7 Experiments to Understand Why You Behave the Way You Do

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  • Published on: Thursday, May 30, 2019
  • Why do you behave the way you do? You probably think you’re in charge of how you act but are you? In a never-ending quest to understand the mystery of the human mind, psychologists have conducted loads of experiments. And their findings may have you questioning if you’re really in control of your actions at all.

    Are you brave enough to go against the crowd? How long can you go without touching your phone? Can you break our bad habits? Can you stop yourself from thinking about something in particular? Tough questions, right? Well, this is just something to think about.

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    The Conformity Experiment 0:29
    The smoke-filled room 2:23
    Teens without technology 3:40
    Violinist in the subway 5:23
    Piano Stairs 6:31
    The Nudge Theory 7:32
    The White Bear Experiment 8:55

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    - Solomon Asch’s experiment involved ordinary unsuspecting people and actors who pretended to be ordinary participants. The actors were instructed to give only wrong answers, and surprisingly, 75% of the ordinary participants went along with the rest of the group!
    - In another famous experiment from students were invited to discuss the problems of city life. Before the discussion, they were asked to fill in some questionnaires in a waiting room first. While they were doing that, thick smoke began to enter the room. When they were together with other people who were instructed not to react to the smoke, 9 out of 10 students silently kept filling out the forms!
    - Russian psychologist Katerina Murashova conducted an experiment in 2011 to see if a group of teens aged 12-18 could stay away from all gadgets, TV, video games, and internet for 8 hours. Out of the 68 teens, only 3 of them passed the test.
    - An unusual experiment was carried out by the Washington Post in 2007. They asked Joshua Bell, who – in case you don’t know – is a Grammy-winning musician, to play the violin at a subway station in D.C. Dressed like an ordinary street performer, he played one of the most intricate pieces ever written on a violin. Only 6 people stopped and stayed to enjoy the music.
    - One experiment shows that, when given the choice between easy and fun, we’re more likely to choose fun!
    - The Nudge theory suggests that people tend to gravitate toward positive decisions when they're subtly promoted, not when they’re strictly advised.
    - In 1987, Daniel Wegner asked participants in his study to do only one thing—not think about white bears for 5 minutes. If they visualized a polar bear, they had to ring a bell to register the thought. Well, the more people tried to refrain from thinking about white bears, the more they rang that bell!

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