Tag : psychology

Record. Share. Repeat.

11 months ago / 0 comments

When I first watched the viral clip of a man verbally abusing a woman on the London Tube, I was surprised and amused to say the least. This is not because I particularly enjoy violent scenarios, but it is quite rare to see such incidents in real life, right? That’s … Read More

How the Colours You Wear Affect Your Career

11 months ago / 0 comments

The power of colours over our moods are now well known, with research showing that different colours can affect us physically, changing our heart rate, blood pressure and respiration. This science has been applied to interior design; hospitals are often painted blue and green which denote peace and calmness, and … Read More

Psychological Supermarket Sweep

2 years ago / 0 comments

You may have never given it a thought, but supermarkets spend an extensive amount of time planning the layout of their stores. It’s no accident that we find ourselves wandering around, trying to find the one item that we came in for and which seems to have moved around magically. … Read More

Human Cooperation: Come on, come on, let’s stick together

2 years ago / 0 comments

Working together is often cited as being one of the things that makes humans special, however it’s not a trait specific to humans. Indeed, we are a social ape and as such, we rely on our societal cooperation to achieve feats greater than the sum of our parts. If you … Read More

The decision has already been made: Psychology of voting

2 years ago / 0 comments

You walk into the voting booth and before you are your choices. You’ve weighed the facts, considered each candidate for their merits yet you remain uncertain about your choice. For some unknown reason you drift towards one candidate over the other. You can’t put your finger on exactly why, but … Read More

What’s so funny? The Psychology of Humour

2 years ago / 0 comments

“Analysing humour is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” E.B. White A sense of humour is seen as something you either have or you don’t – and as E.B. White put so poignantly, there’s few things duller than explaining why things are … Read More

How irrational is your phobia?

2 years ago / 0 comments

At the age of 12 I sat down to watch the first Final Destination film which my dad had loaned from the local library. This was possibly one of the greatest mistakes of my life; to this day the thought of watching that film causes my heart to beat out … Read More

The Psychology of Sexuality

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sexual orientation is described as our patterns of emotional and sexual attraction, with the American Psychological Association further highlighting an emanating sense of personal and social identity, based on those attractions. Alas, the understanding and acceptance of sexuality has, historically, not always been favourably embraced; until 1973, the very same … Read More

The grey area: Cannabis and cognitive impairment

4 years ago / 0 comments

Since the 3rd millennium BC (from the early to middle Bronze Ages), cannabis has been inhaled as a recreational drug worldwide. As the most common drug to be taken, 6.9% of the population take cannabis each year compared to the next most common drug, powder cocaine (of which 2.2% of … Read More

The psychology of pyramid schemes: How the scammers get their way

4 years ago / 0 comments

The nationwide phone fraud affecting university students nationwide made it to the front page in last week’s issue of The Gryphon. Students were promised a £50 reward and a monthly income in exchange for taking out mobile phone contracts in their name. Those phones were sent on to unknown companies but … Read More