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The Psych Files: Psychology in Everyday Life

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New York, NY

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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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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: 00:31:26


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

12/8/2016
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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 happens and what we can do about it. Along the way, I'll talk about Moral Reframing - and idea researched by Robb Willer and the idea of "emotional correctness" that Sally Kohn suggests is the way that she, a gay woman, is able to get along in a very conservative workplace. The wonderful You Are Not So...

Duration: 00:22:29


Ep 269: How To Get People To Be Creative

11/29/2016
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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 it's pretty hard. We actually don't think that creatively when we're told to just "throw things out there" and "nothing will be judged". It's often more productive to give people a certain constraint on what they can say. See how research Catrinel Haupt-Tromp used as her inspiration the famous...

Duration: 00:11:25


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

11/15/2016
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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 upon a tried and true memory strategy called "chunking" and applied it to - get this - the amount of white space between words. Would we be able to improve literacy if we ever so slightly adjusted the amount of space between words so that it better reflected our everyday speech patters? Psychologist...

Duration: 00:10:26


Ep 266: Productive Confusion with Jeremiah Sullins

10/20/2016
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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... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

Duration: 00:21:38


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

10/16/2016
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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... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

Duration: 00:21:37


Ep 264: How To Make Study Groups Effective

10/1/2016
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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... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

Duration: 00:24:05


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

9/12/2016
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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... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

Duration: 00:23:52


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

9/6/2016
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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... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

Duration: 00:20:58


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

8/19/2016
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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... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

Duration: 00:24:17


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

7/11/2016
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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... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

Duration: 00:28:10


Ep 260: We're All Addicted To Our Phones. How You Can Feel Better About It

6/22/2016
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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 addicted teens are to their phones I'll give you a few... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

Duration: 00:16:44


Ep 259: How Could You Have Missed That?

5/26/2016
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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... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

Duration: 00:23:39


Ep: 258 - 5 Reasons Why You're Addicted to Your Phone and What to do About it

4/27/2016
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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... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

Duration: 00:21:35


Ep 157: What IS in Balony Anyway? Let's Find Out Why You Eat What You Eat

4/14/2016
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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... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

Duration: 00:28:35


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

4/4/2016
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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... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

Duration: 00:04:19


Ep 256: Study Psychology On The Go with the Clammr App

3/31/2016
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What if you could study for your psychology test in 24 second sound bytes on your iPhone? Now you can. I recently contacted Parviz - the founder of an app called Clammr. Typically, people use Clammr... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

Ep 255: London Has a Problem and It's a Job for a Psychologist

2/12/2016
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London needs help and only a person trained in psychology can fix this. There are just too many Londoners using their subway (the "tube") and instead of standing side by side as they go up the... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

Duration: 00:18:32


Ep 254: How to Create Great Ways for Seniors to Live

1/20/2016
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What comes to mind when you think "nursing home"? Not so good, right? Let's change that. Let's use what we learn from psychology to create exciting places for seniors to live. We've got the tools... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

Duration: 00:14:46


Ep 253: How to Prevent Violence in Your Neighborhood

1/11/2016
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Passengers on an airplane spring to action when a stewardess needs help - but a neighborhood in New York City does very little when a woman is attacked. What's different? How can we take what we... Show notes and more available at http://www.thepsychfiles.com

Duration: 00:11:20

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