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  2. That’s so cool. Thank you so much for your comment. I really enjoyed making that video on Erikson’s stages. I hope they help you get a better grade on your test!

  3. Can I just say how HAPPY I am that I came across your videos on youtube 🙂 Watching your videos have made Erik Erickson’s stages stick in my mind and I feel so much more at ease about taking my exam.

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  6. Michael,
    I’ve taught AP Psychology in Colorado since 2006, and I also received my BS in Psych in 1997. Whether going through the course myself, or teaching it the past 15 years, memorizing Erikson’s stages of development was no easy task– until I watched your episode! It was always a struggle to remember them, and I’m so glad I stumbled upon your podcast. Now we all watch your episodes on how to remember the parts of the brain as well as Piaget’s Stages and more!

    My problem is, and I don’t know why, but your episode on Erikson’s stages is so jumpy we can’t watch it without getting nauseous :). Do you have another link, or alternate way for us to watch?

    Thank you so much; your episodes have been a game-changer!

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  11. It really gave me a lot to think about. Very interesting program Michael!

  12. Hi Aly. Looks like you’ve got an interesting project here. There has been a lot of research on the effects of exercise on depression so that’s one way to go. If so, then your research design could be a 2 (male, female) X 2 (no exercise, exercise) design. Or course you would have to define what constitutes “exercise” for your exercise group. You could define it as “30 minutes a day of brisk walking for 5 days a week”. That’s one definition of a good level of exercise. You could also do this as a 2 (male, female) by 3 (no exercise, light exercise, heavy exercise) design. If you took this approach then you would have to define “heavy exercise”, which could be perhaps “60 minutes a day of brisk walking for 5 days a week”. Those are your independent variables (well, one status variable and one true IV). You should also state how long this experiment would last because exercising for just one week at the “light” or “heavy” levels might not have any effect on depression. So maybe the study would go for a month or for 6 months. Finally, you have to decide how you’re going to measure depression. There are established scales for this. Before the study even began you would probably give the scale out to all subjects and then randomly assign them to the different groups. When it’s all over you would compare the amount of change in depression scores from the start of the experiment to the end of the experiment. Of course, I’m just describing a hypothetical study here. In real life this would be a tremendous amount of work to actually carry out. But you just have to propose a study, correct?

  13. Hi. First of all, I love your videos. You’re so great at explaining that it makes much more sense to me. I’m studying research methods and I will have to conduct an 2×2 or 2×3 experiment with one Status variable with two levels (age, gender, etc.) and one True IV. The DV has to be measured in the continuous. I can pick from either Prejudice aggression or depression. I was thinking about either the effects of alcohol in men and women’s aggression levels or the effect of exercise on the treatment of depression. I’m having trouble setting it up and explaining it.
    Help please!
    Thank you so much!

  14. You’re very kind. I’m glad that so many students and teachers link to this site. I’ll continue to keep the site live and add to it occasionally. Again thanks.

  15. Please don’t leave. I just learned of your leaving and am hoping to have enough time to download. Thank you for all the work you have done. There is so much material here and I was hoping to use it to study for the EPPP.

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  17. Thank you for your kind words and funny thought – I actually hadn’t thought about using scarcity to increase downloads. No, after 13 years I decided it was time to give it a rest. Occasionally I think about either stating it back up or starting a new podcast, but so far I haven’t thought of anything new that would get the fires burning again. Thanks so much for taking the time to write!

  18. Michael are you really done with the show? Or, are you using scarcity to encourage people to download more episodes and boost your ratings? I hope you’re not leaving, I love your podcast.

  19. Hi Michael,

    I’m a counselor in training (as a second career) and I find your podcast informative and entertaining. I really had to laugh at the episode with the study on Hedonic Adjustment. I wouldn’t have qualified as a participant since I eat popcorn with chopsticks on a regular basis. My first career was in theatrical costuming. The hours can be long and snacks are important, but fine silk fabrics and buttery popcorn don’t mix! One of my supervisors had solved this problem by eating popcorn with chopsticks so the oils from the popcorn never got on her hands or the fabric, and trained me to do so as well. Now it just makes sense. I have since exposed my classmates to this technique, some of whom think it is a great idea.

  20. Thank you Christine for your comment. Interesting idea – mnemonics for I/O psychology. I hadn’t really thought about that. Let me give this some thought. I don’t see why not. You’re taking a course in I/O I take it?

