PsychTech - The Psychology and Technology Podcast

PsychTech - The Psychology and Technology Podcast
The psychology and technology podcast.
Geek Therapy Patreon Special Offer
Feb 2 • 2 min
Geek Therapy’s Josué Cardona has hijacked this feed to make a special announcement. The Geek Therapy Network, including PsychTech, is brought to you in part by member of Geek Therapy on Patreon. For the month of February GT is holding a special offer for…
Season One Finale
Jul 5, 2018 • 47 min
#110: PsychTech is switching to a seasonal format so we’re taking a break and declaring every episode so far as season one. To celebrate the new format, Kelli and Josué take a walk down memory lane and discuss how PsychTech got started and some of their…
What if your boss supervised your emotions?
May 10, 2018 • 37 min
#109: A recent news report about employer-monitored EEG hats that can read emotions got us on a conversation about privacy and data use in the workplace. What would it be like to have your emotions monitored at work? Do you think any good could come of…
Too Many Disturbing Videos
Apr 26, 2018 • 49 min
#108: YouTube has released data on how many videos it took down for content violations and announced that it’s limiting the number of hours hired reviewers can watch flagged content. A.I. is playing a big role in identifying content for deletion but human…
Mental Health App Design
Apr 12, 2018 • 44 min
#107: Kelli just came back from the American Psychological Association’s interdisciplinary conference on Technology, Mind, and Society in Washington, DC. One thing that stood out to Kelli was a presentation by Stephen Schueller titled Enhancing the User…
Psychographics Aren’t Magic
Mar 29, 2018 • 44 min
#106: A recent Facebook scandal has brought up the term “psychographics” and it seems like some people think it’s the secret to changing people’s minds. We don’t agree. Notes: * The Other Cambridge Personality Test Has Its Own Database With Millions of…
A Digital Attention Crisis?
Mar 15, 2018 • 49 min
#105: Some experts say that humanity is experiencing a digital attention crisis. We chime in on the idea and look at some of the tools available to deal with the supposed crisis. *Become a member of Geek Therapy on Patreon for as little as $1/month by…
Weight Watchers for Millennials?
Mar 1, 2018 • 46 min
#104: Kelli talks about her experience with a weight loss app called Noom. *Feb 26 – Mar 4 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. For more info, visit Notes: * Noom – * PsychTech #32: Expertise on…
Fake Everything
Feb 15, 2018 • 46 min
#103: What do you believe when everything you see is potentially fake? It’s easier than ever to create fake information online, even video. Notes: * New AI research makes it easier to create fake footage of someone speaking – * We…
The Take-Home Mental Health Exam of the Future
Feb 1, 2018 • 42 min
#102: We discuss what a take-home test like 23andMe or uBiome might look like but for mental health. Notes: * At-Home Medical Tests Are Putting the Power of the Clinic in Your Hands – * Here’s What It Looks Like When a Gene Test Says…
Avatar Therapy
Jan 18, 2018 • 35 min
#101: We discuss the use of cute puppy avatars for elderly care and human-looking avatars for schizophrenia treatment. *This episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a FREE audiobook download and 30-day free trial by visiting…
Goodbye, Net Neutrality!
