Ep 338: What Role Are Women Really Playing? The Bechdel Test

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The Bechdel Test

In movies and TV, women are understandably tired of playing roles like the “Wife” or the “Girlfriend”. Nowadays we’re seeing more women in film and TV but has their role in the production really changed all that much? That’s what the “Bechdel test” is all about.  It’s not a test per se but rather a few questions to help you … Read More

Ep 336: Why is it Usually Men Who Commit Violent Acts?

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The Ape That Understood The Universe by Steve Stewart-Williams

Another violent act in America. Another man who committed it. Why do men in our society seem to always be the ones who carry out violent acts? Is it how we bring up boys? Or is there another influence – genes. I was lucky enough to get professor Steve Stewart-Williams, author of the book The Ape That Understood the Universe, … Read More

Ep 326: Giving Voice To Our Digital Assistants

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Genderless voice

Why do our digital assistants such as Alexa, Google Home, Siri and Cortana have “feminized” voices and what are the effects of this trend? That’s what I explore in this episode. Are there negative effects of using female voices in the devices we talk to and who talk to us? Are there alternatives? Turns out there is an alternative – … Read More

Ep 304: Guess What? Testosterone Doesn’t Neccessarily Cause Men to be Aggressive

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Does Testosterone Cause Aggression? Not Really....

Most of us assume that one of the reasons men tend to act aggressively is that men have higher levels of testosterone. Let’s take a look at this “testosterone myth” because this isn’t always the case. In fact, in some cases, the higher levels of testosterone actually cause men to be MORE NICE than usual. Don’t believe it? Let’s take … Read More

Ep 292: Yes, Computers Can Guess Your Sexual Orientation

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Computer Can Guess Your Sexual Orientation

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! Resources for this Episode The invention … Read More

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