  21. Michael, I am studying for the EPPP exam. I absolutely love your learning with mnemonics and have been able to not only memorize but retain things like the different stages of Kohler’s Morality. Do you have any mnemonic learning tools for I/O psychology – theories of leadership, motivation, etc. I cannot seem to keep these things in my head.
    Thank you,

  22. Adrienne: glad you’re enjoying the podcast. I have to admit though, I’ve never worked with people with dyslexia. I’m curious as to what causes it, but I’m sorry I can’t be of help 🙁

  23. Hi Michael I have only watched a couple of your podcasts , I will watch more they were fascinating. My quest is to teach one of my preschool students all 26 letters in the alphabet, I believe she has a form of dyslexia. Please give me practical tips if you have time. Thank you! Adrienne Marcus

  24. Hi Michael, have been listening for over a year and have just finished episode 100.

    Considering the effect feedback has to you and the direction of The Psych file I decided it was time to get in touch.

    I have completed a BSc in Sport Science & Health from Dublin City University but my motivation for listening is mainly life-long learning.

    My undergrad thesis was based on Motor Learning & Development’s subtle changes in knowledge of results vs knowledge of performance affecting technique in Sport Performance.

    What I would love, and perhaps the listeners might enjoy an intro to the mind’s ability to inhibit/allow the body to achieve great things. Something which I have come across in the last few days which is a great example being this The video is of a man learning how to perform a back flip (gross motor skill).

    Hope you continue to have as much joy creating these podcasts as I do listening to them.

    I look forward to the next 186 episodes.

  25. Hi Michael,

    I’m studying for the EPPP and your videos/mneumonics have been extremely helpful. Thanks!! I’m wondering if you have anything to help remember Margaret Mahler’s stages of development?

    I’m hesitant to use the peg word system seeing as I’m already using your example to keep Erikson’s stages straight and I don’t want to mix up Erikson and Mahler.

    Thanks so much for sharing your tips. It has made a world of difference to me!! 🙂

  26. Hey I am a youth worker, I work with a kid going through EMDR and it is amazing, we have honestly tried so much that hasn’t worked out, I will swear by this therapy no matter what.

  27. I’d be happy to try. Can you be more specific about a theory or person you’re having troule with?

  28. Hey sir.. cn u plz pst any video regarding educational psychology.. its hard to remember

  29. Thanks Christopher. Glad you like the show. Yes, I try to avoid self-help stuff. That is what most people associate with psychology, but the first is so much bigger than that. Glad you like the voice as well. I’ve never heard of Dan Carlin before but I’m listening to him now in another tab on my browser. Interesting podcast!

  30. Just came across your podcast, and I really enjoy it. I feel as if the other psychology podcasts I followed were a bit too self-help and shammy for me, but not yours! Also, your voice and mannerisms are strangely similar to Dan Carlin, who is another podcast I listen to. Sometimes I can’t tell the difference between you two! haha.

  31. Thanks so much Stef! Really appreciate you taking the time to come to the site and leave your kind words.

  32. Hello! Recently subscribed to your podcast and just wanted to say hello! And express how I really enjoy your topics and I enjoy the unconventional way of learning you provide. I appreciate the real life practical applications you bring up and I personally feel my applied knowledge about said topics really have improved. Have a great week! -Stef

  33. I wonder if you have more downloads or pod casts with the parts of the brain that extend beyond the basics

  34. I see. Well, that’s a rather far-reaching question but I don’t think you would need to memorize the timeline to answer it. Here are a few thoughts. Regarding the methods of investigation: early researchers in Psychology used a method called “introspection” to investigated what was going on in people’s heads. It’s an unreliable method in which people reflected on their experiences and spoke about them. Freud of course, only used case studies of his patients and tried from these studies to apply his findings to others. This is another method with significant weaknesses. Today, researchers use extensive tests (such as the MMPI and the Big 5 personality inventory) to better understand personality. Also, we conduct more tightly controlled studies that employ experimental and comparison groups rather than just investigations using a few or one person.

    As for the subject matter, well we’ve moved from trying to study a vague term like “consciousness” to more specific ideas such as Learned Helplessness (examining the words people use to explain events and whether those words indicate a sense of futility about being able to change the course of one’s life) and we’re now very focused on using brain scanning techniques like the MRI and PET scans to find out exactly which parts of the brain are active when we think about things.

