Ep 219: Mental Health Professionals: Why So Liberal?

MichaelCritical Thinking, Social Psychology, Therapy4 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

Ep 184: Critical Thinking (Part 2) – Important? Yes. But Can We Teach It? Well….

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Critical Thinking, Research and Stats, Teaching Tools1 Comment

In episode 183 I talked about what critical thinking is and why it’s important. Now we talk about why it’s so darn hard to teach and to use critical thinking in our everyday lives. In this episode I’ll discuss Dr. Daniel Willingham‘s advice to teachers on what they can do to effectively teach critical thinking – something that couldn’t be … Read More

Ep 183: Critical Thinking – Important? Yes. But Can We Teach It? Well….

MichaelCritical Thinking, Research and Stats21 Comments

Why does it concern psychologists that the Texas GOP platform recently opposed the teaching of critical thinking? Most of us have been told since we were very young that critical thinking is very important. Psychologists certainly agree and a lot of time spent in most psychology classes is spent learning how to think critically. Why is it such a central … Read More

EP 176: Why You Hate Psychology – Self Esteem Movement and Positive Thinking

MichaelCritical Thinking, Therapy9 Comments

Why do so many people have strongly negative feelings about the field of psychology? I think there are a handful of reasons and in this episode I talk about two of them: the so-called “self-esteem movement” and the “positive thinking” movement. Are psychologists responsible for why “kids today” appear to be so self-centered? Do psychologists think that changing yourself is … Read More

Ep 174: The First Replication of Daryl Bem’s Research on Psychic Phenomenon

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Critical Thinking, Uncategorized14 Comments

Have psychologists recently found evidence for the existence of psychic ability? Last year, well-known psychologist Daryl Bem published an article called Feeling the Future in which he describes a number of studies, all of which provided support for a kind of phi phenomenon he calls “retroactive influence”. The research appeared in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The article … Read More