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A professor is debunking false claims about psychology shared on TikTok. Watch here:
Professor of Psychology Inna Kanevsky is systematically dismantling popular videos on the platform, serving as a reminder we should always evaluate our sources.
In doing so, she has amassed more than 753,000 followers on her TikTok account.
Reacting to a video in which someone claims that 'psychology says that when someone is laughing and they look at you they're attracted to you', Kanevsky says: "Psychology says no such thing.
"And don't even get me started on the one where 'if you dream of someone that means they're in love with you'. How is that supposed to work?"
Hitting back at a video in which a man claims that if you can't get someone out of your head, it means that person can't you out of their head, Kanevsky pleads: "Can we not teach people to be stalkers please? Thank you.
"There is no way this is a 'psychology fact'. Think about it. How would we test this?"
In another video about sleep which purports to be based on science, Kanevsky says: "You shouldn't say 'according to science' when it isn't and you shouldn't say 'studies show' when there are no studies."
Responding to a claim that you can heal yourself from disease with your thoughts - which one TikToker said had been scientifically proven - Kanevsky says: "No, it is not scientifically proven for two reasons.
"One is that science does not 'prove' things. In science we support theories with evidence we obtain from testing our hypotheses and we do not actually prove things because the next study may show that our theory was in fact incorrect and needs changing.
"So no, scientists do not say scientifically proven, and epigenetics does not work the way you think. What you're describing is magic, not epigenetics.
"Epigenetics can change your genes, depending on the environment, but it is not going to have the effects that you claim and it has not been shown in any studies to have the kind of effects that you claim."
You can find plenty more of where that came from on her TikTok account.
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