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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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,...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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. ...

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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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