Speaking of Psychology

Speaking of Psychology

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“Speaking of Psychology” is an audio podcast series highlighting some of the latest, most important and relevant psychological research being conducted today. Produced by the American Psychological Association, these podcasts will help listeners apply


Bonus Episode: The Psychology of Esports with Kaitlyn Roose and Shawn Doherty, PhD
Oct 16 • 45 min
Russell Shilling, PhD, guest host for Speaking of Psychology and Chief Scientific Officer for the American Psychological Association, sits down at APA2019 to talk with Kaitlyn Roose and Shawn Doherty, PhD, to discuss the psychology of esports, the…
How Memory Can Be Manipulated (SOP91)
Oct 9 • 17 min
Our memories may not be as reliable as we think. There is the potential for memories to be altered or for completely false memories to be planted, according to Elizabeth Loftus, PhD. Loftus, a distinguished professor at the University of California,…
Bonus Episode: Human Trafficking with Kalyani Gopal, PhD, HSPP
Oct 2 • 35 min
Human Trafficking occurs when individuals are exploited through force, fraud or sex. It is estimated that almost 25 million people are robbed of their freedom and human dignity through trafficking. Understanding what trafficking is and how to respond is…
Future of Work (SOP90)
Sep 25 • 38 min
From automation, to artificial intelligence to employee surveillance, technology is rapidly changing the way we work. It’s raising ethical questions and blurring the lines between personal and professional. Tara Behrend, PhD, director of the Workplaces…
Understanding Racial Inequities in School Discipline (SOP89)
Sep 11 • 69 min
Discipline in pre-K - 12 schools is not doled out equally, as black students, boys and students with disabilities are suspended and expelled at much higher rates than other students, according to a report released by the GAO. Guests Amanda Sullivan, PhD,…
Bonus Episode: Debunking Myths About Fertility with Angela Lawson, PhD
Sep 4 • 35 min
About 6% of U.S. women ages 15 to 44 experience infertility, with many of those reporting that infertility is the most upsetting experience of their lives. Dr. Angela Lawson helps us separate fact from fiction when it comes to infertility, a complicated…
What Guides Our Buying Behaviors (SOP88)
Aug 28 • 47 min
Why do some people buy so much, while others shun that lifestyle for simplicity or to save? How do brands reach into our psyches to get us to pull out our wallets? What are some of the motivations behind companies that try to appeal to our sense of social…
Bonus Episode: Fake News with Chrysalis Wright, PhD
Aug 21 • 27 min
Fake news, 2017’s word of the year and recent edition to the Oxford English Dictionary, has become a widespread problem. This episode of Speaking of Psychology discusses how this phenomenon of intentionally spreading fabricated content and presenting it…
Why Popularity Matters (SOP87)
Aug 14 • 33 min
Some of us recall high school as being filled with fun parties, football games and flirting while others think back to that time with a shudder and are just glad it’s over. But is it really over? Our guest is psychologist Mitch Prinstein, PhD, author of…
Why We Like the Foods We Like (SOP86)
Jul 31 • 52 min
Why do some people scarf down anchovies by the pound while others recoil at the thought of a tuna fish sandwich? Not only is taste a biologically complex experience, it is quite psychological. Our guest is psychologist Linda Bartoshuk, PhD, an…
On the Front Lines of the Immigration Crisis (SOP85)
Jul 17 • 42 min
The crisis at the U.S. southern border shows no signs of stopping. Our guest is Claudette Antuña, PsyD, a volunteer forensic psychological evaluator at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project where she provides pro-bono evaluations that have helped…
Suicide Science (SOP84)
Jul 3 • 40 min
Suicide rates in the U.S. climbed from 1999 to 2016, according to the CDC. Samuel Knapp, EdD, discusses the factors that cause people to die from suicide, the effects of past trauma on mental health and how psychologists can successfully treat suicidal…
Psychology of Fashion (SOP83)
Jun 19 • 34 min
The clothes we put on everyday tell a story about who we are and can have a major impact on our emotions and mood. Carolyn Mair, PhD, who created the psychology of fashion department at the London College of Fashion, explains the psychology behind our…