Dec 21, 2017 • 48 min
#100: In the U.S., Net Neutrality has been fiercely debated in recent years and the government’s latest decision greatly affects the idea of a “free and open” internet. Kelli and Josué discuss how our experiences could change if net neutrality disappears.…
Dec 6, 2017 • 55 min
#99: After an unexpected hiatus, we’re back! Kelli and Josué talk about what it’s like to lose access to communication and how you don’t realize how important technology is to your life until it’s gone. — Visit us at Follow us on…
StormTech II
Nov 10, 2017 • 14 min
#98: The (unfortunate) sequel to our last hurricane-related episode! Here are some more thoughts about tech during and after a really bad storm, from Josué who is in Puerto Rico 50 days after Hurrican Maria hit the island. — Visit us at…
Sep 13, 2017 • 40 min
#97: Kelli and Josué discuss a few tech stories related to the recent events of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Notes: * How Snapchat’s Map Helps Us Navigate Natural Disasters – * In Irma prep, GasBuddy downloads increased 10x, nuclear…
Google If You Are Clinically Depressed
Aug 30, 2017 • 44 min
#96: Google has added a prompt for a depression screening tool to search results related to depression. Is that a good idea? Notes: * Google taps National Alliance on Mental Illness to add depression screener to search – — Visit us…
Mental Health Tech in Prisons
Aug 2, 2017 • 39 min
#95: Can technology improve mental health in prisons? Next week on Headshots we’ll discuss gaming culture in prison. Notes: * How Technology Could Improve Mental Health In Prisons–But So Far Isn’t – * Inmates built computers hidden…
Chatbot Therapy
Jul 19, 2017 • 42 min
#94: Can a chatbot replace a therapist? How much would you pay for chatbot therapy? Kelli and Josué discuss Woebot and other tools designed to help with mental health. Notes: * Woebot – “Your charming robot friend who is ready to listen, 24/7” –…
Mental Health Awareness Month: Sharing About Mental Health
May 17, 2017 • 45 min
#93: From YouTubers to podcasters, lots of people are sharing their experiences and/or expertise related to mental health online. For Mental Health Awareness Month Kelli and Josué discuss the different ways that people are sharing about mental health…
May 3, 2017 • 40 min
#92: What do FaceApp, chatbots, and sex dolls have in common? New face technology! While FaceApp is a fun distraction, it may demonstrate that we have the technology to easily read and manipulate realistic looking faces, real or digital. Notes: * FaceApp…
Do humans or robots draw better?
Apr 18, 2017 • 42 min
#91: Google announced an AI that can draw and doodle like humans while humans just created an incredible piece of collaborative art on Reddit. Do humans or robots draws better? “Individually you can create something. Together you can create something…
Merging With AI Through A Brain-Computer Interface
Apr 4, 2017 • 40 min
#90: Elon Musk is now officially working on a way to make brains interact directly with computers and artificial intelligence so we discuss how that may be possible and what some of the implications might be. Josué envisions The Matrix while Kelli sees…
Embedding Brainwave Data
Mar 22, 2017 • 41 min
#89: Kelli went to SXSW 2017 so we talk about a few things she demoed, including a Wacom tablet that embeds brainwave data into your handwriting. Does Kelli’s brain fire up more when she writes about chocolate or her husband? Listen to find out. Notes: *…
Humans and Robots w/ RoboPsych’s Tom Guarriello
Mar 8, 2017 • 45 min
#88: This week Dr. Tom Guarriello from RoboPsych talks with Josué about Humans (AMC/Channel 4) a sci-fi show about a world where human-like robots called “synths” are a part of everyday life. They discuss how comfortable people might be around different…
Tech Privacy and Safety
Feb 22, 2017 • 40 min
#87: Kelli and Josué discuss tech privacy and safety concerns prompted by a WIRED article on how tech can help survivors of abuse. Use your cybersmarts! Notes: * Tech Can Do More to Help Survivors of Abuse. Here’s Where to Start – *…
The Future Of Sex (and Teledildonics)
Feb 8, 2017 • 37 min
#86: Content Warning: Sex, Sexual Themes It’s almost Valentine’s Day so let’s talk about the future of sex by looking at the 5 major fields of the Future of Sex Report, by Future of Sex. Yes, teledildonics is a thing. No, we (regretfully) did not come up…
Black Mirror 3.6 – Hated in the Nation
Jan 25, 2017 • 49 min
#85: Content Warning: Strong Language Kelli and Josué discuss the last episode of Black Mirror’s third season, Hated in the Nation. Notes: * ‘Black Mirror’ Postmortem: Showrunner Explains Season 3- — Visit us at…
Black Mirror 3.5 – Men Against Fire
Jan 11, 2017 • 48 min
#84: Content Warning: Violence, Murder, Genocide Kelli and Josué disagree on EVERYTHING, more than ever, while discussing the Black Mirror episode Men Against Fire. Notes: * On Killing – * ‘Black Mirror’ Postmortem: Showrunner…
