Ep 253: How to Prevent Violence in Your Neighborhood

MichaelSocial Psychology1 Comment

Designing Neighborhoods for Safety

Passengers on an airplane spring to action when a stewardess needs help – but a neighborhood in New York City does very little when a woman is attacked. What’s different ? How can we take what we learn from the airplane and apply it to the attack? Lecturing the neighborhood residents probably won’t help. Can we do anything to the … Read More

Ep 242: The Psychology of Attractiveness: An Interview with Rob Burriss

MichaelGender/Sexuality, Social PsychologyLeave a Comment

One of the most popular topics in Psychology is attraction: why are we romantically attracted (or not) to each other? Whenever anyone asks me about this topic, or they ask me for other psychology podcasts in addition to The Psych Files. I send them over to the Psychology of Attractiveness podcast, hosted by Rob Burriss. Rob has been hosting this … Read More

Ep: 238: A Robot’s Gender, Act Like A Girl and Be A Man

MichaelDisorders, Gender/Sexuality, Social Psychology4 Comments

Female Robot

Does it matter if a robot looks male or female? You might not think so, but are we perpetuating stereotypes if if we create a robot that looks “feminine” to help the elderly aren’t we continuing the stereotype that these types of jobs are “women’s” jobs? If we create “masculine” looking robots to work outside and do adventurous, heavy lifting … Read More

Ep 237: What is Misophonia? More on La Cage, Empathy, and the Milgram Studies

MichaelDisorders, Emotion, Social Psychology4 Comments

Misophonia

Does the sound of other people’s mouth noises really drive you crazy? Honestly, it does to me. Things like lip smacking, swallowing, cracking and crunching really annoys me. If it annoys you too then you’re not alone. Learn about misophonia in this episode. Also, a little more about my experiences playing Albin/Zaza in the musical La Cage Aux Folles, more … Read More

Ep 221: The Facebook Study on Your Emotions: Ethical or Not?

MichaelEmotion, Ethics, Research and Stats, Social PsychologyLeave a Comment

You may have heard that Facebook manipulated the content of user’s New Feeds during January of 2012 so that some users saw more positive posts than others, while other Facebook users saw more negative posts. They interpret this as an indication of Social Contagion on a massive scale (almost 700,000 Facebook users were part of the study). How did this … Read More

Ep 219: Mental Health Professionals: Why So Liberal?

MichaelCritical Thinking, Social Psychology, Therapy9 Comments

Surveys find that psychologists tend to align themselves with a liberal political orientation. Why is that? Are liberal-minded people drawn to human service professions or is there something about working in human services that causes people to become more liberal in their political views? In this episode I propose a few ideas that I think explains why mental health professionals … Read More

Ep 208: The Elaboration Likelihood Model in Less Than 2 Minutes

MichaelSocial PsychologyLeave a Comment

The elaboration likelihood model developed by Petty and Cacciopo is a complicated name for a not too complicated idea about how people can be persuaded. In this under 2 minute video I explain the key idea. Get All of My Mnemonics and Get Better Grades with my Psych Mnemonics App!    

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