Podcast

Psychology in Everyday Life: The Psych Files

Learn how theories in psychology affect you in everyday life. Upbeat and interesting podcasts from experienced psychology teacher Michael Britt give you a bit more insight into you and your life.

Episodes

  • Ep 319: Forensic Psychology - An Interview with Dr. Susan Lewis

    Feb 01 2019

    It seems like there’s no end to TV shows about criminals who have various psychiatric disorders. It’s understandable that we find them fascinating, but how accurate are they? What is it really like... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 318: What is Academic Shame?

    Jan 16 2019

    Recently we've learned that many students learn best not when things are well explained to them, but rather when they're just a little bit confused. Professor Jeremiah Sullins (interviewed in episode... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep317: It's So Fluffy!

    Dec 13 2018

    Have you ever seen something so cute you just want to squeeze it to death? Or a child so cute you want to pinch it's cheeks really hard? Why do we have these odd, powerful, opposite feelings? It's... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 316: Motivational Interviewing and the TV Show Columbo

    Nov 30 2018

    Hopefully you've watched the TV show Columbo. Curious about what this character has to do with psychology? You'd be surprised.  In this episode I analyze Columbo along with the Jennifer Garner movie,... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 315: The Psychology of A Quiet Place and Mission Impossible

    Nov 15 2018

    Did you see the movie A Quiet Place? How about Mission Impossible? It's always fun to analyze movies from a psychological perspective and that's what I do in this episode. A Quiet Place has a lot of... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 314: Trauma Recovery with Dr. Matt Jaremko

    Oct 30 2018

    If you're suffering from the effects of a trauma in your life or know someone who is, then listen to Dr. Matt Jaremko talk about his new book with Beth Fehlbaum called Trauma Recovery: Sessions With... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 313: Owning Bipolar: A Conversation with Michael Pipich

    Oct 22 2018

    This is part 2 of my interview with Michael Pipich, author of the book, Owning Bipolar. In this part of the interview MIchael discusses his therapeutic approach to trearting Bipolar Disorder.If you... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 312: Owning Bipolar: A Conversation with Michael Pipich

    Oct 16 2018

    Bipolar (previously known as "manic depression") is often a difficult disorder to diagnose, much less to live with.  If you have been diagnosed with bipolar or know someone who has, this episode is... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 311: The Ape That Understood the Universe

    Oct 03 2018

    How are men and women different - really? There's plenty of debate over this, but how this: examine the differences between males and females across a wide variety of species. What are the reliable... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 310: How To Memorize Psychiatric Medications

    Sep 18 2018

    Having a hard time **memorizing psychiatric medications** and which disorder they are used to treat?  These memory tricks will get them into your head in minutes - and they'll stick so you can get a... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 309: College Teaching Needs To Change

    Sep 07 2018

    College teaching needs to change. This doesn't mean using a new fad technique. It doesn't mean dumbing anything down to get "today's students". It does mean that professors need to adopt more of the... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 308: How to Change the Mind of a Conservative

    Aug 09 2018

    How do you get someone is is conservative to support climate change? Or stricter controls on guns? There is a way. Research confirms that conservatives tend to be focused on how good the past was,... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 307: Do Those i-Statements Actually Work and Did Koko Really Use Language as We Do?

    Jul 10 2018

    Remember those "i-statements" you're supposed to use when you get mad at someone? "I feel ____ when you ____ because ____". Does that actually work? Does talking in this way resolve problems better... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 306: Why Do You Talk To Your Dog Like That? And Does It Understand You?

    Jun 14 2018

    Alright, let's all admit it - we talk to our pets in that funny pet voice. Who's a good dog? Well, there's been a lot of research on your use of this voice to talk to dogs as well as babies. What... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 305: In the Movies, Why Does the Woman Always Have to Die? And Other Gender Stereotypes

    May 31 2018

    What can we learn from an old, dusty book I found in the basement? Well, if that book is about gender role **stereotypes** then there's a lot of things to uncover that explain why boys and girls act... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 304: Guess What? Testosterone Doesn't Neccessarily Cause Men to be Aggressive

    May 05 2018

    Most of us assume one of the reasons men tend to act aggressively is that men have higher levels of testosterone. Let's take a look at this "testosterone myth" because this isn't always the case. In... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 303: Significance Quest Theory: How Do We De-Radicalize People?

    Apr 19 2018

    So now that we know a lot about why individuals join extermist groups, what can we do about it? How do we bring them back to society and help them have meaningful lives again? This is the second of 2... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 302: Violent Extremism: What's the Psychology Behind It?

    Apr 05 2018

    What draws people toward violent extremist groups? Psychologists have conducted a lot of research to find this out and in this episode I summarize the findings of key researchers in this area.... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 301: The Role of CTE in the Life of Aaron Hernandez

    Mar 16 2018

    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... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 300: Jazz Piano Improv - How Do They Do That?

    Feb 24 2018

    Ever wonder how the fingers of really experienced pianists who are improvising seem to fly across the keyboard? How do they know where their fingers are going? How can they think that fast? In this... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 299: How Smart Do You Want Your Fitness Tracker to Be?

    Jan 11 2018

    Fitness tracking devices are getting smarter. They’re going to have to get a lot smarter if they are going to be powerful tools in your quest to be fit. But how much more “smart” do we really want... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 298: Nudge Your Way to Better Health

    Dec 13 2017

    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... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 297: The Movie Coco - What's the Psychology Behind It?

    Dec 05 2017

    Have you seen the movie Coco? You should - it's a very moving story. But if you pay attention to the music you'll notice that the melody to the son "Remember Me" is played in several different ways -... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

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

    Nov 02 2017

    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... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 295: How Can the Ordinary Person Be Inspirational?

    Oct 18 2017

    It's often asked: why don't we make heroes out of everyday people? 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... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 294: What is Forensic Psychology Really All About?

    Oct 11 2017

    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... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 293: Emotional Intelligence - How Is It Taught?

    Oct 05 2017

    One of the hardest challenges as we grow up is to know how we feel and to understand how others feel. The next step after we're aware of our feelings is knowing how we're going to best act on them. ... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 292: Yes, Computers Can Guess Your Sexual Orientation

    Sep 21 2017

    On this episode I talk about a several psych topics, including what computer programs look at when they try to guess your sexual orientation - and they are really accurate at doing so. Also: anxiety... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

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

    Sep 07 2017

    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... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 290: Class Demonstrations That Always Work

    Aug 24 2017

    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... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 289: Games and Videos as Therapeutic Tools: Dr. Anna Vagin (part 2)

    Aug 09 2017

    In part 2 of my interview with Dr. Anna Vagin, she talks about some of the videos she uses to help kids and teens better understand the emotions and challenges of characters in the videos and how... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

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

    Jul 26 2017

    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... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 287: What to do About Fake News? Apply a Little Psychology - Part 2

    Jul 11 2017

    In part 2 of my interview with Gleb Tsipusky we talk more about why so many of us (including me) fall for fake news stories and why such stories can spread so rapidly. We also talk about what he's... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 286: What to do About Fake News? Apply a Little Psychology

    Jun 27 2017

    We're all aware of the problem of fake news, but why do we fall for it? When we read a post on Facebook that sounds a little questionable, why don't we check into it further? You better believe... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 285: Ketamine and Depression, Raven Intelligence, and Those Darn Fidget Spinners

    Jun 12 2017

    What are psychologists talking about this week? Well, we're fighting back against the unbelievable claims made by the marketers of fidget spinners (does the toy really help people with ADHD, PTSD and... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 284: On the TV Show Luther, Logical Thinking and Crinkly Plates to Lose Weight

    Jun 06 2017

    Here's a new piece of weight-loss advice: eat on a crinkly plate! Um...sounds weird. It is kinda, but we'll explore why this might be a good bit of advice. We'll also take a minute and a half sound... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 283: How To Practice Correctly and is Facebook Rotting Your Brain?

