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Speaking of Psychology
36 minutes | 5 days ago
Why people believe in conspiracy theories, with Karen Douglas, PhD
This past year, COVID-19 and the U.S. elections have provided fertile ground for conspiracy theories—with sometimes disastrous consequences. Karen Douglas, PhD, of the University of Kent in the United Kingdom, discusses psychological research on how conspiracy theories start, why they persist, who is most likely to believe them and whether there is any way to combat them effectively. Links Karen Douglas, PhD APA Monitor on Psychology Music Futuristic Suspense Ambience by tyops via freesound.org
34 minutes | 12 days ago
How the Science of Habits Can Help Us Keep Our New Year’s Resolutions, with Wendy Wood, PhD
Many of us are brimming with good intentions right now, determined to eat more healthily, get organized or fulfill our other New Year’s resolutions. But by February we’ll have reverted back to our old ways. Why is it so difficult to make these lasting behavioral changes? Wendy Wood, PhD, of the University of Southern California, discusses the research on how habits drive our behavior, why habits are so difficult to break, and how we can harness the power of habit to make the behavioral changes we want. Links Wendy Wood, PhD Music Jazz Music Loop by anechoix via freesound.org
41 minutes | 19 days ago
Encore: Why boredom is surprisingly interesting, with Erin Westgate, PhD
We’re taking a holiday break, so we’re revisiting one of our favorite episodes from this past year. Back in the spring we talked to University of Florida psychologist Erin Westgate about the surprisingly fascinating topic of boredom. What is boredom? Is it always bad to be bored? What can we do to infuse even boring times with meaning? Links Erin Westgate, PhD Music "Emotional Piano" by tictac9 via freesound.org.
27 minutes | a month ago
Why America's bitter politics are like a bad marriage, with Eli Finkel, PhD
These days, Republicans and Democrats don't just disagree with each other's political opinions -- many view members of the other party as immoral and even abhorrent. Eli Finkel, PhD, a social psychologist at Northwestern University in Chicago, led a group of social scientists who published a paper in the journal Science about the causes and consequences of this deepening rift. Finkel studies American politics, romantic relationships and the intersection of those two concepts. He joins us to discuss the rise of political sectarianism and why the current state of American politics is like a bad marriage. Links Eli Finkel, PhD Political sectarianism in America Music "Tension Orchestra Chords" by Frankum via Freesound.org Sponsor APA 2020 Virtual
33 minutes | 2 months ago
Exploring psychology’s colorful past, with Dr. Cathy Faye, PhD
The simulated shock generator for Stanley Milgram’s famed studies on obedience, artifacts from the Stanford Prison Experiment, and a curious machine called a psychograph that promised to read your personality by measuring the bumps on your head--all of these items are on display at the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. The center’s mission is to preserve and interpret psychology’s historical record. Director Cathy Faye, PhD, talks about the center’s collection and how she and her staff work to preserve psychology’s past as well as document its present. Links Cathy Faye, PhD Cummings Center for the History of Psychology Music Expressions of the Mind by ShadyDave via freesound.org Sponsor APA Virtual 2020
17 minutes | 2 months ago
The Holiday Blues, with Elaine Rodino, PhD
For many people, the holiday season can be a time of stress rather than joy even in the best of times. And this year, of course, the holidays will be different for everyone, as the coronavirus pandemic forces us to forgo holiday gatherings and family visits. Elaine Rodino, PhD, discusses the "holiday blues" and how to get through the season, this year and every year. Links Elaine Rodino, PhD Music "A Christmas Tale" by lena_orsa courtesy of freesound.org Sponsor APA 2020 Virtual
29 minutes | 2 months ago
Does Diversity Training Work? With Calvin Lai, PhD
In our increasingly diverse country, many workplaces have implemented diversity training programs aimed at fostering cohesion, mutual respect and understanding among employees of different backgrounds. Calvin Lai, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, discusses what we can learn from psychological research about whether diversity training works and what makes for effective training.
29 minutes | 2 months ago
Why Gen Z is Feeling So Stressed, with Emma Adam, PhD
More than one-third of young adults ages 18 to 23--the older members of Gen Z--said that their mental health was worse right now than at the same time last year, according to APA's Stress in America survey. That's a higher number than any other age group. Emma Adam, PhD, a developmental psychologist at Northwestern University, discusses why the stresses of 2020 are hitting young adults so hard, why the pandemic's effects on teen stress seem to be more mixed, and how stress may affect this generation's health and development. Music Used in this Episode "Expressions of the Mind" by ShadyDave via freesound.org
31 minutes | 3 months ago
How to recognize and combat ‘fake news,’ with Dolores Albarracin, PhD
When you open the newspaper, turn on the nightly news or scroll the Internet, is what you are reading and seeing true? How do you know? What is “fake news” and why does it seem to be everywhere? Dr. Dolores Albarracin explains why fake news is so compelling, and what it takes to counteract it. "Countdown News Intro" by chimerical via Freesound.org
26 minutes | 3 months ago
Will People Accept a COVID-19 Vaccine? With Gretchen Chapman, PhD
Scientists are racing to develop a safe, effective, vaccine for COVID-19 – but will people be willing to take it when it's available? We already have a flu vaccine, but less than half of Americans get it each year. Gretchen Chapman, PhD, a cognitive psychologist who studies health behavior, discusses why people choose to get vaccinated–or not–and how policymakers can encourage vaccination.