Technical Difficulties
Dec 28, 2016 • 4 min
We had some technical difficulties this week! And we’re on vacation! So Josué apologizes for the blunder and recommends some alternatives for the week. Notes: * Headshots – * Headshots #12 – * Kelli on Married…
Black Mirror 3.4 – San Junipero
Dec 14, 2016 • 49 min
#83: Content Warning: Suicide, Euthanasia We have an intense discussion about the Black Mirror episode San Junipero. With special guest, Kelli’s husband! Notes: * ​Black Mirror postmortem: Showrunner talks season 3 twists – * What Is…
Black Mirror 3.3 – Shut Up and Dance
Nov 30, 2016 • 40 min
#82: Content Warning: Sexual Themes We dive deep into the Black Mirror episode Shut Up and Dance. Kelli and Josué have completely different experiences watching this one and we are curious what you thought so please let us know! Notes: * Reported cases of…
RoboPsych: Enabling Effective, Efficient Relationships Between People and Robots
Nov 16, 2016 • 52 min
Ep 81: Josué interviews Dr. Tom Guarriello about his project RoboPsych, in which he takes a look at the psychology of human-robot interaction. This is a really fun discussion of the past, present, and future of robots and how they affect our way of…
Black Mirror 3.2: Playtest
Nov 2, 2016 • 60 min
#80: Bonus episode! We discussed the second episode of Black Mirror’s third season on our sister podcast, the gaming-centric Headshots, and this is it, on the PsychTech feed because, well, we like the idea of all of our Black Mirror discussions in one…
Black Mirror 3.1: Nosedive
Nov 2, 2016 • 68 min
#79: Black Mirror is back! Season 3 is here and we couldn’t be more excited. PsychTech was born out of us wanting to talk about Black Mirror. On this episode, we discuss the first episode of Black Mirror’s third season: Nosedive. 5 STARS! — Visit us at…
Oct 19, 2016 • 39 min
#78: Hashtags aren’t just about what’s trending, they can bring entire communities together and connect people through shared experiences. This week’s episode examines how hashtags are bringing secret, hidden things into the light and empowering people to…
Which A.I. To Buy?
Oct 5, 2016 • 49 min
#77: The future is now and Josué has decided to go all-in on an artificial intelligence/virtual assistant but he’s not sure which one to choose so Kelli helps him think it through. A.I. is going to change the way we do everything and that behavior change…
Your Thoughts Betray You
Sep 21, 2016 • 39 min
#76: Return of the Kelli! Kelli is back from maternity leave and joins Josué for an exploration of a world where your brainwaves are the new fingerprints and your thoughts and feelings are no longer private. Thank you to listener Kristen for suggesting…
Mad Scientists!
Sep 7, 2016 • 60 min
#75: Josué and special guest Doug Ronning talk about the archetype of the Mad Scientist and why it was so popular at different times throughout history. They discuss many strange experiments represented in movies and legendary real-life experiments…
Treknology – Star Trek Tech Part II
Aug 24, 2016 • 63 min
#74: Ali Mattu is back to talk about technology’s role in Star Trek’s utopian future. This time Josué and Ali meetup right after going through Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience exhibit at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in NYC. Josué and…
What’s in a brain?
Aug 10, 2016 • 46 min
#73: We are still learning a lot about the brain and there is nothing like some new brain maps and visualizations to get us excited here at PsychTech. New areas have been labeled and beautiful 3D models now exist that allow us to navigate and talk about…
Technology’s Role in Star Trek’s Utopia
Jul 27, 2016 • 45 min
#72: Josué and special guest Dr. Ali Mattu discuss how technology plays a role in the future portrayed in Star Trek. No spoilers for Star Trek Beyond but if you want more on Star Trek from Josué and Ali, visit You can find Ali at…
New Schedule, New Show
Jul 20, 2016 • 4 min
We have two announcements! First, we’re changing the schedule and publishing episodes every other week. Second, we’re starting a brand new show focused on gaming! We (try) to explain it all in this short announcement episode. You can learn more about…
Search Engine Diagnosis
Jul 13, 2016 • 43 min
#71: Josué had to go to the doctor recently so we discuss how Google is improving its health results, what Microsoft learned by looking at the search results of cancer patients, and how artificial intelligence can truly help in diagnosis once it starts…
Virtual Reality Interview (Psychology Of Everything)
Jun 29, 2016 • 73 min
#70: This week’s episode is an interview with Josué and Kelli about virtual reality by Michael McClendon for the Psychology of Everything podcast. For more by Michael, check out the Psychology of Everything podcast. Notes: * Psychology of Everything,…
Can You Make Your Dreams Come True?