    Jun 01 2017

    Guess what? Practice definitely does NOT always lead to perfection. When you practice an instrument are you doing it right? In this episode I explore the "10,000 hour" myth and how you can practice... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 282: Psychology and Gaming - Part 2 of an Interview with Josue Cardona and Kelli Dunlap

    May 19 2017

    All of us have probably felt a little "down" every once in a while so we can empathize a little with someone who is depressed, but how about someone who is suffering from schizophrenia? What is it... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 281: Psychology and Gaming - an Interview with Josue Cardona and Kelli Dunlap

    May 11 2017

    Interested in psychology? How about gaming? Did you know that these two fields actually go together quite well? Find out how two people with strong backgrounds in both of these fields are putting... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 280: Bystander Activation: Yes, There Are Things You Can Do To Change the World

    Apr 25 2017

    We live in a time when facts are being questioned, and when respect for each others' differences is on the decline. How often do we say to ourselves: "Yea, but what can I do about it?". Actually,... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 279: The United Airlines "Involuntary Deboarding" Incident: from Shock Value to Productive Discussion

    Apr 19 2017

    The involuntary removal of a passenger on a United Airlines flight has justifiably garnered a lot of attention. And as teachers we certainly want to capture students' attention. But how do we create... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 278: Memorize Your Lines or Lyrics: Techniques You Never Heard Of

    Apr 08 2017

    Have to memorize lines for a play or musical? There are a lot of techniques. Let me tell you about a few that are backed by science. I've been involved in the theatre for many years and I've done a... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 277: How to Remember Names and the Psychology of that BBC Interrupted Interview

    Mar 23 2017

    It's hard to remember names - here's how to do it. You'll use your imagination and some weird imagery - but this works. Here's another great use of mnemonics. I'll give you a bunch of people's... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 276: "Because I Said So" Doesn't Work for Teens

    Mar 08 2017

    How many times when a parent is arguing with a teen has the parent either said - or wish they could say - "Do it because I said so!". As a parent myself, I've had more than a few of those times. ... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 275: What Makes Some People Funny?

    Feb 24 2017

    You probably know someone who is just plain...well, funny. They may not necessarily even tell that many jokes, but they know how to come up with funny interpretations for what's going on around you... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 274: Be the First To Act - or Be the Second - Both Are Great

    Feb 06 2017

    Complete strangers in New York City come together in a simple but moving act: they decide as a group to work together to remove offensive graffiti in a subway car. How did they overcome the social... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 273: Stereotypes and How We Get Past Them

    Jan 20 2017

    One reason stereotypes exist is because, sometimes, there's some truth in them. As an Italian-American I can say that, yes, a lot of the times I use my hands when I talk. And it appears to be true... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 272: How To Create a Human-Like Voice

    Jan 06 2017

    Have you used Siri, Hey Google, Aleza or Cortana? These voice-enabled digital assistants are pretty cool and getting smarter, but why do some of them sound more like a "person" than others? What is... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 271: Great Psych Apps - NovoPsych

    Dec 23 2016

    There are a lot of mobile apps that include the term "psychology" but many of them are just for fun. Are there any really good apps for psychotherapists? Yes there are and one of them is called... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 270: We Are Polarized. Here's What We Can Do About It

    Dec 08 2016

    The US just had a very contentious election which showed us, if nothing else, that we are a divided nation. How did we become this way? In this episode I talk about group polarization - how it... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 269: How To Get People To Be Creative

    Nov 29 2016

    Do "Blue Sky" brainstorming sessions actually produce anything creative? If you've ever sat around with a group of people and tried to "just come up with something creative" you probably found that... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 267: Applying an Established Memory Strategy Literacy (and possibly click through on your blog post...)

    Nov 15 2016

    The printed word has been around for a long time. Bet you thought there was nothing new in how we put words together in a book or website. Well, guess again. Researchers at Asymmetrica have drawn... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 266: Productive Confusion with Jeremiah Sullins

    Oct 20 2016

    We often like it when things are explained to us clearly, but would you believe that sometimes it's better if you're just down-right confused? You could actually learn more if at some point in the... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep: 265: Why Do You REALLY Support That Candidate? The Psychology of Voting Behavior

    Oct 16 2016

    Why do you vote the way you do? Have you read through all the various candidates position statements, or do you just kinda go with your "gut"? Jeremiah Sullins, Assistant Professor of Psychology at... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 264: How To Make Study Groups Effective

    Oct 01 2016

    In a previous episode I talked about the kinds of dynamics that can occur in groups (social loafing, diffusion of responsibility) that can make them ineffective learning experiences as well as just... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 263: Using Psychology in Your Work: Part 2 of My Interview with Richard Millington

    Sep 12 2016

    How do you "apply a little psychology" to tough jobs like building an online community and to creating a product that people will want to use frequently? In part 2 of my interview with author and... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 262: Using Psychology to Build Active Online Communities: Interview with Richard Millington

    Sep 06 2016

    What do you do with a background in psychology? A lot of things. How about running an online community? I found Richard Millington, founder of Feverbee, talking about how he applies psychology to... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 261: Demonic Possession or A Lack of Skeptical Thinking?

    Aug 19 2016

    Is it possible that some people who we think are mentally ill are actually victims of demonic possession? One psychiatrist says yes. Another psychiatrist says no - believing this is true is a... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 261: Which of These Scientific Terms Are You Using Incorrectly?

    Jul 11 2016

    Do you think you're using the words "control group" correctly? You're probably not. In fact, you're probably also getting these terms wrong as well: "truth serum", "lie detector", "bystander... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 260: We Can't Put Our Phones Down - How You Can Feel Better About That

    Jun 22 2016

    Cell phones: they're here and they're not going away. So now it's time to "stop worrying and learn to love them". If you're upset about how much time teens spend on their phones I'll give you a few... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 259: How Could You Have Missed That?

    May 27 2016

    What is change blindness? How could you miss some of the most obvious things that change right in front of you? Millions of people watch a video of kids playing basketball and they miss the fact that... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep: 258 - 5 Reasons Why You Can't Put Your Phone Down and What to do About it

    Apr 27 2016

    Why do we find it so hard to put down our phones? I'll give you 5 reasons drawn directly from psychological theories on how we learn, how teenagers are strongly affected by reward and how we are all... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 257: What IS in Baloney Anyway? Let's Find Out Why You Eat What You Eat

    Apr 14 2016

    I grew up eating baloney without ever giving a thought to where it came from. But psychology is all reflecting on who you are, why you think the way you do and why you do what you do. So let's... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 256 (Audio Only): Study Psychology On The Go with the Clammr App

    Apr 04 2016

    What if you could study for your psychology test in 24 second sound bytes on your iPhone? Now you can. I recently contacted Parviv - the founder of an app called Clammr. Typically, people use Clammr... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 255: London Has a Problem and It's a Job for a Psychologist

    Feb 12 2016

    London needs help and only a person trained in psychology can fix this. There are just too many Londoners using their subway (the "tube") and instead of standing side by side as they go up the... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 254: How to Create Great Ways for Seniors to Live

    Jan 20 2016

    What comes to mind when you think "nursing home"? Not so good, right? Let's change that. Let's use what we learn from psychology to create exciting places for seniors to live. We've got the tools... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 253: How to Prevent Violence in Your Neighborhood

    Jan 11 2016

    Passengers on an airplane spring to action when a stewardess needs help - but a neighborhood in New York City does very little when a woman is attacked. What's different? How can we take what we... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 252: How Psychology Gets You To Slow Down While Driving

    Dec 29 2015

    How can we use a little psychology to get you to slow down when you're driving? You'd be surprised. Very often road signs like "Slow" or a posted speed limit of, say 20 mph does not work. Drivers... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 251: How NOT to Get the Holiday Blues

    Dec 15 2015

    At the end of the year there are so many cues around us that tell us that we should be happy and that we should reflect on our lives. Humbug! Find out how not to fall prey to the holiday blues that... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 250: How I Used Snapchat with My Class

    Dec 08 2015

    Snapchat got a pretty bad rap over the past few years, but did you know that you actually can use this video messaging app in ways that really do help students see the applications of what their... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 248: Guest Host Bo Bennet on Dysrationalia

    Oct 27 2015

    What is Dysrationalia? You've probably heard of a lot of intelligences - Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, Sternberg's Triarchic theory of intelligence and Daniel Goldman's Emotional... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 246: Why Replications Sometimes Don't Agree with the Original Study

    Sep 14 2015

    What's the connection between life on Mars and the need to properly replicate scientific studies? Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 245: The Reproducibility Project: Incentives Out of Whack

    Sep 08 2015

    Have you heard that about 100 Psychology studies were replicated and only about 1/3 confirmed the original findings? Why did this happen? Well, one reason has to do with incentives that are out of... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 244: Analyze This - Is This What Therapy is Really Like?