How Psychologists Can Do More to Address the Opioid Crisis (SOP82)
Jun 5 • 38 min
Every day in America, 130 people die from opioids and an estimated two million people around the country are grappling with addiction and it is devastating communities. In the face of these grim statistics, APA CEO Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, explains how…
The Dark Side of Screen Time (SOP81)
May 22 • 27 min
Americans spend nearly half of the day interacting with screens of all kinds — smartphones, televisions and computers, according to a recent Nielsen report. While these technologies have made our lives better in many ways, it is easier than ever to become…
Anxiety and Teen Girls (SOP80)
May 8 • 46 min
What factors are behind rising stress and anxiety in girls and what can we do about it? Our guest is Dr. Lisa Damour, a clinical psychologist and author of “Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls.” APA is currently seeking…
The Psychology of Climate Change (SOP79)
Apr 24 • 35 min
As we grapple with a warming world, our mental health is at risk. Psychologists say that stress, anxiety, depression and PTSD will increase as climate change’s physical impacts accelerate. Is there anything we can do to mitigate the mental health risks of…
The Mind-Gut Connection (SOP78)
Apr 10 • 53 min
Emerging research is showing that our brains and our gastrointestinal systems may be more connected than we previously thought. Our guests are Faith Dickerson, PhD, a psychologist who researches the role of infectious and immune factors in serious mental…
The Psychologically Healthy Workplace (SOP77)
Mar 27 • 40 min
Feeling miserable on the job can be detrimental to our mental and physical health and productivity. A work environment that is psychologically healthy is one that focuses on employees’ health and well-being. Our guests are David Ballard, PsyD, who leads…
Bonus Episode: After New Zealand - The Spread of Extremism in the Digital Age
Mar 21 • 34 min
In the aftermath of the New Zealand mosque attacks, we explore the psychological factors that cause a person to commit heinous acts of mass violence. The guest for this episode is Arie W. Kruglanski, PhD, an APA fellow and distinguished university…
Bonus Episode: The College Admissions Scandal and the Psychology of Affluence
Mar 15 • 27 min
The college admissions bribery scandal has generated a lot of conversations about the role of affluence and privilege in higher education. Our guest for this bonus episode is Suniya S. Luthar, PhD, foundation professor of psychology at Arizona State…
The Molecule of More: Dopamine (SoP76)
Mar 13 • 53 min
It is known as the chemical of love, creativity and addiction. It pushes us to achieve greatness, but it can also lead to our downfall. Dr. Daniel Lieberman and Michael Long discuss their book, “The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain…
How to Find Meaning in Life (SOP75)
Feb 27 • 47 min
We all want to find meaning in our lives, our reason to get up in the morning, yet doing so may not be easy. What is meaning in life and how do we find it for ourselves? The guest for this episode is Clara Hill, PhD, professor of psychology at the…
Living in a Lonely World (SOP74)
Feb 13 • 45 min
Half of Americans say they are lonely and the average person reports having only one close friend. Loneliness can also make us sick, contributing to heart disease, depression, suicide and cognitive decline. Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, professor of…
Stock Market Anxiety (SOP73)
Jan 30 • 42 min
2018 was the worst year the U.S. stock market has seen since 2008 and worries about the economy are continuing in 2019. How do you deal with anxiety in a volatile market? Psychologist Frank Murtha, PhD, co-founder of MarketPsych, a consulting firm to the…
Giving Away Psychology in the Digital Age (SOP72)
Jan 16 • 28 min
Sharing your expertise with the world on YouTube and other social media platforms can be both thrilling and terrifying. If you want to know where to start, look no further than Ali Mattu, PhD. He’s a licensed clinical psychologist and creator of “The…
The Science of Dreaming (SOP71)
Jan 2 • 50 min
We all dream yet many of us don’t know what to make of our nocturnal adventures. Dream scholar Deirdre Barrett, PhD, explains why we dream and what our dreams may be trying to tell us. She also offers tips on how to better remember your dreams to harness…
