Dementia: When “Living in the Moment” is Not A Good Thing

Enjoying A Fleeting Birthday Moment

Tomorrow my mother turns 94 and her physical health is amazing. I have spoken about my mother and her husband Roy (who turns 99 next Spring) on this podcast several times including this episode where I interview him since he is in the final stage of Erikson's Eight Stages of PsychoSocial Development. Like many people her age my mother suffers from dementia which means that while her long term memory is good, her short term memory is not good at all. When she meets a new person you have to tell her that person's name many, many times. Eventually she will get it, but she does not remember … [Read more...]

220: PsycExplorer Roundup: More Evidence That Animals Think and Feel

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In episode 217 I asked you to be frank with yourself: Does your animal really think? It's easy to believe they do, but if you're going to study this issue scientifically you have to eliminate our human tendency to anthropomorphize - to want to believe that animal actions are motivated by internal states. Here's a roundup of a few articles I found in my PsycExplorer app (PsycExplorerHD for iPad) which show exactly what psychologists are doing to find out what exactly is going on (if anything...) in the minds of dogs, cats, rats, chickens and yes fruit flies. Are they really thinking in … [Read more...]

Ep 214: Your Adolescence is Giving Me A Mid-Life Crisis!

We all know that adolescence is a time of change and often a tough time for the teen. But what about the parent? Today's parents are often older than years ago, and today's parents are sometimes going through their own self-examination, their own doubts, their own exploration. What happens when you bring those two together? Sometimes a lot of yelling frankly. In this episode I talk about the changes going on in the adolescent and in the older parent and how parents can avoid the yelling and the accusations that only undermine what the teen is going through and how parents can step back … [Read more...]

Ep 211: Is a Little Deception Okay? Paid Crowds and Native Advertising

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We face more moral "dilemmas" in everyday life than maybe we don't realize. How do we resolve them? In this episode I discuss two interesting moral dilemmas: a) should you employ for-hire crowds of actors to attend your event in order to make it look like you're more popular than you really are? and b) should you place your advertisements on web and print pages in such a way that they don't really look like ads at all? I discuss the moral questions involved in "native advertising". You'll find some unique examples of Kohlberg's stages of moral development. … [Read more...]

Ep 210: How to Memorize Kolhberg’s Stages of Moral Development

A fish wearing shoes ("2 is a shoe" ). Kohlberg's second stage: selfish interest

Need to memorize Lawrence Kohlberg's stages of moral development really quickly? This is what you're looking for - a brief audio podcast in which I give you some crazy images that will stick in your mind for a really long time. You'll be surprised at how quickly you'll have the six stages memorized. Some of my listeners have said that the mnemonics they've learned here have stuck in the stuck in their head for years! Whether you are studying for a psychology test or a nursing exam, you will find this a fun and effective way to learn. I challenge you to listen to this episode and then quiz … [Read more...]

Ep 206: What It’s Like to Have Autism – Interview with Alex Lowrey

Alex Lowrey

Its time to hear from someone who has been diagnosed with autism what life is like. Alex Lowery joins us to talk about growing up with autism - about the heightened sensations, the frustrations of not being understood and what has helped him get to where he is today. At 20, Alex gives talks about his life. This is a great place to increase your understanding of autism. … [Read more...]

Ep 205: Secondhand Autism: What is it Like to Grow Up with an Autistic Sibling?

A unique look at autism and the family.

In this interview with Paul Brodie, author of Secondhand Autism, we discover how an autistic brother gave the gift of resilience and strength to his family. There are of course challenges, but ultimately there are lessons to be learned about life. Listen to what Paul has to say about growing up with his autistic brother Scott, what it was like for his siblings and his parents - what they sacrificed and how they grew from it. Thank you to Tayshia who emailed me this link to an infographic on the history of autism … [Read more...]

Ep 202: How To Memorize Freud’s Stages of Psychosexual Development

Need to memorize Freud's stages of psychosexual development for a test? Here's a mnemonic that should do the trick. In this brief video, the founder of psychoanalysis gives you a mnemonic and explains the 5 stages for you. What do orangutans and ogres have to do with Freud's stages? They'll help you remember them, that's what. Find out how in this episode and make sure to check out these other Psych Files episodes for psychology mnemonics: How to Memorize the Parts of the Brain, How to Memorize Erikson's Eight Stages, and How to Memorize Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development. I love … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Ep 195: How To Memorize Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive Development

Memorize Piaget's Stages

Do you need to memorize Piaget's stages for a test? You've found what you're looking for. I'll use some familiar mnemonics ("1 is a bun", etc.) and some wacky images to get those stages - and what happens during them - into your mind. You'll be able to remember when object permanence occurs, when children are capable of assimilation and accommodation, abstract and logical thinking, conservation of energy - it's all here. Take the time to watch this video, learn about mnemonics and memorize Piaget's stages of cognitive development once and for all! … [Read more...]