    Aug 09 2015

    If you have not seen the movie Analyze This with Robert Deniro and Billy Krystal, then you really should. It's not just a funny movie, bit also gets a lot of things about therapy right. So many... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 243: Did Your Therapy Really Work?

    Jul 22 2015

    If you have been in therapy you want to believe it "worked". We all do. And hopefully it did have a positive effect on you. But how do you know? How do therapists know if what they're doing really... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 242: The Psychology of Attractiveness: An Interview with Rob Burriss

    Jun 25 2015

    One of the most popular topics in Psychology is attraction: why are we romantically attracted (or not) to each other? Whenever anyone asks me about this topic, or they ask me for other psychology... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 241: I know What You DIDN'T Do - the Internet of Things for Dementia and Alzheimer's

    Jun 13 2015

    How can technology be used to help people with Dementia and Alzheimer's? Here are a few examples. You may have heard of the "Internet of Things" - this is the idea that we can place small... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 240: How Do You Treat People Who Are Ill?

    May 29 2015

    We all want to help others - especially those in the "helping professions" - but what's the best way to do that? Therapy? Medication? How about setting up an entire fake village set up to look like... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 239: Racial Divide: Why Does It Happen? How We Can Fix It

    May 04 2015

    Why does conflict emerge as it did in Baltimore last week, among the police and the African-American community? Is it caused by poor parenting? Poverty? Joblessness? I provide a psychological... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep: 238: A Robot's Gender, Act Like A Girl and Be A Man

    Apr 10 2015

    Does it matter if a robot looks male or female? You might not think so, but are we perpetuating stereotypes if if we create a robot that looks "feminine" to help the elderly aren't we continuing the... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 237: What is Misophonia? More on La Cage, Empathy, and the Milgram Studies

    Mar 19 2015

    Does the sound of other people's mouth noises really drive you crazy? Honestly, it does to me. Things like lip smacking, swallowing, cracking and crunching really annoys me. If it annoys you too... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 236: My Cross-Dressing Experience in La Cage Aux Folles

    Feb 23 2015

    I was recently cast as "Albin" in the musical La Cage Aux Folles and it has given me the unique opportunity to have to learn how to act more effeminate and to cross dress. As a psychologist who... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 235: Body Swapping - Now We Can Make You FEEL Like Someone Else

    Jan 28 2015

    What if you could swap bodies with someone else? What would it be like to be someone of the opposite sex? A different race? We're getting darn close to being able to do that with new techniques like... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 234: Transvestism - Is It Normal? What Is Normal Anyway?

    Jan 08 2015

    A small number of men cross dress and many movies and broadway shows feature cross dressers (transvestites), so obviously many people find it fascinating and those who cross dress typically enjoy it.... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 233: While Policemen and Black Victims - What's Really Going on?

    Dec 18 2014

    In the US, we've experienced a number of recent incidences of white policemen shooting black men. What's going on? Are these more examples of prejudice and discrimination or unprovoked attacks on... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 232: Psychologists Involved in Torture: What Will We Do About It?

    Dec 10 2014

    You may have heard from the US Senate report on Terrorism and Interrogations that a small group of psychologists were involved in the interrogations of detainees from the 9/11 incident. How could... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep: 231: Multiple Personalities, and Tips on Getting People to Help

    Dec 04 2014

    Is there such a thing as a person having multiple personalities? The idea makes for great headlines and fascinating talk shows, but what's the real story? I talk about that in this episode of The... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 230: Questionable Research - With A Famous Psychologist Involved

    Nov 21 2014

    Might you be able to rid yourself of an illness by "turning back the clock"? That is, by immersing yourself in a time in your life when you were not ill? Psychology has always struggled to separate... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 229: What Makes a Song Popular? Psychology of Music: How We Detect Melody

    Oct 28 2014

    What makes some songs so popular? Guess what - psychologists actually know a lot of the answers. In this episode we'll listen to excerpts from Leonard Cohen's song Hallelujah, as well as... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 227: I Remember How I Felt (Or Do You)?

    Oct 06 2014

    Do "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation" or are we actually pretty happy most of the time? As it turns out humans are far more resilient than you think. Ever heard of the term "affective... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 225: What's Best for Memory - Coffee or a Nap - or Both?

    Sep 16 2014

    You may have been heard that taking a nap or going to sleep after you learn something helps you to retain it (which is true), but you may also have heard that drinking coffee helps your memory. So... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 223: Little Albert's Real Identity - Time to Rewrite the Textbooks

    Jul 24 2014

    What was the name of that baby in John Watson's famous videos in which he attempts to demonstrate that fears can be acquired through conditioning (pairing a loud noise with a furry animal)? A few... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 222: How To Remember Jokes

    Jul 07 2014

    How many times have you wanted to remember a joke at a party but you just can't? Well, there IS a way to remember jokes and I have got 4 jokes to tell you along with a mnemonic that will help you... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 221: Facebook Study: A Brief Summary and Did They Use Informed Consent?

    Jul 01 2014

    You may have heard that Facebook manipulated the content of user's New Feeds during January of 2012 so that some users saw more positive posts than others, which other Facebook users saw more... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 220: PsycExplorer Roundup: More Evidence That Animals Think and Feel

    Jun 16 2014

    In episode 217 I asked you to be frank with yourself: does your animal really think? It's easy to believe they do, but if you're going to study this issue scientifically you have to eliminate our... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 219: Mental Health Professionals: Why So Liberal?

    May 27 2014

    Surveys find that psychologists tend to align themselves with a liberal political orientation. Why is that? Are liberal-minded people drawn to human service professions or is there something about... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 218: Good News for Older Folks

    May 04 2014

    Guess what? There are a good number of positives to growing older. Let's put aside all the negative stereotypes of older folks and realize that they can demonstrate a surprising level of "coolness"... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 217: Let's Be Honest: Is Your Dog Really Intelligent?

    Apr 05 2014

    It's easy to find videos on the web of animals showing what appears to be some pretty smart behavior. But is it really "smarts"? How can you tell? In this episode I'll point out examples that look... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 216: Working Remotely - the Psychological Advantages and Disadvantages

    Mar 09 2014

    The idea of working from home sounds great - but be aware of the downside. In this episode of The Psych Files I talk about what factors influence your job satisfaction and motivation when you work... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 215: What Was Life Like in an Asylum?

