The Surprising Ways Death Shapes Our Lives

The Surprising Ways Death Shapes Our Lives

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As Monty Python prophesied, “So…always look on the bright side of death / Just before you draw your terminal breath”

BrainCraft is written and hosted by Vanessa Hill for PBS Digital Studios. Talking psychology, neuroscience & why we act the way we do.
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REFERENCES

Long, C. R., & Greenwood, D. N. (2013). Joking in the face of death: A terror management approach to humor production. Humor, 26(4), 493-509. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/257132831_Joking_in_the_face_of_death_A_terror_management_approach_to_humor_production

Rosenblatt, A., Greenberg, J., Solomon, S., Pyszczynski, T., & Lyon, D. (1989). Evidence for terror management theory: I. The effects of mortality salience on reactions to those who violate or uphold cultural values. Journal of personality and social psychology, 57(4), 681. http://people.uncw.edu/ogler/Experimental/TM%201.pdf

Association for Psychological Science. (2011, May 20). How you think about death may affect how you act. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 26, 2015 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110519161246.htm

Ben-Ari, O. T., Florian, V., & Mikulincer, M. (1999). The impact of mortality salience on reckless driving: a test of terror management mechanisms. Journal of personality and social psychology, 76(1), 35. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/13315860_The_Impact_of_Mortality_Salience_on_Reckless_Driving_A_Test_of_Terror_Management_Mechanisms

Ben-Ari, O. T., Florian, V., & Mikulincer, M. (2000). Does a threat appeal moderate reckless driving? A terror management theory perspective. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 32(1), 1-10. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0001457599000421

Burke, B. L., Martens, A., & Faucher, E. H. (2010). Two decades of terror management theory: A meta-analysis of mortality salience research. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 14(2), 155-195. http://faculty.fortlewis.edu/burke_b/Senior/TMT%20meta%20-%20Burke%20et%20al%202010.pdf

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20 Responses

  1. Mike Kang says:

    TestTubeNews soundtrack?

  2. The boy who Fall Out says:

    @VanessaHill (2015) “Subscribe for a video every week… Anyway I always
    lie”
    That’s sad :(((

  3. Evan Roden says:

    +braincraft, what song is played at: 3:00?

  4. reptilian overlord says:

    hey

  5. Grant Hauck says:

    I care to digress. Nothing is certain, for even science, the pursuit of
    objective knowledge, is a matter of lessening uncertainty.

  6. whitehawk38 says:

    I’m gonna live forever

  7. Andrew Brown says:

    I’m not afraid of being dead, I’m afraid of not getting to live anymore.

  8. Jared Jeanotte says:

    Joe is obnoxious I can’t watch his videos he feels the need to use straw
    man arguments.

  9. MikeLadies says:

    I’m just waiting on cybernetics becoming a thing.

  10. universaltruth90 says:

    I will avoid death. I’ll transfer my mind and emotion into a supercomputer
    or turn into a super cyborg or use the black arts, meet beings from another
    dimension and wish for everlasting life. I’m IMMORTALLLLLLL!!!

  11. RamoneCelso says:

    Vanessa Hill lista y guapita. Translation: tacos, enchilada, guacamole.

  12. Joseph Favela says:

    About that ‘youth becoming more reckless’ thing, I have to say that I’ve
    always loathed the phrase, “No regrets.” It’s completely moronic – only
    psychopaths have no regrets. To regret is be wise – we remind ourselves
    that there was something we could have done better and it reminds us to
    preform better in the future. But I have to say that if ACDC is playing on
    the radio, I’ll drive recklessly. Haha.

  13. FirstRisingSouI says:

    To me, knowing I’m going to die is strangely relaxing. I mean sure, better
    tomorrow than today, but I’m okay with it.

  14. Duane Vasquez says:

    I waited my whole life for this video. Now I can pass from this life, to
    the next ?

  15. SephCat74 says:

    “that’s my line!” he whispers.

    hahah xD

  16. Zain Majeed says:

    Such an interesting video! And I just have to say that you have possibly
    the most amazing voice I’ve ever heard, only contested with Markiplier.
    I love your videos and I am currently heading over to gross science to see
    Anna’s collaboration!
    Keep at it Vanessa!

  17. Jackson Jones says:

    This youtube channel deservers way more subscribers, whose with me?

  18. Daniel Jones says:

    0:06 I would caption it as: Man: “What are you thinking of, dog?” Dog: “I
    have seen that which no waking mortal eye must see.”

  19. erin ireland says:

    “That’s my line!”

  20. AcelSam says:

    #YOLO