Ep 207: The Psychology of Vine

Would you believe there’s a lot of psychology you can fit into a 6 second vine? Well there is. In this video episode I show you a few of there vines I like and which are also good (unintended) demonstrates of a variety of psychological concepts. I think you’ll have fun with this one.

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The Vines Shown in this Video

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Ep 203: Psychology of Dance & the Growth Mindset

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What are psychologists doing watching dancers? They’re trying to get a better understanding of how a dancer’s emotions affect the way they move. These researchers used some sophisticated equipment – including a motion capture apparatus – to analyze exactly how people moved while they were experiencing different emotional states.

I think you’ll find what they did and what they found to be quite interesting. If you’re interested in dance and psychology you’ll get a glimpse of how these two fields can be combined. That’s one of the things about psychology: you can apply it to so many areas of life, including dance.


Music and dance fundamentally relate to both emotions and movement, yet little is known about how emotionality shapes the way people move to music. We investigated how individually experienced affective states, indicative of the broader approach–avoidance orientation, were reflected in dance movements to music. Saarikallio et, al (2013)

Resources on Psychology of Dance

Resources on the Growth Mindset

Ep 202: How To Memorize Freud’s Stages of Psychosexual Development

Need to memorize Freud’s stages of psychosexual development for a test? Here’s a mnemonic that should do the trick. In this brief video, the founder of psychoanalysis gives you a mnemonic and explains the 5 stages for you. What do orangutans and ogres have to do with Freud’s stages?


Find out in this episode and make sure to check out these other Psych Files episodes for psychology mnemonics: How to Memorize the Parts of the Brain, How to Memorize Erikson’s Eight Stages, and How to Memorize Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive Development. I love mnemonics here on The Psych Files so if you need to memorize anything else let me know!

Ep 199: Depth Perception – How Your Brain Sees What’s Not There

How do you create a sense of depth in a flat image? In this video I’ll show you how to use 5 cues of depth perception to turn a flat image into one that looks like it has depth. I’ll be drawing from terms you would learn about in a chapter from a psychology text on Sensation and Perception. We’ll have a little fun exploring how we can use what your brain expects to see to trick it into seeing what we want it to see.


Depth Perception Before & After

Depth Cues Shown in this Video

  • Relative Size
  • Overlapping or Interposition
  • Density
  • Blur (Texture Gradient)
  • Color
  • Motion Parallax

Great Resources on Depth Perception

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Depth Perception Cues

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    Depth perception is the visual ability to perceive the world in three dimensions ( 3D) and the distance of an object. Depth sensation is the corresponding term for animals, since although it is known that animals can sense the distance of an object (because of their ability to move accurately, or to respond consistently, according to that distance), it is not known whether they "perceive" it in the same subjective way that humans do.

  2. 3  Psychology 101 - Sensation and Perception Part 3 - Depth Perception

    Psychology 101 - Sensation and Perception Part 3 - Depth Perception

    Video from www.Education-portal.com Introductory course for psychology - psych 101.

  3. 4  An Experiment by Joseph Campos: The Visual Cliff

    An Experiment by Joseph Campos: The Visual Cliff

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  4. 5  Website Designs with Depth Perception: Wonderful Examples

    Website Designs with Depth Perception: Wonderful Examples

    We are gradually getting used to the fact that professional designers don't have limits; they just simply push boundaries of general conceptions and recreate whatever comes to their minds. One of the best examples confirming this notion is website design with depth perception. Despite the fact that initially it is a two-dimensional medium, nowadays, designers [...]

  5. 6  What Are Monocular Cues?

    What Are Monocular Cues?

    Question: What Are Monocular Cues? Answer: Part of depth-perception is the ability to perceive the distance of an object. There are a variety of things that we use to judge how far away an object is. Some of these cues can be processed by just one eye, which is why they are referred to as monocular cues.

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    The process of perception involves synthesizing, organizing, and interpreting sensory information in a meaningful way. Researchers often describe perceptual processing as occurring in two basic ways. The first is known as bottom-up processing, and it involves making sense of ambiguous information, kind of like assembling the individual pieces of a puzzle when you don't know what the final image will look like.

Ep 195: How To Memorize Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive Development

Do you need to memorize Piaget’s stages for a test? You’ve found what you’re looking for. I’ll use some familiar mnemonics (“1 is a bun”, etc.) and some wacky images to get those stages – and what happens during them – into your mind. You’ll be able to remember when object permanence occurs, when children are capable of assimilation and accommodation, abstract and logical thinking, conservation of energy – it’s all here. Take the time to watch this video, learn about mnemonics and memorize Piaget’s stages of cognitive development once and for all!


Mnemonic for Piaget’s Stages

  • Stage 1 – “1 is a bun” and SensoriMotor: use the “motor” part of sensorimotor and picture 4 cinnamon buns in place of the wheels on the motorcycle. To remember that object permanence occurs in this stage, use “two ants” for “permanence” and picture two ants riding two motorcycles
  • Stage 2 – “2 is a shoe” and Preoperational: use “preacher” and imagine him wearing outrageously ugly or funny shoes. For magical thinking, which is typical of this stage, picture a rabbit coming out of the preacher’s hat. To remember that the conservation tasks are a challenge during this stage, picture Smokey the Bear also wearing ridiculous shoes. To remember that assimilation also occurs in this stage, picture an ass (donkey) with those same shoes.
  • Stage 3 – “3 is a tree” and Concrete Operations: picture a tree with concrete leaves and the tree is growing out of a concrete pot. Next to the tree is a pile of logs (for logical thinking) and also next to the tree is a wooden commode (for accommodation).
  • Stage 3 – “4 is a door” and Formal Operations: picture a very wide door and behind that door are “four males” with excellent abs (for abstract thinking, which is possible at this stage).

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