    Feb 19 2014

    Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a patient in an "insane asylum"? "Asylums" changed names over the years (including "State Hospital" and "Psychiatric Center") and so did the treatment... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 214: Your Adolescence is Giving Me A Mid-Life Crisis

    Feb 03 2014

    We all know that adolescence is a time of change and often a tough time for the teen. But what about the parent? Today's parents are often older than years ago, and today's parents are sometimes... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 213: Leveraging Our Natural Curiosity for Learning and Blog Clicks

    Jan 16 2014

    We don't have to pay you to get you to do things - you're already a curious person. How does our attraction to puzzles, questions, and unsolved mysteries get used to get us to click on videos or... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 212: The Psychology of The Matrix Movie

    Jan 10 2014

    What are the psychological themes in the movie the Matrix? In this episode I talk about connections between the Matrix and Jung's idea of the Collective Unconscious, Joseph Campbell's notion of the... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 211: Is a Little Deception Okay? Paid Crowds and Native Advertising

    Dec 16 2013

    We face more moral "dilemmas" in everyday life than maybe we don't realize. How do we resolve them? In this episode I discuss two interesting moral dilemmas: a) should you employ for-hire crowds of... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 210: How to Memorize Kolhberg's Stages of Moral Development

    Nov 21 2013

    Need to memorize Lawrence Kohlberg's stages of moral development really quickly? This is what you're looking for - a brief audio podcast in which I give you some crazy images that will stick in your... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 209: If Freud Worked in Tech Support

    Nov 16 2013

    In this actual fake recording we hear how Freud might have handled your call to an anonymous technical support service. Can you identify each of the following Freudian techniques in this episode? Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 207 (audio): The Psychology of Vine

    Nov 02 2013

    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)... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 206: What It's Like to Have Autism - Interview with Alex Lowrey

    Oct 22 2013

    Its time to hear from someone who has been diagnosed with autism what life is like. Alex Lowery joins us to talk about growing up with autism - about the heightened sensations, the frustrations of... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 205: Secondhand Autism: What is it Like to Grow Up with an Autistic Sibling?

    Oct 06 2013

    In this interview with Paul Brodie, author of Secondhand Autism, we talk about what it is like to grow up in a family with an autistic individual. As you can imagine, there are challenges, but... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 204: The Psychology of Fundraising

    Sep 27 2013

    How do you use psychology persuasion techniques to get people to contribute to your cause? That's what I discuss in this episode of The Psych Files. I'm trying to help my friend raise money and in... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 203: Psychology of Dance & Growth Mindset

    Sep 13 2013

  • Ep 202 (audio): How To Memorize Freud's Stages of Psychosexual Development

    Sep 13 2013

    Need to memorize Freud's stages for a test? Here's a mnemonic that should do the trick. This is the audio version of video episode 202 in which the founder of psychoanalysis gives you a mnemonic... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 201: Mother Nature and Blaming the Victim

    Aug 29 2013

    We know that many people have a tendency to blame victims even when something tragic and unexplainable happens to them. But did you know how easily this blaming can be triggered? If I were to... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 200: Reflections on the 200 Show

    Aug 16 2013

  • Ep 198: What's it Like to Work in Psychology?

    Jul 11 2013

    A lot of people find psychology interesting. But what is it really like to work in the field? A tough question to answer because the field is so broad. In this episode of The Psych Files podcast... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 197: Using the Word Guys for Women, Robots Helping the Elderly and Supernormal Foods

    Jun 27 2013

    Should we stop using "Guys" to refer to groups of women and mixed sex groups? Why do we (particularly men) refer to many objects - like cars and boats - as "she"? Are everyday foods actually... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 196: What Men Need to Do to End Violence Against Others

    Jun 03 2013

    Are jail time and new laws the only answers to men's violence against women, children, and other men? Or is there something every man can do to end these tragedies? In an earlier episode of The... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 194: What Do I/0 Psychologists Really Do? Testing and Evaluation

    Apr 17 2013

    What do I/0 psychologists do anyway? Are you interested in this subfield of psychology? Well, here are a few things they DON'T do: they don't do "therapy in the workplace" and they don't do... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 193: Mindfulness Benefits on the GRE and at Work

    Apr 10 2013

    There is a lot of talk about mindfulness among psychologists today. Find out what mindfulness is and how it differs from meditation in this episode of The Psych Files. What might you use mindfulness... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 192: An Example of How Psychoanalysts Really Interpret Dreams

    Mar 21 2013

    What do psychologists really think about your dreams - do they have meaning? In this episode I talk about what psychologists think today about dreams. You probably know that Freud thought that... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 191: What Was B. F. Skinner Really Like?

    Mar 11 2013

    Would you be surprised to learn that B.F. Skinner was a very likable guy and that you may actually be very much in agreement with his ideas? Many people who study psychology have a negative... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 190: Why Do You Get So Absorbed in that Book (or Movie)?

    Feb 26 2013

    Have you ever gotten to immersed in a book or movie that you actually felt like the character? Or you felt the character's pain or joy? Why does this happen? When does this happen? What is it... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 189: The Psych Files Brief #6 - Facebook Untagging, Money and Happiness, and Memory and Aging

    Feb 13 2013

    We have some great articles covered in this episode so I hope you find them thought-provoking and leave your comments below! We cover four topics, all of which can be relevant to your everyday life.... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 188: Psychologists Are Keeping You From Getting the Flu

    Feb 01 2013

    Didn't get the flu this past winter? Thank a psychologist. What? Well, it could be that a psychologist was involved in helping health care professionals to do what they know they need to do (but... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 187: I'd Like to Have an Argument Please (critical thinking part 3)

    Jan 23 2013

    How would you like to have an argument? Turns out that learning how to have a good argument might just be the best way to learn to think critically. In this episode I discuss a neat piece of... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 186: The Shootings at Newtown - Could We Have Prevented It?

    Jan 06 2013

    Everyone was horrified to hear that an adolescent, Adam Lanza, walked into an elementary school and killed 20 children and 6 adults as well as killing himself. Many people have offered their view as... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 185: The Dynamics of Therapy: Transference and Counter Transference: An Interview with Kerry Malawista

    Nov 20 2012

    Transference and Countertransference are two key concepts in psychoanalysis and they are fascinating. If you're interested in the therapy side of psychology - particularly psychoanalysis - this is... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 184: Critical Thinking Part 2 - Important? Yes. But Can We Teach It? Well….

    Nov 03 2012

    In episode 183 I talked about what critical thinking is and why it's important. Now we talk about why it's so darn hard to teach and to use critical thinking in our everyday lives. In this episode... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 183: Critical Thinking – Important? Yes. But Can We Teach It? Well….

    Oct 28 2012

    Why does it concern psychologists that the Texas GOP platform recently opposed the teaching of critical thinking? Most of us have been told since we were very young that critical thinking is very... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 182: Gamification - Here's How To Do It

    Oct 12 2012

    Maybe you've heard of gamification, but how do you do it exactly? How do you use game principles to increase people's motivation when they are doing everyday ordinary activities? Find out in this... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 181: How Does Self Talk Improve Your Game?

    Sep 24 2012

    Let's talk sports psychology. When you participate in a sport do you talk to yourself? Do you try to "psych yourself up", or do you give yourself instructions on how to hold a part of your body or... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep: 180 - Body Language: What Are Your Thumbs Revealing About You?

    Aug 28 2012

    What is your body position revealing about you? Some things are obvious - you probably know that crossed arms indicate a certain distrust. There are also flirting gestures that I'll bet you think... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 179: Lipstick Effect, Stereotype Threat and other Gender Matters

    Aug 13 2012

    Do women who work in typically male dominated jobs "play down" their femininity in order to be gain more respect from their male co-workers? In this episode we'll explore this stereotype threat as... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 178: What Does Embodied Cognition have to do with Baseballs and Robots?

    Jul 03 2012

    There is a lot of talk these days about a fascinating idea called embodied cognition. What is it exactly? In this lively interview I talk with two people who are actively looking into this... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • EP 177: Why You Hate Psychology - Media Bias and Misunderstandings about How Science Works

    Jun 24 2012

    In this follow-up to episode 176 I discuss two more reasons why I believe some people either don't like or just distrust psychology: 1) the belief that it is not a science, and 2) the belief -... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • EP 176: Why You Hate Psychology – Self Esteem Movement and Positive Thinking

    Jun 19 2012

    Why do so many people have strongly negative feelings about the field of psychology? I think there are a handful of reasons and in this episode I talk about two of them: the so-called "self-esteem... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 174: The First Replication of Daryl Bem's Research on Psychic Phenomenon

    Apr 23 2012

    Have psychologists recently found evidence for the existence of psychic ability? Last year, well-known psychologist Daryl Bem published an article called Feeling the Future in which he describes a... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 172: Interview with Natalie Nahai - The Web Psychologist

    Apr 04 2012

    Did you know that you can apply your psychology skills to the development of effective websites? Meet one woman - Nathalie Nahai - who does exactly that and she has a background in not only... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 171 Psych Files Brief #5: Yawning, Telling Jokes to Babies, Politics and Looks

    Mar 08 2012

    A whole bunch of fascinating studies in this episode of The Psych Files! I cover the "Red Dress Effect", what exactly we're looking for in the facial characteristics of our leaders, how dark rooms... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 170: Is the Web Making You More Narrow-Minded?

