Ep 230: Questionable Research – With A Famous Psychologist Involved

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Ethics, Research and StatsLeave a Comment

Might you be able to rid yourself of an illness by “turning back the clock”? That is, by immersing yourself in a time in your life when you were not ill? We know that thinking about things in a positive way – which we sometimes call “reframing” can make us feel and act differently, and we know that the “placebo … 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 Experiment: Reaction from Psychologists

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, which 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 216 (video): YouTube Power Search Tips

MichaelResearch and StatsLeave a Comment

How can you find the best videos on YouTube? In this video episode of The Psych Files you are going to learn some crazy power tips that will alert you whenever whenever a video from a credible source gets added to a YouTube playlist. You will be the first to know. And you can find out not only by receiving … 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 184: Critical Thinking (Part 2) – Important? Yes. But Can We Teach It? Well….

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Critical Thinking, Research and Stats, Teaching Tools1 Comment

In episode 183 I talked about what critical thinking is and why it’s important. Now we talk about why it’s so darn hard to teach and to use critical thinking in our everyday lives. In this episode I’ll discuss Dr. Daniel Willingham‘s advice to teachers on what they can do to effectively teach critical thinking – something that couldn’t be … Read More

Ep 183: Critical Thinking – Important? Yes. But Can We Teach It? Well….

MichaelCritical Thinking, Research and Stats21 Comments

Why does it concern psychologists that the Texas GOP platform recently opposed the teaching of critical thinking? Most of us have been told since we were very young that critical thinking is very important. Psychologists certainly agree and a lot of time spent in most psychology classes is spent learning how to think critically. Why is it such a central … Read More

Ep: 169 – Validity – How Can You Tell a Good Test from a Bad One?

MichaelPersonality, Research and Stats, Testing2 Comments

In episode 168 I discussed reliability but the real test of a test’s “mettle” – or how confident you can be in the results – comes when you subject it to lots of validity tests. You’ll learn a lot about validity if you take a psychology class. High validity is what separates the many fun-to-take but essentially meaningless tests you’ll … Read More