Here’s a clip from Scientific American Frontiers featuring Michael Gazzaniga discussing and demonstrating experiments with split-brain patient Joe.
In this excellent video from TedEd, Richard Cytowic addresses the myth that we only use 10% of our brains, explaining how this myth started, why it is perpetuated and most importantly, why it’s wrong.
Ben Goldacre’s impassioned plea for greater transparency in medical research publishing. When only “successful” results are able to get published, we can be misled about how effective or how safe treatments are.
Once again we have a video example demonstrating how a simple test could be used to refute a claim. In this case, despite their best intentions and honest belief in the power of FC, the facilitators were unconsciously controlling the typing of their autistic partners.
Here’s a good video summary of the case of Clever Hans and how Oskar Pfungst was able to figure out that Wilhelm von Osten was inadvertently signaling answers to Hans. And even though Hans wasn’t actually doing mathematics, he was certainly clever enough to notice these cues.
Crash Course Psychology offers excellent video summaries of all the major topics in psychology. Here’s their take on research methods, hallucinogenic stale pizza, and how phrasing questions can influence answers.
This popular video demonstrates the strange powers of the placebo effect and offers a number of surprising results that have been found from placebo studies.
In another great clip from Penn and Teller we see how Emily Rosa’s simple experiment helped to debunk the practitioners of Therapeutic Touch. It can be surprising just how quickly these types of interventions become popular and in some cases are even adopted by the medical community without sufficient evidence and rigorous testing.
This clip from Penn and Teller’s Showtime series Bullshit! offers a funny look at how people may come to believe in the effects of some rather bizarre interventions. Of course, while this is humorous, we should be careful not to mock the false beliefs of the people in the video, as we may just as easily fall victim to the …
For those who haven’t come across it, I’d like to mention Christopher D. Green’s excellent page Classics in the History of Psychology. You can find all sorts of original papers from leading figures in psychology, from William James to B.F. Skinner and Sigmund Freud. This resource is especially great for when your intro psych textbook just doesn’t go into enough detail …