Ep 201: Mother Nature and Blaming the Victim

MichaelDevelopment, Social Psychology2 Comments

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

Ep 197: Using the Word Guys for Women, Robots Helping the Elderly and Supernormal Foods

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Development, Gender/Sexuality1 Comment

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 … Read More

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

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Development14 Comments

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 … Read More

Ep 191: What Was B. F. Skinner Really Like?

MichaelDevelopment, History of Psychology, Learning/Memory, Teaching Tools8 Comments

Would you be surprised to learn that B.F. Skinner was a very likable guy and that you may actually be very much in agreement with his ideas? Many people who study psychology have a negative impression of Skinner. Well, I’m about to challenge those impressions by presenting a side of Skinner you probably haven’t been exposed to. In these sound … Read More

Adele Faber on Parenting

MichaelDevelopment13 Comments

I took some of my favorite quotes from my interview with Adele Faber and put them on SoundCloud. She’s really amazing. Such great advice. A neighbor recently asked me for a recommendation on a parenting book and I had to say to her, “If you only read one book on parenting…” it really does have to be How to Talk … Read More

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