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

The History of Psychology in Glorious 3D!

MichaelHistory of Psychology2 Comments

History of Psychology 3D Timeline

I choose some of what I consider the most well known studies in Psychology and used a very cool program called Timeline 3D to create this 3D timeline of key studies in Psychology. How many of them do you know? Test your psych knowledge. Instructors – feel free to show in class. Major events in Psychology – in Glorious 3D. … Read More

Ep 215: What Was Life Like in an Asylum?

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Ever wondered what it was like to be a patient in an “insane asylum”? “Asylums” changed names over the years (including “State Hospital” and “Psychiatric Center”) and so did the treatment of the mentally ill. Hear from Dr. Jennifer Bazar how we went from chaining people up to hydrotherapy to sexual surgery and finally to what is called “moral treatment“. … Read More

Ep 191: What Was B. F. Skinner Really Like?

MichaelDevelopment, History of Psychology, Learning/Memory, Teaching Tools10 Comments

  Would you be surprised to learn that B.F. Skinner was a very likable guy and that you may actually be very much in agreement with his ideas? Many people who study psychology have a negative impression of Skinner. Well, I’m about to challenge those impressions by presenting a side of Skinner you probably haven’t been exposed to. In these … Read More

Episode 127 (video): Phrenology: Maybe They Were On To Something

MichaelBiopsychology, History of Psychology1 Comment

Everyone can picture one of those phrenology heads with personality traits drawn into different sections of the cranium. Was there anything to that? Well, not exactly. However, with the use of MRI scans researchers today may have located where certain personality traits lie in your brain. Travel with me into a 3D brain and let’s find out where your personality may lie.

Episode 114: Finding Little Albert

MichaelHistory of Psychology, Learning/Memory16 Comments

Little Albert – one of the most famous subjects in the history of psychology – has finally been identified. Researchers spent 7 years tracking down every possible lead in order to discover who John Watson’s “Albert B” really was. In this video episode I take you through each step of the extensive detective work to uncover his identity. It’s a fascinating, creative, and in the end touching journey. Some never seen before pictures are included. Join me in this episode of The Psych Files.

Episode 83: New Year’s Resolutions to Lose Weight: Why So Hard To Keep?

MichaelHistory of Psychology, Motivation, Therapy15 Comments

Why is it so hard to keep our new year’s resolutions to lose weight? I explore this question in this episode in which I also take a tour through the various schools of psychology and show how each one would explain why you have trouble keeping your promise to yourself to lose weight (or stay out of debt, or stop smoking).

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