Ep 260: We’re All Addicted To Our Phones. How You Can Feel Better About It

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Emotion, Social Psychology0 Comments

Cell Phone Addiction in Teens

Cell phones: they’re here and they’re not going away. So now it’s time to “stop worrying and learn to love them”. If you’re upset about how addicted teens are to their phones I’ll give you a few ideas that, hopefully, will make you feel better. After all, cellphones aren’t going away. Quite the opposite. They’re only going to get more … Read More

Ep 251: How NOT to Get the Holiday Blues

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How to Beat the Holiday Blues

At the end of the year there are so many cues around us that tell us that we should be happy and that we should reflect on our lives. Humbug! Find out how not to fall prey to the holiday blues that are so common. A couple of key ideas from psychology will be applied here: Irrational Thinking and Social … Read More

Ep 237: What is Misophonia? More on La Cage, Empathy, and the Milgram Studies

MichaelDisorders, Emotion, Social Psychology4 Comments

Misophonia

Does the sound of other people’s mouth noises really drive you crazy? Honestly, it does to me. Things like lip smacking, swallowing, cracking and crunching really annoys me. If it annoys you too then you’re not alone. Learn about misophonia in this episode. Also, a little more about my experiences playing Albin/Zaza in the musical La Cage Aux Folles, more … Read More

Ep 229: What Makes a Song Popular? How We Detect Melody

MichaelBiopsychology, Cognition, Intelligence and Language, Emotion9 Comments

Why are some songs popular? Guess what – psychologists actually know a lot of the answers. In this episode we’ll listen to excerpts from Leonard Cohen’s song Hallelujah, as well as Noisestorm’s Ignite, Adele’s Someone Like You, the Enterprise Theme from Star Trek, and even two pieces of music from the motion picture Koyaanisqatsi. We’ll especially deconstruct Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” … Read More

Ep 227: I Remember How I Felt (Or Do You)?

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Disorders, Emotion, Research and Stats3 Comments

Do “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation” or are we actually pretty happy most of the time? As it turns out humans are far more resilient than you think. Ever heard of the term “affective forecasting“? It’s something we do every day and very often we make mistakes doing it. In this episode you’ll learn more about positive psychology … Read More

Ep 221: The Facebook Experiment: Reaction from Psychologists

MichaelEmotion, Ethics, Research and Stats, Social Psychology0 Comments

You may have heard that Facebook manipulated the content of user’s New Feeds during January of 2012 so that some users saw more positive posts than others, while other Facebook users saw more negative posts. They interpret this as an indication of Social Contagion on a massive scale (almost 700,000 Facebook users were part of the study). How did this … Read More

Ep 192: An Example of How Psychoanalysts Really Interpret Dreams

MichaelCritical Thinking, Emotion, Therapy7 Comments

What do psychologists really think about your dreams – do they have meaning? In this episode I talk about what psychologists think today about dreams. You probably know that Freud thought that dreams had a manifest content (the people and things that happened in the dream that you remember) and a latent content (the unconscious meaning of the dream). Do … Read More

Ep 189: The Psych Files Brief #6 – Facebook Untagging, Money and Happiness, and Memory and Aging

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Emotion, Social Psychology0 Comments

We have some great articles covered in this episode so I hope you find them thought-provoking and leave your comments below! We cover four topics, all of which can be relevant to your everyday life. ¬†Join me and my intern Madison for a fascinating discussion on some new research in psychology. First, a throwback to a previous episode on how … Read More