When Good People Do Bad Things

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prison

For years, the Stanford Prison Study has been used to tout the idea that putting any individual in a position of absolute control brings out the worst in them (and in a more general sense, that people conform to the roles they’re placed in). An article appearing in Scientific American (Rethinking the Infamous Stanford Prison Experiment) includes new information leading researchers to … Read More

Ep 340 What’s a High Sensation Seeker?

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Kenneth Carter's book on Sensation Seeking: Buzz

Do you like to bungee jump? Perhaps you’re into parachuting or wing suit flying? If so, you’re probably a “high sensation seeker” In this fascinating interview with Dr. Kenneth Carter, author of the new book “Buzz!”, we talk about what kind of personality a sensation seeker has and what it’s like to be in a relationship with someone like this. … Read More

Ep 339: What Makes a Song Appealing?

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What Makes a Song Appealing?

Music researchers analyzed over 700 top Billboard songs (which included examining over 80,000 chords) and they determined that the “Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da” is the most appealing song ever written. How in the world, you might ask, did they choose that (some would say annoying) song?! Let’s find out how two key ingredients – surprise and uncertainty – combine to create songs that … Read More

Ep 335: Conspiracy Theories – Why So Easy To Believe?

MichaelCritical Thinking, Therapy8 Comments

Why Do We Believe In Conspiracy Theories?

Why do some conspiracy theories seem to have so much evidence to support them? Well, that’s because if you look hard enough at any event, and you don’t have any particular theory before you start looking, you’re eventually going to find something. And you’ll probably think that thing is AMAZING. This is what careful thinkers and researchers have to learn: … Read More

Ep 334: The Psychology of the Fantasticks

MichaelGender/Sexuality, Research and Stats, Social PsychologyLeave a Comment

Psychology of the Fantasticks

Have you seen the musical The Fantasticks? Not only does it have wonderful music but it also has pearls of wisdom. Oh yea, and gender issues. In this episode I talk about the psychology inside this great show. Resources The FantasticksTeaching skepticismIt turns out money can kind of buy happiness after allGerman amusement park acts after uproar over ‘swastika carousel’Oh … Read More

Ep 333: Bible Codes, Anti-Vaccination Beliefs and the Look Elsewhere Effect

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Critical Thinking, Social Psychology, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

Bible Code and the Look Elsewhere Effect

  In this episode I talk about whether there really is a bible code, anti-vaccination beliefs and whether jellybeans cause acne. It’s all part of how we humans love to find patterns in the world and the amount of wiggle room we’re willing to give ourselves to find them. Too often we make the Look Elsewhere error. And not just … Read More

Ep 332: How the Brain Lost Its Mind

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Most of us have heard of Anton Mesmer and Jean Charcot. They were some of the first to dabble in the “mind cure” using hypnosis and the power of suggestion. But what role did syphilis play in the development of psychology? You’d be surprised. Join me and authors Dr. Allan Ropper and Brian David Burrell as we discuss their new … Read More

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