Psychology in Everyday Life: The Psych Files

Psychology in Everyday Life: The Psych Files

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

Episodes

Ep 175: What Makes Some People Funny?  

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...

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

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...

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Ep 273: Stereotypes and How We Get Past Them  

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...

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Ep 272: How To Create a Human-Like Voice  

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...

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Ep 271: Great Psych Apps - NovoPsych  

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...

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

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...

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Ep 269: How To Get People To Be Creative  

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...

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

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...

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Ep 266: Productive Confusion with Jeremiah Sullins  

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...

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

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...

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Ep 264: How To Make Study Groups Effective  

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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Ep 259: How Could You Have Missed That?  

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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