How to Cope with Political Discussions and Keep it Civil this Holiday Season (SoP 70)
Dec 19, 2018 • 33 min
Worried about making it through your next holiday gathering without it devolving into a political screaming match? Get advice from the experts, APA’s Dr. Lynn Bufka and Dr. Jeanne Safer, host of the podcast, “I Love You But I Hate Your Politics.” APA is…
Philip Zimbardo, PhD, on Heroism, Shyness and the Stanford Prison Experiment (SOP69)
Dec 5, 2018 • 31 min
Philip Zimbardo, PhD, is one of the most recognizable names in the field of psychology. In this episode, Zimbardo discusses recent criticism of his controversial 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment as well as his other work on time, shyness, men and heroism.…
Stress in America: Generation Z (SOP68)
Nov 21, 2018 • 14 min
Headline issues are causing significant stress for teens and young adults in Gen Z with mass shootings topping the list of stressful current events and more than two-thirds of adults reported feeling major stress about the nation’s future, according to…
Using Psychology for Pain Relief and Opioid Reduction (SOP67)
Nov 7, 2018 • 17 min
Millions of Americans use opioids to manage chronic pain. But can integrating psychological approaches into pain care offer some patients low-risk pain treatment options? Beth Darnall, PhD, from Stanford University, explains how psychology can reduce…
Making Love Last and Dating in the Digital Age (SOP66)
Oct 17, 2018 • 42 min
Love. We all want it but sustaining that spark can be difficult in our hectic world, especially with life stressors beyond our control. How do we find love and keep the passion alive throughout the years? Relationship expert Benjamin Karney, PhD, from the…
Smartphones Are a Problem: Can They Be a Solution? (SOP65)
Oct 3, 2018 • 18 min
What if smartphones could be used to monitor our mental health and wellbeing? You guessed it. There’s an app for that. APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more https://convention.apa.org/proposals
Something Happened In Our Town (SOP64)
Sep 19, 2018 • 14 min
“Something Happened In Our Town” is a children’s book about racial injustice from Magination Press, APA’s children’s books imprint. The story follows two families — one white, one black — as they discuss the police shooting of a black man in their…
Social Robots and Deception (SOP63)
Sep 5, 2018 • 20 min
Jeff Hancock, PhD, has studied the research to date on social robots and learned that robots’ perceived warmth and competence have the strongest effect. APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more…
The Internet of Things and Consumer Risk (SOP62)
Aug 15, 2018 • 14 min
John Blythe, PhD, argues that labelling devices such as smart televisions and thermostats will help consumers choose technology that meets their security and privacy needs. APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more…
Online Risks (SOP61)
Jul 25, 2018 • 20 min
Every day, we are all called on to make online security decisions. Psychologist Emma Williams studies the contexts in which we make these decisions in an effort to develop safer practices. APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to…
Twitter and ADHD (SOP60)
Jul 11, 2018 • 10 min
Looking at large numbers of social media postings in aggregate can tell us quite a bit about Americans’ mental state. Sharath Guntuku, PhD, has analyzed the language in tweets to identify regional variations in stress and well-being. APA is currently…
Big Data (SOP59)
Jun 20, 2018 • 21 min
Today’s technology produces a continuous trail of digital breadcrumbs that allow human behavior to be examined even in complex natural environments. Alexander “Sandy” Pentland, PhD, discusses how large-scale studies can be used to predict and shape a wide…
Suicide Contagion (SOP58)
Jun 6, 2018 • 11 min
Is there such a thing as suicide contagion? The evidence is weak, according to Christopher Ferguson, PhD, who details a scientific review he conducted to try to answer that question. APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn…
Self-Driving Cars (SOP57)
May 16, 2018 • 19 min
David Friedman discusses how automation inside and outside vehicles may shape the future of self-driving cars. APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more https://convention.apa.org/proposals
Raising Children in the Digital Age (SOP56)
May 2, 2018 • 18 min
Roberta Golinkoff, PhD, discusses how touchscreen technology can help young children learn and why it’s different from television and books. APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more https://convention.apa.org/proposals
The Power of Persuasion (SOP55)
Apr 23, 2018 • 20 min
Persuasion expert Robert Cialdini, PhD, talks about his formidable body of work developing and understanding what he calls the six universal principles of influence. APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more…
Graying green (SOP54)
Mar 16, 2018 • 13 min
Michael Smyer, PhD, talks about how to get older adults to move from anxiety to action in reducing the effects of climate change. APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more https://convention.apa.org/proposals
Getting teens to eat healthy (SOP53)
Feb 16, 2018 • 12 min
Eleanor Mackey, PhD, talks about why improving eating habits among children and teens should be a family affair. APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more https://convention.apa.org/proposals
How women become leaders (SOP52)
Jan 19, 2018 • 15 min
Alice Eagly, PhD, talks about how stereotypes grounded in everyday psychological observations and stereotypes affect how women are perceived as leaders and how society can change those perceptions. APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click…
Making talking about death easier (SOP51)
Dec 22, 2017 • 14 min
Talking to loved ones about important end-of-life decisions can spark a complicated land mine of emotions. So much so, many people put it off until it’s too late. In this episode, Brian Carpenter, PhD, talks about why it’s important to have these…
Feminism A to Z (SOP50)
Nov 3, 2017 • 16 min
In this episode, Gayle Pitman, PhD, talks about her new book, “Feminism from A to Z,” and how parents and teachers can use a feminist theory and perspective to give teenage girls the support, courage and energy to face the challenges of adolescence. APA…
False confessions aren’t always what they seem (SOP49)
Sep 13, 2017 • 33 min
It defies intuition to think innocent people would confess to a crime they did not commit. But, research has shown that everyone has a breaking point. In this episode, Saul Kassin, PhD, talks about the psychology behind false confessions and how law…
Understanding the minds of champions (SOP48)
Jun 20, 2017 • 16 min
Mental preparation can affect performance, whether you’re preparing for a big test at school or competing at the Olympics. In this episode, Steve Portenga, PhD, talks about the psychology behind performing at your best and how to help overachievers handle…
Children, loss and stress (SOP47)
May 12, 2017 • 14 min
Protecting children from sadness, anxiety and stress is a natural instinct for many adults. But, finding ways to help them address these inevitable obstacles is a challenge. In this episode, Bonnie Zucker, PsyD, talks about how to explain death to young…
Living the better single life (SOP46)
Mar 31, 2017 • 17 min
Married people are often considered to be happier and healthier, while single people are often stereotyped as being isolated, self-centered and unhappy. But what if these are myths? In this episode, psychologist Bella DePaulo, PhD, talks about the…
Treating anxiety in children (SOP45)
Feb 17, 2017 • 12 min
Fear and anxiety are part of most normal children’s lives. But how do we know when anxiety is a problem in need of professional help? In this episode, Golda Ginsburg, PhD, talks about how to recognize the signs of an anxiety disorder in your child and…
Understanding mass violence (SOP44)
Dec 16, 2016 • 15 min
Are terrorists flooding into our country? Are we facing an epidemic of mass shootings and violence? Whatever your thoughts are on gun control or terrorism, psychologists who study human behavior have a lot to contribute to the discussion. In this episode,…
How politics became so uncivilized (SOP43)
Oct 31, 2016 • 17 min
Political elections ought to bring out the good in people. But lately they have come to resemble brawls on a playground. When did it become OK to wave insulting signs at rallies or call candidates ugly names? Why are so many candidates focusing on the…
How to talk to teen boys about dating and sex (SOP42)
Oct 14, 2016 • 17 min
