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

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