Ep 173: An Interactive Neuron and Map Using ThingLink

Every once in a while a really cool tool comes along and I like to show everyone the fun I had with it. In this video episode I show how I easily made an interactive image of a neuron and an interactive map containing videos and locations for some of the major studies in psychology. Do you know where, for example, "Bobo doll" study was done? How about the spot where "Marion Keech" received her message from the alien race called the "Clarion" which revealed the inner workings of cognitive dissonance? Find out how to make your own fun and easy interactive image in this episode of The Psych … [Read more...]

Ep 171 Psych Files Brief #5: The Allure of Red Dresses, Telling Jokes to Babies, and What a President Looks Like

A whole bunch of fascinating studies in this episode of The Psych Files! I cover the "Red Dress Effect", what exactly we're looking for in the facial characteristics of our leaders, how dark rooms might make you more likely to cheat, and how "contagious yawning" really works. Join me on this jaunt down some of the recent and fun research coming out of the fascinating field of psychology. … [Read more...]

Ep 163: Psych Files Brief #4: Animals Smiling, Yogurt De-Stressing, and the Psychology of Success

Do animals smile? Do they feel emotions and if so how many kinds of feelings do they share with us? In this episode we also take a look at the probiotics in yogurt - how do they affect your thinking and do they might help protect you from stress. It turns out that these probiotics increase the production of the neurotransmitter GABA which helps quiet down your neurons. I also talk about the work of female psychologists: Carol Dweck on the psychology of success, and and a tribute to Evelyn Hooker whose research helped in removing homosexuality from the DSM in 1973. … [Read more...]

Episode 138: Zombies – 6 Reasons Why We Are So Fascinated By Them

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Afraid of zombies? Heard about the coming zombie apocalypse? Have you watched the TV show [easyazon-link asin="B0049P1VHS"]The Walking Dead[/easyazon-link] or ever seen a movie about Zombies (perhaps [easyazon-link asin="B002WY65VU"]Zombieland[/easyazon-link] or [easyazon-link asin="B0002ABURA"]Dawn of the Dead[/easyazon-link])? Zombie Fascination What is so fascinating about the undead? Why do many of us get a strange pleasure out of seeing a zombie get killed? In this episode I explore that strange part of ourselves which seems to enjoy watching the undead get really dead. The … [Read more...]

Episode 132: Opera on the Brain

What part of your brain is lighting up when you're singing? In this episode I take a look at a neat new study that involved having singers lie down in an MRI while their brains were scanned. Take a look at how your cerebellum, your parietal lobe, your somatosentory cortex and your amygdala are all involved in your ability to sing. I'll also look at how mental rehearsal can positively affect how well you perform a task. … [Read more...]

Episode 128: Do Brain Training Games Work?

You've probably heard about these Brain Training games. While there is some evidence that such games can have positive effects (Brain training for babies actually works (short term, at least), do they really help you to keep your mind sharp? Will they prevent cognitive decline as you get older or will they slow the effects of alzheimer's disease? In this episode I review some recent studies on the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of these popular games. [adsenseyu2] Brain Games Research Training your brain with games: The “Brain Science” (BS) of Neuro-marketing. A nice review of the … [Read more...]

Episode 127 (video): Phrenology: Maybe They Were On To Something

Everyone can picture one of those phrenology heads with personality traits drawn into different sections of the cranium (you'll find a bunch of them on this phrenology site). Was there anything to that? Well, not exactly. However, with the use of MRI scans researchers today may have located about where certain personality traits lie in your brain. Travel with me into a 3D brain and let's find out where your personality may lie. The Big Five Personality Traits One of the most popular theories of personality is the so-called Big Five personality traits. Here is a list of those traits … [Read more...]

Episode 126 (video): SuperNormal Stimuli: Is This Why We’re Overweight?

There are many reasons why it is difficult to lose weight, but have you considered how supernormal stimuli might be one of them?  In this episode I discuss some of the ideas in the books Waistland and Supernormal Stimuli by Dierdre Barrett.  Is it possible that the old saying Everything in Moderation might just be wrong?  And will Small Changes really help you to get in shape or are radical changes really the way to go? … [Read more...]

Episode 121: Top 10 Psychology Apps for the iPad, iPhone, & iPod

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I show you 10 of what I consider to be the best psychology apps in the app store. There are a lot of psychology apps and many are not so good, but in this episode I pick out what I consider to be credible therapy apps, excellent mind mapping tools, relaxation apps, and some of the best 3 dimensional ways to look at the brain. Here are three apps created, maintained and constantly updated by me - Michael A. Britt, Ph.D.: PsycExplorer - the psychology news app which contains all the latest news, audio and video from experts in the field. PsycExplorer for iPhone/iPod and PsycExplorerHD … [Read more...]

Episode 106: Your Sexual Orientation – How Did It Develop?

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How did you get to be heterosexual? Homosexual? Bisexual? Was it nature or nurture (or both?). Pink v Blue is always a popular topic. In this episode I present the most recent scientific research on the topic of how we develop our sexual preference. You'll find out whether heterosexual men have more testosterone than homosexual men, how most people know their sexual orientation when they are as young as 10 years old (blame your adrenal gland), how your third interstitial nucleus might be playing a role and finally, could it have something to do with the length of your fingers? Find out … [Read more...]