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Episode 21: Mass Hysteria

2/11/2019
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How is it possible that huge groups of people can all fall ill or be incapacitated by a physical sickness no doctor can diagnose? How can hundreds of citizens across a city be moved to perform some odd repeated behavior for days or even weeks on end with no biological cause? Today’s episode will explore some famous instances of mass hysteria, and then try to answer just these questions.

Duration:00:31:11

Episode 20: The First Women

1/21/2019
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Before the second-wave feminist movement of the 1960s, psychological study was largely the study of (mostly white) men, by (mostly white) men. To say, however, that men have always been the only ones in the lab is a huge mistake. This episode is a tiny overview of four groundbreaking American psychologists – who just happen to have been women.

Duration:00:31:00

Episode 19: The Doppelgänger Delusion

1/7/2019
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Capgras Syndrome is a psychiatric disorder in which a person believes that people around them have been replaced with doubles. Sufferers of this condition truly think that the people they know and love are imposters. This episode breaks down this mysterious delusion to delve into its history, etiology, and whether or not it can be treated. --- Welcome to Psychologia, a scientific exploration of the strange and pathological. www.psychologiapodcast.com

Duration:00:23:25

RECAST: Devil Town

12/24/2018
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A remastered version of our second-ever episode: Many people are familiar with the term "Satanic Panic," but most have no idea about the bizarre role that psychology played in the widespread mayhem that erupted in the 1980s and 90s. (The second part of our two-part false memory suite) --- Welcome to Psychologia, a scientific exploration of the strange and pathological. www.psychologiapodcast.com

Duration:00:23:47

RECAST: Whose Memory Is This, Anyway?

12/10/2018
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A remastered version of our first-ever episode: We rely on our memories to orient ourselves in time and space. But what if your memories are unreliable? Or worse, what if it is possible for someone else to implant false memories in your mind? (The first part of our two-part false memory suite) --- Welcome to Psychologia, a scientific exploration of the strange and pathological. www.psychologiapodcast.com

Duration:00:17:00

Episode 18: The Real Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

11/25/2018
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The Old Tolbooth stood for over 400 years just off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh and housed all manner of torture, torment, and even public execution. One of these deaths was that of a man whose bizarre and duplicitous life would become the inspiration for one of fiction’s most well-known horror stories, and whose hanging was the most well-attended in Scotland’s history. The man was Deacon William Brodie, but you may know him as “the real Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

Duration:00:21:15

Episode 17: The Men Who Died in Their Sleep

11/12/2018
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At first, there were 18 dead. All members of the Hmong tribe, all from a mountainous province of Laos. They fled their homeland at the end of the Vietnam War and made their way to the United States as refugees. They shared a difficult life – and they shared a terrifying death. Each of them was found in their beds, killed in their sleep by a mysterious affliction that looked like nothing at all. --- Welcome to Psychologia, a scientific exploration of the strange and pathological....

Duration:00:28:10

Episode 16: The Yellow Wallpaper

10/21/2018
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In honor of Halloween, this episode is a bit different. We’re reading a wonderful, chilling short story, a perfect combination of some of this podcast’s favorite subjects: psychology, feminism, and horror. Psychologia presents “The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. --- Welcome to Psychologia, a scientific exploration of the strange and pathological. www.psychologiapodcast.com

Duration:00:48:03

Episode 15: Six Vanished Disorders

10/7/2018
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Throughout history, there have been many mental illnesses that have spread widely only to disappear years later because they are problematic or discriminatory, laughable or preposterous, or simply no longer relevant. This episode explores six disorders that were once considered real threats to people’s sanity, but have now vanished from modern psychology. --- Welcome to Psychologia, a scientific exploration of the strange and pathological. www.psychologiapodcast.com

Duration:00:30:47

Episode 14: The Psychopathy Checklist

9/23/2018
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Psychopaths fascinate us. They commit extreme violence, but can mask it with a smile. They preying on the weakest among us, and take advantage of every situation to get what they want. They don’t seem to belong in society, and yet they often excel. But what is a psychopath? How do you recognize one and how do you diagnose one? Have you ever been in the presence of a psychopath? And, if you so, then what? --- Welcome to Psychologia, a scientific exploration of the strange and pathological....