Jun 22, 2016 • 47 min
#69: Precognitive dreaming sounds like something out of science fiction, but researchers in the field of parapsychology think it’s possible based on quantum entanglement. Kelli and Josué share their experiences regarding dreams and quantum cognition, and…
Cognify Everything
Jun 15, 2016 • 54 min
#68: Get ready for a new buzzword: Cognification. This week we discuss artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, and its broad application. Josué and Kelli do their best to explain exactly what cognification is and how it works but more importantly,…
I, For One, Welcome Our Robot Overlords
Jun 8, 2016 • 50 min
#67: When you think of the robot-dominated workforce of the future, what comes to mind? Wall-E? The Matrix? Terminator? This week, Kelli and Josué debate whether robots taking over the workforce would lead to hedonism, self-actualization, or something in…
Never Retweet, Except Spoilers
Jun 1, 2016 • 55 min
#66: This week we look at a couple of studies that suggest that retweeting or sharing about what you’re reading can lead to lower comprehension and memory of the material and that spoilers don’t ruin your enjoyment, in fact, they may help you enjoy…
You Can’t Spell “Screen Time” Without S-H-A-M-E
May 25, 2016 • 47 min
#65: As a follow up to our previous episode on baby tech, this week’s podcast is all about screen time. Kelli and Josué tackle this controversial topic and discuss the social mores and historical context of when technology and parenting collide. Visit us…
A/B Test and Chill
May 18, 2016 • 51 min
#64: Netflix released information on how it chooses the thumbnails that most effectively make its members want to watch and stick with a new show or movie. We discuss some of the insights shared by Netflix, compare different types of research, and how all…
Welcome to the World of the Sort of Real
May 11, 2016 • 47 min
#63: Inspired by a recent podcast with fellow psychology lover Michael McClendon, Kelli and Josué explore the world of augmented reality that’s here today. They discuss apps and different ways to augment your daily reality experience. Let us know what you…
The End Of TMI?
May 4, 2016 • 52 min
#62: Are people sharing less personal information online? Or are they just sharing in different ways? This week we discuss changes in sharing habits on social networks and what consequences, if any, kids will face after their childhood is posted for the…
The Year In Psychology and Gaming (PAX East 2016 Panel)
Apr 27, 2016 • 64 min
#61: This is a recording of a panel Josué and Kelli did at PAX East 2016 titled “The Year In Psychology and Gaming.” We cover the best, and our favorite, stories in the realms of psychology and video games from the last 12 months. Huge thanks to everyone…
What a Baby Wants, What a Baby Needs
Apr 20, 2016 • 53 min
#60: Smart diapers, TweetPee, and parental shame, oh my! Josué and Kelli explore the odd and sometimes genius world of maternity and baby technology. Josué and Kelli also discuss the relational and developmental consequences of preemptively meeting an…
Just One More Episode…
Apr 13, 2016 • 55 min
#59: Why do we binge watch? Kelli says that we just love a good story but Josué insists that there is a lot more going on that makes us want to watch another episode. And then another. This week we discuss the different reasons why people consume content…
The Sports of the Future are Here Today!
Apr 6, 2016 • 47 min
#58: Step right up and hear about the sports of tomorrow, today! Kelli and Josué discuss the Cybathalon, an Olympic-scale event for individuals with “technological and motorized enhancements” which debuts this fall. The duo also dives into the controversy…
Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe?
