Who cares? What's the point? A psychology podcast with Dr Sarb Johal
About This Show
Who Cares? What’s the Point? The podcast about the mind for people who think.
We have so many talented researchers around the globe, all trying to understand the psychology of 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 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
How do people with multiracial (or multicultural) backgrounds navigate their social identity? WCWTPs2e6
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In this episode, I talk with Dr. Sarah Gaither, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University in the USA. In this conversation, we focus on Sarah's work on understanding multiracial identities and the costs and benefits of navigating that social terrain. Here is the link to the paper we talk about in this week's show: https://sites.duke.edu/dukeidlab/files/2016/08/MultiracialIdentityReview.Gaither.CDPS_.2015.pdf Here is the abstract for some context: Multiracial individuals report that the social pressure of having to “choose” one of their racial groups is a primary source of psychological conflict. Yet because of their ability to maneuver among their multiple identities, multiracials also adopt flexible cognitive strategies in dealing with their social environments—demonstrating a benefit to having multiple racial identities. The current article reviews recent research involving multiracial participants to examine the behavioral and cognitive outcomes linked to being multiracial and pinpoints possible moderators that may affect these outcomes. Limitations in applying monoracial identity frameworks to multiracial populations are also discussed. If you do enjoy this episode, and would like to support the show, you can do that in a few ways: You can leave a review and rating on iTunes - that really helps others to find the show. You can follow the show on twitter @wcwtp, and find the website at whocareswhatsthepoint.com You can also email the show at email@example.com 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: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/who-cares-whats-the-point?refid=stpr