    Feb 15 2012

    You probably know that sites like Facebook are using the information they have about you - like your age, gender and interests - to serve up ads that are most likely to appeal to you. That's a... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 167: The Fat Trap – How Not to Get Discouraged About the Difficulty of Losing Weight

    Jan 03 2012

    Guess What? Bad news: if you've ever been overweight and you're trying to lose weight it's even harder than you think. Yikes. Pretty de-motivating. However, let's see what motivational... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep: 166: The Secret Life of Pronouns - an Interview with James Pennebaker

    Dec 31 2011

    What do you reveal about yourself in the way you use the smallest and seemingly most insignificant words you use every minute? That's the focus of Dr. James Pennebaker's fascinating book and one of... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 164: What’s So Disgusting About Poop?

    Nov 05 2011

    Just about everyone finds poop disgusting right? So who finds it not so disgusting? Would you believe women in their 20s who are in the middle of their menstrual cycle, and who have motherhood as... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 163: Psych Files Brief#4: Animals Smiling, Yogurt Destressing, and the Psychology of Success

    Oct 22 2011

    Do animals smile? Do they feel emotions and if so how many kinds of feelings do they share with us? In this episode we also take a look at the probiotics in yogurt - how do they affect your thinking... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 162: How to Spend Your Money and Truly Make Yourself HappyEp 162: How to Spend Your Money and Truly Make Yourself Happy

    Oct 11 2011

    In episode 160 I discussed the first 2 ideas on how to spend your money wisely. In this episode I'll talk about 4 more great ideas on how to get the most from your money and 2 things you have to be... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • EP 161: Self Help You Can Believe In: Interview with Dr. Tim Wilson, Author of Redirect

    Oct 03 2011

    Looking for a self-help book with some meat? One that won't insult your intelligence with flowery words and hyped up promises and pseudoscience? Take a look at the book Redirect by psychologist and... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • EP 159 Psych Files Brief #3: Evidence in Favor of Affirmations? The Licensing Effect and the Power of Gossip

    Sep 06 2011

    What's Wrong With a Little Gossip? While some research points out that gossipers are in general disliked, there is an upside: sharing negative gossip can actually help two people like each other... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 158: Tired of Low Grades? 5 Ways to Raise Your Test Scores (and 1 Warning!)

    Aug 19 2011

    But I studied!! Don't be frustrated with low grades. If you study RIGHT you will get good grades. What does that mean to study right? I've got 5 techniques that will help you get better grades... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 157: Do Pets and Religion Make You Happier?

    Aug 10 2011

    You hear a lot these days about how pets make us happy. This is called the "pet effect". But is it so? The answer appears to be a qualified yes. But in what ways do pets make us happy? How... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 156: Grad School in Psychology: What's It Like and How To Get In?

    Jul 29 2011

    What do you have to do to get into grad school in Psychology? A lot of people apply. Who ARE these people and how are you going to stand out among them? Meet one future grad student - Erin... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 155: On Cuddling, Baths, Google, Body Language and Phantom Cell Phone Vibration - Psych Files Brief #2

    Jul 19 2011

    Is cuddling good - especially for men - in marriage? Do baths make you feel less lonely, is Google really making you stupid, how does your body language affect your feelings, and....is that your cell... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Ep 154: 5 Reasons Why Casey Anthony MIGHT Be Innocent

    Jul 08 2011

    The trial of accused child murdered Casey Anthony is over and Casey was found not guilty. Most people are extremely upset because she appeared to be guilty for many reasons. I give you 5 reasons why... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • The REAL Truth About Why You Support (or Oppose) Gay Marriage - Episode 153

    Jun 28 2011

    What is the REAL reason why you either support or oppose gay marriage? We may give logical reasons for our opinions, but the roots behind your opinion lies - where else? - in your past. So let's... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • How Do You Change Your Behavior? Interview with Scott Milford Episode 152

    Jun 21 2011

    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... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Audio: Object Permanence - Does Your Dog Have It? Episode 150

    Jun 07 2011

    Piaget's concept of object permanence is essential to understand. But how did they study this idea among 1 year olds? Obviously children can't tell you that they believe that something no longer... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Date Rape: How Can We Prevent It? Episode 149

    May 31 2011

    You've probably heard of many times when people knew that someone was hurt or might be hurt and they did not help. How can we prevent that from happening? You may have learned about bystander... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • What Can We Do To End Anti-Gay Bullying in Schools? Episode 148

    May 22 2011

    What can we do to end bullying against gays? There is a shocking increase in the number of young homosexuals who are commit suicide. Many anti-bullying programs don't work and in this episode I... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • On Yawning, Swearing, Credit Cards and Sex: Psych Files Brief #1

    May 18 2011

    In this first Psych Files Brief episode, we look at whether swearing actually reduces your sensation of pain (ever stub your toe?), whether or not vertical stripes actually do make you look thinner... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Borderline Personality: What is it? Could Your Cell Phone Help Deal With It? Episode 146

    May 12 2011

    Borderline Personality Disorder is a difficult disorder to understand and treat. Briefly, people who suffer from BPD tend to have a heightened sensitivity to rejection. When they feel that they are... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Why a Tiger Mom Approach to Parenting Does NOT Work: Episode 145

    Apr 12 2011

    Feeling guilty about not being a "Tiger Mom" (or Dad)? Let me give you 3 reasons why you don't have to feel that way. Get yourself ready for the next time that someone says that you (or parents in... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 144: The Drowsy Chaperone Holds the Key to Life!

    Mar 25 2011

    Americans spend billions of dollars on self-help products each year, but does someone else hold the answers to your questions about what your life is all about? Join me as I discuss a fascinating... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 143: EMDR - An Interview with Founder Francine Shapiro

    Mar 19 2011

    Curious about EMDR? Listen to this interview with the founder of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Dr. Francine Shapiro talk about EMDR and how it is different from Cognitive Behavioral... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 142: How To Make Jobs More Satisfying and Motivating

    Mar 06 2011

    Do you have a dull job? Wonder how it can be made more motivating? That's the challenge - how can we make jobs that are typically not much fun (like an assembly line job) more interesting to do? ... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 141: Psychology Gets Smart: A New Kind of Lie Detector?

    Feb 27 2011

    Join me as I describe a psychological study that tested a new kind of lie detector. The study involved Agents, Missions, an Interception, and a mysterious package. This is psychology? You better... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 140: Psychoanalyzing Jack Lalanne

    Feb 06 2011

    In this episode I put Jack Lalanne on the couch. I take selections from several of his vidoes and see what they reveal about his personality. He was clearly passionate about exercise, but what... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 139: Blaming the Victim in Reverse - the Justice Motive

    Jan 23 2011

    I'll bet you've heard of the expression, "Whatever doesn't kill you...", or "Suffering is good for the soul". Could these expression represent another way that we deal with our own anxiety after we... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 138: Zombies - 6 Reasons Why We Are So Fascinated By Them

    Dec 23 2010

    Have you watched the TV show Walking Dead or ever seen a movie about Zombies (perhaps Zombieland or Dawn of the Dead? What is so fascinating about the undead? Why do many of us get a strange... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 137: Objectivity and the Scientific Impotence Excuse

    Dec 13 2010

    Can science study love? Are we able to scientifically determine what romance is all about? There seem to be times, particularly when people hold strong beliefs, that we just don't want to hear what... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 136: Adele Faber Interview on Parenting (Part 2)

    Nov 28 2010

    In part 2 of my interview with Adele Faber, co-author along with Elaine Mazlish of "How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk" we talk about what do do when you've got nothing left... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 135: Adele Faber Interview on Parenting (Part 1)

    Nov 19 2010

    Are you familiar with Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish's classic book "How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk"? You should be. It's not just for parents. The ideas in this book... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 134: Hypnosis - Myth and Reality

    Nov 02 2010

    What do you think of hypnosis? might you be surprised to hear that it has been accepted by the American Psychological Association? Hypnosis has a fascinating and controversial history but today it... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 133: Replace Your Doctor With a Robot?

