Psychology Tip to Help You Get More Tips

Do you have a tip jar at work? Here’s one way to use a little psychology to increase the likelihood that customers will put a little money in there:

  • Set out not one but two tip jars
  • Label the jars with two competing themes

Okay, so what do I mean by “competing themes”? What you want to do is to motivate people to drop in a little (or a lot of course) money by tapping into their social identities. For example, if you know that there is a natural rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox (and especially if there is a game between them coming up), label one tip jar Yankees and the other Red Sox (or better yet, print out an image of their logos and tape them to the jars). People want their team to win. It makes us feel good. Here are some examples…
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Ep 207: The Psychology of Vine


Would you believe there’s a lot of psychology you can fit into a 6 second vine? Well there is. In this video episode I show you a few of there vines I like and which are also good (unintended) demonstrates of a variety of psychological concepts. I think you’ll have fun with this one.
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Ep 200: Reflections on the 200th Show!

Thank YOU Squarespace for sponsoring the 200th episode!

Thank YOU Squarespace for sponsoring the 200th episode!

Thank you so much for listening to The Psych Files for the past 6 1/2 years. In this episode I provide a little background on how the podcast started and what has happened as it grew over the years. It just past 8 million downloads and I want to share a few thoughts on this with you. Thank you everybody!

Facts about the Show

  • Started in January of 2007
  • Over 9 million episode downloads
  • 4,500 episode downloads day on average
  • Almost always in the top 10 of iTunes Higher Ed
  • Website gets an average of 800 hits day
  • 4 1/2 stars from 131 ratings on iTunes
  • The show has been featured in the APA Monitor, The Discovery Channel show Dark Matters, and has led to invited presentations at APA and APS conferences

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Upcoming Episodes

  • More Great Psychology Apps
  • Abandoned Suitcases Reveal Private Lives of Insane Asylum Patients
  • jetlag/circadian rhythms
  • New Little Albert Findings
  • Psychology of laughter with Greg Dugan
  • New treatments for autism
  • Kohlberg stages of Moral Development
  • Visual illusions
  • Psychology of Magic
  • More on the DSM5
  • The Strengths Perspective (Social Work)
  • Anorexia/Bulimia
  • The Controversy over the Effects of Serotonin
  • A Call To Men
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Allowing children to have dogs accompany them while they testify
  • Transcranial stimulation
  • Stats: chi-square, t-test, anova
  • How medications work
  • anesthesia
  • Narrative Therapy (Damien from facebook)

The Bystander Approach

In the end, what will hurt most is not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – Martin Luther King

The video below consists of 7 shorts clips from a longer video called Violence & Silence: Jackson Katz, Ph.D at TEDxFiDiWomen. My thanks to podcast listener Jackie who encouraged me to watch the video.

I used a very cool tool called ReelSurfer to edit the video to what I thought were some of Dr. Katz’s key points. Press play and you will cycle through these 7 clips.

Here is the link to a previous episode I did on the topic of blaming the victim

A related episode on the topic of the Justice Motive

Adult men with power need to speak out


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