Social media sites like TikTok often share a lot of useful information. For example, we’ve learned really helpful cleaning hacks and safety tips from TikTok.

That doesn’t mean that everything shared on TikTok is useful. Far from it. In fact, many things that people claim to be true simply aren’t.

Have you ever watched a video where someone makes a claim and then backs it up by saying something like “scientists say” or “research says”? We probably all have. Here’s the thing. Unless the person in the video references a specific study or scientist, most likely this claim is false and doesn’t actually have any scientific proof to back it up.

Dr. Inna Kanevsky is a psychology professor at San Diego Mesa College, and she is sick of people making false claims on TikTok and using words like “science” to mislead people into believing them. That’s why she is making her own series of vidoes to debunk these false claims.

Dr. Kanevsky told Bored Panda, “It is a generally good habit to look up any statement about psychology, and not just psychology, to see what the source of that claim actually is. If it’s a blog, a Reddit thread, a press article that doesn’t cite or link sources, a ‘medical’ website that’s also not backed by research, or similar, it is unlikely to be valid.”

Want to learn the truth about which pyschology “facts” are really not backed up by science? Scroll down to watch some of Dr. Kanevsky’s videos where she debunks false claims with the truth.

  1. What It Means If Your Favorite Color Is Blue

    @dr_inna##stitch with @justthenobodys There is no science that connects personality to a favorite color. It’s connected to culture and gender, though (due to learning). ##colorpsychology ##learnscience

    ♬ original sound – Inna Kanevsky, Ph.D. (she/her)

  2. ADHD

    @dr_innaWhy do people try so hard to pretend that ADHD is a superpower? Do they not see it hurts others? Just accept yourself, maybe?

    ♬ original sound – Inna Kanevsky, Ph.D. (she/her)

  3. Hypnotherapy

    @dr_innaWe have learned a lot since 1970s, so it’s time you move on, too.

    ♬ original sound – Inna Kanevsky, Ph.D. (she/her)

  4. If You Can’t Stop Thinking About Someone

    @dr_inna##stitch with @xgilham I understand critical thinking is in a deficit these days, but really, people. Think!

    ♬ original sound – Inna Kanevsky, Ph.D. (she/her)

  5. Psychopathic Traits

    @dr_innaGenerally speaking, I’m very much not a fan of @davidjpphillips whole account. This may be mutual.

    ♬ original sound – Inna Kanevsky, Ph.D. (she/her)

  6. Bruises and ADHD

    @dr_inna##stitch with @d3gra What it is NOT: an actual symptom of ADHD. But it may be related.

    ♬ original sound – Inna Kanevsky, Ph.D. (she/her)

  7. Cold Showers to Treat Depression

    @dr_inna##stitch with @ruggedcounseling If cold showers help you, by all means, go for it! But the research isn’t there yet.

    ♬ Paradise – Bazzi

  8. Men Misinterpreting Women’s Behavior

    @dr_inna##stitch with @mariajacob89 Please, if you are a psychology professional, you can do better.

    ♬ lovely – Billie Eilish & Khalid

  9. Male and Female Brains

    @dr_inna##stitch with @docamen I made a video on Dr Amen’s SPECT scans profiteering a few weeks back. It’s in Mental Health playlist.

    ♬ original sound – Inna Kanevsky, Ph.D. (she/her)

  10. When You Have a Dream about a Crush

    @dr_inna##stitch with @angelgrey_ feel free to make stuff up all you want, just leave ##psychologicalscience out if it.

    ♬ original sound – Inna Kanevsky, Ph.D. (she/her)