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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.

    Parenting Through the Pandemic with Erlanger Turner, PhD

    Parenting Through the Pandemic with Erlanger Turner, PhD

    As we enter month three of living under quarentine, parents and their kids may be getting on each other’s nerves. Parents working from home may be battling with their children – and each other - for computer access. As youngsters try to finish their school year via remote learning, they may be upset that there will be no summer camp this year, and certainly no big out-of-town vacation. Dr. Earl Turner offers tips for coping, keeping families safe and handling the relentless drumbeat of coronavirus news.

    • 24 min
    Bonus Episode: How to Obtain Teletherapy During the Pandemic with Jared Skillings, PhD

    Bonus Episode: How to Obtain Teletherapy During the Pandemic with Jared Skillings, PhD

    With most of us still following shelter-in-place rules, getting mental health care for people who need it can be a challenge. Fortunately, many psychological practitioners have been offering telemental health services for years, using electronic and telecommunications technologies to engage in psychotherapy virtually or by phone. APA’s Dr. Jared Skillings explains how to get this care and discusses how it compares to traditional face-to-face therapy.

    • 21 min
    COVID-19 and the Loss of Rituals, Formation of New Ones with Michael Norton, PhD

    COVID-19 and the Loss of Rituals, Formation of New Ones with Michael Norton, PhD

    The coronavirus is keeping us from experiencing some of the deepest and most meaningful rituals of our lives, from graduations to weddings to funerals. What is this doing to us psychologically? How important are rituals to our mental health and well-being? Dr. Michael I. Norton, a professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School, talks about the many rituals he has studied and their roles within our lives.

    • 22 min
    Bonus Episode: How Students and Academia Are Navigating COVID-19 with Sian Beilock, PhD

    Bonus Episode: How Students and Academia Are Navigating COVID-19 with Sian Beilock, PhD

    College students around the country are dealing with distance learning as their campuses have been closed during COVID-19. Dr. Sian Beilock, a psychologist and president of Barnard College in New York, explains how her school is helping students finish the academic year and prepare for the fall. Classes are being offered multiple times a day to accommodate different time zones and some students have been allowed to shelter in place on campus. She also offers tips for parents with younger kids at home.

    • 22 min
    The Role of Resilience in the Face of COVID-19 with Ann Masten, PhD

    The Role of Resilience in the Face of COVID-19 with Ann Masten, PhD

    The COVID-19 pandemic is putting new and unforeseen pressures on all of us. Whether it’s trying to telework while the kids are screaming in another room or dealing with the loss of a job, this new normal is taxing our inner resources. Dr. Ann Masten, a professor in the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, has spent more than 40 years studying human resilience. She offers insights and tips on how to tap your inner resilience and build it in your own family.

    • 32 min
    Bonus Episode: Why is COVID-19 Disproportionately Affecting Black and Latino Americans with Brian Smedley, PhD

    Bonus Episode: Why is COVID-19 Disproportionately Affecting Black and Latino Americans with Brian Smedley, PhD

    While we do not have a complete national picture, data from a few states and cities are showing that COVID-19 is disproportionately infecting African Americans and Latinos. Why is this so? And what can we do to alleviate these skewed proportions and flatten the curve. Listen to what APA’s Dr. Brian Smedley has to say about the underlying reasons for these disparities and what we need to do to mitigate them.

    • 22 min

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About Coronavirus in Wuhan in China

First of all I want to address my deep appreciation to the amazing Speaking of Psychology. I have been a long time listener and always love your contents. As a psy major graduate, I am deeply appreciated that there is still a place for me to keep in touch with Psychology.
I love how you guys keep the topics up to date with current popular issues around the world which is why I want to kindly point out some “missed” information in the “coronavirus” episode.

I am a native Chinese and currently living in the mainland China so I happen to have relatively more information about what’s going on in Wuhan than some who’s living outside China.

1.WUHAN IS NOT “SHUT DOWN” LIKE LITERALLY “SHUT DOWN”. The central government is merely prohibiting any regular Wuhan citizens from going outside the city because they have the potential to spread the virus around. (Actually I don’t see the difference between “this” and the policy that other countries like the US banned travelers from China to come in)

2. The whole nation(China) is sending their best medical groups from all over the country to Wuhan. Well-Developed cities like Shanghai, Beijing has sent countless medical teams and the whole nation’s citizens are voluntary raising fundings to purchase medical supplies like N95 mask/surgical mask or donating these medical supplies to Wuhan directly. (Because of the collectivism culture nature, everyone wants to do their part to support those in need. Countless food companies are voluntary sending food supplies. Even regular citizens in Wuhan are voluntary doing carpools to provide transportation to medical groups.)

3. They are also building two hospitals from scratch in Wuhan that can provide immediate medical care to patients in Wuhan. They are called 火神山(The god of fire mountain) and 雷神山(the god of thunder mountain).
The “fire god” was already completed and is capable of admitting up to 1000 patients(the whole construction only took 10 days). The “thunder god” is still under construction but will be completed soon and can admit up to 1500 patients.

Thus, Wuhan is getting the help from all over the country, the government is not simply shutting down the city, they are sending the best medical groups that the whole nation can provide to rescue people in need.
So I would say, as panicking it might be for some remained healthy people in Wuhan, NOBODY is cutting them lose. The whole nation is trying their best to support them.
As for other parts in China. Schools(all education institutions) are shut down, students are streaming classes online at home. People are all trying to avoid going out in public as much as possible.

These are just some of my takeaways but I would be more than happy if any of these information can help clear some misunderstandings towards what’s happening in Wuhan in China.

Urpodcaster ,

Thank you

I listened to the podcast on hoarding and came away with a different view of my family. Learning there is a pattern with chromosome 14 did a lot to ease my troubled mind. I can’t stand the mess and it has led to me not visiting and holding bitter feeling towards my family. I am guilty of thinking they love their stuff more than they love me. Since learning of the chromosomal component, I see the situation in a new light. I want to thank you for the resources provided in the episode. It really could be the key to mending a broken family.

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