Ep 242: The Psychology of Attractiveness: An Interview with Rob Burriss

MichaelGender/Sexuality, Social PsychologyLeave a Comment

One of the most popular topics in Psychology is attraction: why are we romantically attracted (or not) to each other? Whenever anyone asks me about this topic, or they ask me for other psychology podcasts in addition to The Psych Files. I send them over to the Psychology of Attractiveness podcast, hosted by Rob Burriss. Rob has been hosting this … Read More

Ep: 238: A Robot’s Gender, Act Like A Girl and Be A Man

MichaelDisorders, Gender/Sexuality, Social Psychology2 Comments

Does it matter if a robot looks male or female? You might not think so, but are we perpetuating stereotypes if if we create a robot that looks “feminine” to help the elderly aren’t we continuing the stereotype that these types of jobs are “women’s” jobs? If we create “masculine” looking robots to work outside and do adventurous, heavy lifting … 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 179: Lipstick Effect, Stereotype Threat and other Gender Matters

MichaelGender/Sexuality, Social Psychology3 Comments

photo credit: beast love via photo pin cc Do women who work in typically male dominated jobs “play down” their femininity in order to be gain more respect from their male co-workers? In this episode we’ll explore stereotype threat (also known as stereotype vulnerability) as well as something you may not have heard of: the lipstick effect. How do men … 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 we’re … Read More

Ep 155: On Cuddling, Baths, Google, Body Language and Phantom Cell Phone Vibration – Psych Files Brief #2

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Gender/Sexuality2 Comments

Is cuddling good – especially for men – in marriage? Do baths make you feel less lonely, is Google really making you stupid, how does your body language affect your feelings, and….is that your cell phone vibrating? In this 2nd Psych Files brief I take a look at some of the more interesting psychological research circling around the web this … Read More

Ep 153: The REAL Truth About Why You Support (or Oppose) Gay Marriage

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Gender/Sexuality, Social PsychologyLeave a Comment

What is the REAL reason why you either support or oppose gay marriage? We may give logical reasons for our opinions, but the roots behind your opinion lies – where else? – in your past. So let’s dive into your mind as we always do here in the Psych Files and learn how our Resource on Attitudes and Gay Marriage … Read More