Ep 316: Motivational Interviewing and the TV Show Columbo

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Psychology of TV Show Columbo

Hopefully you’ve watched the TV show Columbo. Curious about what this character has to do with psychology? You’d be surprised. In this episode I analyze Columbo in terms of the psychological technique called motivational interviewing. I also take a look at the criminal lineup scene in the Jennifer Garner movie, “Peppermint“. I also explain why you remember how to ride … Read More

Ep 307: Do Those i-Statements Actually Work and Did Koko the Gorilla Really Use Language as We Do?

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Do i-Statements Really Work?

Remember those “i-statements” you’re supposed to use when you get mad at someone? “I feel ____ when you ____ because ____“. Does that actually work? Does talking in this way resolve problems better and not get the other person defensive? We’re going to find out. Also, Koko the gorilla died recently. But did she really master sign language? Or is … Read More

Ep 303: Significance Quest Theory: How Do We De-Radicalize People?

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How does deradicalization work?

So now that we know a lot about why individuals join extermist groups, what can we do about it? How do we bring them back to society and help them have meaningful lives again? This is the second of 2 episodes on this topic and what we learn here also applies to school shooters. Here are some concrete suggestions, supported … Read More

Ep 302: Violent Extremism: What’s the Psychology Behind It?

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The Causes of Violent Extremism

What draws people toward violent extremist groups? Psychologists have conducted a lot of research to find this out and in this episode I summarize the findings of key researchers in this area. Researchers Arie Kruglanski, Katarzyna Jasko, David Webber, Marina Chernikova and Erica Molinario explain how their theory, called SQT or Significance Quest Theory explains what leads young people to … Read More

Ep 301: The Role of CTE in the Life of Aaron Hernandez

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Aaron Hernandez Uncovered CTE

You have probably heard a lot about football and CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), the brain degeneration that results from repeated head impacts. One of the worst cases so far of CTE was found in the brain of football player Aaron Hernandez. The Oxygen network produced a fascinating account of Hernandez’s life entitled Aaron Hernandez Uncovered and I was asked to … Read More

Ep 286: What to do About Fake News? Apply a Little Psychology

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Fake News

We’re all aware of the problem of fake news, but why do we fall for it? When we read a post on Facebook that sounds a little questionable, why don’t we check into it further? You better believe there’s some psychology going on here. In this episode I interview Dr. Gleb Tsipursky of Ohio State university. He’s been studying this … Read More

Ep 285: Ketamine and Depression, Raven Intelligence, and Those Darn Fidget Spinners

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Ravens - Intelligent?

What are psychologists talking about this week? Well, we’re fighting back against the unbelievable claims made by the marketers of fidget spinners (does the toy really help people with ADHD, PTSD and anxiety?), we’re astounded by the results of research on the intelligence of ravens (apparently the birds get resentful if you don’t treat them fairly), the latest news on … Read More

Ep 279: The United Airlines “Involuntary Deboarding” Incident: from Shock Value to Productive Discussion

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Productive Discussion About United Airlines De-Boarding

The involuntary removal of a passenger on a United Airlines flight has justifiably garnered a lot of attention. And as teachers we certainly want to capture students’ attention. But how do we create a discussion among students that goes beyond the simple shock value of showing the video? In this episode I talk both about the connections to psychology and … Read More

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