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

Ep 309: College Teaching Needs To Change

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College teaching needs to change. This doesn’t mean using a new fad technique. It doesn’t mean dumbing anything down to get “today’s students”. It does mean that professors need to adopt more of the approaches to teaching that Ken Bain identified in his must-read book, “What The Best College Teachers Do“. In this episode I describe one of the key … Read More

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

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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

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