Ep 307: Do Those i-Statements Actually Work and Did Koko the Gorilla Really Use Language as We Do?

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Do i-Statements Really Work?

Remember those “i-statements” you’re supposed to use when you get mad at someone? “I feel ____ when you ____ because ____“. Does that actually work? Does talking in this way resolve problems better and not get the other person defensive? We’re going to find out. Also, Koko the gorilla died recently. But did she really master sign language? Or is … Read More

Ep 286: What to do About Fake News? Apply a Little Psychology

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Fake News

We’re all aware of the problem of fake news, but why do we fall for it? When we read a post on Facebook that sounds a little questionable, why don’t we check into it further? You better believe there’s some psychology going on here. In this episode I interview Dr. Gleb Tsipursky of Ohio State university. He’s been studying this … Read More

Ep 285: Ketamine and Depression, Raven Intelligence, and Those Darn Fidget Spinners

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Ravens - Intelligent?

What are psychologists talking about this week? Well, we’re fighting back against the unbelievable claims made by the marketers of fidget spinners (does the toy really help people with ADHD, PTSD and anxiety?), we’re astounded by the results of research on the intelligence of ravens (apparently the birds get resentful if you don’t treat them fairly), the latest news on … Read More

Ep 283: How To Practice Correctly and is Facebook Rotting Your Brain?

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How To Practice Correctly

Guess what? Practice definitely does NOT always lead to perfection. When you practice an instrument are you doing it right? In this episode I explore the “10,000 hour” myth and how you can practice something – like an instrument or a language – in a way that is going to result in much faster learning. We’ll see that the idea … Read More

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

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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 275: What Makes Some People Funny?

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You probably know someone who is just plain…well, funny. They may not necessarily even tell that many jokes, but they know how to come up with funny interpretations for what’s going on around you (“That guy looks like….”). They just know how to make you laugh. Researchers have studied this in great depth to find out What kind of personality … Read More

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