False Memories, the Milgram Experiment, and More

Seeing is believing. Although the brain is capable of unthinkable maneuvers, it is also easily deceived. This is troubling because it makes humans susceptible to false memory. Malleability of memories have long been a subject for research but the implications of social media and AI-faked video is adding reason to why false memories should be researched more heavily. Faked photos and videos online can easily deceive the mind and distort memory, making the mind believe that something happened even though it has no memory of it. This article describes how humans susceptibility to false memory is a topic of serious consideration.

What ignited people’s interest in behavioral economics is its focus on human irrationality. Humans are easily deceived by illusions, cheated by biases, and fooled by heuristics. Despite my personal interest in the field, it is true that there are many biases being created to explain people’s irrational behavior, to the point where it is easy to get confused and get the biases mixed up due to the recent proliferation of biases. Increase in interest for an academic field promises growth, but also increases the likelihood of researches not adding much meaningful wisdom to our knowledge base. This article highlights the problems associated with replicating experiments and how we can better approach the subject for further progress.

What would you do if you were instructed to deliver an electric shock as a punishment? Although the thought of inflicting pain on a fellow human being seems unethical, the infamous experiment conducted by Yale psychologist, Stanley Milgram, showed that a shocking 65 percent of the subjects inflict shocks on others up to 450-volts. Replications of this study aimed to discover whether such obedient behavior is analogous to people today. Curious about whether people today would still conform to authority? Read this to find out.

Without a strong motivation to change behavior, people tend to stick to the status quo. Changing behavior requires effort and it is becoming widely agreed that humans are lazy. This irrational behavior is described as the status quo bias. Ever wondered what the implications are for being inactive and sticking to the norm? Read to find out the consequences of our tendency to stick to the default.