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We explain popular and weird, little-known ideas in psychology. Whether you are a little curious about psychology, or a student, or even a professional, we have something for everyone.

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Why We Do What We Do Abraham

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    • 4.6 • 77 Ratings

We explain popular and weird, little-known ideas in psychology. Whether you are a little curious about psychology, or a student, or even a professional, we have something for everyone.

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    The Seven Wonders

    The Seven Wonders

    Do you know all seven of the wonders? Do you know how they were chosen? As a species, we seem to be fascinated with lists and ranking things. So, let's talk about this particular list (or lists) and learn something new. If I live to see the seven wonders... As Fleetwood Mac would say. 

    Abraham: 7 Wonders: Architects (https://www.rprod.com/en/games/7-wonders;https://www.rprod.com/en/games/7-wonders-architects) Shane: John Mulaney Presents: Everybody’s In LA (https://www.netflix.com/title/81742123)
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    • 54 min
    Mini: Can Stress Turn Your Hair Gray?

    Mini: Can Stress Turn Your Hair Gray?

    The idea that stress turns our hair gray has been the punchline of many jokes. Do those of us with anxiety gray sooner? We do a quick dive into the science of graying hair and to what extent stress may be related to the accelerated pace of graying. 

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    https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2020/04/how-stress-causes-gray-hair#:~:text=A%20new%20study%20shows%20that,pigment%2Dproducing%20cells%20called%20melanocytes.https://www.washingtonpost.com/wellness/2022/12/19/gray-hair-causes-stress-genetics/Zhang B, Ma S, Rachmin I, He M, Baral P, Choi S, Gonçalves WA, Shwartz Y, Fast EM, Su Y, Zon LI, Regev A, Buenrostro JD, Cunha TM, Chiu IM, Fisher DE, Hsu YC. Hyperactivation of sympathetic nerves drives depletion of melanocyte stem cells. Nature. 2020 Jan;577(7792):676-681. doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-1935-3. Epub 2020 Jan 22. PMID: 31969699; PMCID: PMC7184936.https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210622154339.htmhttps://www.usatoday.com/story/life/health-wellness/2023/04/14/does-stress-cause-grey-hair-yes-but-may-reversible/11634233002/Ayelet M Rosenberg, Shannon Rausser, Junting Ren, Eugene V Mosharov, Gabriel Sturm, R Todd Ogden, Purvi Patel, Rajesh Kumar Soni, Clay Lacefield, Desmond J Tobin, Ralf Paus, Martin Picard. Quantitative mapping of human hair greying and reversal in relation to life stress. eLife, 2021; 10 DOI: 10.7554/eLife.67437https://psychcentral.com/stress/does-stress-cause-grey-hair#stress-and-gray-hair

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    • 10 min
    Nostalgia: Social Media Addiction pt. 2

    Nostalgia: Social Media Addiction pt. 2

    Oh rare Friday release! This is our follow up to our nostalgia episode on Social Media addiction. Enjoy!
    This concludes our mult-month coverage of the topic of addiction for now. Next week, we'll be back totaly new non-addiction-related conten.

    Abraham: Gattaca (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119177/)Shane: My daughter graduated high school!
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Nostalgia: Social Media Addiction pt. 1

    Nostalgia: Social Media Addiction pt. 1

    Recorded in the early days of the pandemic, we are resurrecting this little gem to put a cap on our series of addiction-themed episodes. Amazing how much and how little has changed since then. The 2nd part will come out later this week and will have additional content to update the conversation on Social Media addiction. 

    Scott: Mystic Vale (https://www.alderac.com/mystic-vale/)Shane: Jake Johnson (Actor)
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Mini: Books Bound in Human Skin

    Mini: Books Bound in Human Skin

    WARNING: Contains discussion of death, murder, and mutliation which some listeners may find disturbing. Who even wants to think about this? A lot of people, it turns out. This would have been well-suited for a Halloween release. Oh well. Enjoy this weird survey of books held together by peices of people. 


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    • 17 min
    How to Treat Addiction

    How to Treat Addiction

    Wishful thinking, empty promises and empty threats, and shaming don't work to treat addiction. People have been trying to strategize ways to overcome addiction for centuries. Have we finally gotten it right? We are certainly doing a lot better now. We unpack that long history and current research around treating addiction.

    Abraham: Fall Guy (https://www.thefallguymovie.com/)Shane: IF ( https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11152168/)
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    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6944776/pdf/nihms-1545896.pdfhttps://recovery.org/drug-treatment/history/https://www.avenuesrecovery.com/blog/historical-figures-in-addiction-treatment-benjamin-rush/#:~:text=A%20Founding%20Father%20Fighting%20Addiction,-As%20one%20of&text=He%20said%2C%20%E2%80%9CA%20nation%20corrupted,of%20the%20dangers%20of%20alcohol.White, W. L. (2002). Addiction treatment in the United States: Early pioneers and institutions. Addiction, 97(9), 1087-1092.https://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140673604176186.pdfhttps://aa-semi.org/archive/the-evolution-of-the-dark-world-of-alcoholism-early-cures-of-alcoholism/https://www.addictioncenter.com/community/evolution-history-of-rehab/Higgins, S. T., & Petry, N. M. (1999). Contingency management. Incentives for sobriety. Alcohol research & health : the journal of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 23(2), 122–127.Petry N. M. (2011). Contingency management: what it is and why psychiatrists should want to use it. The psychiatrist, 35(5), 161–163. https://doi.org/10.1192/pb.bp.110.031831https://www.pnas.org/doi/full/10.1073/pnas.0806889105

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    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

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77 Ratings

77 Ratings

Name's Robin ,

Funny, and thorough

I listened to your episode on colour deficiency and I was captured by how well you explain all the possible misinterpretations. You don’t leave room for system 1 thinking when you define your terms. You are clear. You are succinct. Which I appreciate as a hopefully logical person.

atnaflan ,

Relooking at ABA

I really appreciate the work you are already putting into this series first two episodes and I am excstatuc to listen to more. Discussing the problems and changes with ABA is an incredibly important conversation and I appreciate your research and dedication to think critically.

Ddub417 ,

That laugh tho

Elmer Fudd meets machine gun?

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