Chances are parents know they need to tell their boys something about sex but aren’t sure where to start. In this episode, Andrew Smiler, PhD, talks about his new book, a guide aimed at teen boys, in which he challenges the “myth of manhood,” and gives…
Born bashful? Learning how to manage shyness (SOP41)
Sep 16, 2016 • 15 min
Have you ever felt awkward, worried or tense during social encounters? We’ve probably all felt shy at one time or another, but for some people the shyness is so intense it can keep them from interacting with others. In this episode, Bernardo Carducci,…
Kids and psychologists team up to learn from one another (SOP40)
Jul 22, 2016 • 13 min
In order to understand how children think and behave, psychologists need to study them. Most of the time, these experiments take place in university labs or sometime in schools, but one program is taking psychological science into museums around the…
Improving health care with psychology (SOP39)
Jul 8, 2016 • 7 min
Poverty greatly increases the risk of heart disease, depression and stress, as do racism and ethnic discrimination, according to numerous psychological studies. In this episode, Elizabeth Brondolo, PhD, talks about how psychologists are taking the…
How masculinity can hurt mental health (SOP38)
Jun 10, 2016 • 16 min
The availability and quality of health care is often substandard when it comes to serving low-income boys and men in ethnic/minority communities. As a result, they have some of the worst health outcomes in the country. In this episode, psychologist Wizdom…
Recognizing a narcissist (SOP37)
May 13, 2016 • 14 min
Narcissism is not just something attributed to people who post selfies and list all their favorite meals on Facebook. It’s a diagnosable personality disorder that causes people to have a delusional sense of self-worth and lack of empathy. In this episode,…
Discrimination and stress (SOP36)
Apr 8, 2016 • 14 min
Experiencing discrimination in any form can be profoundly stressful for many people, according to the latest Stress in America™ survey, published by the American Psychological Association. In this episode, psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD, talks about how…
Planning for a successful career (SOP35)
Mar 11, 2016 • 11 min
Succeeding in any profession takes careful planning and skills that may not be obvious to people at the start of their careers. In this episode, psychologist Garth Fowler, PhD, talks about the benefits of having an individual development plan and…
Nonverbal communication speaks volumes (SOP34)
Feb 12, 2016 • 13 min
If you think reading people is not a science, think again. Understanding expressions that only appear on someone’s face for tenths of a second can mean a lot to those who know what to look for. In this episode, nonverbal communication expert David…
Putting an end to bullying and school violence (SOP33)
Jan 15, 2016 • 8 min
School violence and bullying are a concern for parents and educators alike. As a result, thousands of school districts have implemented anti-bullying programs. In this episode, psychologist and education expert Dorothy Espelage, PhD, talks about the…
Psychology’s influence on our digital world (SOP32)
Dec 14, 2015 • 8 min
Psychologists are key in understanding how and why we use technology the way we do. Our smartphones and activity trackers can gauge our moods, and there are apps that can act as mobile therapists. In this episode, Pamela Rutledge, PhD, applies…
Understanding your racial biases (SOP31)
Nov 13, 2015 • 11 min
Racial bias is everywhere but we may not always see it. However, understanding the way people feel about and behave toward those outside their own group can help communities heal after a tragedy, as well as prevent future ones, according to Yale…
Helping transgender people thrive (SOP30)
Oct 5, 2015 • 11 min
Transgender and gender nonconforming people are becoming more accepted in mainstream society, but they still remain misunderstood and understudied. In this episode, psychologist Anneliese Singh discusses how she and other researchers are trying to…
Integrated care for kids (SOP29)
Sep 8, 2015 • 11 min
Combining mental and behavioral health services with pediatric medical care is a natural fit. But there have been relatively few studies on whether or not it actually works. In this episode, we speak with Joan Asarnow, PhD, who led one of the top studies…
Keeping your brain fit (SOP28)
