Do you often hold doors open for other people? How about parking close to another car in an almost empty parking? These are the things we do almost subconsciously.Below are some of the psychological facts that people don’t know.
It’s easier to remember beginning and end:
This may sound familiar, have you ever noticed that we tend to remember the starting and the ending of things that we try to remember. A study published in the frontiers of human neuroscience suggests it has something to do with your work memory which is responsible for recent recall memory. That is why you remember the start or end of a meeting the other part is jumbled together.
Food is better when someone else makes it:
Everyone loves eating out and it often tastes better than that you make yourself. Have you ever wondered why that is even if you follow the same recipe or use the same ingredients? A study in a journal science suggests that when you make your own meal you are around it for a long time which results in decreased excitement level by the time it’s ready and you don’t enjoy it that much.
We love to talk about ourselves:
Next time don’t judge a person to be self-obsessed when they won’t stop talking about themselves. This is how the reward centers of our brain work. The reward centers light up when we talk about ourselves rather than talking about some other person.
Some people enjoy it when another person is angry:
This one may sound weird but a study from the University of Michigan suggests that people with high testosterone levels recall or remember things more efficiently when comes with an angry face rather than a neutral face. The research suggests that some people enjoy making you angry because it is rewarding in some way for them. This is the reason why some people won’t lay off your back and will joke around until they make you angry.
We are not good at multitasking:
We actually think that we are good at multitasking. But research published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology suggests otherwise. The reason is when we think we are multitasking the only thing we are doing is switching between tasks and focusing on one task. To test this try to use your phone and watch a movie or listen to someone at once you will know.
We would rather know something worse than not know what to expect:
Research published in the Nature journal suggests that it is less stressful for people if they know something negative is about to happen than something they know nothing about. This is because the part of our brain that speculates consequences is active the most when we don’t know what’s about to happen. We will always choose an excuse as to why we were late then going fast to avoid traffic.
If we have a backup plan the plan A is less likely to work:
Research at the University of Pennsylvania shows that the volunteers with a backup plan performed worse than those who had no backup. It shows that they thought that they had a second chance at succeeding in the task as a result they were not as motivated as the others. Thinking ahead of the task is a good thing but one must not rely on this that much.
Fear can feel good if you are not in danger:
Your brain releases hormones like adrenaline, endorphins, and dopamine from a fight or flight response, which helps you to get a natural high. There are some other ways that you can get that high one is by using drugs to release these hormones. One example is watching horror movies, that make you all jumpy and scared as a result those hormones are released but your brain knows that you are not in harm. So you get a natural high without any danger.
Catching a yawn could help us bond:
Most of you would have experienced this if someone yawns and you don’t feel like it, but you also yawn. It feels like it’s contagious in a sense. One of the leading theories about yawning is that it shows empathy. This is likely not common in babies or children with autism.
It takes five positive things to balance out a single negative thing:
Our brains tend to hold on to negative or bad news more likely than the good. That is why we don’t remember a compliment for that long but remember something bad that someone said about us. To balance out this feeling we need at least five good news against every bad news.