    I hope this helps a little.


  35. yes this is the type of question coming up on past papers
    Outline how BOTH the methods of investigation and the subject matter of Psychology have changed from its early experimental beginnings in Leipzig to the modern cognitive approaches of the 20th and 21st centuries

  36. Interesting. Are you trying to remember all the events on the timeline? Could be done, but why do you want to remember this? Got a test on it?

  37. michael i am struggling to remember the history of psychology time line have you got a mnemonic for this

  38. Thanks for your comment. The Incredibles is a great movie that subtly tries to address self esteem. Glad to hear that you’re enjoying the podcast!

  39. Hello! I stumbled across your podcast and started listening starting at the first episode. I found it very interesting and kept listening for the next few hours. I sat down with my son to watch The Incredibles, and since I’ve seen it hundreds of times, I put my ear buds in and coincidentally turned on episode 9, “how do you really raise self esteem?” And you started talking about the movie I was watching. Freaky!

  40. After a brief exposure to your skills as a moderator of interesting pod casts I have come to feel more comfortable is my particular affliction as it were. Being a covert cross dresser. I am male but have a penchant for lingerie items that I wear and seek release.

  41. Joy – it looks like you didn’t quite finish your comment. You say, “It would be a good set of li…”?

  42. I got to your site via a YouTube video on Skinner. I down loaded too fast. I’m about to take CSET and was in the process of consuming and processing Erikson, Gardner, Pavlov, Skinner, Vegotsky, Kohlberg, Piaget, Sternberg, Ainsworth, all at once. I didn’t find videos on other theorists. It would be a good set of li

  43. Michael, your show is an absolute joy. I feel incredibly lucky to have found it. I am a big fan of Lev Vygotsky–would you be able to discuss his work? Especially his views on consciousness and internal word meaning.


  44. Hi Michael! Just started listening to the podcast and I am already a huge fan!
    I wonder if the apps will ever be available for Android?

    Thank you very much.

  45. Very interesting program Michael… it really gave me a lot to think about… Looking forward to some more episodes.

  46. Glad to hear it. I was thinking of contacting the developer of Testable and see if he would do a demo for the show. I’ll see if I can make that happen. It’s hard to find good (affordable) online research software.

  47. Thank you so much Michael,
    I will read very carefully the information in and if I decide to use it for my experiments I will let you know how it goes.
    I’m very grateful for your information.

  48. Sounds like an interesting experiment. Well, I recently found out about a new site that let’s you conduct experiments. It’s called Testable. It looks like it might work for your needs. Check it out. I’ve been thinking about talking about it in an upcoming episode. If you use it let me know how it goes.

  49. Dear Michel,
    I am beginning a PhD and I need to develop several experiments for children. In general, experiments will have to show two images in the screen for some milliseconds (about 800ms) and then give the option to choose one of the two images by keyboard (or mouse) depending on a question. The reaction time is very important to be recorded. All the data has to be recorded in xls or csv for my posterior analysis.
    I would like not have to program if it is possible. Could you please give me any advice on which platform or web or software may I use to do these kinf of experiments? Could be for example ZebraZapps or something better or easier or whatever… ?
    Thank you so much, I really appreciate your advice,

  50. Michael,
    I’ve been a devoted listener for years & love your program. I’m sure that doesn’t mean much since your show has gotten so popular & you get this all the time but your show is brilliant & special to me. It’s literally the only podcast I’ve ever listened to more than 2 episodes of– & I’ve listened to them all, some of them multiple times!
    Anyway, I wanted to know if you might ever do an episode about eating disorders. I’m a current residential patient at McCallum Place in St. Louis & think it might be an interesting topic. Obviously I’m biased because it’s relevant to me, but I think other listeners may benefit from it, too. I know that’s a vague thing to say: “do an episode on EDs”, but maybe something like the mental changes that happen to a person with an eating disorder (mood irregularities, how different a personality can radically change, weak central coherence & the rumination that occurs in a person suffering from an ED) or I’m not sure… you could probably come up with ideas of things to talk about 🙂

    I’m not sure if you would care to do that at all & it’s understandable if you don’t; it’s a scary topic, but an interesting one, psychologically speaking (in my opinion).

    Thanks for your show. & if you took the time to read all of this I appreciate it.

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