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Homer Simpson in a coma for 20 years and other weird theories

In a recent paper, a researcher criticised psychological studies for investigating unusual and counterintuitive findings just for the sake of it. The assumption is that rather than discussing the rational and empirically derived, people are more interested in theories that spark controversy and interest. This tendency isn’t limited to researchers. I’ve noticed many unusual theories… Keep Reading

Film & TV Psychology

Ultron and the robots who love to kill us

In the Avengers: Age of Ultron, it takes the chief villain—an artificial intelligence—only a few minutes to decide that the entire human race needs be wiped off the earth. If you feel like this plot sounds all very familiar, you’re right. Hollywood doesn’t just copy the same stories for the hell of it. They deliver us the… Keep Reading

Film & TV Psychology

Game of Thrones Leadership Styles

Who’s ultimately going to win the Game of Thrones? Using Goleman and colleagues’ leadership styles, I’ve mapped the various leadership characteristics of the Game of Thrones characters.These leadership styles are adopted by most of us from time to time. We can also use more than one style depending on the circumstances. The Coach Coaches build… Keep Reading

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Left Vs. Right Brain Characters

Although only loosely based on science, there is some truth in the idea that the left side of the brain functions differently from the right side. The left hemisphere is traditionally associated with rational thought, logic, linear thinking and appears to be better at processing threats, and details. The right hemisphere is associated with intuition, creativity,… Keep Reading

Film & TV Psychology

Return of the Sequel II: The Revenge Rises Part 3

After two decades of prequels, spin-off and reboots, the sequel has returned, risen, and, er, rebooted? Sequels play off the good memories we have of their predecessors. When we watch a sequel, we’re basically expecting to relive a cherished experience. Like sequels, prequels try to construct a world only inferred by their predecessor films. However,… Keep Reading

Film & TV Psychology

Five things that always go wrong on cooking shows

#1 Overcooked meat Overcooking food tells us you failed in your restraint, monitoring and control. Worse still, you did not respect the food you are cooking. #2 Undercooked meat You are far too risk averse. Fearing overcooking the meat, you were too conservative and decided to pull the food off before it was ready. If… Keep Reading

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Oscar bias towards one type of movie

What kind of films win Oscars? Below is all the Oscar winners classified by the type of emotion they generally illicit. There are five classifications I use are: 1. Reflective films. These films induce mild feelings of dejection or depression to make you reflect and ponder. 2. Anxious. Films that induce anxiety or fear, like horrors and… Keep Reading

Editor Pick/Film & TV Psychology

Films that activate your startle reflex

Surprise is an emotion we experience when an event sidesteps our expectations. A recent study showed that surprise is one of the four core emotions that we experience along with happiness, sadness, and anger.  So it makes sense that so many films are written and structured to keep us on our toes. After all, films and… Keep Reading

Film & TV Psychology

Birdman’s searching for meaning, man

Spoilers aheadAccording to one psychological model, there’s basically four areas you need to work on to feel life is purposeful. So when it comes to finding meaning, there’s nothing riskier than betting all your fulfilment on just one of these areas. That’s what I think happens to Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), in the film, Birdman. #1… Keep Reading

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