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 298: Nudge Your Way to Better Health

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Nudge Your Way to Better Health

How can psychologists get you to lead a healthier life? We all have “noble intentions” when it comes to eating well and exercising regularly, but those intentions often don’t last too long and you’re back to your old unhealthy ways. We can lecture you again about the benefits of healthy eating and exercise, or we can try to “nudge” you … Read More

Ep 296: The Psychology and the Research Behind Why Some People are Angry when Athletes Take a Knee

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Why do athletes taking a knee?

What is the psychology and the research behind why many people are angry about athletes “taking a knee” during the playing of the national anthem? Part of the explanation lies in what’s called the “empathy deficit” that people in power can sometimes display. That is, those in higher social classes in societies are often not able to correctly interpret the … Read More

Ep 295: How Can Ordinary People Be Superheroes?

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Ordinary people can be superheroes

It’s often asked: why don’t we think of everyday people as heroes? Well, what makes some people’s stories inspirational and other not? Let’s say you want to inspire young people to make the most of their lives – how do you do that? What stories are the best to tell or what videos are likely to be shared the most? … Read More

Ep 294: What is Forensic Psychology Really All About?

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Forensic Psychology

If you’ve watched even a few detective shows (like CSI) you may think you have a sense of what the field of Forensic Psychology is like, but my interviewee David Webb is here to talk about what it’s really like to work in this field. David is the author of the All-About-Psychology website as well as the All-About-Forensic-Psychology website. Let’s … Read More

Ep 291: How Important is Your Name? Maybe A Lot

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Your Name Shapes You

What do you think of your name? Like it? Do you prefer a nickname or do you prefer when people call you by your full name? Why do you think people have these preferences? That’s what we’re looking at in this episode – research showing that other people (and yourself) might be shaping you to actually look like and act … Read More

Ep 290: Class Demonstrations That Always Work

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Students Working Together on an Activity

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in a typical psychology class, well, here ar e 4 class activities I do almost every semester that are my “sure fire hits” – they engage the students in the learning process while helping them really grasp what a key term in psychology means. So you’ll learn about how students memorize each other’s … Read More

Ep 288: Using TableTop Games and Videos in Therapy: Interview with Anna Vagin

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YouCue Feelings by Anna Vagin

In part 1 of my interview with Anna Vagin, Ph.D. we talk about how she uses games and videos as part of her work with children and adolescents. I think you’ll be surprised how Dr. Vagin uses short videos she finds on YouTube in her sessions. These are not games or videos that were designed to be used in this … Read More

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