Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Top 10 Psychology Things of Note

In honor of my upcoming Psychology GRE being all-consuming and me not really having anything else to talk about, cyberdiarrhea would like to present its Top Ten Psychology Things of Note:
10-9: Stanford Prison Experiment and Milgram's Shock Experiment: Two classics in obedience, these experiments wouldn't fly today which means they are really interesting. Many people have heard about these experiments, but if you get the chance watch the videos (Discovering Psychology video series) . It shows some students really adapting the expressions of real guards ("I see we're going to have to do a little something about your attitude. Drop and give me 20") and prisoners. No one told them they had to act like prisoners. The video of the shock experiments where a subject is ordered to give another person increasing levels of shocks up to 450 volts shows the confederate subject yelling at 300 volts and finally not making any noise for the last 50 volts (passed out, dead?)
8-Poor people think a quarter looks bigger
7-Two identical twins separated at birth were tracked down. They had the same dog's name and same wife's name and had similar jobs.
6-Little Albert-Many people heard about the baby that was made to freak out at the sight of a white rat (a loud noise was banged nearby), however whatever became of this kid? Is he lurking around paralyzed by the sight of amulances going by? Scared away from wedding gown stores? No one knows.
5- Let's say you have four cards represented by the following characters: R B 7 8. The cards have a color R=red B=blue on the front and a number, odd or even, on the back. How many cards would you have to turn over to confirm whether or not all even cards are red?
Anwer: 2- turn over the 8 to make sure it's red and the part few people get: turn over the Black to make sure it's not even.
4-Large mirrors make people especially self-aware because we are only used to seeing ourselves in small mirrors usually
3- The stress level of first time parachuters increases continuously up to the jump. The stress level of experienced parachuters increases up to until the morning of the jump and then increases again right before landing.
2- Experiment volunteers were told a person- Amy Chin from Harvard, scored certain scores on her GRE test- math and verbal. Later the subjects were asked to email this person and try to remember her scores. The subjects differed on the email addresses they were given. Some subjects got student@harvard.edu. These subjects remembered the scores most accurately. Some subjects were given the email amyc@harvard.edu, which emphasized that she was a girl. These subjects reported the verbal scores as being higher- because girls are traditionally better verbally. Some students got the email chin@harvard.edu, which emphasized that it was an Asian name. These subjects reported the math scores as being higher because Asians are better at math. The subjects all were shown the same scores and full student information initially, however their ability to recall the scores correctly was influenced by what recall cues they were shown.
1.The human eye can see a candle flame on a clear night from 30 miles away.
Ladies and gentleman that's all. Good night!


Sunday, October 28, 2007

Halloween Costume Awards

Kudos to: from left- Light Saber wielder, The Operation Game Patient, Hot Chick, CassMan, Crocodile Dundee (with, in truly tasteless form, a Stingray gouging his heart), random dude


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Swami Sez

In the past two weeks I have been and impressive 23-5 in my pigskin prognostications, good for 2 first place finishes in our weekly pool*. While I must qualify this accomplishment by noting that we pick the outright winners, there were some close games in there also. Not the Patriots however. They are scary good. I'm looking forward to that Patriots-Colts showdown in a couple weeks. Who's the best quarterback? Whoever the Lions are playing, of course.**
*played for pride alone
**no disrespect to the Lions who are 4-2 this season and added a couple of points to my win total the past 2 weeks***
***but they suck


Friday, October 19, 2007


This kid want to lower your work morale.


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

All Hail King Douchous the IV

Oh King Douchous the IV, you wacky TV situation comedy star. Cuddling the blond and making the bag hand getsture. It's like packaged uproarious mirth in the 8:30 slot on the Wednesday block on Fox 5.
Check out hotchickswithdouchebags.com for more player hating fun.


Friday, October 12, 2007

Fire all of your guns at once and explode into space

It sucks to get cut from the baseball team. One day the hurting will stop.


Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Funky Fresh Def and Dressed to Impress

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

They drew first blood

Jimmy Carter showed he is not the peacenik everyone thought he was (Jimmy Carter confronts Sudan officials). When part of a group investigating the Darfur ethnic cleansings he felt he wasn't getting the real story at their government sanctioned lodgings. So JC decided to take it to the streets and visit the refugees. The security head told him he couldn't go there and that they would get shot. Replied Carter, "You don't have the power to stop me." He made it to the place where some of the refugees were holed up and learned about the violence that is still going on. For his cowboy tactics (take note: a real cowboy goes in and takes care of business himself- he doesn't send in someone else) and disregard for personal safety Jimmy Carter gets this week's cyberdiarrhea's Detective John McClain "Yippee Kay-yay" award.