Ep 213: Leveraging Our Natural Curiosity for Learning (and for Blog and Video Clicks)

The Motivation to LearnWe don’t have to pay you to get you to do things (extrinsic motivation) – you’re already a curious person. We also don’t necessarily have to find things you’re already interested in (intrinsic motivation) we just have to find things are naturally interesting to all of us in order to get you excited about learning or interested in clicking on a link. How does our attraction to puzzles, questions, and unsolved mysteries get used to get us to click on videos or blog posts? And how can it be used to get students to want to learn (motivation to learn)? You’ll find out that there are ways to get students excited about learning without having to pay them and there are ways to attract people to your content by tapping into their natural curiosity. Just don’t overuse it (watch out UpWorthy) and don’t fail to deliver! Hopefully this episode will deliver on introducing you to some new ideas to help you motivate others.
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Ep 212: The Psychology of The Matrix Movie

MatrixWhat are the psychological themes in the movie The Matrix? In this episode I talk about connections between The Matrix and Jung‘s idea of the Collective Unconscious, Joseph Campbell‘s notion of the Hero’s Journey and some recent research that explains why you experience Déjà vu. Also, can you change your whole world by thinking differently about it? Let’s find out what psychologists (well at least me) think about this fascinating movie.

A wonderful company called Rev transcribed this episode for me. They did a great job and I highly recommend them. You can view or download the transcription of this episode here.
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Ep 203: Psychology of Dance & the Growth Mindset

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What are psychologists doing watching dancers? They’re trying to get a better understanding of how a dancer’s emotions affect the way they move. These researchers used some sophisticated equipment – including a motion capture apparatus – to analyze exactly how people moved while they were experiencing different emotional states. I think you’ll find what they did and what they found to be quite interesting. If you’re interested in dance and psychology you’ll get a glimpse of how these two fields can be combined. That’s one of the things about psychology: you can apply it to so many areas of life, including dance. [Read more...]

Ep 199: Depth Perception – How Your Brain Sees What’s Not There

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How do you create a sense of depth in a flat image? In this video I’ll show you how to use 5 cues of depth perception to turn a flat image into one that looks like it has depth. I’ll be drawing from terms you would learn about in a chapter from a psychology text on Sensation and Perception. We’ll have a little fun exploring how we can use what your brain expects to see to trick it into seeing what we want it to see.
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Ep 197: Using the Word Guys for Women, Robots Helping the Elderly and Supernormal Foods

Should we stop using “Guys” to refer to groups of women and mixed sex groups? Why do we (particularly men) refer to many objects – like cars and boats – as “she”? Are everyday foods actually “SuperNormal” foods – created to be absolutely irresistible and therefore causing us to be overweight? Is it okay to employ robots to care for our elderly? And finally, how come the ending of a movie can “ruin the whole thing” if it’s not a good ending? After all, you enjoyed most of the movie. In this episode I try to address these questions. We’ll talk about all these things in this episode of The Psych Files.
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