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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!

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

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

    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: if you’re going to find something truly amazing, you have to make your predictions FIRST. In this episode I talk about how we can be fooled by conspiracies. I also discuss the idea of self-distancing. Here’s a way to look at things that went wrong in your life and by getting a little distance you can learn valuable lessons and feel less badly about them.  

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

desperationatthatpoint ,

an OK podcast

Like this; it's a fiar and easy to listen to chat about various psychology related topics, up to date and decent clarity.

Only real issue I have is that in every single one of the chats, about halfway through we have to listen to the guy swigging water- why can't this be audio-edited out or just held off until the end/drunk more at the start?! I find the noise really off putting. Other then that, would recommend.

BP_SE17 ,

Fascinating

I'm an accountant by trade without any background in psychology yet I find the Psych Files thought-provoking, accessible and enjoyable. Thank you Michael for making them, they brighten up my walk to work immeasurably.

Paul www.TheAppGuy.co ,

Excellent 5 stars : A Great Podcast

I’ve got to know Michael through my show The App Guy Podcast. As creator of The Psych Files, he’s an exceptionally interesting guy, easy to listen to, extremely interesting and thoughtful. I highly recommend this show if you are interested in Psychology.

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