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 239: Racial Divide: Why Does It Happen? How We Can Fix It

MichaelSocial Psychology1 Comment

Why does conflict emerge as it did in Baltimore last week among the police and the African-American community? Is it caused by poor parenting? Poverty? Joblessness? I provide a psychological perspective on the situation. I look at how stereotypes develop and conflict among groups develops. The solution is complex but the theories on these two issues give us some insight … 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 237: What is Misophonia? More on La Cage, Empathy, and the Milgram Studies

MichaelDisorders, Emotion, Social Psychology4 Comments

Does the sound of other people’s mouth noises really drive you crazy? Honestly, it does to me. Things like lip smacking, swallowing, cracking and crunching really annoys me. If it annoys you too then you’re not alone. Learn about misophonia in this episode. Also, a little more about my experiences playing Albin/Zaza in the musical La Cage Aux Folles, more … Read More

Ep 233: White Policemen and Young Black Men – What’s Really Going on?

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Social PsychologyLeave a Comment

In the US, we’ve experienced a number of recent incidences of white policemen shooting black men. What’s going on? Are these more examples of prejudice and discrimination or unprovoked attacks on police? How do we know what really happened? In this episode of The Psych Files we look at how key social psychological theories are on display in these incidences: … 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 219: Mental Health Professionals: Why So Liberal?

MichaelCritical Thinking, Social Psychology, Therapy4 Comments

Surveys find that psychologists tend to align themselves with a liberal political orientation. Why is that? Are liberal-minded people drawn to human service professions or is there something about working in human services that causes people to become more liberal in their political views? In this episode I propose a few ideas that I think explains why mental health professionals … Read More