Fake Watchful Eyes Discourage Naughty Behavior

Tweet According to a study at Newcastle University in the UK, a photograph of staring eyes on a sign or poster along with a command can promote behaving, compliance with orders,  and “doing the right thing”. Psychology researchers at Newcastle University hung two different posters at a restaurant, to see how customers would react. They both […]

The Mythical Tricks of Magic Meet Psychology

Tweet Scientific American Mind recently came out with a wonderful article on the use of magic in psychology. In it, they break down some tricks magicians and con artists use to manipulate your mind. One of my favorite things learned was something I’ll coin TTTNTTSBT. Or, the thing that’s not there that should be there. […]

Get Your Wallet Returned [Lost and Found]

Tweet Interesting tidbit of information for people who lose their wallet constantly. Apparently, the key is to actually keep cute baby photos in your wallet. The baby photograph wallets had the highest return rate, with 88 per cent of the 40 being sent back. Next came the puppy, the family and the elderly couple, with […]

Be Smarter: Believe [Brain Screwers]

Tweet According to a Lifehacker article, believing you can be smarter makes you smarter. This is a helpful pointer for screwing with your brain and others. Despite a lot of evidence to the contrary, many people believe that intelligence is fixed, and, moreover, that some racial and social groups are inherently smarter than others. Merely […]

How to Get Someone to Order A Dish [Screw With People’s Minds]

Tweet At one point in life, you realize that people are not doing what you want them to do. Let’s take, for example, a cook, who slaves over a hot stove for hours, creating dishes that would astound most. But every day, customers order the cheapest meal, perhaps the pasta. This is problem might be […]

Read This: Predictably Irrational [Screw With People’s Minds]

Tweet Have you ever wanted to know how to sell more of something? Perhaps push a particular product? Well, look no further. Dan Ariely’s book, Predictably Irrational gives you an idea of why people do things. While I am sure the intention of the book was not to exploit people, you can use this knowledge […]

Read This: The Tipping Point [Screw With People’s Minds]

Tweet The Tipping Point is so utterly thick with information, that I literally sat down, read the first couple pages and stopped. The rest of the night, I thought, consciously and unconsciously about what it said. So when you read this book, take your time. I enjoy reading dense, amazing and psychological books. They can […]