Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Exploring Psychology: Halloween Special

Exploring Psychology

With Halloween upon us I thought it would be appropriate to do a special exploring psychology blog post on the psychology of fear. The following videos all feature the amazing psychological illusionist Derren Brown who exploits the power of suggestion to frightening and sometimes disturbing effect. Please note that some of the videos contain very strong language.

Derren Brown induces fear 1

Derren Brown induces fear 2


Don't think this one would get clearance from the psychology experiments ethics committee!!

Recommended Reading

Tricks of the Mind by Derren Brown

Book Description

Derren Brown's amazing television and stage performances have entranced and amazed millions. His baffling tricks and stunning illusions have set new standards of what's possible, as well as causing controversy. Now, for the first time, he reveals the secrets behind his craft. He delves into the structure and pyschology of magic. He tells you how to read clues in people's behaviour and spot liars. He discusses the whys and wherefores of hypnosis (which he says doesn't exist) and shows how to use the powers of suggestion and massively improve the power of your memory. He also investigates the paranormal industry, exposes a few charlatans and looks at why some of us feel the need to believe in it in the first place

Woven into this are autobiographical stories about Derren's own experiences and beliefs, told with characteristic humour and engaging honesty. This extraordinary book lifts the lid on the deepest darkest secrets of magic and explores the limits of what can be achieved by the human mind. A must for Derren's legions of fans, it will amaze you, entertain you and expand your mind at the same time. See following link for more details.

Tricks of The Mind By Derren Brown

More Information

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Exploring Psychology: Halloween Special

1 comment:

garbagepoet@gmail.com said...

i just stumbled upon this site looking for psychology resources.

i found those videos pretty disturbing. the ethics of terrorizing people like that...

anyways, your site is great. that APA app is gonna save me a lot of grief.