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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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    • 4.5 • 696 Ratings

"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.

    You can learn new things at any age, with Rachel Wu, PhD

    You can learn new things at any age, with Rachel Wu, PhD

    Picking up a new skill as an adult can seem daunting. But research suggests that learning new things as you age may be key to keeping your cognitive skills sharp -- and that middle aged and older adults may be just as good at learning as younger people are. Rachel Wu, PhD, of the University of California Riverside, talks about why lifelong learning matters, how adults can learn more like kids, why feedback and failure are important, and what types of learning opportunities to seek out.
    For transcripts, links and more information, please visit the Speaking of Psychology Homepage.

    • 25 min
    Understanding the mind of a serial killer, with Louis Schlesinger, PhD

    Understanding the mind of a serial killer, with Louis Schlesinger, PhD

    From Jack the Ripper to Jeffrey Dahmer to the Gilgo Beach killer, serial killers have long inspired public fear – and public fascination. Louis Schlesinger, PhD, a professor of psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and co-investigator of a research project on sexual and serial murder with the FBI Behavioral Science Unit, talks about what we really know about these murderers’ motivations and their methods, how some manage to avoid capture for so long, and how forensic psychology research can help investigators solve cases.

    • 46 min
    Coping with family estrangement, with Lucy Blake, PhD

    Coping with family estrangement, with Lucy Blake, PhD

    Being estranged from a family member -- a parent, sibling or adult child -- is far more common than people think. Dr. Lucy Blake, author of “No Family is Perfect: A Guide to Embracing the Messy Reality,” talks about why family estrangement happens, why estrangement encompasses more than just “no contact,” the stigma around estrangement, and where and how to find support.
    For transcripts, links and more information, please visit the Speaking of Psychology Homepage.

    • 28 min
    How to help kids navigate friendship, with Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD

    How to help kids navigate friendship, with Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD

    It isn’t always easy to navigate the complicated social dynamics of elementary, middle or high school. Clinical psychologist and kids’ friendship expert Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, talks about how kids make and keep friends; how their understanding of friendship changes as they grow; why most kids are mean sometimes; and how to help kids navigate tough situations including arguments and friendship breakups.
    For transcripts, links and more information, please visit the Speaking of Psychology Homepage.

    • 44 min
    Bridging the generation gap at work, with Megan Gerhardt, PhD

    Bridging the generation gap at work, with Megan Gerhardt, PhD

    As Gen Z enters the workforce and older workers put off retirement, some workplaces may see five generations sharing an office -- from the Silent Generation all the way to Gen Z. Megan Gerhardt, PhD, of Miami University, talks about why it’s important to move past generational stereotypes, why age diversity is a strength, and what older and younger workers can learn from each other.
    For transcripts, links and more information, please visit the Speaking of Psychology Homepage.

    • 44 min
    Expressive writing can help your mental health, with James Pennebaker, PhD

    Expressive writing can help your mental health, with James Pennebaker, PhD

    Writing can be a powerful tool to help people work through challenges in their lives and improve their mental health. James Pennebaker, PhD, of the University of Texas at Austin, talks about why expressive writing can be good for mental health and how to try it. He also discusses his research on language use, and how analyzing the words that people use in their daily lives can offer insights into their emotions, motivations and personality.
    For transcripts, links and more information, please visit the Speaking of Psychology Homepage.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
696 Ratings

696 Ratings

Gone4TX ,

Great show until the stats

I really enjoyed this podcast and listening to this gentleman. He is obviously long in his career and life experiences. I did have difficulty with the mention of only 1% of people who have gender affirming procedures have regret while the percentage of people who have nose jobs (specific number was not mentioned) have a higher percentage of regret… there was no mention of the age of the gender affirming recipients (minors being drastically higher) for the comparison or to the number of those procedures versus nose jobs, which, of course, would be substantially higher. I have absolutely no issue with either procedure as long as the person is an adult and my only issue was with the data mention.

the.aj.one1 ,

Very Stimulating

As a student studying psychology, this podcast allows me to further expand my knowledge of current research topics going on within the APA, and hear more from professionals in these specific sub fields of psychology. There are topics discussed that correspond with topics I am currently learning in this field of study, allowing me to grasp a better understanding of the material. My only regret is not finding this podcast sooner into my undergraduate studies.

Gstar4eva ,

Thoughtful and Timely

I just listened to the podcast about generations in the workplace. With a lot of rhetoric about division between these groups in media, I appreciated the look behind the stereotypes and the focus of generation diversity being a positive in the workplace. Included examples of how to address “feedback”, and communication norms was fabulous. Highly recommend!

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