Who cares? What's the point?
About This Show
Who Cares? What’s the Point? The podcast about the mind for people who think.
In this podcast, I describe what i will chat about in this podcast, and set up for the first interviews starting in December 2016.
We have so many talented researchers around the globe, all trying to understand how the mind works and how we can harness its full potential for the benefit of ourselves, the people around us and the planet.
But, because of the way the science system works we have ended up with a gigantic amount of untapped knowledge about how the mind and brain works, that sits unused in dusty journals on University library shelves - because very few people read them.
Partly this is down to access – more often than not, you have to pay to read these. But partly its because, well, why would you bother? They tend to be dry, soulless publications, written by academics for academics.
This podcasts changes that.
When I was a PhD student, one of the slides me and a few of my fellow students included in every presentation we did said this; 'Who cares? What's the point?" This encouraged us to really double down and focus on why anyone should care about the research we were doing.
This podcast will do the same thing.
I will track down cutting edge researchers from around the globe publishing thought-provoking, and potentially game changing research about why we behave the way we do. I will invite them to tell us briefly about their research, and then I will prompt them to answer those two questions – who cares? And what’s the point, focusing on the possible implications of their work. This way, you get to hear stories about how the brain works, without putting your mind to sleep.
Most Recent Episode
Who cares? What's the point? Season 1 Episode 2: Father's parenting stress
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Welcome to Season 1, Episode 2 of the show. Who cares? What's the point? The podcast about the mind for people who think. In this episode, I talk with Associate Professor Claire Vallotton of Michigan State University in the USA. We talk about the relationship father's parenting stress and language and cognitive development. Claire's original paper can be found here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/icd.1984/abstract Here is the abstract for some context: Despite numerous studies on parenting stress suggesting negative influences on parent–child interactions and children's development, the majority of these studies focus on mothers' parenting stress with little or no acknowledgement of fathers. Using data from the National Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project, this study examined (i) the effects of fathers' parenting stress during toddlerhood on children's language and cognitive outcomes when children are 3 years old (ii) whether the effects of fathers' parenting stress on children's language and cognitive development vary by child gender? Results from mixed linear models showed fathers' parenting stress predicted children's lower cognitive scores, but there were no gender differences in the effects of fathers' parenting stress on children's cognitive outcomes. In the language domain, boys, not girls, were found to be more susceptible to the effects of fathers' parenting stress. These findings indicated that fathers, in addition to mothers, should be included in early parenting research and interventions. I hope you find our conversation interesting and thought-provoking. I'd love some feedback from you about the show. You can follow the show on twitter @wcwtp, and find the website at whocareswhatsthepoint.com You can also email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org Please feel free to share the link to the show with your friends and colleagues. You can subscribe here or via this iTunes link:https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/who-cares-whats-the-point/id1179662350?mt=2 Or on Stitcher too: