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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.

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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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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@mbritt

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Episodes

Ep 311: The Ape That Understood the Universe

10/3/2018
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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 differences we see again and again? That's exactly what author Steve Stewart-Williams has done in his latest book, The Ape That Understood the Universe. If you're interested in evolutionary Psychology you've come to the right place. Fascinating discussion.

Duration:00:36:09

Ep 310: How To Memorize Psychiatric Medications

9/18/2018
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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 better grade on your test. I've got ways to remember 12 medications like **Zoloft, Prozac, Ritalin, Adderall, Lithium**, and more - and which diagnosis (**Depression, Anxiety, Psychosis**, etc.) the drug is used to treat. Don't spend hours in rote memorization - use these memory tools instead.

Duration:00:33:17

Ep 309: College Teaching Needs To Change

9/7/2018
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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 approaches to teaching that Ken Bain identified in his must-read book, "What The Best College Teachers Do". In this episode I describe one of the key ideas from the book and I show how they could be applied in two specific examples.

Duration:00:37:43

Ep 308: How to Change the Mind of a Conservative

8/9/2018
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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, while liberals are "future-focused". So what if you frame a statement about gun control by framing that statement around words and images that support a person's preferences for the past or the future? Let's see how your attitudes are being ever so slightly influenced by the way statements are...

Duration:00:34:34

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

7/10/2018
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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 and not get the other person defensive? We're going to find out. Also, Koko the gorilla died recently. But did she really master sign language? Or is there less to this story than first appears? In this episode we put on our critical thinking caps and take a look.

Duration:00:35:47

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

6/14/2018
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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 exactly are you doing with your voice? And most importantly, does your dog know what the heck you're saying? Does it help to talk this way? Let's find out. And here's something you never thought of if you've ever tried to train a parrot or parakeet to speak: how come you DON'T use your "pet voice"...

Duration:00:28:23

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

5/31/2018
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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 the way they do. In this episode we get an example of **qualitative research** by really diving into the book called "Those We Love". How do books shape who we think we are and how we act as adults?

Duration:00:29:14

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

5/5/2018
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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 fact, in some cases, the higher levels of testosterone actually cause men to be MORE NICE than usual. Don't believe it? Let's take a look at what author Robert Sapolsky has to teach us about the true and subtle effects of testosterone. I think you'll be surprised.

Duration:00:21:15

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

4/19/2018
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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 episodes on this topic and what we learn here also applies to school shooters. Here are some concrete suggestions, supported by extensive research.

Duration:00:20:24

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

4/5/2018
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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. Researchers Arie Kruglanski, Katarzyna Jasko, David Webber, Chernikova and Erica Molinario explain how their theory, called SQT or Significance Quest Theory explains what leads young men to join extremist groups.

Duration:00:27:25

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

3/15/2018
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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 in the brain of football player Aaron Hernandez. The Oxygen network produced a fascinating account of Hernandez's life entitled Aaron Hernandez Uncovered and I was asked to participate in a panel discussion with other podcasters in which I talk about CTE as well as Toxic Masculinity. Here's the...

Duration:00:58:05

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

2/24/2018
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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 episode I'll tell you about some of what the brain is doing when pianists play the piano. Maybe you'll be inspired to start playing yourself....?

Duration:00:27:39

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

1/11/2018
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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 heart rate, but if your fitness tracker “knew” how you were thinking and whether you were saying things to yourself that are de-motivating (“I’ll never get in shape anyway…”) it might be more effective in getting you off the couch. But do you...

Duration:00:35:07

Ep 298: Nudge Your Way to Better Health

12/13/2017
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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 again about the benefits of healthy eating and exercise, or we can try to "nudge" you toward healthier eating. In this episode I talk about a articles that appeared in the journal Health Psychology about how subtle influences can be used to...

Duration:00:48:00

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

12/5/2017
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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 this episode I examine the psychology of this music. A;ong the way we'll see how minor chords and musical repetition affect, of all things, the release of dopamine in the brain.

Duration:00:16:22

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

11/2/2017
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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 display. That is, those in higher social classes in societies are often not able to correctly interpret the facial expressions and gestures of people in lower social classes. Don’t believe it? In this episode I go through the research on how this...

Duration:00:31:04

Ep 295: How Can the Ordinary Person Be Inspirational?

10/17/2017
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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 best to tell or what videos are likely to be shared the most? We'll tap into the latest psychological research to find out.

Duration:00:24:12

Ep 294: What is Forensic Psychology Really All About?

10/10/2017
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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 author of the All-About-Psychology website as well as the All-About-Forensic-Psychology website. Let's separate fact from fiction and find out how psychological findings are applied to the justice system. And if you're interested in this field, or...

Duration:00:34:35

Ep 293: Emotional Intelligence - How Is It Taught?

10/4/2017
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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 this episode, school psychologist and author Kyle Carlin talks about a book he has written called Bug and Boo. It's a charming story about a young girl and her imaginary friend, but it's also a tool to help parents, educators and therapists help...

Duration:00:27:39

Ep 292: Yes, Computers Can Guess Your Sexual Orientation

9/20/2017
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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 reveal about ourselves sometimes when we don't even know it!

Duration:00:30:35