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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 psychology can help people make better decisions, with Lace Padilla, PhD, and Hannah Perfecto, PhD

    How psychology can help people make better decisions, with Lace Padilla, PhD, and Hannah Perfecto, PhD

    All day, every day, we have to make decisions, from what to have for breakfast to how to spend our money to whether to evacuate ahead of a hurricane. Psychologists’ research is helping us understand why people make the decisions they do, from trivial choices to life-and-death ones. Decision scientists Lace Padilla, PhD, and Hannah Perfecto, PhD, discuss why people make bad decisions, how even small changes in the way choices are presented can nudge us to make different ones, and how can decision researchers’ findings could best be deployed in the real world.


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    • 35 min
    Can a pathological liar be cured? with Drew Curtis, PhD, and Christian L. Hart, PhD

    Can a pathological liar be cured? with Drew Curtis, PhD, and Christian L. Hart, PhD

    Almost everyone lies occasionally, but for a small percentage of people, lying isn't something that they do every once in a while -- it's a way of life. Drew Curtis, PhD, of Angelo State University, and Christian L. Hart, PhD, of Texas Woman’s University, authors of a new book on pathological lying, talk about what drives “big liars” to lie, why they believe pathological lying should be classified as a mental health disorder, whether liars really are more prevalent in some professions, such as politics and sales, and how you can recognize lies and protect yourself from being duped.
     
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    • 36 min
    Understanding and overcoming phobias, with Martin Antony, PhD

    Understanding and overcoming phobias, with Martin Antony, PhD

    Specific phobias – such as fear of heights, needles, flying or spiders – affect up to 13 percent of people at some point in their lives. Clinical psychologist Dr. Martin Antony, PhD, of Toronto Metropolitan University, talks about the difference between a fear and a phobia, where phobias come from, what the most common phobias are, and the effective therapies and strategies that can help people overcome them.
     
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    • 31 min
    What our possessions mean to us, with Russell Belk, PhD

    What our possessions mean to us, with Russell Belk, PhD

    The things that we own can be central to our identity, part of how we see ourselves and how other people see us. Russell Belk, PhD, of York University, talks about the role our possessions play in our lives; what drives collectors to collect items as disparate as stamps, art and Pez dispensers; how the word “possessions” can encompass physical, digital and even completely intangible items; and how has the rise of the sharing economy is changing the way people think about the importance of ownership.


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    • 32 min
    Encore - The people who never forget a face, with Josh Davis, PhD, and Kelly Desborough

    Encore - The people who never forget a face, with Josh Davis, PhD, and Kelly Desborough

    Super-recognizers have an extraordinary ability to recognize faces—they can pick faces they’ve seen only briefly out of a crowd and can recognize childhood acquaintances they haven’t seen in decades. Josh Davis, PhD, a professor of applied psychology at the University of Greenwich, and super-recognizer Kelly Desborough discuss the origins of this ability, why you can’t train yourself to be a super-recognizer, how super-recognizers compare with facial-recognition algorithms, and why police departments and security organizations are interested in working with super-recognizers.

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    Encore - Psychology takes toys seriously, with Barry Kudrowitz, PhD, and Doris Bergen, PhD

    Encore - Psychology takes toys seriously, with Barry Kudrowitz, PhD, and Doris Bergen, PhD

    Just in time for toy-buying season, Barry Kudrowitz, PhD, a toy designer and professor of product design at the University of Minnesota, and Doris Bergen, PhD, a professor emerita of educational psychology at Miami University in Ohio, discuss the psychology of toys. What makes something a good toy? Why do some toys stand the test of time while others fizzle out after one season? How has technology changed the way kids play with toys? Does gender affect kids’ toy choices? And do we ever grow out of toys?

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Interesting Thoughts

I enjoy this podcast and the topics discussed. However, the music playing while the host is speaking is very distracting and too loud to be considered background music. Also, the way the show is edited makes the conversations seem unnatural and cut kind of short/thoughts are not explained in depth at all.

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Single hood episode

They equate people with an active sex life with multiple partners people who are single . I don’t even know how to interpret this. the show definitely shys from addressing the questions it’s title seems to address. I call stuff like that fraud, phony, quack, etc.

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Bad audio quality: how to learn with psychology

I love the content of Speaking of Psychology but boy the audio quality is worse. Particularly this episode “How to learn with Psychology” the guest Rgan sound is ear piercing. Do the audio/ sound editing engineers even pay attention? Maybe The Hidden Brain engineers can help you guys. Please fix it.

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