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

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Disorders, Research and Stats, Social Psychology, TherapyLeave a Comment

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

Ep 277: How to Remember Names and the Psychology of that BBC Interrupted Interview

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Social Psychology7 Comments

How To Remember Names

It’s hard to remember names – here’s how to do it. You’ll use your imagination and some weird imagery – but this works. Here’s another great use of mnemonics. I’ll give you a bunch of people’s names and describe the images I created to help me remember them. Give your brain a little room to roam and put it to … Read More

Ep 273: Stereotypes and How We Get Past Them

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How Stereotypes are Created

One reason stereotypes exist is because, sometimes, there’s some truth in them. As an Italian-American I can say that, yes, a lot of the times I use my hands when I talk. And it appears to be true that men think about sex more often and are more easily sexually aroused (in general). So what do we do with these … Read More

Ep: 266: Why Do You REALLY Support That Candidate? The Psychology of Your Voting Behavior

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Psychology of Voting

Why do you vote the way you do? Have you read through all the various candidates position statements, or do you just kinda go with your “gut”? Jeremiah Sullins, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harding University has looked at this question in great depth and he’s found some really interesting answers to this question. I think you’ll really enjoy hearing … Read More

Ep 264: Using Psychology in Your Work: Part 2 of My Interview with Richard Millington

MichaelMotivation, Psychology As A Career, Social Psychology1 Comment

How to Build a True Online Community

How do you “apply a little psychology” to tough jobs like building an online community and to creating a product that people will want to use frequently? In part 2 of my interview with author and Feverbee founder Richard Millington we talk about two key theories from psychology: self-determination theory and Robert Cialdini’s persuasion techniques. I think you’ll find these … Read More

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