Aug 17, 2015 • 10 min
Much like in our arms or legs, our brain’s “muscles” can rebuild and grow if they’re given the right exercise. In this episode, neuroscientist Tracey Shors talks about how her research has led her to explore links between physical and mental exercise. APA…
Dispelling the myth of violence and mental illness (SOP27)
Jul 9, 2015 • 11 min
Mass shootings have inevitably led to news reports of the suspected shooters’ mental health, but psychological research shows there is no clear link between mental illness and violence. In this episode, Joel Dvoskin, PhD, talks about the misconceptions…
Unlocking the psychology of millennials (SOP26)
Jun 15, 2015 • 11 min
Psychologists are studying millennials and trying to discover more about the motivations and desires of a generation often thought of as being narcissistic and self-absorbed. APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more…
Making psychotherapy work for you (SOP25)
May 25, 2015 • 10 min
Research has shown that psychotherapy is an effective tool for people who are dealing with a wide range of mental and behavioral health issues, yet people are still hesitant to visit a therapist for treatment. In this episode, we talk with psychologist…
Stamping out mental health stigma (SOP24)
May 11, 2015 • 9 min
Millions of people suffer from mental illness but stigma prevents many of them from seeking out effective treatments. In this episode, psychologist Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, talks about how the city of Philadelphia is using several novel approaches to…
Surviving the AIDS epidemic (SOP23)
Apr 6, 2015 • 14 min
Despite recent medical advances and drug treatments, HIV remains a burdensome condition for millions of people around the world. In this episode, psychologist Perry Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH, talks about how the lessons from the survivors of the AIDS…
The stress of money (SOP22)
Mar 19, 2015 • 10 min
APA’s latest Stress in America survey found that 72 percent of Americans reported feeling stressed about money at least some time in the prior month. In this episode, psychologist and researcher Linda Gallo, PhD, talks about how stress from finances and…
Using your mind to find love (SOP21)
Feb 25, 2015 • 11 min
There are few things in life so strongly tied to our overall happiness as a stable and happy marriage. In this episode, psychologist Ty Tashiro, PhD, gives advice and tips on how to use psychological science to find lasting love, showing us that using our…
Treating the whole person (SOP20)
Feb 9, 2015 • 14 min
A growing body of research has shown a connection between our minds and bodies – a relationship that can affect our overall health. In this episode, psychologist Parinda Khatri, PhD, discusses the impact of an integrated and patient-centered health care…
Improving lives through virtual reality therapy (SOP19)
Jan 12, 2015 • 12 min
Advancements in virtual reality technology have not only led to improved experiences for people who enjoy video games but they are also treating very serious psychological and physical disabilities. In this episode, psychologist Albert “Skip” Rizzo, PhD,…
The mental price of affluence (SOP18)
Dec 8, 2014 • 10 min
American teens from upper-middle class families are more likely to have higher rates of depression, anxiety and substance abuse than any other socioeconomic group of young people, says psychologist Suniya Luthar, PhD. In this episode, she talks about the…
Protecting your aging brain (SOP17)
Nov 10, 2014 • 10 min
Research into effective ways to prevent or slow down the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease has come a long way, according to researcher and neuropsychologist Glenn E. Smith, PhD. In this episode, he discusses the causes of dementia as well as the…
Marijuana: The brain changer (SOP16)
Oct 14, 2014 • 15 min
Teenagers and young adults who use marijuana regularly are at risk of significantly altering the structure of their brains, according to research by neuropsychologist Krista Lisdahl, PhD. In this episode, she discusses what this means for parents, youths…
Disciplining children effectively (SOP15)
Sep 24, 2014 • 14 min
Deciding how to discipline a child can be one of the hardest parts of being a parent. Even parents of generally well-behaved children can find themselves at a loss when trying to discipline a defiant toddler or a surly teenager. In this episode,…
