It’s easy to find videos on the web of animals showing what appears to be some pretty smart behavior. But is it really “smarts”? How can you tell? In this episode I’ll point out examples that look like intelligence but probably aren’t – as well as an example of animal behavior that is really hard to dismiss as anything but “smarts”. In doing so we’ll talk about the behavioral principle of “chaining” – the method by which you can get animals – and humans – to display some pretty sophisticated and complex behavior as the result of reinforcement, prompts and cues.
How can you find the best videos on YouTube? In this video episode of The Psych Files you are going to learn some crazy power tips that will alert you whenever whenever a video from a credible source gets added to a YouTube playlist. You will be the first to know. And you can find out not only by receiving an email, but – if you want – you can also get a phone call when that video is ready for you! Don’t waste your time – there are some crazy new ways to efficiently search the web and here is how I do it.
Resources to Help You Search the Web Efficiently
- Here’s a link to my app, PsycExplorer iPhone and PsycExplorer for iPad
- Thanks to Charles Schallhorn, who has some great materials on his YouTube Channel
- Here’s the “magic code” you saw used in the video to create rss feeds from YouTube playlists: http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/playlists/put-playlist-ID-here
- Here’s the very cool site you can use (for free) to have email and/or phone alerts sent to you: IFTTT. Explore this tool for all kinds of other possibilities!
The idea of working from home sounds great – but be aware of the downside. In this episode of The Psych Files I talk about what factors influence your job satisfaction and motivation when you work from home. I also discuss the interesting concept of “emotional labor” – what is it like when you know your boss is watching you and judging whether you are “acting happy” to customers? What’s the cost to you of acting in a way that is contrary to how you actually feel?
Ever wondered what it was like to be a patient in an “insane asylum”? “Asylums” changed names over the years (including “State Hospital” and “Psychiatric Center”) and so did the treatment of the mentally ill. Hear from Dr. Jennifer Bazar how we went from chaining people up to hydrotherapy to sexual surgery and finally to what is called “moral treatment“. A fascinating walk down the history of psychology with an engaging psychology historian.
Additional Resources on Asylums
- Jennifer Bazar’s blog: Field Notes
- DSM-V and On Being Sane – Are Psychiatric Labels Really Harmful?
- From Insane Asylum to Psychiatric Center: A Brief History
- Abandoned Asylum. A fascinating site with lots of pictures of abandoned asylums
- Abandoned But Not Forgotten
- Ten Days In a Mad-House by Nellie Bly
- ‘I tormented the doctors to operate again’: A look at patient decisions and the history of sexual surgeries.
- Asylum tourism: In the 19th century, travelers visited asylums to admire the institutions’ architecture and grounds.
- Ten Days in a Mad House
- Remembrance of Patients Past: Life at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane, 1870-1940 (Canadian Social History Series)
We all know that adolescence is a time of change and often a tough time for the teen. But what about the parent? Today’s parents are often older than years ago, and today’s parents are sometimes going through their own self-examination, their own doubts, their own exploration. What happens when you bring those two together? Sometimes a lot of yelling frankly. In this episode I talk about the changes going on in the adolescent and in the older parent and how parents can avoid the yelling and the accusations that only undermine what the teen is going through and how parents can step back and examine themselves. A little understanding can go a long way.