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  1. Haley Chapman

    Michael,
    I’ve been a devoted listener for years & love your program. I’m sure that doesn’t mean much since your show has gotten so popular & you get this all the time but your show is brilliant & special to me. It’s literally the only podcast I’ve ever listened to more than 2 episodes of– & I’ve listened to them all, some of them multiple times!
    Anyway, I wanted to know if you might ever do an episode about eating disorders. I’m a current residential patient at McCallum Place in St. Louis & think it might be an interesting topic. Obviously I’m biased because it’s relevant to me, but I think other listeners may benefit from it, too. I know that’s a vague thing to say: “do an episode on EDs”, but maybe something like the mental changes that happen to a person with an eating disorder (mood irregularities, how different a personality can radically change, weak central coherence & the rumination that occurs in a person suffering from an ED) or I’m not sure… you could probably come up with ideas of things to talk about 🙂

    I’m not sure if you would care to do that at all & it’s understandable if you don’t; it’s a scary topic, but an interesting one, psychologically speaking (in my opinion).

    Thanks for your show. & if you took the time to read all of this I appreciate it.

  2. Nuria Ferrés

    Dear Michel,
    I am beginning a PhD and I need to develop several experiments for children. In general, experiments will have to show two images in the screen for some milliseconds (about 800ms) and then give the option to choose one of the two images by keyboard (or mouse) depending on a question. The reaction time is very important to be recorded. All the data has to be recorded in xls or csv for my posterior analysis.
    I would like not have to program if it is possible. Could you please give me any advice on which platform or web or software may I use to do these kinf of experiments? Could be for example ZebraZapps or something better or easier or whatever… ?
    Thank you so much, I really appreciate your advice,
    Nuria

  3. Michael

    Sounds like an interesting experiment. Well, I recently found out about a new site that let’s you conduct experiments. It’s called Testable. It looks like it might work for your needs. Check it out. I’ve been thinking about talking about it in an upcoming episode. If you use it let me know how it goes.

  4. Nuria Ferrés

    Thank you so much Michael,
    I will read very carefully the information in http://www.testable.org and if I decide to use it for my experiments I will let you know how it goes.
    I’m very grateful for your information.
    Nuria

  5. Michael

    Glad to hear it. I was thinking of contacting the developer of Testable and see if he would do a demo for the show. I’ll see if I can make that happen. It’s hard to find good (affordable) online research software.

  6. Jeanna

    Very interesting program Michael… it really gave me a lot to think about… Looking forward to some more episodes.

  7. Aimée

    Hi Michael! Just started listening to the podcast and I am already a huge fan!
    I wonder if the apps will ever be available for Android?

    Thank you very much.

  8. Matthew

    Michael, your show is an absolute joy. I feel incredibly lucky to have found it. I am a big fan of Lev Vygotsky–would you be able to discuss his work? Especially his views on consciousness and internal word meaning.

    Matthew

  9. Joy De Meta

    I got to your site via a YouTube video on Skinner. I down loaded too fast. I’m about to take CSET and was in the process of consuming and processing Erikson, Gardner, Pavlov, Skinner, Vegotsky, Kohlberg, Piaget, Sternberg, Ainsworth, all at once. I didn’t find videos on other theorists. It would be a good set of li

  10. Michael

    Joy – it looks like you didn’t quite finish your comment. You say, “It would be a good set of li…”?

  11. Laurine

    After a brief exposure to your skills as a moderator of interesting pod casts I have come to feel more comfortable is my particular affliction as it were. Being a covert cross dresser. I am male but have a penchant for lingerie items that I wear and seek release.

  12. Jessica

    Hello! I stumbled across your podcast and started listening starting at the first episode. I found it very interesting and kept listening for the next few hours. I sat down with my son to watch The Incredibles, and since I’ve seen it hundreds of times, I put my ear buds in and coincidentally turned on episode 9, “how do you really raise self esteem?” And you started talking about the movie I was watching. Freaky!

  13. Michael

    Thanks for your comment. The Incredibles is a great movie that subtly tries to address self esteem. Glad to hear that you’re enjoying the podcast!

  14. Patrick Mc Evoy

    michael i am struggling to remember the history of psychology time line have you got a mnemonic for this

  15. Michael

    Interesting. Are you trying to remember all the events on the timeline? Could be done, but why do you want to remember this? Got a test on it?

  16. Patrick Mc Evoy

    yes this is the type of question coming up on past papers
    Outline how BOTH the methods of investigation and the subject matter of Psychology have changed from its early experimental beginnings in Leipzig to the modern cognitive approaches of the 20th and 21st centuries

  17. Michael

    I see. Well, that’s a rather far-reaching question but I don’t think you would need to memorize the timeline to answer it. Here are a few thoughts. Regarding the methods of investigation: early researchers in Psychology used a method called “introspection” to investigated what was going on in people’s heads. It’s an unreliable method in which people reflected on their experiences and spoke about them. Freud of course, only used case studies of his patients and tried from these studies to apply his findings to others. This is another method with significant weaknesses. Today, researchers use extensive tests (such as the MMPI and the Big 5 personality inventory) to better understand personality. Also, we conduct more tightly controlled studies that employ experimental and comparison groups rather than just investigations using a few or one person.

    As for the subject matter, well we’ve moved from trying to study a vague term like “consciousness” to more specific ideas such as Learned Helplessness (examining the words people use to explain events and whether those words indicate a sense of futility about being able to change the course of one’s life) and we’re now very focused on using brain scanning techniques like the MRI and PET scans to find out exactly which parts of the brain are active when we think about things.

    I hope this helps a little.

    Michael

  18. Staci

    I wonder if you have more downloads or pod casts with the parts of the brain that extend beyond the basics

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