    Oct 22 2010

    Are you embarrassed to take your clothes off in front of your doctor? Most of us are. Well, what if your doctor was a robot? Would this make it easier or harder to remove your clothes? Before you... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 132: Opera Singing on the Brain

    Oct 08 2010

    What part of your brain is lighting up when you're singing? In this episode I take a look at a neat new study that involved having singers lie down in an MRI while their brains were scanned. Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 131: Even Children Do Statistics!

    Sep 16 2010

    Here's a fun piece of psychological research: finding out whether children use statistical information to figure out other people. We know kids are very perceptive and learn quickly. This study... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 128: Do Brain Training Games Work?

    Jul 13 2010

    You've probably heard about these Brain Training games. Do they really help you to keep your mind sharp? Will they prevent cognitive decline or slow the effects of alzheimer's disease? In this... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 125: False Memories - How Can Your Memory Be So Bad?

    Jun 07 2010

    For some reason we believe that our memories are accurate. They are far from it. What we remember is a hodge-podge, a patchwork of images, stories, and bits and pieces from our past. In this... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 124: Flashbulb Memories - Are They As Accurate As We Think?

    May 31 2010

    Would you be surprised if I told you that your memories of the attacks on September 11, 2001 are inaccurate? How much of what you remember of that day or of other Flashbulb Memories actually... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 122: DSM-V and On Being Sane - Are Psychiatric Labels Really Harmful?

    Apr 22 2010

    What does the movie Shrek have to do with labeling, psychiatric illness and the self-fulfilling prophecy? In this episode I take a close look at the well-known Rosenhan study. This was the study in... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 120: Big Words Make You Look Less Intelligent

    Mar 29 2010

    Have you ever deliberately replaced small words with bigger ones in order to sound more intelligent? Guess what - it usually doesn't work. In a series of studies Daniel Oppenheimer showed that... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 119: Are You Lying in that Email?

    Mar 23 2010

    Have you ever been less than truthful in an email? Or perhaps a little more blunt or emotional than you might have been if you delivered your message in person? Why is it that people can sometimes... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 118: Are You REALLY Listening? Sanford Meisner, Acting and Psychology

    Mar 12 2010

    A lot of people get into psychology because they think they are good listeners, but are you really a good listener? What does it mean to be a good listener? In this episode I look at a fascinating... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 117: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - An Interview with Bobbi

    Feb 23 2010

    What is it like to live with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD? Listen to this interview with a young woman who deals with OCD every day and you'll get a much better understanding of what OCD is... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 116: Social Loafing - Don't Be a Sucker or a Free Loader!

    Feb 12 2010

    Do you like working in a group? Most people don't because they're afraid that they'll have to do most of the work (wind up being a sucker) and that other group members won't do their share of the... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 114: Finding Little Albert

    Jan 05 2010

    Little Albert - one of the most famous subjects in the history of psychology - has finally been identified. Researchers spent 7 years tracking down every possible lead in order to discover who John... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 113: Interview with Scott Lilienfeld on the 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology

    Dec 28 2009

    I interview Dr. Scott Lilienfeld, author of 50 Myths of Popular Psychology and we talk about, a) whether the polygraph actually works, b) whether women really talk more than men, c) does handwriting... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 112: Evolutionary Psychology - David Buss Responds to Critics Part 2

    Dec 17 2009

    In part 2 of my interview with David Buss, he responds to more criticisms of evolutionary psychology. Here's what we cover: a) does evolutionary psychology just give criminals another reason not to... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 111: Evolutionary Psychology - David Buss Responds to Critics

    Dec 06 2009

    There has been a lot of criticism of evolutionary psychology. How do researchers respond? One of the leading researchers in this field - Dr. David Buss of the University of Texas responds to these... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 110: Narcissism Among Celebrities, on Facebook and in Shakespeare

    Nov 22 2009

    Are celebrities really more narcissistic than you are? Is your Facebook page telling the world that you are a narcissist? And finally: who is Shakespeare's most narcissistic character? I'll give... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 108: More Harm Than Good? Kubler-Ross' Five Stages of Grief

    Oct 26 2009

    Almost everyone has heard of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, her book On Death and Dying, and her five stages of grief. But are these stages accurate? Could the five stages of grief actually be doing more... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 107: Freud, Projective Tests and .... Poetry

    Oct 18 2009

    How do the Rorschach, the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) and the House, Tree Person tests work? Do you reveal something about yourself when you tell stories about pictures or tell what you see in... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 106: Your Sexual Orientation - How Did It Develop?

    Oct 12 2009

    How did you get to be heterosexual? Homosexual? Bisexual? Was it nature or nurture (or both?). Were you born with a sexual orientation or did it develop as you grew? What role did your parents... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 104: Can Positive Affirmations Improve Your Self Esteem?

    Sep 10 2009

    Can positive affirmations really help raise your self esteem? People use daily affirmations and money affirmations to help them feel more confident, build their self-esteem and bring positive events... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 103: Raising Children - Interview with Author Jamie Raser

    Aug 30 2009

    Having trouble raising your children? Join the crowd. There are lots and lots of parenting books out there, but here's one I think you should know about. It's called Raising Children You Can Live... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 101: The Psychology of Music: The Role of Expectations and Minor Chords

    Aug 01 2009

    How does music affect us emotionally? Why do minor chords sound so sad? In this episode of The Psych Files I explore ideas from Daniel Leviton's fascinating book, Your Brain on Music, especially... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 100: Reflections on 100 Episodes of The Psych Files

    Jul 20 2009

    Well, it's here - episode 100. I take this time to reflect on which episodes have made the most impact on the podcast and the episodes and listeners that have taught me the most. Also, I provide a... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 99: Animal Emotions - Does Your Pet Really Have Feelings?

    Jul 15 2009

    Does your dog have thoughts and feelings? How about your cat? In this episode we find out what scientists have to say about how we should study this question. I also review a fascinating new study... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 98: Evolutionary Psychology - An Interview with Dr. David Buss

    Jun 20 2009

    Do you know your own mate value in the dating world? Curious about evolutionary psychology? In this interview with Dr. David Buss we discuss a number of interesting and controversial topics, such... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 97: Stanley Milgram Obedience Study Finally Replicated

    Jun 08 2009

    The obedience studies originally conducted by Stanley Milgram (sometimes referred to as the Milgram Shock studies) have finally been replicated in a university setting. Will people obey an authority... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 94: How Do You Learn to Act Like a Woman or like a Man?

    May 19 2009

    How do we learn to act in what are called gender appropriate ways? How did you learn to act like a girl and then a woman? Or like a boy and then like a man? Did you experience either penis envy or... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 93: Your Brain on a Website

    May 13 2009

    How can you use psychology to design a website so people are likely to buy products from you? Or design a website so people are likely to donate money to your cause? In this episode Dr Susan... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 92: Passion For Your Work is Overrated

    Apr 24 2009

    Everyone tells you that you should have "passion for your work". Personally, I think that's a bunch of malarky, balderdash and hooey. And much of it could be the fault of psychologists. You might... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 91: The Psychology of Effective Meetings

    Apr 14 2009

    Do you hate meetings as much as I do? How do you make them work? Business people and students often hate meetings and group projects because it's hard to get everyone to participate and it's hard to... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 90: The Learning Styles Myth: An Interview with Daniel Willingham

    Mar 29 2009

    Guess what? There's no such thing as a learning style! Don't believe it? Listen to this interview with professor and author Daniel Willingham as he and I discuss the topic of learning styles. If... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 89: Don't Touch That Dial! Why You Should Love Commercials

    Mar 16 2009

    Watching commercials actually increases your enjoyment of the show. Do you believe it? Did you, like myself, pay good money on a Tivo or video digital recorder just so you could avoid commercials? ... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 88: Sexual Harassment: Who is Most Likely to be a Victim?

