Ep 261: Which of These Scientific Terms Are You Using Incorrectly?

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Critical Thinking, Research and Stats1 Comment

Using Psychological Terms Correctly

Do you think you’re using the words “control group” correctly? You’re probably not. In fact, you’re probably also getting these terms wrong as well: “truth serum”, “lie detector”, “bystander apathy”, “personality type”, Oxytocin, “closure” and even the “scientific method”! In this episode I review some of the points made by Scott Lilienfeld and his colleagues regarding scientific terms that you’re … Read More

Ep 260: We’re All Addicted To Our Phones. How You Can Feel Better About It

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Emotion, Social Psychology0 Comments

Cell Phone Addiction in Teens

Cell phones: they’re here and they’re not going away. So now it’s time to “stop worrying and learn to love them”. If you’re upset about how addicted teens are to their phones I’ll give you a few ideas that, hopefully, will make you feel better. After all, cellphones aren’t going away. Quite the opposite. They’re only going to get more … Read More

Ep 255: London Has a Problem and It’s a Job for a Psychologist

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Disorders, Social Psychology1 Comment

London Underground

London needs help and only a person trained in psychology can fix this. There are just too many Londoners using their subway (the “tube”) and instead of standing side by side as they go up the escalator, people are doing what they always do – they stand single file on the right of the escalator so that people in a … Read More

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 253: How to Prevent Violence in Your Neighborhood

MichaelSocial Psychology0 Comments

Designing Neighborhoods for Safety

Passengers on an airplane spring to action when a stewardess needs help – but a neighborhood in New York City does very little when a woman is attacked. What’s different ? How can we take what we learn from the airplane and apply it to the attack? Lecturing the neighborhood residents probably won’t help. Can we do anything to the … Read More

Ep 251: How NOT to Get the Holiday Blues

MichaelEmotion, Therapy0 Comments

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