Ep 307: Do Those i-Statements Actually Work and Did Koko the Gorilla Really Use Language as We Do?

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Critical Thinking, Social Psychology, TherapyLeave a Comment

Do i-Statements Really Work?

Remember those “i-statements” you’re supposed to use when you get mad at someone? “I feel ____ when you ____ because ____“. Does that actually work? Does talking in this way resolve problems better and not get the other person defensive? We’re going to find out. Also, Koko the gorilla died recently. But did she really master sign language? Or is … Read More

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

MichaelBiopsychology, Gender/Sexuality, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

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?

MichaelDevelopment, Emotion, Motivation, Personality, Social PsychologyLeave a Comment

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 299: How Smart Do You Want Your Fitness Tracker to Be?

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Fitness Trackers - How Effective Are They?

Fitness tracking devices are getting smarter. They’re going to have to get a lot smarter if they are going to be powerful tools in your quest to be fit. But how much more “smart” do we really want them to get? Today they keep track of your steps and heart rate, but if your fitness tracker “knew” how you were … Read More

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