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Boredom? We don't know her. Each week, join hosts Rachel and Maddie for a deep dive into whatever they're thinking about, taking a comedic and intellectual approach to weird, interesting, and unusual topics.


HYPERFOCUS is the perfect podcast for everyone...especially if you have ADHD like Rachel.

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How and why did the Stanford Prison Experiment end? Does it need to be debunked? Why do we care about it so much? Listen to our first ever "part two" to find out! Fair warning: Rachel gets really into it and tells people why they're wrong. But what else is new...? Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/hyperfocus/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
It's our first two-parter! Rachel just can't keep it short, can she? Today we head down to the depths of a Stanford University basement where Dr. Zimbardo created a mock prison experiment that has lived on in infamy. Why? Listen to find out! Sources: https://www.prisonexp.org https://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/the-real-lesson-of-the-stanford-prison-experiment https://www.nytimes.com/1973/04/08/archives/a-pirandellian-prison-the-mind-is-a-formidable-jailer.html https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0146167206292689 Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/hyperfocus/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
If you've heard of Alice in Wonderland, you're going to want to check this one out! Maddie deep-dives into Alice In Wonderland Syndrome (AIWS) and the fairy-tale-esque symptoms associated with this rare syndrome. Just like Alice found herself growing larger or smaller, seeing other things grow big or small, or even losing perception of time, those who suffer from AIWS can experience a wide variety of similar symptoms. Sources: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/65763/12-absurd-facts-about-alice-wonderland https://www.britannica.com/topic/Alices-Adventures-in-Wonderland https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fneur.2019.00473/full https://www.excedrin.com/migraines/causes/what-is-alice-in-wonderland-syndrome/ https://www.healthline.com/health/alice-in-wonderland-syndrome#causes https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1826192/pdf/canmedaj00720-0006.pdf https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/23/alice-in-wonderland-syndrome/ https://n.neurology.org/content/80/13/1262.short https://journals.lww.com/rca/fulltext/2018/06000/alice_in_wonderland_syndrome__aiws___a_reflection.9.aspx https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/psychpedia/aiws Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/hyperfocus/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Rachel's the pilot on today's episode breaking down the Denver International Airport conspiracy. From reptilians to the Freemasons to the New World Order, the DIA is full of creepy art, weird symbolism, and swastika-shaped runways. Tune in to see whether or not you buy this conspiracy! Sources: https://www.denverpost.com/2016/10/31/definitive-guide-to-denver-international-airport-conspiracy-theories/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FEMA_camps_conspiracy_theory https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_World_Order_(conspiracy_theory) https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/61740/5-weird-conspiracy-theories-surrounding-denver-international-airport https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Denver_Airport_conspiracy_theories https://aviationoiloutlet.com/blog/denver-international-airport-conspiracies/ https://www.uncovercolorado.com/denver-airport-murals-painting-location/ Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/hyperfocus/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
It's Maddie's first episode! In her first episode, Maddie tells Rachel all about Billy Hull and his (now abandoned) wannabe Playboy mansion in Tennessee. It's a wild cocktail of greed, sex, opulence, and crime...and lots of mirrored glass and wood paneling. It is the 70's after all. Sources: https://abandonedsoutheast.com/2016/03/27/swingers-palace/ https://1075theriver.iheart.com/featured/battle/content/2018-09-10-an-abandoned-playboy-mansion-is-hiding-in-tennessee/ https://www.loveproperty.com/gallerylist/91968/explore-this-decadent-abandoned-mansion-with-a-very-dark-secret https://www.barstoolsports.com/blog/2480394/the-swingers-tiki-palace-was-the-peak-of-party-desinations https://law.justia.com/cases/tennessee/court-of-criminal-appeals/1977/553-s-w-2d-90-1.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i12KgMDxydw Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/hyperfocus/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
It's our first ever bonus episode!!! Today, Rachel interviews a (possible) new co-host. Will Maddie make the cut? Listen to find out! Don't forget to send in your farewell wishes for Lauren or give us your feedback on how Maddie did in this interview! And don't forget to stay chaotic, babes ;) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/hyperfocus/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
