Ep 203: Psychology of Dance & the Growth Mindset

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What are psychologists doing watching dancers? They’re trying to get a better understanding of how a dancer’s emotions affect the way they move. These researchers used some sophisticated equipment – including a motion capture apparatus – to analyze exactly how people moved while they were experiencing different emotional states. I think you’ll find what they did and what they found … Read More

Ep 195: How To Memorize Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive Development

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Development1 Comment

Do you need to memorize Piaget’s stages for a test? You’ve found what you’re looking for. I’ll use some familiar mnemonics (“1 is a bun”, etc.) and some wacky images to get those stages – and what happens during them – into your mind. You’ll be able to remember when object permanence occurs, when children are capable of assimilation and … Read More

Ep: 169 – Validity – How Can You Tell a Good Test from a Bad One?

MichaelPersonality, Research and Stats, Testing2 Comments

In episode 168 I discussed reliability but the real test of a test’s “mettle” – or how confident you can be in the results – comes when you subject it to lots of validity tests. You’ll learn a lot about validity if you take a psychology class. High validity is what separates the many fun-to-take but essentially meaningless tests you’ll … Read More

Ep 165 (video): Psychological Research Under Fire: What Can We Do About It?

MichaelCritical Thinking, Research and Stats7 Comments

What’s going on with Psychology? There have been a number of reports about poorly conducted or completely fraudulent research in the field such as this one that appeared in the New York Times. Well, there’s bad research in all fields, but psychology, which has through its history struggled for scientific credibility, is particularly sensitive to this issue and many psychologists … Read More