What are the psychological facts about life

20 surprising psychological facts

Last update: October 26, 2017

The human spirit still holds innumerable secrets, but studies have helped us to know a great deal about how the psyche works. Every now and then there were a lot among the results surprising psychological facts. We would like to introduce a few of them here.

Did you know that…

1.… ours the left side of the face expresses more emotions than the right side?

2.… ours right brain is mainly responsible for processing feelings and the left for our language?

3. ... we can say that someone has just turned 60, has slept for 20 years?

4. … nature allows women to emerge according to their “basic attitudes”? Only when male hormones come into play does a boy develop.

5. …there is a so-called clock gene that "programs" early risers and late risers differently? So it is not a question of diligence and laziness, but genetically predetermined whether we are more active during the day or at night.

6. …Do pheromones actually play a role in our sexuality? The following effects mediated by pheromones were found in mammals:

  • Lee boot effect: It has the consequence that the cycle of females slows down or even is interrupted when they live without men.
  • W.hitten effect: It synchronizes the cycles of females (and women!) Who live together. It is therefore likely that two women who live together or spend a lot of time together ovulate at almost the same time.
  • Vanderberg effect: Puberty or sexual maturity occurs earlier in female mammals if they live with males.

7. …there is a condition called "fatal familial insomnia"? It is a hereditary disease in which those affected cannot sleep and die within a few months or years.

8. …we can't study while we sleep? Even in the subconscious, it is not possible for us to learn anything, although that is the general belief. Sleep is used to allow the body to recover.

9. …we all have hallucinations at some point? This is due to a disturbance of consciousness, such as occurs when driving on a monotonous street and where we feel as if we are hearing a voice in the omnipresent silence. Or we are just about to wake up and feel like we hear a noise even though everything is quiet (hypnopompic hallucinations). Hallucinations also occur more frequently when falling asleep and are then referred to as hypnagogic hallucinations.

10. …we see faces or shapes in clouds or does fire have a name for us? This is called pareidolia. This phenomenon is based on the fact that humans tend to want to give meaning and organize the stimuli they perceive. There is even a theory that says that human beings have acquired this ability to recognize faces between bushes and bushes and thus to be able to defend themselves from enemies.

11. …does child dementia exist and this is related to diseases such as infantile schizophrenia and other degenerative organic pathological diseases? These appear for the first time in childhood and prevent the child from developing adequately. The child is unlikely to ever fully recover from this disease.

12. …Isn't Freud the father of psychology? Freud was a psychiatrist and is the founding father of psychoanalysis. The German Wilhelm Wundt is considered the father of modern psychology.

13. …Freud was addicted to cocaine and wrote a prescription for each of his family members, friends and patients?

14. …does it seem like mental disorders like schizophrenia are less common in rural people than urban dwellers? The stress factor most likely has to do with it.

15. …more women than men are affected by depression? This could be due to the fact that women in our society are generally more likely to be allowed to express their feelings. Men, on the other hand, tend to hide their depression, e.g. behind alcoholism and substance addiction. In societies that do not consume alcohol, women and men are equally likely to develop depression.

16. …more depression occurs in winter than at other times of the year? It is believed that the lack of sunlight is responsible for this.

17. …but manic states occur more frequently in summer? This and the previous point seem to have to do with the latitude and longitude of a person's place of residence, because the closer someone lives to the equator, the less noticeable these seasonal differences become.

18. …it is possible that we wake up briefly during sleep and change our sleeping position during this time?

19. …a full-grown brain weighs between 1,200 and 1,400 grams on average?

20. …our brainfrom the age of 30 gradually loses mass? This could be one of the reasons that our memory performance deteriorates over the years.

Surely you know other surprising psychological facts that you would like to share with us so that others can participate. We look forward to your comment!

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