familiar suddenly feels utterly foreign, as if you’re seeing it for the first time? This bewildering experience, known as jamais vu, turns everyday objects, places, and even people into total strangers. Unlike its creepy cousin déjà vu, jamais vu leaves you more frustrated than freaked …

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7 psychology hacks to (ethically) influence anyone (VIDEO)

In this video, the guys at Charisma on Command take a dive into “Influence” by Robert Cialdini – the classic book about the science of persuasion. The video explains 7 powerful principles like social proof, scarcity, consistency, reciprocity, authority, liking, plus the innovative concept of risk mitigation. Learning these principles not only demonstrate how to …

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The psychology of adult thumbsucking

Thumbsucking is a common, perfectly normal behaviour in babies and infants which most of us grow out of. But what does it mean when thumbsucking continues into adulthood? We take a dive into the psychology of adult thumbsucking and the causes, consequences and side effects. First off, let’s take a trip back to the womb…. …

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Philip Zimbardo: Beyond the Stanford Prison Experiment

stanford prison experiment

Dr. Philip Zimbardo is one of the most notorious names in psychology. He is best known for his 2-week experiment in 1971 on prison life: an experiment that had to be cut short when normal, everyday college students acting as guards meted out inhuman treatment to other college students acting as prisoners. Although Dr. Zimbardo spent most of his …

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The science behind an impulse purchase

The science of impulse purchase

Retailers love our impulsive shopping habits, but these types of purchases are often a result of our psychological weakness. Impulse shopping, we all do it. For some, our weakness strikes at the end of a crazy day. For others it’s the strategically placed treats straddling the checkout counters. Impulse buying happens when we want to pamper ourselves, or discover a great deal, discount or buying …

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The oversharing couple: How happy are they really?

What makes couples overshare on Facebook and social media? Is it a sign of insecurity, or true love? Couples who gush about their relationship over social media are often treated with a certain amount of envy-tainted-scorn. Others simultaneously want to live such lives; and want the public displays of affection to stop. The good news is, they really are likely …

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Does music help or hinder productivity?

Music, work and productivity

Does music really boost your productivity at work or is it actually a distraction? Managers are often divided about whether employees should be allowed to listen to music as they work. While some offices allow (and some even promote) using music to focus on one’s tasks; others frown upon the activity as a time-waster. Is there a …

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