Ep 216 (video): YouTube Power Search Tips


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.

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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!

Ep 216: Working Remotely – Psychological Advantages and Disadvantages

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?

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The Psychological Costs and Benefits of Working Remotely


  • Can work in your pajamas (see Disadvantages). Decreased cost of work clothes
  • Decreased cost of travel, commuting time and gas
  • Increased flexibility (can easily pick up the kids)
  • Can take a break any time you want (kind of)
  • Can get a sandwich (potential for decreased cost of lunch)
  • Can play with your car or dog
  • Can take naps – and research shows that a short 20 minute or so nap solidifies memories and makes you more productive (nap-taking at a typical workplace usually violates work norms


  • You can work in your pajamas
  • Fewer boundaries between personal and work life
  • You could easily work many more hours because you could start earlier in the day
  • Cost: you need a computer, cell phone, internet access, need for an office (who pays for this?)

Impact on Job Satisfaction and Motivation

Equity Theory and Social Comparison: problems arise when we try to compare ourselves to other workers: it’s no longer easy to see what your co-workers are doing.  It’s not easy for your boss either.

  • we can’t see when they come in to work, and we can’t see when they leave
  • can’t see what they’re doing as we used to when we passed by a co-workers office
  • can’t see how many breaks our co-workers are taking

It is common, when we make comparisons to our co-workers, for us to underestimate how hard they work and overestimate how hard we work. The chances for perceptions of inequity increase, and along with it job dissatisfaction.

Managers of remote workers need to make an extra effort to make sure not only that work is distributed fairly, but also that their employees’ perceptions of their co-workers are accurate.

“Emotional Labor”, or Surface Acting

The High Cost of Acting Happy

From Annie Murphy-Paul:

Surface acting is when front line service employees, the ones who interact directly with customers, have to appear cheerful and happy even when they’re not feeling it.This kind of faking is hard work—sociologists call it “emotional labor”—and researchshows that it’s often experienced as stressful. It’s psychologically and even physically draining; it can lead to lowered motivation and engagement with work, and ultimately to job burnout.

…let me suggest that companies take another tack. Train workers well, so that they satisfy their customers with good service. Offer them congenial working conditions, so that they’re glad to be at work. Allow them more personal control over how they do their jobs (research shows this can buffer the stress imposed by surface acting). And provide them with opportunities to develop genuinely warm relationships with managers, coworkers, and customers—so that employees have something real to smile about…

Ep 215: What Was Life Like in an Asylum?

asylum1Ever 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

Ep 214: Your Adolescence is Giving Me A Mid-Life Crisis!

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.
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Ep 213: Leveraging Our Natural Curiosity for Learning (and for Blog and Video Clicks)

The Motivation to LearnWe don’t have to pay you to get you to do things (extrinsic motivation) – you’re already a curious person. We also don’t necessarily have to find things you’re already interested in (intrinsic motivation) we just have to find things are naturally interesting to all of us in order to get you excited about learning or interested in clicking on a link. How does our attraction to puzzles, questions, and unsolved mysteries get used to get us to click on videos or blog posts? And how can it be used to get students to want to learn (motivation to learn)? You’ll find out that there are ways to get students excited about learning without having to pay them and there are ways to attract people to your content by tapping into their natural curiosity. Just don’t overuse it (watch out UpWorthy) and don’t fail to deliver! Hopefully this episode will deliver on introducing you to some new ideas to help you motivate others.
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