“Voodoo death” refers to supposed cases where people died after being cursed by witch doctors. The theory goes that even though witch doctors don’t have real magic, if their victims come from a culture that believes in witchdoctory then they’ll be so scared that they gradually waste away out of fear and die anyway.

For a while psychologists believed that this absolutely happened, a testament to the powers of the mind. Maybe it was because of toxic levels of the stress hormone adrenaline or something.

So now voodoo death looks a lot more complicated than a simple progression of curse -> adrenaline -> you were killed by your own mind . Lester gives a relatively sympathetic view of the evidence here, but even he can only find two good cases – one of which involved a patient who died of preexisting asthma, the other of which did not involve voodoo at all.

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“Voodoo death” refers to supposed cases where people died after being cursed by witch doctors. The theory goes that even though witch doctors don’t have real magic, if their victims come from a culture that believes in witchdoctory then they’ll be so scared that they gradually waste away out of fear and die anyway.

For a while psychologists believed that this absolutely happened, a testament to the powers of the mind. Maybe it was because of toxic levels of the stress hormone adrenaline or something.

So now voodoo death looks a lot more complicated than a simple progression of curse -> adrenaline -> you were killed by your own mind . Lester gives a relatively sympathetic view of the evidence here, but even he can only find two good cases – one of which involved a patient who died of preexisting asthma, the other of which did not involve voodoo at all.

“Voodoo death” refers to supposed cases where people died after being cursed by witch doctors. The theory goes that even though witch doctors don’t have real magic, if their victims come from a culture that believes in witchdoctory then they’ll be so scared that they gradually waste away out of fear and die anyway.

For a while psychologists believed that this absolutely happened, a testament to the powers of the mind. Maybe it was because of toxic levels of the stress hormone adrenaline or something.

So now voodoo death looks a lot more complicated than a simple progression of curse -> adrenaline -> you were killed by your own mind . Lester gives a relatively sympathetic view of the evidence here, but even he can only find two good cases – one of which involved a patient who died of preexisting asthma, the other of which did not involve voodoo at all.

This course is based at John Prince’s Street, Oxford Circus. Find out about the local area, including Marylebone, Mayfair and Soho, in our local area guides on the Student Life pages.

This inspirational round table conversation, supported by CPL Aromas, with some of the industry’s top noses, will explore the true value of capitalising on our olfactory sense within an exciting and evolving multisensory world.

Graduating students from across the Fashion Business School took part in FBS Summit 16, a showcase of student work that included talks, film and products.

“Voodoo death” refers to supposed cases where people died after being cursed by witch doctors. The theory goes that even though witch doctors don’t have real magic, if their victims come from a culture that believes in witchdoctory then they’ll be so scared that they gradually waste away out of fear and die anyway.

For a while psychologists believed that this absolutely happened, a testament to the powers of the mind. Maybe it was because of toxic levels of the stress hormone adrenaline or something.

So now voodoo death looks a lot more complicated than a simple progression of curse -> adrenaline -> you were killed by your own mind . Lester gives a relatively sympathetic view of the evidence here, but even he can only find two good cases – one of which involved a patient who died of preexisting asthma, the other of which did not involve voodoo at all.

This course is based at John Prince’s Street, Oxford Circus. Find out about the local area, including Marylebone, Mayfair and Soho, in our local area guides on the Student Life pages.

This inspirational round table conversation, supported by CPL Aromas, with some of the industry’s top noses, will explore the true value of capitalising on our olfactory sense within an exciting and evolving multisensory world.

Graduating students from across the Fashion Business School took part in FBS Summit 16, a showcase of student work that included talks, film and products.



Psychology Questions





(Photo credit: C.J Sorg)


The psychology Questions & Answers (Q & A) page is a knowledge sharing resource where anybody can ask or answer a question relating to the fascinating world of psychology.

You acknowledge that such information may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.

None of the information within psychology Q & A should be considered a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

“[Personality psychology] has reduced the chances of being wrong but palpably increased the fact of being boring. In making that transition, personality psychology became more accurate but less broadly interesting.”   — Roy Baumeister (2016, p. 6)

Many fields of research – not just social psychology but also biomedicine , cancer biology, economics, political science, and even physics – are experiencing crises of replicability.  Recent and classic results are challenged by reports that when new investigators try to repeat them, often they simply can’t.  This fact has led to gnashing of teeth and rending of garments, not to mention back-and-forth controversies pitting creativity against rigor (see the article quoted in the epigram), and spawned memorable phrases such as “replication police” and “shameless little bullies.”

But, as the quote above attests, personality psychology seems to be immune.  In particular, I am not aware of any major finding (1) in personality psychology that has experienced the kind of assault on its reliability that has been inflicted upon many findings in social psychology (2).  Why not?  Is it because personality psychology is boring?  Maybe so, and I’ll come back to that point at the end, but first let’s consider some other

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