What would cause three men to cough up money to sit in the “VIP” section of the bus stop? It seems we all have an innate need for self esteem and status – even in questionable circumstances.
VIP Bus Experience
Our brains are trained to expect patterns. Watching someone go in a door you expect to see them on the other side. When they don’t appear, observers are baffled, but to those in the know it’s a slight-of-hand magic trick; a misdirection made possible by o
Are Our Brains Lazy?
Subjects are given the same wine, but served with two different labels. They are convinced the wine with the sophisticated label is much better.
Illusion Is Found Everyday
A person’s primal fear of what we think can hurts us... like spiders, can override anything. This is magnified if our human nature to help someone makes us more vulnerable.
When it comes to reactions, sometimes it’s our instincts that take over. When a stranger suddenly starts to fall in front of you, most will react without thinking to catch him.
We aren’t born with conditioning; it’s a learned response. For most of us these days one of the strongest conditioned acts is checking our phones. You hear the tone, you check.
Watch a man drag hapless strangers into lying for him in front of his wife. They become faux co-workers. Is it tribal mentality to protect him, conflict avoidance, or just kind of fun?
Would You Lie For a Stranger?
We take another look at how mobile phones have changed us. People are so actively focused on them while walking they miss a man hanging $20 in front of them.
Fishing For Attention
What happens when people walking down the street get stalked by a toy lawnmower? Are we terrorized or totally cool with that?
Machines with a Mind of their Own
Our fear of things like snakes, is deep and instinctual to protect ourselves from harm. But, it can go too far sometimes causing us to react before checking if the harm is real.
The Case of the Chasing Snake