"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.
Why people believe in conspiracy theories, with Karen Douglas, PhD
This past year, COVID-19 and the U.S. elections have provided fertile ground for conspiracy theories—with sometimes disastrous consequences. Karen Douglas, PhD, of the University of Kent in the United Kingdom, discusses psychological research on how conspiracy theories start, why they persist, who is most likely to believe them and whether there is any way to combat them effectively.
How the Science of Habits Can Help Us Keep Our New Year’s Resolutions, with Wendy Wood, PhD
Many of us are brimming with good intentions right now, determined to eat more healthily, get organized or fulfill our other New Year’s resolutions. But by February we’ll have reverted back to our old ways. Why is it so difficult to make these lasting behavioral changes? Wendy Wood, PhD, of the University of Southern California, discusses the research on how habits drive our behavior, why habits are so difficult to break, and how we can harness the power of habit to make the behavioral changes we want.
Encore: Why boredom is surprisingly interesting, with Erin Westgate, PhD
We’re taking a holiday break, so we’re revisiting one of our favorite episodes from this past year. Back in the spring we talked to University of Florida psychologist Erin Westgate about the surprisingly fascinating topic of boredom. What is boredom? Is it always bad to be bored? What can we do to infuse even boring times with meaning?
Why America's bitter politics are like a bad marriage, with Eli Finkel, PhD
These days, Republicans and Democrats don't just disagree with each other's political opinions - many view each other as immoral and even abhorrent. Eli Finkel, PhD, a social psychologist at Northwestern University, led a group of social scientists who published a paper in the journal Science about the causes and consequences of this deepening rift. Finkel studies American politics, romantic relationships and the intersection of those two concepts. He joins us to discuss the rise of political sectarianism.
Exploring psychology’s colorful past, with Dr. Cathy Faye, PhD
The simulated shock generator for Stanley Milgram’s famed studies on obedience, artifacts from the Stanford Prison Experiment, and a curious machine called a psychograph that promised to read your personality by measuring the bumps on your head--all of these items are on display at the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology in Akron, Ohio. Director Cathy Faye, PhD, talks about the center’s collection and how she and her staff work to preserve psychology’s past as well as document its present.
The Holiday Blues, with Elaine Rodino, PhD
For many people, the holiday season can be a time of stress rather than joy even in the best of times. And this year, of course, the holidays will be different for everyone, as the coronavirus pandemic forces us to forgo holiday gatherings and family visits. Elaine Rodino, PhD, discusses the "holiday blues" and how to get through the season, this year and every year.
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A nice break from the other self-help personality shows, this podcast has very thoughtful questions presented to psychology researchers who are actively conducting studies and looking at the data. Lots of topics and well worth a listen.
I study psychology in college and I love listening to this podcast in my free time, on long car rides, and at work. It is very educational and interesting to see how many different topics there are.
Episode 108 on the psychology of protests is a must listen if you want to understand the underpinnings of activism and how to engage the silent majority. Approachable experts, thoughtful questions, and wonderful production.