It's Lauren's VERY LAST episode, so Rachel went all out. Today, we cover a total of 4 topics in one episode: Coffin Birth (Postmortem Fetal Extrusion), The Chicken Poop Prison (Khuk Khi Kai), Edible Packing Peanuts, and Cooping (and perhaps Edgar Allan Poe's experience with cooping). We also name our own old-timey gangs. Just in case. TW: Death, Talk of Dead Bodies, Prison & Torture, Old Timey Gang Violence (so all the usual warnings) Sources: *https://allthatsinteresting.com/coffin-births* ( https://allthatsinteresting.com/coffin-births ) *https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-case-coffin-birth-seen-medieval-grave-180968612/* ( https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-case-coffin-birth-seen-medieval-grave-180968612/ ) *https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffin_birth* ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffin_birth ) *https://www.amusingplanet.com/2019/12/khuk-khi-kai-chicken-poop-prison.html* ( https://www.amusingplanet.com/2019/12/khuk-khi-kai-chicken-poop-prison.html ) *https://www.allure.com/story/lush-edible-packing-peanuts* ( https://www.allure.com/story/lush-edible-packing-peanuts ) *https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foam_peanut* ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foam_peanut ) *https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/still-mysterious-death-edgar-allan-poe-180952936/* ( https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/still-mysterious-death-edgar-allan-poe-180952936/ ) *https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/election-fraud-in-the-1800s-involved-kidnapping-and-forced-drinking* ( https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/election-fraud-in-the-1800s-involved-kidnapping-and-forced-drinking ) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/hyperfocus/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Also known as "the fryscraper," this building is known for some wild (and dangerous!) occurrences. It's Lauren's last turn to choose the topic, and she's going out with a bang!...or a burn. Sources: Lauren is on her honeymoon at the moment and I do not have her sources. 😅 They will be posted as soon as we get those links from her! Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/hyperfocus/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
It's an old timey crimey today, folks! In episode 13, Rachel tells Lauren all about Elizabeth Bathory (Erzsébet Báthory), also known as The Blood Countess: the world's most prolific serial killer. It's a wild story with a wild family and a wild love story with lots of wild crimes. TW: Death, murder, torture, executions, suicide Sources: https://www.biography.com/crime-figure/elizabeth-bathory https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Báthory ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_B%C3%A1thory ) https://www.medicalbag.com/home/features/grey-matter/the-legend-of-elizabeth-bathory-the-blood-countess/ https://www.historytoday.com/archive/months-past/death-countess-elizabeth-bathory https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-prolific-female-murderer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3N3TSPZoY1o https://www.historyhit.com/the-blood-countess-facts-about-elizabeth-bathory/ https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/bathorys-torturous-escapades-are-exposed Morbid's Episode: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1WfScqYFpenEUthdXh5Ift?si=MuqDtxb_SzCxibU3m9DLRg Categories: True Crime, Education, Entertainment, Comedy Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/hyperfocus/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
What’s the worst marketing downfall you can imagine? If you are picturing bombs, riots, unfulfilled promises, and drawn out court cases, you would be right. Join Rachel and Lauren as they talk about the fiasco that Pepsi Co. caused when a marketing scheme in the Philippines went wrong. Sources: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-08-04/the-inside-story-of-pepsi-s-philippines-bottle-contest-fiasco https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/business/1993/07/29/a-pepsi-giveaway-gone-wrong/1a6af4b1-2b6f-4e5a-9b1d-5dc6799ac2af/ https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/558202/pepsi-number-fever-promotion-failure-philippines https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/bs-xpm-1993-07-27-1993208127-story.html Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/hyperfocus/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Feral people, in my national parks?? It's more likely than you think. Well, not really. But Rachel can't ever resist putting memes in her show descriptions. In today's episode, Rachel discusses the TikTok about the feral, cannibalistic people in America's