Duration:00:22:38

Episode 13: The Strange History of the Vibrator

9/9/2018
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Once upon a time, women’s bodies were considered so mysterious and inexplicable that their wombs were believed to move around their bodies. The medical name for this condition was “hysteria,” and the cure for it was...a sex toy. Enter the strange and fantastical history of the vibrator. --- Welcome to Psychologia, a scientific exploration of the strange and pathological. www.psychologiapodcast.com

Duration:00:17:16

Episode 12: American Asylums & The Kirkbride Plan

8/26/2018
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There are many terrifying stories about the misery endured by patients in 19th century asylums, and while they seem too horrific to be true, the real history of psychiatric hospitals may be even worse than you imagine – and in some places, the nightmare is still happening today. --- Welcome to Psychologia, a scientific exploration of the strange and pathological. www.psychologiapodcast.com

Duration:00:21:59

Episode 11: Cults & Persuasion

7/24/2017
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Persuasion and cults seem to go hand-in-hand. Campaigns to convert people to religious and political movements have always used control techniques, but whether or not cult leaders use coercive persuasion is hotly debated. This episode examines the use of persuasion in cult indoctrination - or step one in building a cult. (The second episode in a two-part persuasion suite) Welcome to Psychologia, the podcast where we explore the science behind why we do what we do. www.psychologiapodcast.com

Duration:00:18:41

Episode 10: Persuasion

7/7/2017
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Why are some people better at convincing others to see the world their way? As far as psychology is concerned, it has a lot to do with the ability that some people or groups have to successfully convince - or persuade - others of their perspective. But what is persuasion and how does it work? How can we use persuasion to get what we want, and is it possible to protect ourselves from being persuaded? Welcome to Psychologia, the podcast where we explore the science behind why we do what we do....

Duration:00:25:54

Episode 9: Killer Profile

2/23/2017
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Is it possible to catch the criminal by studying the crime? How much can we rely on science to stop murder? Join us as we trace the history of criminal profiling from Jack the Ripper to the Olympic Bomber and explore the potential benefits - and pitfalls - of using psychology to track killers. Welcome to Psychologia, the podcast where we explore the science behind why we do what we do. www.psychologiapodcast.com

Duration:00:22:36

Episode 8: The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel

10/29/2016
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In honor of the Halloween season, we are bringing you a mini-episode: a case study of a real-life horror story, caught inextricably in the thin net that separates the old world of religion and faith from today’s understanding of science and psychology. So dim the lights, light a candle, and settle in for the sad and harrowing tale of the exorcism of Anneliese Michel. Welcome to Psychologia, the podcast where we explore the science behind why we do what we do. www.psychologiapodcast.com

Duration:00:13:50

Episode 7: The Insanity Defense

9/21/2016
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Who is sane and who is not? What exactly is an insanity plea? Can you be too insane to be guilty of a crime? Join us as we explore three major cases behind America’s hotly-debated insanity defense. Welcome to Psychologia, the podcast where we explore the science behind why we do what we do. www.psychologiapodcast.com

Duration:00:22:52

Episode 6: Your Brain on Music

8/22/2016
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Music has a powerful effect on humans. Across time, cultures, and age, it is a constant presence, and the physiological impacts it has are practically universal, from heart rate to blood flow to memory recall. So much action in the body, caused by something that effectively exists only our minds... Welcome to Psychologia, the podcast where we explore the science behind why we do what we do. www.psychologiapodcast.com

Duration:00:14:28

Episode 5: A Brief History of the Lobotomy

7/24/2016
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People have been drilling into each other's heads as a form of medicine for millennia, but in the 19th and 20th centuries, the procedure of psychosurgery was taken to new levels of efficiency and popularity. Come learn about the rise and fall of the lobotomy and its main champion, Walter Freeman. Welcome to Psychologia, the podcast where we explore the science behind why we do what we do. www.psychologiapodcast.com

Duration:00:16:14

Episode 4: Soldier's Heart

7/5/2016
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Throughout time, the lasting effects of trauma have been called many things: "nostalgia," "soldier's heart," "shell shock," "combat fatigue." Today, we use the seemingly more scientific term "post-traumatic stress disorder," but what exactly is PTSD and how is it defined and diagnosed by psychologists? Welcome to Psychologia, the podcast where we explore the science behind why we do what we do. www.psychologiapodcast.com

Duration:00:18:54