Big time psychological facts

The brain works in interesting ways.

The brain works in interesting ways.

Ryan Wadsworth, Staff Writer

Psychologists are coming out with new research everyday to help demonstrate why we think in certain manors. There are certain facts that don’t seem true at first glance, but make sense if you go in more depth like if a rule seems strict, we are more likely to break it. Now just sit back and learn more about human nature.

Effective multitasking is physically impossible. “What I multitask all the time?” is probably what you’re thinking, but it’s true that your brain can’t do two things at once. What happens to the brain is each task takes up one half of it, and half of your brain isn’t enough to complete a task, well at least a complex one. If you want to test this out, I want you to talk to someone while reading a long passage. What’s going to come out of that is either you have no idea what you read, you have no idea what the person was talking to you about, or both of those options. Multitasking just isn’t effective.

Believe it or not, social media actually makes you less social. There have been studies on those who are active on social media, and actually they feel more socially isolated than those who aren’t active. In theory that doesn’t make any sense, because the whole point of social media is to interact with others, but all it does is create a barrier between real life and an online life. Communicating through social media is so easy that it creates false expectations for real life. Those who say they will stay in touch may see pictures of how their life is going, but never physically interact with them again. Social media is a lie.

Our same core memories are always changing. What I mean by this is as we get older our core memories start to become more faint and little details get lost. If you tell a story ten times do you think you will say the exact same story word for word? Of course not, they won’t because our brains aren’t like movies and feature flashbacks. You add old age into that equation and every memory becomes slightly reconstructed every time. Then you factor in the potential for mixing up a different memory in there, and your original memory is not what it used to be.

A whole lot of positives can outweigh a negative. There is a 5:1 ratio of good moments to bad moments to have them offset. It simply is easier to remember bad moments compared to good ones, because we live in a pessimistic era where everyone is always on the negative side. Let’s say you go to school, and one very good event happens today, but also a bad event happens. When you come home there is a high chance that the bad moment will still be in your head. That’s is where the five to one ratio comes in, and you now would need to have four more good events happen to you. If not, then the bad will stick with you.

How the brain works and functions is very strange, but at the same time very unique. Continuing to learn more information about the body is important. Maybe this explains why you can’t get your homework done when the TV’s on.