Ep 255: London Has a Problem and It’s a Job for a Psychologist

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Disorders, Social Psychology2 Comments

London Underground

London needs help and only a person trained in psychology can fix this. There are just too many Londoners using their subway (the “tube”) and instead of standing side by side as they go up the escalator, people are doing what they always do – they stand single file on the right of the escalator so that people in a … Read More

Ep 253: How to Prevent Violence in Your Neighborhood

MichaelSocial Psychology1 Comment

Designing Neighborhoods for Safety

Passengers on an airplane spring to action when a stewardess needs help – but a neighborhood in New York City does very little when a woman is attacked. What’s different ? How can we take what we learn from the airplane and apply it to the attack? Lecturing the neighborhood residents probably won’t help. Can we do anything to the … Read More

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 Psychology3 Comments

Baltimore Demonstration Race Bias

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 Psychology4 Comments

Female Robot

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

Misophonia

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 236: My Cross-Dressing Experience in La Cage Aux Folles

MichaelGender/Sexuality, Social PsychologyLeave a Comment

I was recently cast as “Albin” in the musical La Cage Aux Folles and it has given me the unique opportunity to have to learn how to act more effeminate and to cross dress. As a psychologist who obsesses about the “psychology of everyday life” you can imagine how I’ve been thinking about what there is to learn from this … Read More

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