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 … 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 Reason 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. Resource on Attitudes and Gay Marriage Pavlov: classical conditioning: two … Read More

EP 148 What Can We Do To End Gay Bullying in Schools?

MichaelGender/Sexuality, Uncategorized4 Comments

What can we do to end bullying against gays? There is a shocking increase in the number of young homosexuals who are commit suicide. Many anti-bullying programs don’t work and in this episode I talk to Dr. Elizabeth J. Meyer of Concordia University about what can be done. No one should be bullied and we all need to care about those who are bullied to the point of considering suicide. Find out more in this episode.

On Yawning, Swearing, Credit Cards and Sex: Psych Files Brief #1

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Gender/Sexuality, Uncategorized10 Comments

In this first “Psych Files Brief” episode, we look at whether swearing actually reduces your sensation of pain (ever stub your toe?), whether or not vertical stripes actually do make you look thinner (no surprise – the answer is no), whether you’re more likely to run up that credit card when you’re feeling low, and why is it (and when is it) that yawns become contagious?

Episode 112: Evolutionary Psychology – David Buss Responds to Critics – Part 2

MichaelGender/Sexuality8 Comments

In part 2 of my interview with David Buss, he responds to more criticisms of evolutionary psychology. Here’s what we cover: a) does evolutionary psychology just give criminals another reason not to take responsibility for themselves?, b) is all the research in evolutionary psychology done on American college students?, c) are evolutionary psychology theories falsifiable?

Episode 111: Evolutionary Psychology – David Buss Responds to Critics

MichaelGender/Sexuality, Research and Stats8 Comments

There has been a lot of criticism of evolutionary psychology lately. How do researchers respond? One of the leading researchers in this field – Dr. David Buss of the University of Texas responds to these critics in part 1 of this 2 part episode. Find out how he responds to these questions: a) is evolutionary psychology sexist?, b) doesn’t evolutionary psychology just give people the ammunition they need to not take responsibility for themselves? c) theories from evolutionary psychology are not falsifiable, this it’s not scientific and d) human society is always changing – it hasn’t been stable enough long enough for any human behavior to have evolved.

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