national parks. Tune in to hear what we *really* know about feral children such as Genie Wiley and Peter the Wild Boy, as well as exploring the truth behind the TikTok about feral cannibals. Happy National Park Week! TW: Abuse, neglect, death, suicide, murder, cannibalism Sources: https://www.britannica.com/topic/feral-children https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jul/14/genie-feral-child-los-angeles-researchers https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20151012-feral-the-children-raised-by-wolves https://www.history.com/news/6-famous-wild-children-from-history https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feral_child https://www.reddit.com/r/NationalPark/comments/lbfea9/cannibals_in_national_parks/ Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/hyperfocus/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Angel of Death or Furry Grim Reaper? In today's episode, Lauren tells the story of Oscar, a therapy cat who is able to predict death even more accurately than the medical staff who work with him, providing comfort and cuddles to people as they pass. Join Lauren and Rachel as they discuss his life, work, and theories about where he gets his special powers. Sources: https://www.steerehouse.org/shoscar_landing https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp078108 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5624465/ https://www.crossroadshospice.com/hospice-palliative-care-blog/2016/april/11/meet-oscar-the-cat-that-predicts-death-and-provides-comfort/ https://www.cbsnews.com/news/furry-angel-of-death-meet-oscar-the-cat/ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cat-death/doctor-casts-new-light-on-cat-that-can-predict-death-idUSTRE6115QB20100202 https://www.catster.com/lifestyle/oscar-nursing-home-therapy-cat-predicts-death https://www.browndailyherald.com/2010/02/10/david-sheffield-11-a-skeptics-response-to-oscar-the-cat/ Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/hyperfocus/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
BIRDS AREN'T REAL! Okay but actually...birds are government drones. Or, at least, they almost were at one point in history. This week, Rachel tells Lauren about how psychologist B.F. Skinner worked to make pigeons into bomb pilots during World War II. 2 things to remember: (1) Write a review of HYPERFOCUS and get a free sticker! AND (2) The birds work for the bourgeoisie. Sources: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bf-skinners-pigeon-guided-rocket-53443995/ https://www.bfskinner.org/project-pigeon/ https://www.technologyreview.com/2019/10/24/238466/pigeon-pilots/ Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/hyperfocus/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Happy Easter, babes! We love ya! But will Rachel and Lauren ever make up? Will they ever make more episodes after this devastating fight? Only time will tell... Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/hyperfocus/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
This one goes out to all our psych nerds with a deep appreciation for Dr. Elizabeth Loftus and memory research! In today’s episode, Lauren and Rachel host a discussion about TGA (Transient Global Amnesia), a state of amnesia that lasts up to 24 hours. Sources: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1941874420953323 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/26/magazine/transient-global-amnesia.html https://connect.uclahealth.org/2021/02/24/transient-global-amnesia-is-scary-usually-not-dangerous/ https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/memory/disorders-memory https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33675214/ https://www.merckmanuals.com/home/brain,-spinal-cord,-and-nerve-disorders/brain-dysfunction/transient-global-amnesia https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/out-the-ooze/201902/my-experience-transient-global-amnesia-tga https://journals.lww.com/neurotodayonline/fulltext/2020/10080/recurrent_transient_global_amnesia_is_more_common.4.aspx https://www.brainandlife.org/articles/studying-amnesia-helps-researchers-understand-memory/ https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210310150347.htm https://www.apa.org/research/action/speaking-of-psychology/memory-manipulated https://www.ithaca.edu/academics/school-humanities-and-sciences/professor-finds-emotion-makes-memory-unreliable Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/hyperfocus/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
