22 episodes

Zenon and Maddy, two hopelessly lost psychology majors, take listeners on a tour of the many fields of psychology through landmark experiments, pop culture, and interviews with experts in their fields. Whether you're curious about psychology as a career or just want to learn something new about the study of the mind, Pre-Occupied investigates the many disciplines of psych in an accessible, laid-back, and thought-provoking way. And maybe somewhere along the way, Maddy and Zenon will figure out what to do with their degrees!

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    • 4.9 • 12 Ratings

Zenon and Maddy, two hopelessly lost psychology majors, take listeners on a tour of the many fields of psychology through landmark experiments, pop culture, and interviews with experts in their fields. Whether you're curious about psychology as a career or just want to learn something new about the study of the mind, Pre-Occupied investigates the many disciplines of psych in an accessible, laid-back, and thought-provoking way. And maybe somewhere along the way, Maddy and Zenon will figure out what to do with their degrees!

    020 - Primate Psychology with Dr. Francine Dolins

    020 - Primate Psychology with Dr. Francine Dolins

    In this episode, Maddy and Zenon interview Dr. Francine Dolins, a professor of comparative psychology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Dr. Dolins shared experiences with us that ranged from pursuing an education in England to following lemurs through the jungles of Madagascar. We also discuss how Dr. Dolins's research on spatial cognition can relate to humans with spatial reasoning impairments. In our introduction, we discuss how cognition depends on our bodies, the various primate species that Dr. Dolins works with, and more! 

    Embodied cognition article: https://bit.ly/3e1K3GS
    Developmental topographical disorientation article: https://bit.ly/3nybJ9i

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    000: Introduction

    000: Introduction

    The hosts set the stage for upcoming episodes with a bit of background information about their own inclinations toward psychology, their friendship, and the podcast's conception. 

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    • 7 min
    019 - Research Review: Hurricane Humor and Babies' Morality

    019 - Research Review: Hurricane Humor and Babies' Morality

    We each read and discussed a research article to review some recent research. Maddy talked about a study reviewing the perception of dark humor during and after the Hurricane Sandy crisis, and Zenon discussed an article about babies' moral expectations when watching bear puppets stealing from one another.

    Maddy read McGraw et al. (2014): https://doi.org/f575tt

    Zenon read Stavans and Baillargeon (2019): https://doi.org/fqsb

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    • 24 min
    018 - Acting White and Racial Justice with Dr. Myles Durkee

    018 - Acting White and Racial Justice with Dr. Myles Durkee

    In Episode 18, Zenon and Maddy interview Dr. Myles Durkee, a warm, insightful professor at the University of Michigan and expert on the psychology of racial identity. Dr. Durkee shares his findings from his studies about "acting White" – what it looks like, why it happens, and its consequences. We also talk about what a more equitable field of psychology would look like and the role of psychology in social justice. Qualitative methods, structures of the peer-review process, and historical cases addressing racial inequality are also discussed.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    017 - Industrial Organizational Psychology with Dr. Marie Waung

    017 - Industrial Organizational Psychology with Dr. Marie Waung

    Dr. Marie Waung, an engaging, funny, and deeply knowledgeable professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, returns to the show to share her experiences in I/O scholarship and academia. We discuss personality in the workplace, the science of resume building, balancing an academic career, and loving what you do. The Holland Code Assessment and a brief history of I/O psychology are also discussed.

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    • 49 min
    016 - Romantic Racism and Racial Identity with Sai Auelua-Toomey

    016 - Romantic Racism and Racial Identity with Sai Auelua-Toomey

    Maddy and Zenon talk to Sai Auelua-Toomey, a down-to-earth and deeply knowledgeable doctoral student at Stanford University. Sai gives us first-hand insight into his discoveries about romantic racism. We also discuss the role of identity in academia and research, Sai's cross-cultural research experiences, and the future of diversity on college campuses.

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    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Ibitayo Fadayomi ,

Unique and informative with a good splash of fun

It’s not often you get to hear the perspective of college students that exhibits such genuineness and depth. Maddy and Zennon do a fantastic job of facilitating quality dialogue, while keeping a the atmosphere light and humorous. Everyone interested in psychology should check this podcast out!

EveyPax ,

Five Stars

Interesting podcast with great guests. I laughed and I learned!

-Zenon- ,

Great insight into careers in psychology

I may be slightly biased, since mine is one of the voices you'll hear in these episodes. However, I really do believe this podcast is a great thing, and I'm benefiting from its content myself. These interviews put us across the desk from some amazing people, and we get to pick their brains for a half hour and bring it back to all of you!

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