Adapted from Annette Taylor on the PSYCHTEACHER elist.
1. Most people use only 10% of their brains.
2. There are striking stylistic differences between the two hemispheres of
the brain, with the left being “analytic” and the right “creative.”
3. Most “crack babies” end up with serious neurological deficits.
4. People with one eye cannot see in three dimensions.
5. Subliminal messages can be used to persuade others to purchase
6. Brain activity almost stops during sleep.
7. Playing classical music (e.g., Mozart) to infants and children increases
8. Extra simulation will markedly increase the intelligence of most infants.
9. Immediate contact between a mother and infant after birth is critical for
10. You can “spoil a baby if you respond to its demands too quickly.
11. Hyperactivity seems to be rooted in an inborn biological dysfunction.
12. Sugar causes hyperactivity in children.
13. The suicide rate is higher among adolescents than any other age
14. Adolescence is almost always a period of intense emotional distress
15. Most people experience a mid-life crisis in their 40s or early 50s.
16. Old age is typically associated with increased dissatisfaction.
17. Human memory works like a tape recorder or video camera, and
accurately records the events we have witnessed.
18. In criminal eyewitnesses, confidence is closely related to accuracy.
19. Hypnosis is useful for retrieving memories of forgotten events.
20. Individuals commonly repress the memories of painful or traumatic
21. Intelligence (IQ) tests are biased against certain groups of individuals
(e.g., women, minorities).
22. Most creative accomplishments occur in sudden flashes of insight.
23. Punishment is typically an effective means of changing long-term
24. If you’re unsure of your answer while taking a test, it’s best to stick with
your initial hunch.
25. The defining feature of dyslexia is seeing words backwards (e.g., “pal”
instead of “lap”).
26. Hypnosis is a unique “trance” state that differs physiologically from
27. Under hypnosis you can perform feats that are otherwise impossible.
28. Researchers have demonstrated that dreams possess an underlying
29. Individuals can learn information (e.g., new languages) while asleep.
30. During “out of body” experiences, individuals can observe themselves
31. The polygraph (“lie detector”) test is a highly accurate means of
32. Happy people experience more positive events in their lives than do
33. Large, multi-year contracts motivate athletes to improve their
34. It is generally better to express anger openly than to hold it in.
35. Ulcers are caused primarily or entirely by stress.
36. Familiarity breeds contempt: The more times we are exposed to
something, the less we tend to like it
37. Most women experience a marked worsening of their moods during the
38. Opposites attract: People tend to be romantically attracted to individuals
who differ from them in their personality, interests, and attitudes.
39. When it comes to communication styles, women talk more than men.
(“Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”).
40. People’s attitudes are highly predictive of their actual behaviors.
41. Raising children similarly leads to similarities in their adult personalities.
42. Children raised in gay or lesbian families grow up gay or lesbian.
43. Low self-esteem is associated with aggression and violence.
44. Most people with a history of child sexual abuse develop severe
personality disturbances in adulthood.
45. People’s responses to inkblots tells us a great deal about their
personalities and propensities toward mental disorders.
46. Character traits are encoded in our handwriting.
47. Psychiatric labels tend to cause harm by stigmatizing people.
48. People with schizophrenia possess more than one personality.
49. Most depressed people distort reality.
50. Suicides are most likely when individuals are most severely depressed.
51. Most people who use heroin become addicted to it.
52. Psychiatric hospital admissions and crimes tend to increase during full
53. The characteristic feature of Tourette’s Syndrome is swearing and
54. Most severely mentally ill individuals have histories of violence.
55. “Psychological profiling” has been shown to be an effective means of
56. A large proportion of criminals are acquitted on the basis of the insanity
57. Essentially all people who confess to a crime are guilty of it.
58. Clinical judgment and intuition are the best means of combining
information to reach a diagnosis for a patient.
59. A well-trained psychotherapist can establish a person’s true thoughts
and problems by analyzing dreams.
60. Abstinence is the only realistic treatment goal for alcoholics.
61. All effective psychotherapies force individuals to confront the “root”
causes of their problems in childhood.
62. Electroconvulsive (“shock”) therapy is a physically dangerous
63. Eyewitness testimony is usually reliable.
64. Hypnosis cannot help people remember things from the first six months
65. High self-esteem is not necessary for high achievement.
66. Many adults were abused as children but do not remember the abuse.
67. Schizophrenia is more common than multiple personality disorder
68. People with schizophrenia have more than one personality.
69. Human intuition is often accurate and free from error.
70. A baby’s attachment for its mother is not based on mom’s filling the
physiological need for food.
71. People who threaten to commit suicide will not carry out the act.
72. The insanity defense is seldom used in criminal cases.
73. Drug education programs (i.e., DARE) are effective in deterring drug
use among teenagers.
74. Students have a good sense of how well they know class material.
75. Taste areas for sweet, sour, salty and bitter are well defined on the
76. Astrologers can predict your personality from the arrangement of stars
and planets at your birth.
77. ESP (extrasensory perception) has been documented.
78. Babies who learned sign language as infants have a higher overall IQ.
79. Memory works like a tape recorder or video camera, accurately
recording the events we experience.
80. If you life long enough, you will eventually develop dementia.
81. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
82. There is good evidence that people have different learning styles.
83. Abstinence-only pledge programs are highly effective in preventing
STDs and teen pregnancies.
84. Psychology is a science.
85. We pretty much stop developing after about age 20.
86. The bigger the brain the smarter you are.
87. Although one could study hard and do better in school, “intelligence” is
mostly the result of heredity and genes.
88. Strong people don't suffer from depression.
89. There are tests to prove a person is mentally ill.
90. A psychologist and a psychiatrist follow the same course of study.
91. Learning to read is hardwired into the human brain, just as talking is.
92. Most psychologists are statisticians.
93. Males have an inborn advantage in math.
94. The large majority of psychologists are therapists.
95. A person’s intelligence is partially determined by brain size.
96. Instinct determines many of our behaviors.
97. A correlation between two variables means that one of those variables
causes the other.
98. Most of us would not follow instructions from an authority figure to hurt
99. People who rape do so because they have a strong craving for “sex.”
100. Most homeless people are lazy, don’t want to work and don’t mind
living on the streets.
101. Mentally ill people are “dangerous.”
102. People who commit suicide do it for “attention” getting.
103. Dual parents are always better for children.
104. If you are “tough,” you won’t get Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
105. Vision depends on light waves that exit the eyes and hit objects in the