    Mar 07 2009

    Who is most likely to be a victim of sexual harassment? Is it the attractive female secretary? The attractive female employee by a man who is higher up in the organizational hierarchy? These are... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 87: Manhood: Are You A "Real Man"?

    Feb 27 2009

    Why does it seem that males in many cultures have to prove their manhood? Do women have to prove their womanhood? Why is this and what happens when men feel like they are less than a man? In this... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 85: How to Make Learning Fun Again? Constructivism and Democratic Schools - Part 2

    Jan 30 2009

    What the heck is constructivism anyway? In this episode I explore that topic with Dr. Eugene Geist. We also explore what some would consider a radical concept in education:democratic schools. ... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 84: How To Make Learning Fun Again Part 1 - Piaget

    Jan 19 2009

    How can we make learning as fun as it was when you were a child? We can. Listen to Dr. Eugene Geist as he explains the cognitive development theories of Jean Piaget and you'll understand why we are... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 82: What's the Best Personality to be a Waiter?

    Dec 29 2008

    What kind of personality do you need to be a good waiter/waitress? In a previous episode we talked about the tactics: touching customers, drawing smiley faces on bills, crouching down to the... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 81: Talking (and not Talking) in Psychotherapy - Part 2

    Dec 09 2008

    Are you interested in play therapy or therapy with children and adolescents? Do you have a child in therapy and you wonder how playing with toys is going to possibly help you child? Learn more about... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 80: Talking (and not Talking) in Psychotherapy - Part 1

    Dec 08 2008

    Are you interested in play therapy or therapy with children and adolescents? Do you have a child in therapy and you wonder how playing with toys is going to possibly help you child? Learn more about... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 79: Models of Leadership - Joan of Arc, Alexander the Great and Ginger the Chicken?

    Nov 24 2008

    Who's the best role model for a leader? How about a chicken? In this episode of The Psych Files we examine Ginger from the movie Chicken Run to see how she embodies some of the best qualities of a... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 78: The Psychology of Tipping

    Nov 11 2008

    How can a waiter increase his tips? Would you believe that psychologists have devoted a great deal of research to this question? We've looked at the effect of smiley faces, touching, telling jokes,... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 77: Lost at School - An Interview with Ross Green Part 2

    Nov 03 2008

    Still looking for an alternative to Time out? If you are a teacher, a childcare worker, or anyone who works with kids and is frustrated at the fact that for some children time out just doesn't work.... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 76: Lost at School - An Interview with Ross Green Part 1

    Oct 29 2008

    Dr. Ross Green, author of The Explosive Child, has just published his second book, Lost at School in which he shows how the principles of Collaborative Problem Solving can be used by teachers and... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 75: Science Proves Subliminal Tapes Work! Well....not really

    Oct 21 2008

    Do subliminal messages in self-help tapes really work? There actually is some evidence that people can be influenced by subliminal messages. Can your self-esteem be raised with subliminal tapes? ... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 74: Social Influence in a Virtual World - A Virtual Door in the Face

    Oct 07 2008

    The Foot in the Door and the Door in the Face are two classic social influence techniques that have been heavily studied by psychologists. However, until now, no one has attempted them in a virtual... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 73: On the Folly of….Politics

    Oct 02 2008

    On The Folly of Rewarding A While Hoping For B is a well known article by Steven Kerr that appeared in The Academy of Management Executive. Want an example of how insightful Steven Kerr was with... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 71: Horse Sense or Nonsense? Clever Hans is Alive and Well

    Sep 18 2008

    Can horses be used for corporate training or is this nonsense? If you listened to the NPR piece called, "Horse Sense: New Breed Of Executive Training" you might have had the same reaction I did:... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 70: Coincidence or Synchronicity? You Be The Judge

    Sep 10 2008

    Have you heard that president Abraham Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy and president John F. Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln? In this episode of The Psych Files we explore strange... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 69: Personal Space Invasions - Ethical Implications of one of Psychology's Strangest Studies

    Sep 02 2008

    Remember the psychological study conducted in a men's room? Think it was silly? Unethical? Let's revisit this study and take a close look at what the critics say and what the authors themselves... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 67: The Olympic Silver Medal? What a Bummer!

    Aug 13 2008

    Psychologists say that winning the silver medal - coming in second - is actually less satisfying than coming in third - the bronze. Why is that? Sounds weird, but it also sounds right, doesn't it? ... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 66: What to do about Mom? Personal Control and Aging

    Aug 11 2008

    Do nursing homes and assisted living facilities have to be so depressing? Is there a way to help senior citizens have more energy and more enthusiasm for life? What do psychologists know that you... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 65: God and Self Help, Synchronicity, and Listener Feedback

    Jul 30 2008

    Some of the most popular self help books such as the Power of Positive Thinking and A Course in Miracles rely on references to god and religion. In this episode I add a few thoughts to the previous... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 64: A Scientist Goes Looking for a Self Help Book....

    Jul 21 2008

    Self Help books: there are so many such books out there. How do you choose? Can they cure depression? Help you lose weight? Stop smoking? Can they replace psychotherapy? Find out how critical... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 63: Cognitive Dissonance, the Monty Hall Problem and a Possible Solution?

    Jul 14 2008

    Cognitive Dissonance - one of the most established and respected theories in psychology - is under attack. An economist - M. Keith Chen - uses what is called the "Monty Hall problem" to show that... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 62: Sustainability and Human Behavior

    Jul 08 2008

    Sustainability - what does it mean? Are you concerned about how human beings are using up our natural resources and are you perhaps worried about the future of our planet? Listen to Dr. Deborah... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 61: The Mozart Effect - Is There Anything To It? Part 2

    Jun 24 2008

    This is part 2 of my interview with Dr. Kenneth Steele of Appalachian State University on his research on the so-called Mozart Effect. Listen to Dr. Steele talk about how rats were brought into the... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 60: The Full Monty Backstage - Body Image and Gender Differences

    Jun 17 2008

    The Full Monty: maybe you've seen the movie or the musical, but what is it like backstage? What are the actors thinking? What would you be thinking if you had to take your clothes off in front of... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 59 - The Mozart Effect: Is There Anything To It?

    Jun 10 2008

    The Mozart Effect - almost everyone has heard about it, but is there really anything to it? Can the Mozart Effect increase your child's IQ? Will listening to Mozart make you more creative? Does it... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 58: Speed Dating - You Don't Know What You Want

    May 25 2008

    Do you really know what you want in a romantic partner? The answer is....no. How often have you heard that men want women with great bodies and women want a good provider? Do you agree with it? ... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 57: Expectancy Theory, Goal Setting and Getting in Shape!

    May 16 2008

    Trying to get in shape and lose weight? What's the psychology behind getting in shape? Well, first forget the psychobabble. In this episode of The Psych Files podcast I examine two established... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 56: What is Music Therapy?

    May 10 2008

    Interested in Music Therapy? Music therapy, which is often used with children with autism, can also be used in the classroom to help children learn patterns. In this interview music therapist... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 55: Is It Really Better to Give Than to Receive?

    Apr 24 2008

    We've looked at the story of the Good Samaritan so now it's time to scientifically answer the question: is it better to give than to receive? Psychologists have recently examined the relationship... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 54: Math Anxiety - Causes and Cures

    Apr 13 2008

    Could it be that the roots of this anxiety lie not with the topic itself but with the way math is taught? In this episode I am extremely fortunate to speak with Dr. Eugene Geist, Associate Professor... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 53: Mindful Learning, NCLB, and the True Foundations of Success

    Apr 02 2008

    Tired of rote memorization? Tired of NCLB? Try mindful learning. In this episode I explore psychologist Ellen Langer's concept of mindful learning. What does it mean to teach and learn in a mindful... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 51: Elliot Spitzer's Wife: Hero or Victim?

