Ep 269: How To Get People To Be Creative

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The Psych Files' First Book: Psych Experiments

Do “Blue Sky” brainstorming sessions actually produce anything creative? If you’ve ever sat around with a group of people and tried to “just come up with something creative” you probably found that it’s pretty hard. We actually don’t think that creatively when we’re told to just “throw things out there” and “nothing will be judged”. It’s often more productive to … Read More

Ep 268: Applying an Established Memory Strategy to Improve Literacy (and click-through rates on your web articles…)

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The printed word has been around for a long time. Bet you thought there was nothing new in how we put words together in a book or website. Well, guess again. Researchers at Asymmetrica have drawn upon a tried and true memory strategy called “chunking” and applied it to – get this – the amount of white space between words. … Read More

Ep: 266: Why Do You REALLY Support That Candidate? The Psychology of Your Voting Behavior

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Psychology of Voting

Why do you vote the way you do? Have you read through all the various candidates position statements, or do you just kinda go with your “gut”? Jeremiah Sullins, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harding University has looked at this question in great depth and he’s found some really interesting answers to this question. I think you’ll really enjoy hearing … Read More

Ep 262: Demonic Possession or A Lack of Skeptical Thinking?

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demonical ghost girl

Is it possible that some people who we think are mentally ill are actually victims of demonic possession? One psychiatrist says yes. Another psychiatrist says no – believing this is true is a matter of not carefully thinking about what you see and hear from others. In this episode I break down the claims made by Richard Gallagher and a … Read More

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

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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: Kids Can’t Put Their Phones Down – How You Can Feel Better About It

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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 attracted 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

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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