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 … Read More

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

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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 … Read More

Ep 201: Mother Nature and Blaming the Victim

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We know that many people have a tendency to blame victims even when something tragic and unexplainable happens to them. But did you know how easily this blaming can be triggered? If I were to describe a natural disaster and tell you about “mother nature’s wrath” would you be more or less willing to help the victims? I’ll also talk … Read More