Ep 335: Conspiracy Theories – Why So Easy To Believe?

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Why Do We Believe In Conspiracy Theories?

Why do some conspiracy theories seem to have so much evidence to support them? Well, that’s because if you look hard enough at any event, and you don’t have any particular theory before you start looking, you’re eventually going to find something. And you’ll probably think that thing is AMAZING. This is what careful thinkers and researchers have to learn: if … Read More

Ep 333: Bible Codes, Anti-Vaccination Beliefs and the Look Elsewhere Effect

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Bible Code and the Look Elsewhere Effect

In this episode I talk about whether there really is a bible code, anti-vaccination beliefs and whether jellybeans cause acne. It’s all part of how we humans love to find patterns in the world and the amount of wiggle room we’re willing to give ourselves to find them. Too often we make the Look Elsewhere error. And not just of … Read More

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 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 262: Demonic Possession or A Lack of Skeptical Thinking?

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Critical Thinking, Disorders, Therapy3 Comments

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 248: Guest Host Bo Bennett on Dysrationalia

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Bo Bennett

What is Dysrationalia? You’ve probably heard of a lot of intelligences – Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, Sternberg’s Triarchic theory of intelligence and Daniel Goldman’s Emotional Intelligence. In this episode, my first guest host Bo Bennett steps in to tell us about the work of psychologist Keith Stanovich’s work on “dysratinalia”. Do you know someone who seems quite intelligent but they … Read More

Ep 219: Mental Health Professionals: Why So Liberal?

MichaelCritical Thinking, Social Psychology, Therapy8 Comments

Surveys find that psychologists tend to align themselves with a liberal political orientation. Why is that? Are liberal-minded people drawn to human service professions or is there something about working in human services that causes people to become more liberal in their political views? In this episode I propose a few ideas that I think explains why mental health professionals … Read More

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