Mar 30, 2016 • 53 min
#57: We are creating artificial intelligence to help us, right? Some just aren’t equipped to be of much use at the moment and others are learning to adopt some nasty human behavior. This time we look at the potential yet sometimes dark and useless sides…
GDC Post Mortem
Mar 23, 2016 • 58 min
#56: Kelli returns from her week in San Francisco at the Game Developer’s Conference and shares highlights from the event. Game academics, virtual reality, personality theory, and more! 2 quick reminders! 1) Josué and Kelli will both be at PAX East in…
Are your devices always listening to you?
Mar 9, 2016 • 55 min
#55: This week we discuss why some people believe that their devices are always watching or listening to them. Oh, and whether or not it’s true. Companies are finding more creative ways to target ads and content and consumers are consenting every day. But…
Twitch Streaming and Emergent Culture
Mar 2, 2016 • 50 min
#54: This week Kelli and Josué really let their geek flags fly as they discuss emergent internet cultures. Inspired by real events, the dynamic duo explores what it’s like to be a member of an online community, like, and how aligning with…
Your Next BFF Might Be A Chatbot
Feb 24, 2016 • 46 min
#53: Conversational interfaces are here and they are growing in popularity. This week we discuss what it’s like to have a conversation with a robot, the appeal of chatbots, and where you can expect to see more conversational interfaces very, very soon.…
10,000 Steps A Day Earns You The ‘A’
Feb 17, 2016 • 48 min
#52: Physical education is a normal part of grade school curriculum, but some colleges also require students to achieve specific fitness goals. One Oklahoma university recently mandated its students wear FitBits to track heart rate and daily steps. In…
Job Hunting Is Fun And Easy! (Just Kidding! It’s Horrible.)
Feb 3, 2016 • 64 min
#51: Ah, job hunting. How many websites, profiles, applications, CVs and cover letters does it take to get a job? Nobody knows but the process can be overwhelming. This week we discuss why so many people are looking for new jobs, what it feels like every…
How Does That Make You Feel, Dave?
Jan 27, 2016 • 51 min
#50: Our smart devices are getting smarter all the time. Affective computing is the process by which technology reads and translates our emotions. Facial recognition, eye tracking, body language, tone of voice, and speech patterns are just a few of the…
Are You A Patron of the New Media Arts?
Jan 20, 2016 • 65 min
#49: Do you support your favorite YouTubers, podcasters, and other content creators or do you adblock everything? This week we discuss how people value content, why they do, or don’t, support creators, and how much easier it has become to be a true…
Black Mirror: White Christmas
Jan 13, 2016 • 57 min
#48: Kelli and Josué ring in the New Year by discussing the most recent episode of Black Mirror titled White Christmas. This episode is spoiler-filled and makes references to previous Black Mirror episodes, so you’ll want to be caught up before diving in.…
Why (and How) We Podcast
Dec 30, 2015 • 27 min
#47: Since Kelli is away, Josué geeks out on podcasting this week. He covers why people podcast, why he does it, and how he and Kelli make it happen every week. Visit us at Follow us on Twitter: @PsychTechCast @KelliNDunlap…
In the future… 2016 Predictions!
Dec 23, 2015 • 18 min
#46: This week Josué makes wild and crazy predictions about the future… Specifically what he thinks we’ll be seeing and talking about in 2016. Visit us at Follow us on Twitter: @PsychTechCast @KelliNDunlap @JosueACardona
Share This Podcast or Bad Luck and Extreme Misfortune Will Infest Your Pathetic Soul for All Eternity
Dec 16, 2015 • 48 min
#45: Technology has radically changed the way chain letters are created and distributed, but the underlying psychology remains the same. On this episode, Kelli and Josué explore the long tradition of chain letters as means of social impact, emotional…
Is perceptive media the future of education?
