How Basic Psychology Can Save Kids’ Lives

How Basic Psychology Can Save Kids’ Lives

Thanks to Dashlane for sponsoring this episode. Go to dashlane.com/scishowpsych to learn more about Dashlane’s Internet privacy and security features. [♩INTRO] Every year, accidents injure or kill thousands of children around the world. But most of these accidents aren’t really accidents. They’re unintentional, sure, but they’re not random, unpredictable events. Many of them are rooted …

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Does The Birth Control Pill Cause Depression?

Does The Birth Control Pill Cause Depression?

In September 2016, some researchers in Denmark published a huge study, with data from more than a million people over almost 20 years. What they found was a connection between women using hormonal birth control and taking antidepressants. Needless to say, it’s been making waves on the Internet, as reporters blast out headlines like “The …

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The Truth About MSG and Your Health

The Truth About MSG and Your Health

[ INTRO] Foodies can’t stop talking about umami — the savory taste that’s taking over the culinary scene and which, along with sweet, sour, bitter, and salty, is one of the five basic tastes that our tongues perceive. But if you’re a fan of Chinese takeout, you’ve been team umami from the get-go. That’s because …

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3 Baffling Depression Treatments and Why They Might Work

3 Baffling Depression Treatments and Why They Might Work

[ ♪ INTRO ] As many as one-fifth of people experience depression at some point in their lives. Thankfully, for most, antidepressants and psychotherapy can reduce symptoms dramatically. But they don’t work for everyone. So doctors and scientists have been looking for ways to help people with treatment-resistant depression. And they seem to have found …

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How Twitter Bots Use Psychology to Fool You

How Twitter Bots Use Psychology to Fool You

[♪ INTRO] Sometimes when you’re browsing your social media feed, you might find an account or a post that just seems…off. Maybe it sounds like a janky product endorsement, or maybe the wording seems kinda funny. Quite often, these are bots — bits of computer code designed to operate an account and maybe masquerade as …

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The Curious Case of Colic

The Curious Case of Colic

[♪ INTRO] Babies cry a lot. Which can be really irritating, but it’s normal. It’s the only way they can tell you they’re hungry. Or bored. Or tired. Or… you get the idea. But some babies do cry more than others. And when an otherwise healthy baby cries more than normal, they’re said to have …

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How Psychology Can Explain the Deadly Medieval Dancing Plagues

How Psychology Can Explain the Deadly Medieval Dancing Plagues

♪♪♪ In the year 1518, the city of Strasbourg was struck by a dancing plague. Yes, a dancing plague. And it was deadly. It started with a single woman, but within a month, there were over 400 people dancing in the streets—wildly, uncontrollably, and often to their deaths. Some sources claim that, for at least …

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How Restaurants Use Psychology to Make You Spend More Money

How Restaurants Use Psychology to Make You Spend More Money

[♪♩INTRO] Whenever you go out for dinner or drinks, just know this: your brain is being hacked. Like with most businesses, the goal is to make money, so it kinda makes sense that restaurants and bars would do whatever they can to get you to spend more of it. But there are a lot more …

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Do Psychologists Still Use Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs?

Do Psychologists Still Use Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs?

[♩ INTRO ] Humans are driven by all kinds of wants and needs. They can be as simple as needing food to keep your body going, or as complex as wanting to write a symphony. Psychologists are curious about what motivates us, moment to moment and year to year. And they aim to describe these …

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How to Take the Best Notes, According to Psychology

How to Take the Best Notes, According to Psychology

[ ♪INTRO ] Picture this: It’s the beginning of a new semester, and you’ve just walked into class and opened your laptop… only to have your teacher explain that computers won’t be allowed. But hey, it’s okay! Because they then try to explain that they’re doing you a favor! After all, they say, taking notes …

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