5 Amazing Psychology Experiments
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5 Amazing Psychology Experiments

Learn More About Human Nature Through 5 Interesting and Engaging Studies in Social Psychology
4.4 (780 ratings)
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Last updated 9/2017
Price: Free
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What Will I Learn?
  • Gain insight into simple changes that make big differences in learning, liking, judgment, and perception.
  • Use psychological research to reach your personal goals and desires.
  • Consider ways of using real psychological science to solve the big problems of our day.
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  • An openness to surprising results from psychological research.
  • A motivation to understand the bigger picture by applying individual research findings to a variety of possibilities.
  • You don't have to know anything about psychology already.

UPDATE: All videos in this course now come with complete English subtitles.

Join more than 7,000 students learning about interesting research in psychology!

If you've ever wanted an easy way to start learning about psychology, this is the course for you!

In this free course, you'll learn about 5 studies in psychology and see how their results reveal interesting things about human thought and behavior.

The studies in this course reveal…

  • how we can persuade someone to do what we want without even providing good reasons
  • why praising some kids for their intelligence vs. their hard word dramatically changed their test scores
  • why people who held a hot cup of coffee instead of an iced coffee automatically started thinking a stranger was especially generous and caring
  • …and more!

Carefully designed experiments tell us a great deal about the choices we make, the ways we behave, and why we think the way we do. I'm a social psychologist myself, and I thought about which studies most interested me early in my education and which studies are my current favorites. I even reached out to my colleagues to ask them what studies have most inspired them and are important for everyone to know about.

So enroll in this fun introductory course and start seeing how simple research in psychology tells us amazing things about human thought and behavior!

This course is a special selection of lectures on experiments in social psychology. For a more advanced course, please check out “Quickly Understand Social Psychology," available here on Udemy.

Who is the target audience?
  • People whose jobs involve dealing with other people. Retail, service, and customer service workers can benefit from knowing more about human nature.
  • Speakers, trainers, and writers who wish to more effectively understand their audiences and how to help them address important problems.
  • Coaches and counselors who need to more deeply understand the complexities of their clients.
  • People with a desire to more deeply understand psychology.
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Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
1 Lecture 02:30

Thanks for coming along for this course! In this brief introduction, I'll go over what you can expect from this quick course on social psychology.

The Studies
7 Lectures 53:24

Key Point: Simply using the word “because” makes people more likely to agree to help you.

This study examined whether people would let a stranger cut in line at the copy machine. The big determinant of this decisions was not how compelling the person's reasons were, but instead the simple inclusion of a reason at all.

Study #1: The "Because" Heuristic (Increasing Compliance at the Copy Machine)

Key Point: In some ways, physical sensations and mental sensations are interchangeable.

The study described in this lesson shows how the physical feeling of "warmth" can bias your judgment such that you see more emotional "warmth" in a stranger. A bonus study considers the effects of actual fish smells on behavior.

Study #2: Embodiment

Key Point: Praising someone for working hard is better than praising them for their ability.

In this fascinating study, 5th grade students show huge changes in their school performance and motivation simply because they received a compliment on their hard work instead of a compliment on their intelligence.

Study #3: Ability vs. Effort Praise (Praising Kids' Intelligence vs.

Key Point: Our expectations of others can be proven to ourselves because we unconsciously make them so.

This elegant study showed how one person's (baseless) expectations dramatically change the course of a conversation. When men thought they were talking to an attractive woman on the phone, they talked in a more friendly way, which made the real women (who didn't even look like the photo the men were given) act in a more friendly way in response, compared to when men thought they were talking to an unattractive woman.

Study #4: Self-Fulfilling Prophecy (Attractiveness and Phone Conversations)

Key Point: We judge our satisfaction by thinking about what could have happened.

Data that come from the 1992 Olympics shows how 2nd place winners are less satisfied than 3rd place winners even though their performance was objectively better. The reason is "counterfactual thinking"--or thinking about how things could have gone differently.

Study #5: Counterfactual Thinking (Happiness in 2nd vs. 3rd Place Olympians)

Key Point:We like people who like what we like.

(This is a bonus from my course on the psychology of attraction and likability.)

BONUS Study: Attitude Similarity and Attraction

Special bonus lesson to celebrate 1,000 students. Let's get to 2,000!

Key Point: When we are focused on something about ourselves, we assume other people notice too.

BONUS Study #2: The Spotlight Effect
Bonus: "Halloween Psychology"
3 Lectures 12:30
Halloween Psychology #1: Deindividuation

Halloween Psychology #2: Who Likes Scary Movies?

Halloween Psychology #3: Self-Awareness
3 Lectures 03:01

In our final lesson for this course, I offer my parting words and an opportunity to continue learning about the amazing science of social psychology!

Conclusion and Farewell

Bonus: More from Andrew Luttrell

Bonus: Get the Free PDF Ebook for this Course
About the Instructor
Andrew Luttrell, Ph.D.
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Social Psychologist

I am a social psychologist. My expertise is in the domain of attitudes and persuasion, but I have extensive experience with all corners of the social psychology world. The research in this field is so interesting that I can't help but want to share it! I look forward to the chance to share the world of social psychology with you.