Dec 9, 2015 • 52 min
#44: BBC R&D is working on a Visual Perceptive Media project that uses information about the viewer to tailor video content. This week we discuss the effect that technology like this might have on advertising, entertainment, and especially education.…
Techsgiving: When Technology and Tradition Collide
Dec 2, 2015 • 44 min
#43: Tis the season for family gatherings, where people come together around the 8-hour YouTube Lil Bub Yule Log and celebrate the epic amounts of leftovers to be consumed. This episode, Kelli and Josué use their unique Thanksgiving experiences to explore…
You Are What You Tweet – Emotions Can Be Contagious Online
Nov 25, 2015 • 48 min
#42: Research suggests that what you tweet, and what is on your timeline, can have an effect on your emotions. We discuss how it’s possible to even study something like that and Josué goes on a rant about the dangers of better curating tools.
Slack Happy
Nov 18, 2015 • 49 min
#41: Being a slacker doesn’t mean what it used to. On this episode, Kelli and Josué share their thoughts and experiences using the communication and collaboration tool Slack. They explore the gameful origin of Slack and how facilitating casual…
The Epilogue To Your Digital Story – How You’ll Be Remembered After You Die
Nov 11, 2015 • 43 min
#40: This week we discuss how a person’s behavior on social media tells a story, even after they die, and what effect that may have on family and friends. A recent death in Josué’s family sparked a lot of thoughts regarding the importance of online social…
What’s Your Uber-Passenger Rating? The On-Demand Burn Book
Oct 28, 2015 • 60 min
#39: On Wednesdays we wear pink… and talk about the implications and possible consequences of people rating people. Kelli and Josué explore their thoughts and feelings about Uber and other on-demand services’ rating of customers. The examine the potential…
League Of Legends Research… Super Exciting Or Concerning?
Oct 22, 2015 • 52 min
#38: We discuss the news that developer Riot Games has presented some of its League of Legends players with a survey that seems to measure narcissism and aggression. We talk about the ethics of what Riot is doing, research in the games industry, and how…
Superbetter Fan Club Book Club #3
Oct 14, 2015 • 56 min
#37: Like Return of the Jedi, the third installment of our PsychTech Superbetter Fan Club Book Club is the best yet! We cover chapters 9 – 12, rant passionately about feedback loops, discuss the importance of allies, explore the power of identity, and…
Superbetter Fan Club Book Club #2
Oct 7, 2015 • 61 min
#36: The Superbetter love continues! We cover chapter 5-8 of Jane McGonigal’s Superbetter and dive deep into the first four rules of how to be gameful: 1) Challenge yourself, 2) collect and activate power-ups, 3) find and battle the bad guys, 4) seek out…
Superbetter Fan Club Book Club #1
Sep 23, 2015 • 50 min
#35: We’re diving into Jane McGonigal’s Superbetter this week. It’s a long book so we’re taking our time. We cover chapters 1-4, Josué proposes some questionable practices, and Kelli gets to process her feelings about playing with strangers.
Josué and Jane
Sep 16, 2015 • 43 min
#34: We’re celebrating SuperBetter Day on PsychTech! Josué talks about his experience of meeting Jane McGonigal, getting a book signed for Kelli, and a special something for PsychTech listeners. Kelli shares her SuperBetter Day activities and the duo…
Back to School
Sep 9, 2015 • 38 min
#33: After a hectic August, Kelli and Josué play catch-up and share their exciting adventures as they transition out of summer break. Josué talks about what he’s been up to in his new job as technology guru at a grade school. Kelli talks about her PAX…
Expertise on Demand
Sep 2, 2015 • 42 min
#32: Kelli is at PAX Prime so this week Josué interviewed his good friend Vlad who has been using apps for what he calls “expertise on demand.” Can experts in fields including nutrition and fashion use apps to facilitate more effective behavioral change?…
Anti-Social Behavior And Game Design
Aug 26, 2015 • 47 min
#31: Is it possible to design games and apps in ways that can reduce anti-social behavior? Kelli and Josué discuss a talk on the subject by Ben Lewis-Evans, PhD from this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC). We discuss examples from popular video…
Creating the Next Tech-Fluent Generation
Aug 19, 2015 • 37 min