Preventing suicide (SOP14)
Sep 8, 2014 • 12 min
Suicide rates have been steadily increasing in recent years, according to the CDC. Stigma and lack of access to mental health services prevent many people from receiving the help they need. Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, talks about what psychologists are…
Thinking of companies as people (SOP13)
Aug 18, 2014 • 9 min
Are companies like people? According to Susan Fiske, PhD, companies may not be flesh and blood, but customers view even the largest publicly traded companies very much like the way they view other people. And the reasons for this way of thinking are not…
Simple steps to well-being (SOP12)
Jul 7, 2014 • 10 min
Creating our own happiness can be stressful. But psychologist and clinician Pamela Hays, PhD, says implementing change in our lives doesn’t have to be stressful. Author of the book, “Creating Well-Being: Four Steps to a Happier, Healthier Life,” Hays…
Music and your health (SOP11)
Jun 9, 2014 • 10 min
Can music make us healthier or even smarter? Can it change how we experience pain? In this episode, former rock musician and studio producer Daniel Levitin, PhD, talks about how music changes our brain’s chemistry and affects our health. APA is currently…
The neuroscience of creativity (SOP10)
May 5, 2014 • 9 min
Do you have to be intelligent to be creative? Can you learn to be more creative? In this episode, we speak with neuropsychologist Rex E. Jung, PhD, who studies intelligence, creativity and brain function. He discusses why – even if it sounds…
Understanding climate change (SOP9)
Apr 7, 2014 • 13 min
We talk with two psychologists about how research can contribute to an understanding of global climate change. Psychology professor Janet Swim, PhD, and conservation psychologist John Fraser, PhD, discuss the psychology of communication, politics and…
Digital altruism and cyberheroes (SOP8)
Mar 3, 2014 • 7 min
“Cyberheroes” are those who actively use the Internet to help others, animals and the environment, says psychologist Dana Klisanin, PhD. She researches how online interactions can promote compassion and altruism and is even designing a video game that…
Better health through integrated care (SOP7)
Feb 18, 2014 • 8 min
In this episode, APA’s CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD, discusses the importance of integrated health care teams and how they can help people live better lives. APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more…
Molecules and morals: learning the link (SOP6)
Feb 3, 2014 • 7 min
Oxytocin has been called the “love hormone.” But recent research has shown that the brain chemical may play a role in regulating our moral behaviors. Researcher and author Paul Zak, PhD, discusses how his experiments and clinical studies have given us a…
Women and smoking (SOP5)
Jan 13, 2014 • 10 min
In this episode, we talk with Sherry McKee, PhD, a researcher whose work has focused on gender differences and smoking. She discusses why women have a harder time kicking the habit and what science can do to help them quit. APA is currently seeking…
Choosing foods wisely (SOP4)
Dec 16, 2013 • 10 min
Some foods marketed as healthy may instead sabotage our diets. Consumer psychologist Lara Spiteri-Cornish, PhD, studies how companies market foods to health-conscious consumers and why we should all be wary of what they’re trying to make us believe. APA…
Getting into a terrorist’s mind (SOP3)
Nov 4, 2013 • 8 min
Psychologist John Horgan, PhD, has spoken face-to-face with former members of violent extremist organizations in an effort to understand how and why people become involved in terrorism as well as why some eventually turn away from such extremism. APA is…
The good and bad of peer pressure (SOP2)
Oct 4, 2013 • 13 min
When a school year begins, students are dealing with new classes, sports and other school-related activities. Most students will also face the challenges of peer pressure. Psychologist Brett Laursen, PhD, talks about the science behind peer pressure and…
Teaching social skills to autistic teens (SOP1)
Sep 12, 2013 • 13 min
Going back to school and making friends is a challenge, especially for students with autism spectrum disorder. Psychologist Elizabeth Laugeson, PsyD, discusses a training program that she developed to teach skills that allow them to interact with their…