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

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Social Psychology2 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

Ep 276: “Because I Said So” Doesn’t Work for Teens

MichaelDevelopment3 Comments

Parenting Styles Explained

How many times when a parent is arguing with a teen has the parent either said – or wish they could say – “Do it because I said so!”. As a parent myself, I’ve had more than a few of those times. But it just doesn’t work – especially with teenagers. In this episode I explore the classic three parenting … Read More

Ep 273: Stereotypes and How We Get Past Them

MichaelSocial Psychology0 Comments

How Stereotypes are Created

One reason stereotypes exist is because, sometimes, there’s some truth in them. As an Italian-American I can say that, yes, a lot of the times I use my hands when I talk. And it appears to be true that men think about sex more often and are more easily sexually aroused (in general). So what do we do with these … Read More

Ep 271: Great Psych Apps – NovoPsych

MichaelDisorders, Testing, Therapy0 Comments

The Novo Psych app

There are a lot of mobile apps that include the term “psychology” but many of them are just for fun. Are there any really good apps for psychotherapists? Yes there are and one of them is called NovoPsych. In this episode I interview Dr. Ben Buchanan who is the creator of NovoPsych and he tells us how the app would … Read More

Ep 269: How To Get People To Be Creative

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language0 Comments

The Psych Files' First Book: Psych Experiments

Do “Blue Sky” brainstorming sessions actually produce anything creative? If you’ve ever sat around with a group of people and tried to “just come up with something creative” you probably found that it’s pretty hard. We actually don’t think that creatively when we’re told to just “throw things out there” and “nothing will be judged”. It’s often more productive to … Read More

Ep 268: Applying an Established Memory Strategy to Improve Literacy (and click-through rates on your web articles…)

MichaelBiopsychology, Cognition, Intelligence and Language1 Comment

The printed word has been around for a long time. Bet you thought there was nothing new in how we put words together in a book or website. Well, guess again. Researchers at Asymmetrica have drawn upon a tried and true memory strategy called “chunking” and applied it to – get this – the amount of white space between words. … Read More