The Psych Files is a Psychology podcast hosted by Michael A. Britt, Ph.D.. Michael received his Ph.D. in Social and Industrial Psychology from the University at Albany and was Assistant Professor of Psychology for many years at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. He started The Psych Files in 2007, making it one of the earliest and longest running podcasts. It is aimed at anyone curious about human behavior, though students taking a course in psychology, those majoring in psychology, and instructors of psychology will find the podcast particularly of interest.
Some facts about the podcast:
- The podcast has been “on hiatus” since 2020, but that that time each episode was downloaded more than 30,000 times with over 4,500 episodes are downloaded every day.
- Episodes are still being actively downloaded daily (~3.5k/day) and the total downloads for all the episodes is currently over 20 million worldwide.
- This website is linked to by thousands of high schools, colleges and universities around the world.
- Typical listeners are college students and their professors, critical thinkers and life-long learners.
Michael has appeared as an expert on the show Dark Matters for the Science Channel and appeared on the podcaster’s roundtable to talk about Aaron Hernandez for the Oxygen network. Feel free to get in touch with Michael (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’re interested in having him speak on a wide variety of topics related to the psychology of human behavior.
Becky DiamondJanuary 22, 2008
Hello Dr. Britt,
Thanks in advance for a few minutes of your time.
We all know the expression if it doesn’t kill you – it makes you stronger. That idea is at the heart of my latest reporting for Psychology Today. I wrote an article on working moms who survived COVID’s breaking point and found their inner strength. It’s about “post-traumatic growth.”
Here is a link to my article:
It’s very timely and relevant and an important topic that gets overlooked.
Let me know if you want to set up a call to discuss. I speak about resilience and risk taking, two topics that are close to my heart as a former war reporter.
My website is beckymdiamond.com. And here is a link to my bio page at NYU, where I teach journalism: https://journalism.nyu.edu/about-us/profile/becky-diamond/
Thank you for your consideration.
MichaelJanuary 22, 2008
Greg, thank you so much for your very kind words. You made me recall those early days when I released the first episodes (2007). I remember being so happy to see the first few downloads. I can’t believe I’m still doing this 12 years later. It’s just that the field of psychology is so diverse and so endlessly fascinating. There are new developments all the time (and, unfortunately, lots of pseudo-science masquerading as psychology…). Well, I can say that feedback like yours is one of the big reasons I keep going. Thank you so much for your note. Really appreciateÂ it.
GregJanuary 22, 2008
Yours was one of the very first podcasts I ever listened to, way back around the time you released the 10th episode. I was a faithful listener for a couple of years and then found myself moving into different listening arenas. Recently thought of your podcast and downloaded all the episodes I could get my hands on. And now I find myself wanting to say Thank You for putting such high-quality content online.
Thanks for making a fascinating subject even more fascinating, and – even better – easy to understand.
MichaelJanuary 22, 2008
Thank you so much Tanja! Sometimes I can’t believe that I’ve been doing this for 12 years. There’s always something interesting happening in psych though. Can comments from people like yourself make it worth it. Again thanks!
TanjaJanuary 22, 2008
Hi Michael, I re-discovered your podcasts recently. Have been listening since while walking to work or hiking, if my broken smartphone allowed me. Find it really great, topics, your way of explaining, speech, voice, realization, sound quality, amazing. There must be a lot of work in it and much passion. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us!
Hope you are well and fine.
Kind regards from Germany
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MichaelJanuary 22, 2008
Thanks so much Wendy for taking the time to post your kind words. Reminds me that I better get going on the next episode before you catch up on all of them!
Wendy Carter-BeeJanuary 22, 2008
Wow! What a great podcast, I am so grateful for your time and effort Michael. I am working towards a BSc (Hons) in Psychology with the Open University (I work full time) and having recently discovered your podcast I am listening from the beginning. Love your relaxed style which makes listening more fun. Please don’t stop 😉
ElliotJanuary 22, 2008
Listening from the united kingdom, working in my car most of the day so appreciate it!
CristineJanuary 22, 2008
I believe what you published made a great deal of sense.
However, think about this, suppose you were to write a killer title?
I mean, I don't wish to tell you how to run your website, but suppose you added a title
that grabbed folk's attention? I mean The Psychology Podcast | The Psych Files
is a little boring. You might look at Yahoo's home
page and note how they create article titles to get people to open the links.
You might add a related video or a related pic or two to get readers excited about
everything've written. Just my opinion, it would bring your website a
MichaelJanuary 22, 2008
Thanks so much Ashley. I really appreciate your comment – keeps me going!
Ashley SaffleJanuary 22, 2008
Hi Mr. Britt,
I recently discovered your podcasts and have been enjoying them immensely! I am a nutrition professional, but psychology has always been a huge side passion for me. I love the wide variety of topics you have covered, and I really appreciate how much research and prep work you do before each one to ensure that it is well-rounded and thorough. Thank you for taking to time create the Psych Files, and I hope you will continue to do so for many years to come!
MichaelJanuary 22, 2008
Esther: thanks so much for your very kind words! I’m drinking my morning coffee and reading your comment – great way to start the day. I like your idea about communication between the sexes. I haven’t done an episode on that. Interesting. It’s been so fascinating for me to watch my twins – one girl, one boy, both 12 years old now – grow up. Despite anything I might do to encourage non-traditional communication styles, they’re following the pretty typical gender roles of our society. Have to do an episode on this, you’re right. Thanks for the comment!
EstherJanuary 22, 2008
I am really enjoying your podcast obsessively! Be encouraged and keep up the good work! You are very interesting, funny, and entertaining to watch / listen to and you make learning fun…which is good for people like me with short attention spans. How can I be involved in psychology without going back to school? I don’t think that anyone wants to pay me to sit around and think all day. You should do a podcast on relationships between husband and wife as far as communication goes. I would think that you would have many great conversations with your spouse being a psychologist. I’m bogged by the differences between the sexes in regards to communication. I don’t understand why men don’t seem to want to talk and have stimulating conversations. There is so much in the world to talk about! Puzzling! 🙂
Ofer Zur, Ph.D.January 22, 2008
Are you open to be interviewed on MH Apps for an upcoming online CE course on the topic by the Zur Institute at http://www.zurinstitute.com . We have over 130 courses online.
Please, let me know
Ofer Zur, Ph.D.
AshleyJanuary 22, 2008
I just wanted to express my extreme appreciation for your podcasts Michael! They are exactly what I needed to pass my first psychology course. I ended up with a dud for a teacher (The only part of the brain we covered in class was the corpus callosum surgery to help with epilepsy!!). I knew there were teachers like you out there, your students are very lucky!! I wish I could be in your class!!!
THANKYOU for teaching me how to correlate different things to help remember them!!
Keep up the great work please!!
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