Psychology is the study of mind and behavior. It’s best described as a social science, although specific aspects can focus on anything from biology, to the humanities, to philosophy.

Below are a collection of facts and myths about psychology and social psychology pertaining to individuals, groups, and the collective.

TIP: Check out the YouTube playlist of Crash Course Psychology for a crazy amount of good information.


We Learn Best by Being Taught Myth

The best way to learn isn’t “being taught”, its mixing self-directed learning with the roles of student, peer, and teacher in different social settings.

Money Can Buy Happiness Fact

Money can buy happiness in some ways, and cause unhappiness in others, studies have shown that different types of wealth and income affect happiness and unhappiness in a variety of ways.

People Can Multitask Effectively Myth

People can’t multitask effectively. Giving simultaneous attention to tasks, or alternating and dividing attention between tasks, reduces the performance of at least one task.

Thoughts Can “Rewire” Your Brain Fact

Thoughts and other stimuli can essentially “rewire” our brain, strengthening useful synaptic pathways and weakening less used ones, this is called neuroplasticity (AKA learning and memory).