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The Psych Files is a podcast for anyone who wonders why we do what we do. Experienced educator Michael Britt, Ph.D., in an upbeat and friendly style, shows you how ideas from the field of psychology apply to everyday life. If you’re a life-long learner, a student or a teacher, you’ll find his 20-30 minute episodes enjoyable and educational. Over 14 million episodes have been downloaded to date with over 100,000 people listening every month. See what all the talk is about!

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The Psych Files is a podcast for anyone who wonders why we do what we do. Experienced educator Michael Britt, Ph.D., in an upbeat and friendly style, shows you how ideas from the field of psychology apply to everyday life. If you’re a life-long learner, a student or a teacher, you’ll find his 20-30 minute episodes enjoyable and educational. Over 14 million episodes have been downloaded to date with over 100,000 people listening every month. See what all the talk is about!

    Final Episode of The Psych Files

    Final Episode of The Psych Files

    I’ve decided, after 13 years, to bring the show to a close. Time to move on to other things. It’s been great, I’ve learned so much and I wanted to thank all of my listeners! Take care. - Michael

    • 1 min
    Ep 340 What's a High Sensation Seeker?

    Ep 340 What's a High Sensation Seeker?

    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.
    Here's where you can learn more about Buzz! on the Cambridge.org site. (http://www.cambridge.org/buzz)
    Don't forget to use the promo code CARTER to get 20% off!

    • 31 min
    Ep 339: What Makes a Song Appealing?

    Ep 339: 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 you really like to hear over and over.

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

    Ep 338: What Role Are Women Really Playing? 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 determine whether the women in that movie, TV show, play, or book are characters with agency, or are just there to fill out the background for what the male characters do. In this episode I talk with Bard professor Wendy Urban-Mead about this Bechdel test and what it says about Shakespeare’s plays and a play that she’s appearing in called “The Women”, a play featuring 35 female characters – and no males. Does it pass the Bechdel test?
    Resources
    Bechdel test (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bechdel_test)
    MISUSE AND ABUSE OF THE BECHDEL TEST (https://onionandartichoke.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/misuse-and-abuse-of-the-bechdel-test/)

    • 29 min
    Ep 337: Why Do We Think Women Aren't Funny?

    Ep 337: Why Do We Think Women Aren't Funny?

    Have you ever heard someone say that they don’t think that women can be funny? I have to admit that I didn’t hear that until recently, so I looked at some of the research on gender and perceptions of humor. I think you’ll be surprised. In this episode I summarize some of that research and I give you four jokes and a handy way to remember jokes.

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

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

    Another violent act in America. Another man who committed it. Why Is it that men in our society are the ones who usually 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, so come back to the show and share more about the evolutionary Psychology perspective on this complex issue. And by the way, you can use the promo code APE20 to purchase this book at Cambridge University Press at a 20 percent discount. You’re going to find this discussion very interesting.
    Buy the book here at a discount! (http://www.cambridge.org/apethatunderstood)

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

c@sskl@ss ,

the bob ross of psychology

just as much enthusiasm towards psychology as bob ross had towards painting, with the same amount side notes about his happy little pets roaming in the back ground. as one would watch bob ross to relax, listen to this podcast for the same reason, but leave having learned something new. 5/5

Deep Sea Sponge ,

I have loved this podcast for years.

Accessible to the lay listener but interesting to people with a bit more knowledge of psychology. Topics are interesting and timely. Honestly, I miss the days when it was significantly longer! When people asked for it to be shorter, I wondered why they can't just turn it off and let the rest of us continue to listen? :)

WillHipson ,

Excellent way to stay on top of current psychological research

After discovering this podcast in February of 2014, I recently finished listening to all the episodes and I can say without a doubt that this is the best psychology podcast out there. Dr. Britt presents research and ideas from a variety of psychology fields in an interesting and accessible way. He most certainly achieves his goal of revealing the psychology in everyday life.

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