Behavior and Belief

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How can a lie become true? In this episode, Dr. Aaron Blaisdell and I create a game show that is actually a giant “human Skinner Box” to observe the formation of superstitious beliefs. And Dr. Samuel Veissière helps me design and perform a placebo reverse exorcism, harnessing the power of belief in both science and religion to convince normal people that a spirit has possessed their bodies.


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I just realized experimenting with test subjects is basically pranking for science.

Author — Jazzy Gryphon

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Michael be like "dont scare off my christian viewers sciencebro"

Author — GMAH

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Michael: *sets up placebo effect experiment*

*accidentally speaks to God*

Author — megan rebeschi

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Person: *has transcending lucid psychological experience*


Michael: sike get pranked

Author — Pyth0n GH

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Of course the girl with a “healing crystal” necklace was the most susceptible to suggestion

Author — Noah Lightfoot

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'Human Skinner box' sounds much more horrific than what it actually is.

Author — Hosseyn Shanbeh Zaadeh

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Doctor: some priests may have convinced themselves that are speaking to the divine-

Michael: *PANIC MODE*

Author — Niydfass

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"People are quite clever"
Also people:
Let's dance so we can cause rain

Author — D4 C

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can't believe michael ski​nn​еd people in this one. truly dedicated to his craft

Author — mozeydova

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I love that line:
"How can this not be real if a guy in a white labcoat is taking it so seriously."

Author — Austin Orlando

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everyone else: messing with door, pushing button, dancing
that one guy: *seduce the machine*

Author — sherbett

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Michael: WHAT I AM ABOUT TO DO HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE VATICAN.

Author — KlariceV

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I love how at the end when they discussed the results of the experiment, Michael had to cut off the doc to ensure that religious people don't react with hysteria and cause problems for the producers of the show.

Author — Unknown Artist

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I would like to see Miriam's reaction when they told her the ritual was fake

Author — Marge The Dog

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Anyone else get tricked into thinking Michael was Vanessa? He almost got me but I’m too smart for his deception.

Author — The Real Spaghetti

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They should rename "Victory Vault" to "YouTube Algorithm".

Author — Swymco

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Imagine signing up for study and Vsauce Micheal Here enters the room

Author — Alex Tritt

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"Human Skinner Box" is a terrifying combination of words

Author — Louis Bowels

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"How could this not be real if a guy in a white lab coat is taking it so seriously?"

-Vsauce, Michael here, 2019

Author — Felix Roux

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I wonder how many times people saw Micheal and freaked out because they recognized him and he couldnt use the footage

Author — vector on the moon