50 minutes | 3 months ago
What Drives Voter Behavior? With Jon Krosnick, PhD
Many Americans see this as the most consequential election in recent American history. What will shape voters’ decisions and actions this year? Jon Krosnick, PhD, director of the Political Psychology Research Group at Stanford University, discusses the psychological forces at play when people decide whether to vote and whom to vote for. He also talks about his recent research that finds Americans are increasingly concerned about climate change. Links: Jon Krosnick, PhD Credits: Music bed "Dramatic Scroller" by FoolBoyMedia, freesound.org (CC BY-NC 4.0)
31 minutes | 4 months ago
How to Choose Effective, Science-based Mental Health Apps, with Stephen Schueller, PhD
Among the thousands of apps that aim to help people with everything from stress to anxiety to PTSD to sleep problems, how many are based on solid scientific research? How many live up to what they promise? And how can you choose from among all the options?
35 minutes | 4 months ago
The Challenges Faced by Women in Leadership with Alice Eagly, PhD
With U.S. Senator Kamala Harris as the Democrats’ choice for vice presidential nominee, the challenges faced by female political candidates are back in the news again. This year is the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the United States, but true equality for women remains elusive in politics, business and many other areas. Alice Eagly, PhD, an emeritus professor of psychology at Northwestern University, discusses her research on the psychology of gender, including sex differences and similarities in leadership and how the public’s views on women in leadership roles have changed over time.
25 minutes | 5 months ago
How to Have Meaningful Dialogues Despite Political Differences with Tania Israel, PhD
As the 2020 election cycle heats up, so will conversations among family, friends and acquaintances on opposite ends of the political spectrum. The United States may be more politically polarized than ever, but political disagreements don’t have to devolve into shouting matches and ideological one-upmanship. For people who want to engage in meaningful dialogues with those who disagree with them, Dr. Tania Israel, a professor of in the department of counseling, clinical and school psychology at the University of California Santa Barbara, has some practical advice to offer.
26 minutes | 5 months ago
Survival of the Friendliest with Brian Hare, PhD
Compared with other animals, dogs are brilliant in one important way: They can understand and communicate with us, their human companions. Brian Hare, PhD, of Duke University, talks about what we know about canine cognition and how studying dogs’ evolutionary journey from wild wolves to domesticated pets can teach us more about humanity’s history as well.
31 minutes | 6 months ago
Reopening Schools in a Pandemic with Heidi Schweingruber, PhD
With the start of the 2020-2021 school year just weeks away, politicians, parents, health officials, school officials, teachers’ unions and other groups are debating whether it’s safe for students to return to physical classrooms. Heidi Schweingruber, PhD, a developmental psychologist and director of the Board on Science Education at the National Academies of Sciences, discusses a report on how school districts can balance the risks and rewards of reopening – and why schools should prioritize reopening for younger students. Links: Reopening K-12 Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Prioritizing Health, Equity, and Communities Heidi Schweingruber, PhD, Bio Join us online August 6-8 for APA 2020 Virtual.
25 minutes | 7 months ago
The Invisibility of White Privilege with Brian Lowery, PhD
The protests against racial injustice that have made headlines over the past month may be prompting some white Americans to consider—perhaps for the first time--the advantages they've benefited from all their lives. Brian Lowery, PhD, a senior associate dean at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, studies the psychology of racial privilege in the United States. He discusses the factors that drive many white Americans to ignore and even deny that white privilege exists, and what he believes needs to be done to combat racial injustice. Episode Links: Brian Lowery, PhD Follow Brian Lowery, PhD on Twitter Washington Post Opinion | To my white friends, the time for talk has passed Join us online August 6-8 for APA 2020 Virtual.
28 minutes | 7 months ago
The Challenge of Telework During COVID-19 with Kristen Shockley, PhD
Over the past several months, millions of newly remote workers have found themselves juggling work and family responsibilities from hastily improvised home offices. Kristen Shockley, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of Georgia, discusses her research on how these new teleworkers are adapting and talks about what the pandemic may mean for the future of remote work. Join us online August 6-8 for APA 2020 Virtual.
37 minutes | 7 months ago
The Psychology of Protest and Activism with Lauren Duncan, PhD
For more than a week, protestors have filled the streets of cities and towns across the United States and even around the world, demanding an end to racial injustice and police brutality in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. Lauren Duncan, PhD, a professor of psychology at Smith College and an expert on the psychology of protest and collective action, discusses why this is happening right now and what motivates people to come together to demand change. Join us online August 6-8 for APA 2020 Virtual.
32 minutes | 8 months ago
How the Social and Behavioral Sciences Explain Our Reactions to COVID-19 with Jay Van Bavel, PhD
Why are some people more susceptible to conspiracy theories than others? Do people actually panic during disasters, like the pandemic? And are the brains of liberals and conservatives physiologically different? Dr. Jay Van Bavel, who directs NYU’s Social Perception and Evaluation Lab, answers these and other questions. Episode Links Jay Van Bavel, PhD APA COVID-19 Resources Speaking of Psychology Join us online August 6-8 for APA 2020 Virtual.
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