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Most Popular Psych Files Episodes of 2012

The Psych Files topped 7 million downloads in 2012. Still in the top 10 of the iTunes Higher Education list. Here are the most popular episodes with an average of over 35,000 downloads each.


Jan 29, 2013 - - 9393
Body Language

Top episode: 66,000+ downloads! What is your body position revealing about you? Some things are obvious - you probably know that crossed arms indicate a certain distrust. There are also flirting gestures that I'll bet you think you know well (like women playing with their hair and men sticking out their chests), but what about your thumbs? My thumbs? Yes, you might well be revealing something about yourself by where you're putting them would you believe.

Jan 29, 2013 - - 10597
How Self Talk Improves Your Game

Runner up: 38,207 downloads. When you participate in a sport do you talk to yourself? Do you try to psych yourself up, or do you give yourself instructions on how to hold a part of your body or how much energy to exert or when to hold back?

Jan 29, 2013 - - 10147
Protect Yourself From Salesmen

Bronze metal: 37,897 downloads. In the market for a car? Believe me: they have seen you coming and they are ready to use some sophisticated techniques to persuade you to buy. Learn how persuasion techniques are used to change your attitudes and behavior to align with the goals of the salesman.

Jan 29, 2013 - - 8715
Reliability - the Foundation of Any Good Personality Test | The Psych Files Podcast

An episode on reliability in the top 10? Go figure.

Can you tell your personality from what flavor ice cream you like? There are lots and lots of so called Personality tests on the web. How do you know when you've come across a good one? For example, are the inner workings of your personality revealed in the playlists you have on your smartphone or mp3 device?

Jan 29, 2013 - - 9920
What is Embodied Cognition?

An episode about baseball and robot dogs. Easy to figure why this one is in the top 10.

What you think you know about embodied cognition is wrong. There is a lot of talk and a lot of research about embodiment, but listen to one of the top researchers tell you what it is - and what it is not.

Jan 29, 2013 - - 7731
Stereotype Threat & the Lipstick Effect

The psychology of gender - always an interesting topic.

Do women who work in typically male dominated jobs play down their femininity in order to be gain more respect from their male co-workers? In this episode we'll explore this stereotype threat as well as something you may not have heard of: the lipstick effect.

Jan 29, 2013 - - 10471
Wearing My Tutu To Analysis

Freud and therapy - always interesting.
Transference and Countertransference are two key concepts in psychoanalysis and they are fascinating. Need to understand these ideas more fully? Listen to psychoanalyst Kerry Malawista describe them and her book Wearing My Tutu To Analysis.

Jan 29, 2013 - - 8166
The Influence of Red Dresses

The influence of red dresses, babies and presidents.

The latest and most interesting studies in psychology. Take a tour with me as I talk about what looking presidential looks like, how babies know that we're telling them a joke, why yawning is contagious and why red dresses are so alluring.

Jan 29, 2013 - - 8934
Evidence for Psi Phenomenon?

The study that made us all rethink how we conduct research in psychology.
Have Psychologists really found evidence for psychic phenomenon? In this audio episode, Michael Britt talks to the author of the first replication of the famous Daryl Bem study on psychic phenomenon.

Jan 29, 2013 - - 10259
Critical Thinking: How to Teach It

One of my favorite topics - even includes a clip from Monty Python (in the third installment in this series).

The Texas GOP platform recently stated that it did not want critical thinking to be taught in the schools. Find out why this alarms psychologists.


Most Popular Psych Files Episodes of 2012

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Jan 15, 2012 - - 10242
Spending Your Money for True Happiness

We think money will bring happiness, but research in the area of positive psychology has consistently found that having more money does NOT make us happier. Find out how to spend your money the right way so that it really can bring happiness into your life.

Jan 15, 2012 - - 11921
Phantom Cell Phone Vibration

Is cuddling good - especially for men - in marriage? Do baths make you feel less lonely, is Google really making you stupid, how does your body language affect your feelings, and….is that your cell phone vibrating? In this 2nd Psych Files brief I take a look at some of the more interesting psychological research circling around the web this past month.

Jan 15, 2012 - - 11926
5 Ways to Raise Your Grades

Don't be frustrated with low grades. If you study RIGHT you will get good grades. What does that mean to study right? How do you improve your study skills? I've got 5 techniques that will help you get better grades, develop effective study skills, and I'll give you one very important warning about something you may be doing that you have to stop!

Jan 15, 2012 - - 9348
What Is Borderline Personality?

Borderline Personality Disorder is a difficult disorder to understand and treat. Briefly, people who suffer from BPD tend to have a heightened sensitivity to rejection. When they feel that they are being rejected they can react with strong feelings of anger. Their emotions can be very intense and vary widely during the day.

Jan 15, 2012 - - 11532
"Tiger Mom" Doesn't Work

Feeling guilty about not being a Tiger Mom (or Dad)? Let me give you 3 reasons why you don’t have to feel that way. Get yourself ready for the next time that someone says that you (or parents in general) have to be tougher on our kids.

Jan 15, 2012 - - 11007
Make Your Job More Satisfying

Do you have a dull job? Wonder how it can be made more motivating? That’s the challenge – how can we make jobs that are typically not much fun (like an assembly line job) more interesting to do?

Jan 15, 2012 - - 12176
Zombies – Why They Fascinate Us

Afraid of zombies? Heard about the coming zombie apocalypse? Have you watched the TV show The Walking Dead or ever seen a movie about Zombies (perhaps Zombieland or Dawn of the Dead)? What is so fascinating about the undead? Why do many of us get a strange pleasure out of seeing a zombie get killed?

Jan 15, 2012 - - 10748
Psychoanalyzing Jack Lalanne

In this episode I put Jack Lalanne on the couch. I take selections from several of his vidoes and see what they reveal about his personality. He was clearly passionate about exercise, but what drove this passion? What was his underlying motivation?

Jan 15, 2012 - - 11915
How To Improve Psych Research

What's going on with Psychology? There have been a number of reports about poorly conducted or completely fraudulent research in the field such as this one that appeared in the New York Times.

Jan 15, 2012 - - 11409
How To Change Your Behavior

How does Behavior Modification work? Find out in this episode as I interview Scott Milford, author of the Behavior and Motivation website. If you're about how to apply Psychology to everyday life then this is the guy to show you how he does it.

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