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The Studies Show
17 minutes | Mar 2, 2017
023 – The Man Without a Face
The season finale of The Studies Show. I think I saved the best for last. But that could change at any moment.
35 minutes | Feb 23, 2017
022 – What Lives Inside Your Brain
Something lives inside your brain. We just have no idea what it is. However, it seems to keep “popping up”.
14 minutes | Feb 16, 2017
021 – When the Roaches are Watching
A psychological mystery involving factory workers, bright lights, a few thousand cyclists, and of course…cockroaches.
17 minutes | Feb 9, 2017
020 – Real-Life Mind Control
There’s a science behind subconscious mind control? Quite a bit, actually. Links: * Huffington Post article about the Top Ten Influence Experts of 2016 * Dr. Robert Cialdini’s book, Pre-Suasion
23 minutes | Feb 2, 2017
019 – Free Will Vs. The Pigeon-Guided Missile
Baby-in-a-box, electric floors, radicalism, and of course, some psychology thrown in. Here’s a baby in a box:
17 minutes | Jan 25, 2017
018 – Two Fake Monkeys
Did you know that over 60,000 Americans were sterilized BY LAW in 27 states? In his book, War Against the Weak, Edwin Black documents how American corporate philanthropies launched a national campaign of ethnic cleansing in the United States and helped found and fund the Nazi eugenics of Hitler. Not our country’s proudest moment. Along came Harry Harlow to set the record straight with an experiment involving fake monkeys made of wire and towels.
21 minutes | Jan 18, 2017
017 – The World’s Most Famous Drool
Here’s an unethical study that punished animals for not having perfect pitch. They became so afraid of the experimenter that they quivered, urinated, defecated, and experienced something he dubbed, “Experimental Neurosis”. It’s also one of the most influential studies of the nineteenth century. It still affects how psychologists conduct experiments and how they think about the very nature of psychology to this day. And the guy wasn’t even a psychologist. He just wanted to learn about drool. References: Tim’s Blog: www.GoodAtPeople.com
25 minutes | Jan 11, 2017
016 – Without this Word, No Other Word Matters
Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck has conducted a series of studies that bring this episode on a journey from a New York City middle school, to the World Memory Championships, to the winding streets of London. The nature vs. nurture debate gets settled once and for all and we discover a one-word mindset shift that makes all the difference in the world. Not bad for a little more than twenty minutes. References: Here is the number of possible arrangements of a single deck of cards: Carol Dweck’s Book, “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success”…
19 minutes | Jan 5, 2017
015 – The Truth About Body Language
For decades, people have been misquoting poor Albert Mehrabian. His study was released in 1967 and ever since then, his findings have been abused. Today, we set it right. LINKS: The Magic Pose – New Discoveries in Body Language Do you ever wonder what people think about you? Have you ever accidentally given the wrong impression? Do people sometimes not take you seriously? Or perhaps walk on eggshells around you? Or maybe they’re just flat-out mean to you? Is it possible that they are just sub-consciously reacting to your body language habits? “The Magic Pose” is a specific system of body language that is guaranteed to send the right impression and magnetically draw people to you. Easy to remember, easy to use, and incredibly natural, “The Magic Pose” will increase the quality of all of your interactions at work and at home. Best of all, there is absolutely no additional cost or time required to use it! Great for: * Managers/Leaders * Public Speakers * Salespeople * Teachers * Poker Players * Negotiators CLICK HERE to take this course Available exclusively through Udemy.com How to Detect Deception Lies happen. More often than not, they leave evidence behind. In this course, professional mentalist, Tim David shares how to effectively read people in order to determine whether or not deception is present in their words or actions. Students should take this course if they regularly interact with people at work or at home. Knowing how to detect deception builds honesty and trust and creates deeper, more connected human relationships. Great for: * HR Professionals * Law Enforcement * Parents * Doctors * Poker Players * Salespeople/Negotiators CLICK HERE to take this course Available exclusively thro
19 minutes | Dec 28, 2016
014 – The 4 Marriage Killers
Divorce can be predicted after observing any married couple for just a few minutes. The four marriage killers are powerful, but they are also tiny. There are two interesting things about this week’s study. The first is the near certainty of the four marriage killers. When they are present, the marriage has an over 90% chance to fail. The second is how easy it is to miss them. Small moments make big differences in long-term relationships. Share this episode so more people can be aware of the marriage killers and how to fix them. Links: Get the first seven chapters of Tim David’s upcoming book, True Influence This is the short video I referenced: This is Dr. John Gottman’s book, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: And here is my book, Magic Words. The chapter on “Thanks” and the power of gratitude was an incredible learning experience for me as a writer. In my opinion, “Thanks” is the most magical word of all.
