Mental Mishaps

Errors in perceiving, remembering, and thinking.

A Bathroom on the Right? Misheard and Misremembered Song Lyrics

When we sing along with a song on the radio, sometimes we sing the wrong words. Often the mistakes are funny: “Scuse me while I kiss this guy” or “There’s a bathroom on the right.” Errors, like these funny song lyrics, provide insights about how people construct their perceptions and reconstruct their memories. Read More

Gays, lesbians, etc -- as well.

In Sydney (Australia), we have our annual Women's Day & "Reclaim the Night" rallies, concluding with a lesbianish concert. Similar to the drag queens (males) proclaim their desires. But in a manner obviously different to what the majority of STRAIGHT people think about these songs.

As a straight male, I share the delight of the public expression of these previously secret & hidden women's lives, as expressed in by my peer audience members and the stage performers.

Funny thing is, even though I

Funny thing is, even though I never mis-heard Bad Moon Rising, when I read the title, I immediately thought "Hey, CCR!"

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Ira E. Hyman, Jr., Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at Western Washington University.

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