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Create an enjoyable listener experience about psychological concepts that anyone can easily consume.

    163 | Can You Feel Yourself Being Watched?

    163 | Can You Feel Yourself Being Watched?

    Many scientists and the general population have wondered for over 100 years if we possess a “sixth sense” that alerts us to when someone is staring at us from afar, behind, or off to the side. This presents a fear for some and a case of curiosity for others. Investigation into this question has yielded fascinating information about what environmental cues the eyes can pick up even when they are damaged such as in the case of cortical blindness. Particular parts of the brain are thought to interpret such stimuli as a threat or not, yielding a variety of responses. However, all of this information is limited to what one can perceive within their field of vision, so unfortunately there is still nothing to support that one’s presence directly causes “the hair on the back of your neck to stand up.” All sorts of subtle stimulus changes may contribute to our behavioral responses, but these are complex and not necessarily indicative of an unforeseen sense.

    Links for Today:

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-narcissus-in-all-us/201102/how-you-know-eyes-are-watching-you (Article about our own vanity about being watched)

    https://www.thecut.com/article/the-psychology-of-feeling-like-youre-being-watched.html (psychology article on being watched)

    https://www.sciencealert.com/the-science-behind-why-you-think-you-re-being-watched (The science of feeling like you re being watched)

    https://bigthink.com/philip-perry/why-is-it-you-can-sense-when-someones-staring-at-you (another article describing the sense of being watched)

    https://theweek.com/articles/714172/scientific-reasons-sense-when-someone-watching (More science of feeling that you’re being watched)

    https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnhum.2013.00872/full (Peer review on the feeling of being watched)

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23944840/

    Recommendations

    Shane: The Damned: Machine Gun Etiquette (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM0QWHFvEjTabIXB3IUBKb_TXj0Whq3Zx)

    Abraham: Rage Against the Machine (https://tour.ratm.com/)

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    • 43 min
    162 | Why Do We Dream?

    162 | Why Do We Dream?

    Dreams are influenced by environmental stimuli. There are many theories for why we dream, but how we dream is more interesting anyway. Also, there is metaphorical dreaming, which is also interesting. Dream interpretation is still nonsense. Yay for the dreamers!

    Links for Today:

    https://search-proquest-com.portal.lib.fit.edu/docview/212672817?accountid=27313

    https://www.cell.com/cell-reports/fulltext/S2211-1247(20)30530-1

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4988750/

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4988750/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWyHYLpFOXs&t=227s (William Baum on spirituality)

    Recommendations

    Kyle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbknecc1rWg (Hang Schlinger on consciousness)

    Shane: The Sentencing Project (https://www.sentencingproject.org/)

    Abraham: Peanut Butter and Celery

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    • 57 min
    161 | Board Games

    161 | Board Games

    Board games are activities with no particular output. Abraham gets passionate about his favorite topic. There are several recommendations for various games based on why you might be interested in playing.


    - Casual Gamer
    1. Ticket to Ride
    2. Codenames
    3. Suspicion
    4. Dicecapades
    5. Telestrations
    6. Bananagrams
    7. Point Salad
    8. Felicity
    9. Anomia
    10. 5-Minute Dungeon
    - Gateway to games
    1. Fluxx
    2. Reef
    3. Dice Forge
    4. Forbidden Desert
    5. Mystic Vale
    6. Sagrada
    7. Castle:Panic
    8. Azul
    9. Sushi Go! Party
    10. Pandemic
    - Expert Gamers
    1. Dinosaur Island
    2. Mansions of Madness
    3. Reavers of Midgard
    4. Tiny Epics
    5. Vindication
    6. Endogensis
    7. Genius Games
    8. Scythe
    9. Terraforming Mars
    10. Galactic Contract
    - Two Players
    1. Lost Cities
    2. Jaipur
    3. Morels
    4. Fox in the Forrest
    5. Onitama
    6. Patchwork
    7. InBetween
    8. Rose King
    9. Master Mind
    10. Microbrew
    - Large Groups
    1. Spyfall (10-12)
    2. Bang
    3. Deception
    4. Happy Salmon
    5. Mafia: Vendetta
    6. Anomia
    7. Exploding Kittens (w/ expansion)
    8. Martian Dice
    9. Ion
    10. Zombie Dice

    Is kissing learned or genetic? Both of course. But why do we do it? It turns out It is pretty common among a wide range of cultures, yet not completely universal. The history is also unclear and several theories exist, but very few seem comprehensive enough to adequately address the existence of this strange behavior. Or not so strange. Animals do it too!

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    160 | Why Do We Kiss Each Other?

    160 | Why Do We Kiss Each Other?

    We support Black Lives Matter. We recorded this well before the protests began, so nothing is related to the current protests in this episode. Nevertheless, we wanted to show our support in some small way!

    Is kissing learned or genetic? Both of course. But why do we do it? It turns out It is pretty common among a wide range of cultures, yet not completely universal. The history is also unclear and several theories exist, but very few seem comprehensive enough to adequately address the existence of this strange behavior. Or not so strange. Animals do it too!

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    • 57 min
    159 | Masturbation: The Original DIY

    159 | Masturbation: The Original DIY

    We support Black Lives Matter. We recorded this well before the protests began, so nothing is related to the current protests in this episode. Nevertheless, we wanted to show our support in some small way!

    WARNING: We discuss sexual content in this episode. Due to the nature of this discussion, we take a somewhat lighthearted and joking approach. However, we are also professional and scientific in our coverage of this topic. Nevertheless, you may wish to skip this episode if you are sensitive to sexual topics or listening with children for whom you feel it would be inappropriate for them to hear this.

    This history of masturbation is about as long as humans. Most cultures did not actually consider masturbation taboo for a long time. The was a re-emergence of discussion and consideration about masturbation in the last century. We also debunk several myths.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    158 | Distracted Driving

    158 | Distracted Driving

    People drive distractedly because we get fluent at it, because it is boring, and because there is little to no adverse consequence for doing so. Our phones are the most modern why we distract ourselves while driving, but there are plenty of other things that take our attention away from the the task at hand. Basic behavioral intervention might help, or maybe autonomous cars are the answer. Listen in to hear more.

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    • 56 min

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Great podcast about a variety of topics in psychology

The hosts do an excellent job in explaining the more intricate details of the psychology in their topics and also share great rapport. Always do your research, of course, but this outlet is extremely valuable for engaging anyone interested in learning why we do what we do!

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