Ep 204: The Psychology of Fundraising

MichaelMotivation, Social Psychology1 Comment

How do you use psychology persuasion techniques to get people to contribute to your cause? That’s what I discuss in this episode of The Psych Files – the psychology of fundraising. I’m trying to help my friend raise money and in doing so I employed a number of persuasion strategies to get people to help him out and I’m sure … Read More

Ep 188: Psychologists Are Keeping You From Getting the Flu

MichaelI/O Psychology, Motivation, Research and Stats, Social Psychology2 Comments

Didn’t get the flu this past winter? Thank a psychologist. What? Well, it could be that a psychologist was involved in helping health care professionals to do what they know they need to do (but sometimes don’t): wash their hands. The issue here is persuasion and motivation: how to we get people to do something – and keep doing it? … Read More

Ep: 167: The Fat Trap – How Not to Get Discouraged About Difficulty Losing Weight

MichaelMotivation7 Comments

Guess What? Bad news: if you’ve ever been overweight and you’re trying to lose weight it’s even harder than you think. Yikes. Pretty de-motivating. As psychologist Matthew Edlund wrote recently, Weight: Why Simple Answers Won’t (Can’t) Work. However, let’s see what motivational psychologists would have to say about this. How to keep from getting too discouraged. Obesity is difficult to … Read More

Episode 142: How To Make Jobs More Satisfying and Motivating

MichaelI/O Psychology, Motivation3 Comments

Do you have a dull job? Wonder how it can be made more motivating? That’s the challenge – how can we make jobs that are typically not much fun (like an assembly line job) more interesting to do? This is one of the challenges facing I/O psychologists and in this episode I discuss the Job Characteristics theory by Hackman and Oldham and apply it to assembly line jobs in China where your iPhone is made and where a record number of suicides have occurred over the past few years. Can we use job redesign to make such jobs more tolerable?

Episode 140: Psychoanalyzing Jack Lalanne

MichaelMotivation, Personality, Therapy6 Comments

In this episode I put Jack Lalanne “on the couch”. I take selections from several of his vidoes and see what they reveal about his personality. He was clearly passionate about exercise, but what drove this passion? What was his underlying motivation? I suggest that his relationship with his father was crucial to his passion for exercise and fitness. Join me as I do a little armchair psychoanalysis of Jack Lalanne.

Episode 129 (video): Science Shows Superstitions Actually Work! Sort of…

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Critical Thinking, Motivation11 Comments

Okay, admit it – you have some kind of lucky charm on you, in your car or in your house. And if you participate in any sport or performance activity you have some sort of ritual that you believe will help make you more successful. Well guess what – there is research to show that such charms and rituals really do help you perform better.

Episode 121: Top 10 Psychology Apps for the iPad, iPhone, & iPod

MichaelBiopsychology, Cognition, Intelligence and Language, Disorders, Learning/Memory, Motivation, Perception, Social Psychology, Teaching Tools, Therapy27 Comments

In this video episode I show you 10 of what I consider to be the best psychology apps in the app store. There are a lot of apps out there and many are not so good, but in this episode I pick out what I consider to be credible therapy apps, excellent mobile mind mapping tools, relaxation apps, games based on Gestalt principles of psychology, and some of the best 3 dimensional ways to look at the brain.