9 Interesting psychological facts that students need to know (A-Level subjects)

Psychology is one of the A-level subjects that The Planner Education also includes in our course as well. It is crucial to know what is going on inside our mind, what can cause our decisions to change, and how people respond to external factors such as unhealthy environments. In the course, you are going to learn about some psychological disorders that are commonly known and how the treatments look like. The fact that it is related directly to our mind, so the subject is very interesting and fun to study.

Here are some psychological facts that may not be in the syllabus, but it is good to know.

1.   We want to break rules when we are told not to.

Have you ever wondered why, when you are in a class where the teacher is super strict, they asked you to put your phone away; to not talk too loud; to not go anywhere else, you feel like you just wanted to break all the said rules. In psychological theory, there is a phenomenon called reactance. It is our instinct to strongly avoid doing what we are forbidden to do. When your freedoms are taken away, you will have an urge to regain the freedoms back to your hands by denying all the rules.

2. We change our behaviour by positive comments rather than hearing that it is bad

This somewhat relates to the Reactance that we have discussed earlier. When a person says something to you, for example, “Using your phone at night can damage your eyesight and lead to insomnia” Rather, you should focus on the positive outcome with your message. You can say “Sleep early can improve your memory and refresh your brain when you wake up.” With the positive message, people are unconsciously inclined to follow it.

3. You are not a psychopath if you just want to squeeze cute things

There is a time when we see a cute kitty or puppy, we just want to squeeze it with our two big hands until they break into pieces. That may sound terrifying but actually we do not really want to crush it that way, but the phenomenon is called cuteness aggression. We just feel positively overwhelmed by something we find cute, and the aggression that comes over just to help us balance out the high tension.

4. Foreign language changes the way you are thinking

According to the University of Chicago, when we speak a second language, you tend to be more rational, more sympathetic, and less biased, because the foriegn language make people feel removed from a phenomenon, so they are likely to exclude their emotions while making a decision.

5. More sleeping hours equals to higher memory improvement

Parents always tell you to sleep early since you were little until now, well, actually they got some points. Sleep and memory share a massive relationship. You have received so much information during a day, e.g., names of new friends, lessons that you have learned all day. Accordingly, your brain needs some time to process new information, and it does that while you are asleep. Sleeping after learning allows you to store the information in your brain.

6. Classical music too can improve your memory

Studies have shown that listening to classical music for just 20 minutes can improve your brain function and memory. The researchers found that there is an increase in dopamine level and neural connectivity in the system. Therefore, we can say that a happy brain is a healthy brain. This can be one of the tips to study for A-Level effectively.

7.   Air pollution can damage our brain significantly, not only our lungs

The reason why we need to wear a face mask is not only because of the virus, but also air pollution as well. Researchers have found that people who live in areas that have high air pollution have smaller brain volume compared to those who live in less air pollution areas. This proves that our brain can be massively damaged by air pollution, and we need to protect ourselves thoroughly.

8. Self-confident is good to have, but it will be not, if it is too high

Being confident is absolutely a good personality trait, you just do whatever you want to do with a big smile and you are not afraid of what people are talking behind you. However, if you have too high self-confidence, you are more likely to not listen to advice or feedback from others. Feedbacks help you to know what you are lacking, and what you still need to be fixed. If you can accept all of those comments, you can improve yourself better.

9. Stress is not always a bad thing

It is very normal for students to be stressed when the exams’ dates are right at the corner; or the deadline of coursework is next two days, but you just have not finished it. Stress is not always a negative concept, it can reach to an unhealthy brain, yet it is anyways unavoidable.   The American Psychological Association said that stress helps you carry out tasks more efficiently, and enhance your motivations. However, you need to balance your level of stress, because if it is too high, it will otherwise decrease your motivation.


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