Ep 152: How Do You Change Your Behavior? Interview with Scott Milford

Behavior Modification

How does Behavior Modification work? Find out in this episode as I interview Scott Milford, author of the Behavior and Motivation website. If you're about how to apply Psychology to everyday life then this is the guy to show you how he does it. In this episode we talk about how to get kids to practice the piano, but you'll quickly see how this approach could be applied to all kinds of other life challenges. Scott developed his approach over many years of working with young people both at the piano and with at-risk adolescents in school. See how Psychology can be put to work! … [Read more...]

Episode 140: Psychoanalyzing Jack Lalanne

In this episode I put Jack Lalanne "on the couch". I take selections from several of his videos and see what they reveal about his personality. He was clearly passionate about exercise, but what drove this passion? What was his underlying motivation? I suggest that his relationship with his father was crucial to his passion for exercise and fitness. Join me as I do a little armchair psychoanalysis of Jack Lalanne. The Ripped and the Righteous … [Read more...]

Episode 38: How Big Is Your Office: Another Classic Study in Psychology

Equity and the lack of fairness strike again! What would happen if you were suddenly (even temporarily) moved to an office (or dorm room) that was smaller than the one you're in now? Would you be less productive? Less satisfied? I bet you would. Let's see how this was studied in a classic field experiment by psychologist Jerry Greenberg. Resources For This Episode Opps! Around 19 minutes into the podcast I say that you have to "observationally define" a smile. I meant "operationally define" a smile. Sorry 'bout that. I'll try to fix that tonite. Greenberg, J. (1988), "Equity … [Read more...]

Episode 15: It’s Not Fair! Equity in Life and Work

Equity: the battle cry of childhood - It's not fair - tends to follow us throughout life. Can it affect job satisfaction? Let's take a look at how fairness, or the lack thereof, plays itself out in the work place. Get ready for a little math. Math? In psychology? You'll see. Equity Theory Inputs: the things that you bring to the job such as your degree, your experience, your talents and skills, even your personality in some cases. Outputs: what you get from your job such as the pay, the benefits package, bonus, the size of your office, prestige, etc. [easyazon-block … [Read more...]