Ep 304: Guess What? Testosterone Doesn’t Neccessarily Cause Men to be Aggressive

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Does Testosterone Cause Aggression? Not Really....

Most of us assume that one of the reasons men tend to act aggressively is that men have higher levels of testosterone. Let’s take a look at this “testosterone myth” because this isn’t always the case. In fact, in some cases, the higher levels of testosterone actually cause men to be MORE NICE than usual. Don’t believe it? Let’s take … Read More

Ep 303: Significance Quest Theory: How Do We De-Radicalize People?

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How does deradicalization work?

So now that we know a lot about why individuals join extermist groups, what can we do about it? How do we bring them back to society and help them have meaningful lives again? This is the second of 2 episodes on this topic and what we learn here also applies to school shooters. Here are some concrete suggestions, supported … Read More

Ep 302: Violent Extremism: What’s the Psychology Behind It?

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The Causes of Violent Extremism

What draws people toward violent extremist groups? Psychologists have conducted a lot of research to find this out and in this episode I summarize the findings of key researchers in this area. Researchers Arie Kruglanski, Katarzyna Jasko, David Webber, Marina Chernikova and Erica Molinario explain how their theory, called SQT or Significance Quest Theory explains what leads young people to … Read More

Ep 301: The Role of CTE in the Life of Aaron Hernandez

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Aaron Hernandez Uncovered CTE

You have probably heard a lot about football and CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), the brain degeneration that results from repeated head impacts. One of the worst cases so far of CTE was found in the brain of football player Aaron Hernandez. The Oxygen network produced a fascinating account of Hernandez’s life entitled Aaron Hernandez Uncovered and I was asked to … Read More

Ep 298: Nudge Your Way to Better Health

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Nudge Your Way to Better Health

How can psychologists get you to lead a healthier life? We all have “noble intentions” when it comes to eating well and exercising regularly, but those intentions often don’t last too long and you’re back to your old unhealthy ways. We can lecture you again about the benefits of healthy eating and exercise, or we can try to “nudge” you … Read More

Ep 297: The Movie Coco – What’s the Psychology Behind It?

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Psychology of Music

Have you seen the movie Coco? You should – it’s a very moving story. But if you pay attention to the music you’ll notice that the melody to the son “Remember Me” is played in several different ways – each with a very different effect on the psyche. In this episode I examine the psychology of this music. Along the … Read More

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