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"Speaking of Psychology" is an audio podcast series highlighting some of the latest, most important and relevant psychological research being conducted today. Produced by the American Psychological Association, these podcasts will help listeners apply the science of psychology to their everyday lives.

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"Speaking of Psychology" is an audio podcast series highlighting some of the latest, most important and relevant psychological research being conducted today. Produced by the American Psychological Association, these podcasts will help listeners apply the science of psychology to their everyday lives.

    How to motivate yourself and others, with Wendy Grolnick, PhD, and Frank Worrell, PhD

    How to motivate yourself and others, with Wendy Grolnick, PhD, and Frank Worrell, PhD

    Why can’t I get myself to run that 5K? Why isn’t my child getting better grades? We all have things that we struggle to accomplish – or that we struggle to get someone else to accomplish. Frank Worrell, PhD, and Wendy Grolnick, PhD, co-authors of “Motivation Myth Busters: Science-based Strategies to Boost Motivation in Yourself and Others,” discuss how our misconceptions about motivation get in the way of reaching our goals, why there’s no such thing as an “unmotivated” person, and the merits and drawbacks of strategies like rewards, competition and praise.

    • 36 min
    The benefits of solitude, with Thuy-vy Nguyen, PhD, and Netta Weinstein, PhD

    The benefits of solitude, with Thuy-vy Nguyen, PhD, and Netta Weinstein, PhD

    The average American adult spends up to one-third of their waking hours alone. Psychologists are exploring how those hours spent on our own affect us – including the potential benefits, as well as the challenges, of solitude. Thuy-vy Nguyen, PhD, and Netta Weinstein, PhD, discuss the difference between solitude and loneliness, how solitude affects our emotions and stress levels, why some people crave solitude more than others, and why the stigma against solitude can make us uncomfortable with being alone.

    • 45 min
    Which countries are happiest and why? With Lara Aknin, PhD

    Which countries are happiest and why? With Lara Aknin, PhD

    The 2024 World Happiness Report, which ranks the happiness levels of countries around the world, found that young Americans are less happy than their peers in many other countries. Psychology professor Lara Aknin, PhD, an editor of the report, talks about how the report defines happiness, why young people’s happiness levels may have dropped in the U.S, what drives happiness, and why being generous makes people happy – even when they don’t have much to spare.

    • 31 min
    Choosing to be child free, with Jennifer Watling Neal, PhD

    Choosing to be child free, with Jennifer Watling Neal, PhD

    A growing number of adults in the U.S. are choosing not to have children. Jenna Watling Neal, PhD, of Michigan State University, talks about her research that’s found 1 in 5 adults are child free, why people are choosing not to have kids, the stigma child-free adults face, whether people who decide not to have kids early in life usually stick with that choice, and how the prevalence of child-free adults in the U.S. compares with other countries.

    • 31 min
    How to cope with political stress this election season, with Brett Q. Ford, PhD, and Kevin Smith, PhD

    How to cope with political stress this election season, with Brett Q. Ford, PhD, and Kevin Smith, PhD

    If the thought of the upcoming election sends your stress level through the roof, you’re not alone. Psychologist Brett Q. Ford, PhD, and political scientist Kevin Smith, PhD, talk about how political stress affects people’s well-being; what high levels of political stress mean for people’s lives, for the U.S. and for democracy; and how to stay politically engaged while still maintaining your mental health.
    For transcripts, links and more information, please visit the Speaking of Psychology Homepage.

    • 35 min
    How Sesame Street teaches kids about emotional well-being, with Rosemarie Truglio, PhD

    How Sesame Street teaches kids about emotional well-being, with Rosemarie Truglio, PhD

    Sesame Street has entertained and educated generations of children. Developmental psychologist Rosemarie Truglio, PhD, Sesame Workshop’s senior vice president of curriculum and content, talks about why the show has a new focus on young children’s emotional well-being; how Sesame Street translates complicated concepts into stories that young kids can connect with; the research that underpins all of the content on Sesame Street; and why the Sesame Street characters still resonate with so many adults.
    For transcripts, links and more information, please visit the Speaking of Psychology Homepage.

    • 34 min

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