The Psych Files is a Psychology podcast hosted by Michael A. Britt, Ph.D.. The Psych Files is aimed at anyone curious about human behavior, though students taking a course in psychology, those majoring in psychology, and instructors of psychology will find the podcast particularly of interest.

Some facts about the podcast:

  • The premier academic Psychology Podcast since January 2007.
  • Consistently in the top 100 of the iTunes Higher Education category and the top 50 of the Education category.
  • Each episode is downloaded more than 60,000 times.
  • Over 4,500 episodes are downloaded every day.
  • Total downloads for all the episodes are over 16 million worldwide.
  • This website is linked to by thousands of high schools, colleges and universities around the world.
  • Typical listeners are college students and their professors, critical thinkers and life-long learners.
  • There are currently 12 apps in the Apple app store and 3 in the Google Android market which have grown out of the work here on this podcast.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

While I encourage you to link to any of the content on this podcast, the content must be attributed to The Psych Files and a link to this site should be provided. The content on this site is not to be used for commercial purposes.

Citing The Psych Files in Your Research:

Here are the APA guidelines for citing any of The Psych Files episodes in your research report:

Writer’s Last Name, Initials. (Writer), & Producer’s Last Name, Initials.
     (Producer). (Year, Month Day). Title of podcast. Title of website or
     program [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from URL


Britt, M. A. (Writer & Producer). (2009, June 7). Episode 97: Stanley
     Milgram study finally replicated. The Psych Files Podcast [Audio
     podcast]. Retrieved from

My goal with the podcast is to:

  • Discuss current events in the light of psychological theories.
  • Share observations of human behavior and tie them to ideas from psychology.
  • Review recent research in psychology that is of interest to a wide audience.
  • Interview authors and researchers about their work in the field.

I want to get you as excited and interested in psychology as I am. The approach I take to discussing psychology is informal and, hopefully, engaging.

The podcast is not intended for a particular psychology course, but will be useful to those taking any courses in psychology.

If you are a researcher in psychology and you have done a study that you think would interest the Psych Files audience feel free to contact me and let me know about it.

I invite you to listen to a few episodes and subscribe to The Psych Files in either iTunes or your favorite blog reader.

Feel free to get in touch with me using the form below:

Michael Britt

The Psych Files podcast is owned by Boots & Eddy Productions, LLC

13 Comments on “About The Psych Files Podcast”

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  3. Hi there,

    I just wanted to express my extreme appreciation for your podcasts Michael! They are exactly what I needed to pass my first psychology course. I ended up with a dud for a teacher (The only part of the brain we covered in class was the corpus callosum surgery to help with epilepsy!!). I knew there were teachers like you out there, your students are very lucky!! I wish I could be in your class!!!

    THANKYOU for teaching me how to correlate different things to help remember them!!

    Keep up the great work please!!

  4. I am really enjoying your podcast obsessively! Be encouraged and keep up the good work! You are very interesting, funny, and entertaining to watch / listen to and you make learning fun…which is good for people like me with short attention spans. How can I be involved in psychology without going back to school? I don’t think that anyone wants to pay me to sit around and think all day. You should do a podcast on relationships between husband and wife as far as communication goes. I would think that you would have many great conversations with your spouse being a psychologist. I’m bogged by the differences between the sexes in regards to communication. I don’t understand why men don’t seem to want to talk and have stimulating conversations. There is so much in the world to talk about! Puzzling! 🙂

  5. Esther: thanks so much for your very kind words! I’m drinking my morning coffee and reading your comment – great way to start the day. I like your idea about communication between the sexes. I haven’t done an episode on that. Interesting. It’s been so fascinating for me to watch my twins – one girl, one boy, both 12 years old now – grow up. Despite anything I might do to encourage non-traditional communication styles, they’re following the pretty typical gender roles of our society. Have to do an episode on this, you’re right. Thanks for the comment!

  6. Hi Mr. Britt,
    I recently discovered your podcasts and have been enjoying them immensely! I am a nutrition professional, but psychology has always been a huge side passion for me. I love the wide variety of topics you have covered, and I really appreciate how much research and prep work you do before each one to ensure that it is well-rounded and thorough. Thank you for taking to time create the Psych Files, and I hope you will continue to do so for many years to come!

  7. Thanks so much Ashley. I really appreciate your comment – keeps me going!

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  9. Listening from the united kingdom, working in my car most of the day so appreciate it!

  10. Wow! What a great podcast, I am so grateful for your time and effort Michael. I am working towards a BSc (Hons) in Psychology with the Open University (I work full time) and having recently discovered your podcast I am listening from the beginning. Love your relaxed style which makes listening more fun. Please don’t stop 😉

  11. Thanks so much Wendy for taking the time to post your kind words. Reminds me that I better get going on the next episode before you catch up on all of them!

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