Hopefully you’ve watched the TV show Columbo. Curious about what this character has to do with psychology? You’d be surprised. In this episode I analyze Columbo in terms of the psychological technique called motivational interviewing. I also take a look at the criminal lineup scene in the Jennifer Garner movie, “Peppermint“. I also explain why you remember how to ride a bike but can’t remember where you put your cell phone. Along the way we learn about Semantic vs. Procedural memory.
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- The Psychology Of Columbo by Mark D. Griffiths, Ph.D
- Procedural Memory: Definition and Examples
- Principles and Techniques of Motivational Interviewing
- The Best Way to Interrogate: Think Columbo
- Why Don’t We Forget How to Ride a Bike? – Boris Suchan