Ep 225: What’s Best for Memory – Coffee or a Nap – or Both?

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You may have been heard that taking a nap or going to sleep after you learn something helps you to retain it (which is true), but you may also have heard that drinking coffee helps your memory. So which is it? How can you drink coffee AND take a nap? Well, apparently you can get the benefit of both - if you do it right. In this episode we not only learn about the so-called "students' coffee" but we learn about the "coffee nap". If you do it just right you can get some great memory boosts. The Psychology Test Prep App Bundle is Here! Everything you need to prepare for your psych … [Read more...]

Dementia: When “Living in the Moment” is Not A Good Thing

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Tomorrow my mother turns 94 and her physical health is amazing. I have spoken about my mother and her husband Roy (who turns 99 next Spring) on this podcast several times including this episode where I interview him since he is in the final stage of Erikson's Eight Stages of PsychoSocial Development. Like many people her age my mother suffers from dementia which means that while her long term memory is good, her short term memory is not good at all. When she meets a new person you have to tell her that person's name many, many times. Eventually she will get it, but she does not remember … [Read more...]

Ep 222: How To Remember Jokes

How to Remember Jokes

How many times have you wanted to remember a joke at a party but you just can't? Well, there IS a way to remember jokes and I have got 4 jokes for you along with a mnemonic to help you remember all 4 of them. I challenge you to listen to these 4 jokes, then listen to and picture my mnemonic images. Then wait a little while and go through the mnemonic image and I guarantee you'll remember all 4 jokes. Remembering anything for more than a few minutes requires not only repetition, but also something else that will make the to-be-remembered thing stick in your head. That thing can be a … [Read more...]

Ep 213: Leveraging Our Natural Curiosity for Learning (and for Blog and Video Clicks)

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We don't have to pay you to get you to do things (extrinsic motivation) - you're already a curious person. We also don't necessarily have to find things you're already interested in (intrinsic motivation) we just have to find things are naturally interesting to all of us in order to get you excited about learning or interested in clicking on a link. How does our attraction to puzzles, questions, and unsolved mysteries get used to get us to click on videos or blog posts? And how can it be used to get students to want to learn (motivation to learn)? You'll find out that there are ways to get … [Read more...]

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

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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 bytes you'll hear his ideas about learning to play music, about discovery, having fun and becoming the most that you can be. … [Read more...]

Ep 182: Gamification – An Example of How To Do It

Maybe you've heard of gamification, but how do you do it exactly? How do you use game principles to increase people's motivation when they are doing everyday ordinary activities? Find out in this episode of The Psych Files when I show you how I would gamify an ordinary uHaul drive. Listen as I describe "uWin!". I'll first describe some gamification ideas and then show you how I'd put them to work in this rather ordinary truck driving situation. I'll think you'll have fun. … [Read more...]

Ep 158: Tired of Low Grades? 5 Ways to Raise Your Test Scores

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Don't be frustrated with low grades. If you want to know how to study for exams and get good grades then this is the episode for you. I've got 5 techniques that will help you get better grades, develop effective study skills, and I'll give you one very important warning about something you may be doing that you have to stop! Find out how to improve your college study skills. … [Read more...]

Ep 152: How Do You Change Your Behavior? Interview with Scott Milford

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How does Behavior Modification work? Find out in this episode as I interview Scott Milford, author of the Behavior and Motivation website. If you're about how to apply Psychology to everyday life then this is the guy to show you how he does it. In this episode we talk about how to get kids to practice the piano, but you'll quickly see how this approach could be applied to all kinds of other life challenges. Scott developed his approach over many years of working with young people both at the piano and with at-risk adolescents in school. See how Psychology can be put to work! … [Read more...]

Episode 128: Do Brain Training Games Work?

You've probably heard about these Brain Training games. While there is some evidence that such games can have positive effects (Brain training for babies actually works (short term, at least), do they really help you to keep your mind sharp? Will they prevent cognitive decline as you get older or will they slow the effects of alzheimer's disease? In this episode I review some recent studies on the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of these popular games. [adsenseyu2] Brain Games Research Training your brain with games: The “Brain Science” (BS) of Neuro-marketing. A nice review of the … [Read more...]

Episode 124: Flashbulb Memories – Are They As Accurate As We Think?

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Would you be surprised if I told you that your memories of the attacks on September 11, 2001 are inaccurate? How much of what you remember of that day or of other Flashbulb Memories actually happened? Where were you, for example, when the Challenger disaster occurred? Or when Princess Diana died? Join me as I explore the research that reveals how inaccurate our memories are (no matter how confident we feel). And by the way, was President Bush involved in a conspiracy over the events of September 11? Let's find out. [easyazon-block asin="0618219196" align="center"] [easyazon-block … [Read more...]