In episode 7, we take a look at the people who danced themselves to death in the 16th century. There are so many weird details and horrible government decisions in this story, and Rachel (for some reason) claims that this is one of her favorite historical events. It shows. Sources: The awesome book! https://www.amazon.com/Dancing-Plague-Strange-Extraordinary-Illness-ebook/dp/B003L203L0/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=John+waller&qid=1616118599&s=digital-text&sr=1-2 Strasbourg History - French Momentsfrenchmoments.eu › ... › Grand Est › Alsace ( https://frenchmoments.eu/strasbourg-history/ ) https://www.britannica.com/event/dancing-plague-of-1518 https://www.history.com/news/what-was-the-dancing-plague-of-1518 https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20161028-the-town-the-nearly-danced-itself-to-death https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_plague_of_1518 https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/jul/05/bizarre-dance-epidemic-of-summer-1518-strasbourg https://youtu.be/2MZZrDA-I4M History of Strasbourg - Wikipediaen.wikipedia.org › wiki › History_of_Strasbourg ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Strasbourg ) Timeline of Strasbourg - Wikipediaen.wikipedia.org › wiki › Timeline_of_Strasbourg ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Strasbourg ) https://medium.com/@jessicasecmezsoyurquhart/unbelievable-history-the-1518-dance-plague-3aaef198eddb Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/hyperfocus/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Join Lauren and Rachel as they discuss the facts, theories, and opinions regarding Marilyn Monroe’s suspicious death. Her involvement with the Kennedy’s and connection to many other notable people make the circumstances surrounding her suspicious death even more specific, although it was ruled a suicide… so what really happened? Sources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaP5MN9DthM https://www.rd.com/article/marilyn-monroe/ https://www.newsweek.com/why-conspiracies-theories-about-marilyn-monroe-are-resurfacing-1452610 https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/marilyn-monroe-is-found-dead https://www.biography.com/news/marilyn-monroe-final-days https://www.sbs.com.au/guide/article/2017/07/24/4-conspiracy-theories-about-death-marilyn-monroe https://www.businessinsider.com/bobby-kennedy-marilyn-monroe-jfk-files-fbi-warned-affair-book-2017-10 https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/10/28/jfk-files-fbi-warns-robert-kennedy-book-alleging-affair-marilyn-monroe/809992001/ https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/docid-32423593.pdf https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7868835/Campaign-Marilyn-Monroes-death-certificate-changed-probably-suicide-murder.html Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/hyperfocus/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Let's talk about death, baby! This week, Rachel takes Lauren on a journey through the funeral traditions of the Torajan people, including extravagant funerals and living with corpses. Spooky! But maybe also beautiful...? Listen and let us know what you think! TW: Death, Animal Slaughter Sources: https://allthatsinteresting.com/toraja-death-ritual https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torajan_people https://random-times.com/2019/03/27/the-manene-festival-in-indonesia-the-mummies-of-the-dead-return-to-visit-their-loved-ones/ Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/hyperfocus/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Lucky or unlucky? Violet Jessop lived an incredible life, surviving the Olympic, Titanic, and Britannic shipwrecks! We are so excited to tell you her beautiful and inspirational story of bravery, danger, and a bit of luck. Sources: https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/titanic/stories/violet-constance-jessop.htm https://thecatholicspirit.com/commentary/twenty-something/how-to-be-a-survivor-the-faith-of-violet-jessop/ https://www.thevintagenews.com/2017/04/13/violet-jessop-the-nurse-who-survived-all-three-disasters-aboard-the-sister-ships-the-titanic-britannic-and-olympic/ https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/irish-immigrants-survived-titanic-britannic-olympic-disasters https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-survivor/violet-constance-jessop.html https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-57409-035-2 https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/61663/unsinkable-violet-jessop https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/archive/irish-nurse-violet-jessop-survived-both-titanic-and-britannic-sinking-35231252.html Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/hyperfocus/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Episode 3: Dark Empaths

Episode 3: Dark Empaths

2021-02-2232:161

If you like psychology, personality tests, science, or Criminal Minds, then this episode is for you!! This week, Rachel explains the new psychological idea of a Dark Empath. It's deep, it's cutting-edge, it's a little bit dark, and a big bit interesting. Dr. Brenner's Article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/experimentations/202008/introducing-the-dark-empath-0 The Dark Empath Study: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886920303615?via%3Dihub Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/hyperfocus/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
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