    Mar 18 2008

    This past week it seems like people have been talking as much about Elliot Spitzer as they have about his wife Silda. In fact, emotions may be running higher about her behavior than about his. Why... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 50: Psychological Study Ripped Straight from....the Bible?

    Mar 13 2008

    How many scientific studies find their inspiration from a parable in the bible? Well, this one does and for my 50th episode I'll go over a very interesting study based on the Good Samaritan parable.... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 49: Classroom Management - An Interview with Dr. Ross Green part 2

    Mar 06 2008

    In this episode I continue the interview on Collaborative Problem Solving in the classroom with Dr. Ross Green, author of The Explosive Child. As I stated in the previous episode, there are a... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 48: Classroom Management - An Interview with Dr. Ross Green part1

    Mar 01 2008

    Classroom management techniques - there are a lot of strategies for dealing with behavior problems in the classroom. It's time to add Collaborative Problem Solving to your toolkit. Learn an... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 47: The Little Albert Study: What You Know is...Mostly Wrong

    Feb 20 2008

    Think you know a lot about the little Albert experiment conducted by John Watson? Well, guess what - you'd be surprised at how much of the story is simply not true. If you're wondering whatever... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 46: Thinking Positively - or Running Away from Your Feelings?

    Feb 09 2008

    What’s wrong with thinking positively? Could be a lot. Let’s take another look at the "positive psychology" movement in this episode of The Psych Files podcast. I’ll share some additional ideas for... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 44: Human Emotions: The Two Factor Theory

    Jan 30 2008

    Where do our emotions come from? From our thoughts? Or do they begin somewhere else - like in our bodies? This week we look at the work of James-Lange, Cannon-Bard, and Schachter and Singer. Also,... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 43: Email Feedback

    Jan 22 2008

    The Psych Files podcast started one year ago this week, so I thought I’d share some emails I’ve received over the past year. I just want to thank all of you for being listeners and for sharing... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 42: Taking A Psychology Class?

    Jan 18 2008

    Are you taking Introduction to Psychology? General Psychology? Or are you looking for online lectures in psychology? You've come to the right place. The Psych Files podcast is 1 year old... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 41: EMDR - A Critical Perspective

    Jan 08 2008

    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing - what is it about this type of psychotherapy that draws such criticism? In this episode I interview Dr. Scott Lilienfeld of Emory University. ... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 40: Performance Anxiety - How to Deal With It

    Dec 31 2007

    Do you get nervous when you perform? Want to learn how to overcome performance anxiety? Listen to a few experienced actors talk about performing and then I'll share some thoughts about... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

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

    Dec 18 2007

    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... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 37: The Effects of Video Game and Media Violence

    Dec 07 2007

    What do psychologists think about the effects of violent video games and violence in the media on viewers? Does it lead people to be more aggressive? More violent? Or is it the other way around... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 36: The Myth of the Kitty Genovese Story

    Nov 25 2007

    Have you heard the story about how young Kitty Genovese was repeatedly attacked one night in New York City over a period of a half and hour while 38 people watched from their windows and did... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 34: Timeout Revisited - Dealing with Challenging Kids Part 2

    Nov 04 2007

    Here’s the second part of my episode on alternatives to timeout. In this part of the interview, Dr. Ablon discusses Plan B in more detail. How do you work with your child to come up with... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 33: Timeout Revisited - Dealing with Challenging Kids Part 1

    Oct 28 2007

    In part of 1 of this interview Dr. J. Stuart Ablon we talk those children for whom timeout sometimes does not work. What’s your alternative then? Listen in and learn about the Collaborative... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 32: Midterms, Mnemonics and Two Keys to Learning

    Oct 14 2007

    To learn or not to learn that is the question this week on The Psych Files. Come with me as I explore mnemonic techniques, learn to memorize Hamlet's famous speech, and learn 2 keys to true,... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 30: Equine Assisted Therapy

    Sep 23 2007

    If you think that therapy with horses is just another form of “pet therapy” well…so did I…at first. But Equine Assisted therapy is something different. Learn more about this unique form of... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 28: Is Time Out Really Effective?

    Sep 05 2007

    Everybody advocates the use of time out over forms of punishments like spankings, but how exactly do you administer time out in a way that is effective? Could we be doing it all wrong? Is time... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 27: From Insane Asylum to Psychiatric Center: A Brief History

    Aug 28 2007

    Join me for an interview with Dr. Roger Christenfeld, Research Director of the Hudson River Psychiatric Center. Dr. Christenfeld and I talk about how psychiatric patients were treated in the... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 26: Why Do Statistics Make Us So Queasy?

    Aug 22 2007

    Why are we often anxious about or even suspicious of statistics? Let’s take a look at this topic. Along with some interesting examples I’ve got some statistics-oriented jokes I hope you’ll find... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 25: The Brains Behind Erikson Part 3

    Aug 11 2007

    We finish off this series looking at your brain as you develop by examining what is happening in your brain as you age from adolescence to older adulthood. Also: an impersonated celebrity... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 24: The Brains Behind Erikson Part 2

    Aug 10 2007

    What is happening in your brain as you progress through life? In this episode we take a look at some of the changes that occur in your brain from birth to age 12. Be sure to listen to part 3 of... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 23: Do Teachers Have to be Actors Today?

    Aug 01 2007

    We often heard it said that teachers have to be actors today in order to keep the attention of today’s low attention span students. Well, in this episode I agree that teachers and actors do... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 21: Erikson's Eight Stages of Life

    Jul 09 2007

    This week on The Psych Files we take a stroll through the various phases of life: from childhood, to adolescence, into mid-life and then we listen to two interesting voices of men nearing the end... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 20: The Robber's Cave Study - Exactly What Happened?

    Jun 27 2007

    What do gangs, asteroids, a giant octopus and little boys at a summer camp in Robber's Cave State Park in 1954 have in common? Find out this week as we take a look at a wonderful study in... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 19: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: an interview with Jamie O’Neil

    Jun 19 2007

    Want to learn more about EMDR? Listen to this interview with Jamie O’Neil who explains how EMDR works. Turns out it’s about a lot more than just eye movements. Learn more about Bilateral... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 18: Critical Thinking and the Overflowing Cup

    Jun 11 2007

    Everyone thinks critical thinking is a great thing. I don’t disagree, but how about a little open mindedness? I take a look at last week's episode on energy medicine and discuss being critical,... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 16: Personal Space Invasion: What Happens When Someone Invades Your Personal Space?

    May 28 2007

    I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the studies in psychology that I remember not so much because they were groundbreaking or well known (like Pavlov’s dogs or Milgram’s studies... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

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

    May 19 2007

    The battle cry of childhood - It’s not fair - tends to follow us throughout life. Let’s take a look at how fairness, or the lack therof, plays itself out in the work place. Get ready for a... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 13: Big Brother? What Your Grocery Store Knows About You

    May 03 2007

    The question this week: Does your local grocery store know more about you than you do? We take a look at the research that’s been done to learn more about your behavior in the supermarket and... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 12: The Necessity of the Frame in Psychotherapy

    Apr 25 2007

    What is the “frame” in psychotherapy and why do we need to keep it from breaking? This week I discuss some guidelines set forth by Robert Langs, MD regarding how to know when your relationship... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 10: What does your search behavior on Amazon.com say about you?

    Apr 12 2007

    Today we take a look at how your innermost feelings are reflected in what information you pay attention to or ignore as you search around on Amazon. Cognitive dissonance strikes again! Show notes... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

  • Episode 8: Why do Contradictions Bother Us So Much? Cognitive Dissonance in Our Daily Lives.

    Mar 20 2007

    Can you be pro choice and against the death penalty, or vice versa? That’s the question we examine this week along with other quandries such as Gingrichs’ affair and Al Gore’s house. This week on... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com