Ep 319: Forensic Psychology – An Interview with Dr. Susan Lewis

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Forensic Psychiatry: What is it Really Like?

It seems like there’s no end to TV shows about criminals who have various psychiatric disorders. It’s understandable that we find them fascinating, but how accurate are they? What is it really like to work with individuals who are convicted of serious crimes but who are unquestionably suffering from a mental illness? If you’re interested in these questions or are … Read More

Ep 318: What is Academic Shame?

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Jeremiah Sullins Academic Shame Researcher

Recently we’ve learned that many students learn best not when things are well explained to them, but rather when they’re just a little bit confused. Professor Jeremiah Sullins (interviewed in episode 267) talked about his work on Productive Confusion. Now he’s on to a related topic: what if instead of being motivated by confusion, students who are prone to shame … Read More

Ep 316: Motivational Interviewing and the TV Show Columbo

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Psychology of TV Show Columbo

Hopefully you’ve watched the TV show Columbo. Curious about what this character has to do with psychology? You’d be surprised. In this episode I analyze Columbo in terms of the psychological technique called motivational interviewing. I also take a look at the criminal lineup scene in the Jennifer Garner movie, “Peppermint“. I also explain why you remember how to ride … Read More

Ep 315: The Psychology of A Quiet Place and Mission Impossible

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Psychology at the Movies

Did you see the movie A Quiet Place? How about Mission Impossible? It’s always fun to analyze movies from a psychological perspective and that’s what I do in this episode. A Quiet Place has a lot of family dynamics issues going on but Mission Impossible? You’d be surprised. We’ll look at such things as family therapy, the identified patient, sexism … Read More

Ep 314: Trauma Recovery with Dr. Matt Jaremko

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Matt Jaremko Tramua Recovery

If you’re suffering from the effects of a trauma in your life or know someone who is, then listen to Dr. Matt Jaremko talk about his new book with Beth Fehlbaum called Trauma Recovery: Sessions With Dr. Matt. Dr. Jaremko’s approach to therapy with trauma victims is straightforward and respectful. It’s about helping survivors get their confidence back and move … Read More

Ep 311: The Ape That Understood the Universe

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The Ape That Understood the Universe

How are men and women different – really? There’s plenty of debate over this, but how this: examine the differences between males and females across a wide variety of species. What are the reliable differences we see again and again? That’s exactly what author Steve Stewart-Williams has done in his latest book, The Ape That Understood the Universe. If you’re … Read More

Ep 310: How To Memorize Psychiatric Medications

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How To Memorize Medications

Having a hard time memorizing psychiatric medications and which disorder they are used to treat? These memory tricks will get them into your head in minutes – and they’ll stick so you can get a better grade on your test. I’ve got ways to remember 12 medications like Zoloft, Prozac, Ritalin, Adderall, Lithium, and more – and which diagnosis (Depression, … Read More

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