19 minutes | Dec 21, 2016
013 – Death on a Plate
Another super-famous psychological study from Stanford. Links: Get the first seven chapters of Tim David’s upcoming book, True Influence Special nod this week to JamesClear.com Mischel’s follow up studies: * 1988 * 1989 And just for fun…
29 minutes | Dec 14, 2016
012 – Racism and the Brain
“I watched marvelous, cooperative, wonderful, thoughtful children turn into nasty, vicious, discriminating little third graders in the space of fifteen minutes.” – Jane Elliot Today we look at Jane Elliot’s groundbreaking 1968 classroom exercise that ignited a rash of studies on the psychology of in-groups vs. out-groups and raises the question, “Is racism natural or learned behavior?” I also cheat a little bit this time and pull from studies by Henri Tajfel, Philip Zimbardo, and Taya Cohen in addition to Elliot’s work.
19 minutes | Dec 7, 2016
011 – The Magic of Expectation
Are self-fulfilling prophesies real? This famous 1967 study sheds some light on the possibilities.
23 minutes | Dec 1, 2016
010a – Two Lucky Breaks that Gave Trump the Win
The last episode covered The Seven Ways Trump Influenced Voters’ Brains, this time we’ll look at the two psychological biases that tipped the scales in the 2016 Presidential election. Links: Here is an article I wrote about the Invisible Gender Bias Here is an article I wrote about the ballot order effect.
31 minutes | Dec 1, 2016
010 – Seven Ways Trump Influenced Voters’ Brains
182 days before the election, I predicted a Trump victory. The pundits had Hillary Clinton winning with as much as 99% certainty. Behavioral psychology is a better predictor than polls. We take a break from our series on the top 20 psychological studies of all time in order to answer the question…how the heck did Trump pull it off? Links: I wrote an article for Psychology Today on this topic that can be found here. For more information about “horse brain thinking”:
29 minutes | Nov 17, 2016
009 – The Devil on the Inside
Which one wins out, a good person or a bad situation? In 1971, Philip Zimbardo from Stanford University put good people into a bad situation (a mock prison) and discovered that the devil is “on the inside”. For more on this experiment, visit prisonexp.org/
22 minutes | Nov 10, 2016
008 – The Gorilla Suit Stuffed with Cash
Possibly the most famous psychological study outside the world of psychology. Move over David Copperfield. This experiment, conducted by Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris, found that it is indeed possible to actually make a guy in a gorilla suit invisible even though he is “right before your very eyes”. Here is Daniel Simons presenting “The Monkey Business Illusion”: There are more videos at www.TheInvisibleGorilla.com/videos.html, but the one above will give you a good summary (despite its poor video and audio quality). How many black dots do you see? Here is the pie chart from “Sonja L,” referenced during the podcast: And finally, here is my post-election live video broadcast rant “How Donald Trump Manipulated Voters’ Minds. #Science!”: https://www.facebook.com/TimDavidMagic/videos/10155042667760348/
21 minutes | Nov 2, 2016
007 – The Meanings of Life and Happiness – Part 2
We continue to explore the results of the $20M Harvard Grant study that followed 268 men through 80+ years of their lives. Topics covered are how to live into your 90s, the number one most significant factor in your success, and the ins and outs of alcoholism.
22 minutes | Oct 28, 2016
006a – I’m More Mature than U, Nya nya
After being edited out of episodes 6 and 7 for the purposes of time, Erik Erikson’s “stages of adult development” found its way back into the podcast via this bonus episode. The developmental tasks as described by George Vaillant in his book, Triumphs of Experience are as follows: * Identity – Separation and individualization from your parents or initial caregivers. Are you self-supporting? * Intimacy – Have you been in a commited relationship for ten years or longer? * Career Consolidation* – Do you have a career or just a job? Careers are distinguished from jobs with these four words: commitment, compensation, contentment, and competence. * Generativity – The wish and capacity to foster and guide the next generations (not only one’s own adolescents) to independence. Do you have a mentee? Have you taken someone under your wing? If so, you’ve reached this stage. * Guardianship* – If generativity is one-to-one, then guardianship is one-to-many. If generative people are caregivers, guardians are caretakers. They take responsibility for cultural values and riches from which we all benefit. Andrew Carnegie built libraries while the Egyptian Pharaohs built pyramids. * Integrity – The opposite of despair. The famous serenity prayer sums up the idea of integrity nicely. Integrity is keeping your morals, standards, persona, etc. despite any external factors – even impending death. * Added to Erikson’s original schema by Vaillant SOURCE:
20 minutes | Oct 26, 2016
006 – The Meanings of Life and Happiness – Part 1
After a brief history of the eighty-year, $20 million dollar Harvard Grant Study (the most comprehensive longitudinal study in human history) you’ll learn about what science has discovered about what it takes to live a long, happy, and successful life. Here is the list of contacts and data collected at key points throughout the study:
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