Hey, what is the weirdest psychological fact you know?
This one just came to my mind: our perception of the way someone sees us, makes us show up and behave just accordingly to our perception. That's why we can look and act completely confident in front of a person we consider sees us as smart and confident, and act completely dumb and small in the opposite case. 😁
I think one of the strangest studies, psychological outcomes I know of, is that an ordinary person equipped with complete confidence in their ability to do the right thing, will nonetheless deliver high level electric shocks to someon who consistently asks for an experiment to cease.
Yes Milgram, and his obedience studies. Whether you agree with the ethics or not, it showed us some great insight into the capacity to listen to authority even in the face of practically murdering somone.
Due to the inability to perform these experiments because of ethical concerns, nowdays replications studies have utilised new tech such as VR.
What's truly fascinating is the stress reactions produced by the participants, as they believed what they were delivering was painful shocks. Despite the anxiety and stress they proceeded nonetheless.
For a fascinating glimpse of the original groundbreaking study see this great (brief) video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOUEC5YXV8U