#30: Josué’s new life adventure is helping both teachers and students effectively use technology in the classroom. This sparks the conversation of how tech inspired both Josué and Kelli as children and the importance of recognizing tech literacy in…
Black Mirror 2.3 – The Waldo Moment
Aug 12, 2015 • 62 min
#29: We’re finally back to talking about Black Mirror. This time we discuss the episode “The Waldo Moment” which leads to talk about mob mentality, apathy, politics, influential muppets, holograms, avatars, and Michael Jackson. Kelli isn’t a fan of this…
Discussing “The Neurological Reality Of The ‘Sense8’ Sensates”
Aug 5, 2015 • 53 min
#28: Kelli and Josué discuss the article “The Neurological Reality of the ‘Sense8’ Sensates” by Sulagna Misra which provides a lot of great insight into a show about eight people across the world who are connected in a very surprising way. Would you agree…
Don’t Date Robots! (Rebroadcast)
Jul 29, 2015 • 65 min
#27: Josué is moving this week, so please enjoy this rebroadcast from February 2015. This Valentine’s Day special is all about love; robot love! Josué and Kelli share their perspectives on the spectrum of robotic love, from humans loving robots, to robots…
Participatory Culture And 10 Years Of Podcasts
Jul 22, 2015 • 50 min
#26: Here it is: The inevitable podcast about podcasts! We’re celebrating 10 years of podcasts by podcasting about podcasts! Kelli and Josué discuss their first and favorite podcasts and how podcasts have changed the world. We also talk about…
When Josué Met Kelli
Jul 15, 2015 • 60 min
#25: With Josué still away at Comic-Con, PsychTech celebrates its quadricentennial episode with a trip down memory lane. In January 2014, Josué and Kelli met for the first time on Josué’s podcast Geek Therapy. Josué had attended a panel Kelli had…
What Would You Do for a Comic-Con Bar?
Jul 8, 2015 • 54 min
#24: What do marshmallows, Game of Thrones, and the iPhone have in common? Tune in this week as Josué ditches Kelli explore the phenomenon of missing out and psychological acrobatics people can go through to rationalize their behaviors when they refuse to…
Minnows, Dolphins, and Whales: The Psychology of Freemium
Jul 1, 2015 • 61 min
#23: Freemium is the term used to describe a business model which offers a base service for free with the option to pay for additional services. Music streaming services like Spotify and Pandora and mobile games like Candy Crush are some of the preeminent…
Digital Detox
Jun 24, 2015 • 56 min
#22: Could you spend 10 days without your phone and no internet access? Josué just got back from doing just that… and he survived! Kelli and Josué discuss going off the grid and what pros and cons there may be to taking some time off from your favorite…
Reality is Broken – Part 2
Jun 17, 2015 • 53 min
#21: Last week, Kelli and Josué dove into Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal. Because of the scope of the book and the influence it’s had on both hosts, one episode was simply not enough. In part II, Kelli and Josué share their personal experiences with…
Reality is Broken – Part 1
Jun 10, 2015 • 62 min
#20: In anticipation of her new book ‘Superbetter’ this is part one of our two-part discussion of Jane McGonigal’s ‘Reality is Broken’, a book that has been very influential to both Kelli and Josué. We discuss why reality is broken, how games can help fix…
Jun 3, 2015 • 48 min
#19: Can smartphone tracking predict GPA? Kelli and Josué review the 2015 StudentLife Study which used smartphones to passively and actively track the health and habits of 48 Dartmouth students throughout their 10 week semester.
Giving Money to Strangers
May 27, 2015 • 64 min
#18: This week we dive into crowdsourcing and the different motivations people have for giving their time and/or money to strangers on the internet.
We React to Zimbardo
May 20, 2015 • 74 min
#17: Phillip Zimbardo, the psychologist famous for the Stanford Prison Experiment, went on BBC television to promote his new book about video games and psychological well-being. It was not pretty. Thankfully, psychologist Andrew Przybylski was also there…
Black Mirror Season 2, Ep, 2: White Bear
May 13, 2015 • 63 min
#16: Kelli and Josué return to the Black Mirror universe to dissect and discuss the second episode of Season 2, White Bear. Social relationships, justice, dehumanization, and more are all on the discussion table.
