Ep: 238: A Robot’s Gender, Act Like A Girl and Be A Man

MichaelDisorders, Gender/Sexuality, Social Psychology1 Comment

Does it matter if a robot looks male or female? You might not think so, but are we perpetuating stereotypes if if we create a robot that looks “feminine” to help the elderly aren’t we continuing the stereotype that these types of jobs are “women’s” jobs? If we create “masculine” looking robots to work outside and do adventurous, heavy lifting … Read More

Ep 237: What is Misophonia? More on La Cage, Empathy, and the Milgram Studies

MichaelDisorders, Emotion, Social Psychology4 Comments

Does the sound of other people’s mouth noises really drive you crazy? Honestly, it does to me. Things like lip smacking, swallowing, cracking and crunching really annoys me. If it annoys you too then you’re not alone. Learn about misophonia in this episode. Also, a little more about my experiences playing Albin/Zaza in the musical La Cage Aux Folles, more … Read More

Ep 233: White Policemen and Young Black Men – What’s Really Going on?

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Social PsychologyLeave a Comment

In the US, we’ve experienced a number of recent incidences of white policemen shooting black men. What’s going on? Are these more examples of prejudice and discrimination or unprovoked attacks on police? How do we know what really happened? In this episode of The Psych Files we look at how key social psychological theories are on display in these incidences: … Read More

Ep 232: Psychologists Involved in Torture: What To Do About It?

MichaelEthicsLeave a Comment

You may have heard from the US Senate report on terrorism and the “enhanced interrogations” that a small group of psychologists were involved in the interrogations of detainees from the 9/11 incident. How could psychologists, who have a long tradition of concern and adherence to ethical standards in the treatment of others, become involved in such activities? Is it justified? … Read More

Ep 230: Questionable Research – With A Famous Psychologist Involved

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Ethics, Research and StatsLeave a Comment

Might you be able to rid yourself of an illness by “turning back the clock”? That is, by immersing yourself in a time in your life when you were not ill? We know that thinking about things in a positive way – which we sometimes call “reframing” can make us feel and act differently, and we know that the “placebo … Read More

Ep 229: What Makes a Song Popular? How We Detect Melody

MichaelBiopsychology, Cognition, Intelligence and Language, Emotion9 Comments

What makes some songs so popular? Guess what – psychologists actually know a lot of the answers. In this episode we’ll listen to excerpts from Leonard Cohen’s song Hallelujah, as well as Noisestorm’s Ignite, Adele’s Someone Like You, the Enterprise Theme from Star Trek, and even two pieces of music from the motion picture Koyaanisqatsi. We’ll especially deconstruct “Hallelujah” to … Read More