Ep 254: How to Create Great Ways for Seniors to Live

MichaelDevelopment, Motivation2 Comments

Senior Citizens Working Again

What comes to mind when you think “nursing home”? Not so good, right? Let’s change that. Let’s use what we learn from psychology to create exciting places for seniors to live. We’ve got the tools provided by Maslow’s Hierarchy and by Self Determination theory. Here’s one way we could revolutionize the “senior years”. Motivation Theories Maslow’s Hierarchy: Physiological needs, Safety … Read More

Ep 251: How NOT to Get the Holiday Blues

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How to Beat the Holiday Blues

At the end of the year there are so many cues around us that tell us that we should be happy and that we should reflect on our lives. Humbug! Find out how not to fall prey to the holiday blues that are so common. A couple of key ideas from psychology will be applied here: Irrational Thinking and Social … Read More

Ep 250: How I Use Snapchat In My Class

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Snapchat For Class

Snapchat got a pretty bad rap over the past few years, but did you know that you actually can use this video messaging app in ways that really do help students see the applications of what their teachers are learning in their everyday lives. In this episode I share my experiences using Snapchat with my psychology class. Yes it has … Read More

Ep 249: How To Build a Psychology App

MichaelBiopsychology5 Comments

Psychology App

I created my Brain Mnemonics app in 2009 and ever since then people have asked me, “How do you build an app?”. There are a lot of ways, but in this video I give you a behind the scenes look at my popular app called Brain Mnemonics. If you need to memorize the parts of the brain, the neuron, neurotransmitters … Read More

Ep 248: Guest Host Bo Bennett on Dysrationalia

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Bo Bennett

What is Dysrationalia? You’ve probably heard of a lot of intelligences – Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, Sternberg’s Triarchic theory of intelligence and Daniel Goldman’s Emotional Intelligence. In this episode, my first guest host Bo Bennett steps in to tell us about the work of psychologist Keith Stanovich’s work on “dysratinalia”. Do you know someone who seems quite intelligent but they … Read More

Ep 246: Why Replications Sometimes Don’t Agree with the Original Study

MichaelResearch and Stats2 Comments

Replications in Research

What’s the connection between life on Mars and the need to properly replicate scientific studies? Well, replicating a study one time and not finding the results the original researchers find is NOT proof that the original study was a fraud. Let’s be clear about what replication really means. Here’s a bunch of examples. This topic ties into the so-called “woman … Read More

The History of Psychology in Glorious 3D!

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History of Psychology 3D Timeline

I choose some of what I consider the most well known studies in Psychology and used a very cool program called Timeline 3D to create this 3D timeline of key studies in Psychology. How many of them do you know? Test your psych knowledge. Instructors – feel free to show in class. Major events in Psychology – in Glorious 3D. … Read More