Experiments

Throughout history, psychology has carried out a great number of experiments which have changed science forever. In this section, you’ll find out more about the most well-known experiments, as well as the current experiments which offer some interesting results.

Villa 21: A Successful Anti-Psychiatry Experiment

In the 1960s, David Cooper conducted an anti-psychiatry experiment called Villa 21. Although the results were encouraging, for some strange reason, few psychiatrists have ever defended the study. Money might be the reason why so many mental health professionals essentially…

Optography: The Macabre 19th-Century Science

The 19th century was one of the most interesting periods of contemporary history. Social movements, industrialization, increased school attendance, and scientific advancements led to many innovations and changes. That same combination gave rise to plenty of strange beliefs and scientific…

Sensory Deprivation and its Frightening Effects

The first studies on sensory deprivation date back to the 1950s. It’s possible, however, that there were secret studies even before that decade. Researchers from McGill University in Montreal, Canada were the first to conduct related experiments with volunteers. In…

The Sex Raft: An Odd Experiment

Santiago Genovés was a Spanish man who immigrated to Mexico when he was 15 to flee from the Spanish Civil War. In Mexico, he became an anthropologist. Along with his Norwegian colleague Thor Heyerdahl, he designed a famous experiment that…

The Rat Park Experiment

The famous Rat Park experiment offered some fascinating insights into the nature of addiction. Rats are often used for “psychological experiments” due to their genetic similarity to humans. Ninety-five percent of the human genome is identical to that of rats.…

The Power of a Smile – Three Experiments

Scientists say that only humans smile. However, some people perceive smiles in their pets or other animals. What’s for sure is that it’s a high impact expression, not only for the one who smiles but those who are smiled at.…

Little Albert: The Lost Boy of Psychology

The Little Albert Experiment is one of the most confusing and controversial stories in the history of psychology. It was conducted by John B. Watson, who many people consider the father of the behaviorism. In general terms, he proposed that…

The Stimoceiver Chip, A Fascinating Experiment

The stimoceiver chip experiments are some of the most controversial neuroscientific experiments of all time. They’re, however, also quite fascinating. To conduct them, Spanish scientist José Manuel Rodríguez Delgado implanted a device of his own invention in the brain of…

Leon Festinger and Cognitive Dissonance

Leon Festinger introduced the concept of cognitive dissonance as psychological tension in 1957. He tested the decision-making process in a cognitive dissonance experiment. Cognitive dissonance is a sensation that seems to derive from a conflict between the ideas, beliefs, and…

Project MKUltra: CIA’s Mind Control Program

Even today, we shudder at the memory of the outrageous experiments carried out on human beings by the Nazis. Their purpose was to find mechanisms to control people’s minds. What few people know is that similar experiments with even darker…

The Best Therapy for Dependent Personality Disorder

In cognitive therapy for dependent personality disorder (DPD), the patient becomes increasingly autonomous and gradually modifies their contradictory thinking about their own autonomy and abilities. What Is Dependent Personality Disorder? According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders…

The Zen Key to Doing What You Want

In the Western world, people believe that doing what they want will result in suffering or ruin. They even believe in silly ideas, such as that repressing our thoughts, feelings, and desires is synonymous with moral superiority. In reality, several…

Basic Statistics Concepts

Statistics is a branch of mathematics that studies variability as well as the process that calculates it by following the laws of probability and using its models. We know that statistics are necessary to carry out investigations as well as…

How Unconscious Guilt Manifests Itself

Guilt is a complex feeling, influenced by many factors. You experience it as remorse, self-blame, and a feeling of personal indignity. However, it’s not always a conscious feeling. Some experiences lead to unconscious guilt, which is a self-accusation that causes discomfort…

David G. Cooper: The Anti-Psychiatry Pioneer

The founders of anti-psychiatry are David G. Cooper, R.D. Laing, Thomas Szasz, and Michel Foucault. This anti-psychiatry revolution took place in the sixties and its main interest was to denounce the gaps, theoretical problems, and abuse in the practice of…

Publication Bias

In statistics, a bias is a systematic error that can occur in studies or experiments. When there’s a bias present, some responses are selected or favored over others. Interestingly, this bias occurs in a large part of investigations to a greater or…

The Science of Evil

Many researchers have tried to get closer to the concept of the science of evil in an attempt to find out the root causes of evil behavior. Neuroscience has been researching the brains of people who do evil things. Similarly, many…

Learn about Infant Communication

The most common belief about infant communication is that infants can’t communicate before the age of one. According to this conception, babies and adults don’t communicate with each other until after a baby turns one. Nevertheless, new studies have suggested…

Epigenetics: Can Tragedies be Inherited?

Almost every generation has gone through hardships. If not wars, then hunger, genocide, or harsh economic crisis. You know the physical and psychological consequences that people under these circumstances can develop, but do we inherit tragedies? These negative experiences can…