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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.
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Latest episode: January 11, 2018 | 6:04 am - Ep 299: How Smart Do You Want Your Fitness Tracker to Be?

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Ep 299: How Smart Do You Want Your Fitness Tracker to Be? (2107) January 11, 2018 | 6:04 am
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 them to get? Today they keep track of your steps and he...
Ep 298: Nudge Your Way to Better Health (2880) December 13, 2017 | 4:52 am
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 back to your old unhealthy ways. We can lecture you ...
Ep 297: The Movie Coco - What's the Psychology Behind It? (983) December 05, 2017 | 10:28 am
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 - each with a very different effect on the psyche. In ...
Ep 296: The Psychology and the Research Behind Why Some People are Angry when Athletes Take a Knee (1864) November 02, 2017 | 8:32 am
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 “empathy deficit” that people in power can sometimes di...
Ep 295: How Can the Ordinary Person Be Inspirational? (1452) October 17, 2017 | 6:23 pm
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 their lives - how do you do that? What stories are the...
1: Ep 294: What is Forensic Psychology Really All About? (2075) October 10, 2017 | 6:19 pm
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 really like to work in this field. David is the autho...
Ep 294: What is Forensic Psychology Really All About? (2075) October 10, 2017 | 6:19 pm
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 really like to work in this field. David is the autho...
Ep 293: Emotional Intelligence - How Is It Taught? (1658) October 04, 2017 | 6:41 pm
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. That's the essence of Emotional Intelligence and in ...
Ep 292: Yes, Computers Can Guess Your Sexual Orientation (1925) September 20, 2017 | 7:20 pm
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 blankets and the musical Hairspray - what do we reve...
Ep 291: How Important is Your Name? Maybe A Lot (1612) September 06, 2017 | 7:07 pm
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 in this episode - research showing that other people...
Ep 290: Class Demonstrations That Always Work (1744) August 23, 2017 | 7:03 pm
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 learning process while helping them really grasp what a key...
Ep 289: Games and Videos as Therapeutic Tools: Dr. Anna Vagin (part 2) (2244) August 08, 2017 | 7:32 pm
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 those characters dealt with their difficult situations. ...
Ep 288: Using TableTop Games and Videos in Therapy: Interview with Anna Vagin (1458) July 25, 2017 | 6:52 pm
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 videos she finds on YouTube in her sessions. These are...
Ep 287: What to do About Fake News? Apply a Little Psychology - Part 2 (1823) July 10, 2017 | 7:23 pm
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 doing to address the problem: the Pro Truth Pledge. Fi...
Ep 286: What to do About Fake News? Apply a Little Psychology (1486) June 26, 2017 | 6:42 pm
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 there's some psychology going on here. In this episode I i...
Ep 285: Ketamine and Depression, Raven Intelligence, and Those Darn Fidget Spinners (1595) June 12, 2017 | 4:37 am
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 anxiety?), we're astounded by the results of researc...
Ep 284: On the TV Show Luther, Logical Thinking and Crinkly Plates to Lose Weight (1608) June 05, 2017 | 6:49 pm
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 byte from the TV show Luther and wring all kinds of ...
283: How To Practice Correctly and is Facebook Rotting Your Brain? (1682) May 31, 2017 | 6:38 pm
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 something - like an instrument or a language - in a w...
Ep 283: How To Practice Correctly and is Facebook Rotting Your Brain? (1682) May 31, 2017 | 6:38 pm
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 something - like an instrument or a language - in a w...
Ep 282: Psychology and Gaming - Part 2 of an Interview with Josue Cardona and Kelli Dunlap (1534) May 19, 2017 | 10:38 am
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 like? Games may hold one answer for helping all of us g...


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