Ep 286: What to do About Fake News? Apply a Little Psychology

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Critical Thinking, Emotion, Social Psychology0 Comments

Fake News

We’re all aware of the problem of fake news, but why do we fall for it? When we read a post on Facebook that sounds a little questionable, why don’t we check into it further? You better believe there’s some psychology going on here. In this episode I interview Dr. Gleb Tsipursky of Ohio State university. He’s been studying this … Read More

Ep 285: Ketamine and Depression, Raven Intelligence, and Those Darn Fidget Spinners

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Disorders, Research and Stats, Social Psychology, Therapy0 Comments

Ravens - Intelligent?

What are psychologists talking about this week? Well, we’re fighting back against the unbelievable claims made by the marketers of fidget spinners (does the toy really help people with ADHD, PTSD and anxiety?), we’re astounded by the results of research on the intelligence of ravens (apparently the birds get resentful if you don’t treat them fairly), the latest news on … Read More

Ep 283: How To Practice Correctly and is Facebook Rotting Your Brain?

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Critical Thinking0 Comments

How To Practice Correctly

Guess what? Practice definitely does NOT always lead to perfection. When you practice an instrument are you doing it right? In this episode I explore the “10,000 hour” myth and how you can practice something – like an instrument or a language – in a way that is going to result in much faster learning. We’ll see that the idea … Read More

Ep 279: The United Airlines “Involuntary Deboarding” Incident: from Shock Value to Productive Discussion

MichaelSocial Psychology, Teaching Tools0 Comments

Productive Discussion About United Airlines De-Boarding

The involuntary removal of a passenger on a United Airlines flight has justifiably garnered a lot of attention. And as teachers we certainly want to capture students’ attention. But how do we create a discussion among students that goes beyond the simple shock value of showing the video? In this episode I talk both about the connections to psychology and … Read More

Ep 277: How to Remember Names and the Psychology of that BBC Interrupted Interview

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Social Psychology5 Comments

How To Remember Names

It’s hard to remember names – here’s how to do it. You’ll use your imagination and some weird imagery – but this works. Here’s another great use of mnemonics. I’ll give you a bunch of people’s names and describe the images I created to help me remember them. Give your brain a little room to roam and put it to … Read More