What Do You Wear to a FaceTime Wedding?
May 6, 2015 • 55 min
#15: Josué recently attended a wedding through FaceTime and apparently that is not as uncommon as you might think. This week Kelli and Josué discuss the many forms of telepresence and how our behavior might be affected by being there but not really being…
Games for Change Festival 2015
Apr 29, 2015 • 64 min
#14: Last week, Kelli and Josué attended the 12th annual Games for Change Festival in New York City. As this was their first time attending G4C, the dynamic duo discusses general impressions, surprises, takeaways, and the games themselves.
Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Essential Facts 2015
Apr 22, 2015 • 56 min
#13: The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has just released it’s annual report so we dive into it and talk about the most important and interesting pieces of information. We love it but it’s not perfect so we also cover some information we think…
Convenience Technology
Apr 15, 2015 • 43 min
#12: This week, Kelli and Josué go on a journey from Better Crocker and Abraham Maslow to Amazon and Luxe in their quest to understand convenience tech.
Video Games 101
Apr 8, 2015 • 54 min
#11: Guess what? Kelli and Josué really like video games. No, really, they LOVE video games. This week they geek out on video games, what research says about them, and why a lot of that research is actually not so great. They also talk about how they both…
Black Mirror: Season 2, Ep.1 – Be Right Back
Apr 1, 2015 • 57 min
#10: Kelli and Josué review the first episode of Black Mirror Season 2, Be Right Back. The episode prompts discussion on grief, loss, and how much of our physical lives live on in a digital space.
‘Cause We are Living in a Virtual World
Mar 25, 2015 • 70 min
#9: Occulus, Morpheus, Impression.Pi, oh my! On this week’s episode of PsychTech, we immerse ourselves in the world of virtual reality. This week’s episode also includes an exclusive interview with Minority Media about their VR game Time Machine.
Wearables and Meaningful Data
Mar 18, 2015 • 63 min
#8: This week we discuss wearable tech and the data they collect. Can wearables actually influence behavior? Is the data being collected meaningful in any way? Josué admits he wants a smartwatch on each wrist and Kelli says she doesn’t care about…
Should I Teleport or Take the Hyperloop?
Mar 11, 2015 • 72 min
#7: Planes, trains, and automobiles! This week, Kelli and Josué dig into the world of transportation. From self-driving cars to teleportation, how does increased mobility impact our lives, our minds, and our relationships?
Black Mirror 1.3 – The Entire History of You
Mar 4, 2015 • 68 min
#6: We finally discuss the amazing Black Mirror episode titled “The Entire History of You” in which everyone has the ability to record everything they see and hear since birth. Josué is very excited about this potential future but Kelli is having no part…
I Know Kung Fu… But I Forgot It
Feb 25, 2015 • 56 min
#5: Do you remember how in The Matrix everyone uploaded information to their brains? Is that possible? And if so, how long would it take to forget what you uploaded? This week we discuss memory, how it works, how fast people forget in The Matrix, and how…
Black Mirror 1.2, Fifteen Million Merits
Feb 18, 2015 • 65 min
#4: This week we review the second episode in the Black Mirror Series, “Fifteen Million Merits” and use it as a launching point to discussions of gamification, motivation, the futuristic pop-up ad.
Don’t Date Robots!
Feb 11, 2015 • 64 min
#3: This Valentine’s Day special is all about love; robot love! Josué and Kelli share their perspectives on the spectrum of robotic love, from humans loving robots, to robots loving humans, and even robots being used as love objects for humans.
Holographic Psychology
Feb 4, 2015 • 65 min
#2: This week we discuss the announcement of Microsoft’s Hololens tech, explain what augmented reality is, how it differs from virtual reality, and some of their potential uses in psychology. Also, Josué really hates the word “hoggles” and Kelli makes too…
Black Mirror, Introductions
Jan 28, 2015 • 52 min
#1: In the debut PsychTech Podcast, hosts Josué and Kelli discuss the first episode of the British television series Black Mirror.