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 Study on Your Emotions: Ethical or Not?

MichaelEmotion, Ethics, Research and Stats, Social PsychologyLeave a Comment

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 Psychology1 Comment

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

Ep: 166: The Secret Life of Pronouns – an Interview with James Pennebaker

MichaelEmotion, Gender/Sexuality, Personality3 Comments

What do you reveal about yourself in the way you use the smallest and seemingly most insignificant words you use every minute? That’s the focus of Dr. James Pennebaker‘s fascinating book and one of the most interesting psychology books of 2011: The Secret Life of Pronouns. If you’re fascinated by language then you’ll find this episode especially interesting.   When … Read More

Ep 160: How to Spend Your Money and Truly Make Yourself Happy

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Emotion2 Comments

Why aren’t rich people happier than those with less money? We think money will bring happiness, but research in the area of positive psychology has consistently found that having more money does NOT make us happier. Find out how to spend your money the right way so that it really can bring happiness into your life. How Money Can Bring … Read More

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