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The Psych Files

Michael Britt

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The Psych Files
The Psych Files

The Psych Files

Michael Britt

90
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41
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The Psych Files is a podcast for anyone who wonders why we do what we do. Experienced educator Michael Britt, Ph.D., in an upbeat and friendly style, shows you how ideas from the field of psychology apply to everyday life. If you’re a life-long learner, a student or a teacher, you’ll find his 20-30 minute episodes enjoyable and educational. Over 14 million episodes have been downloaded to date with over 100,000 people listening every month. See what all the talk is about!

Latest Episodes

Ep 332: How the Brain Lost Its Mind

Most of us have heard of Anton Mesmer and Jean Charcot. They were some of the first to dabble in the "mind cure" using hypnosis and the power of suggestion. But what role did syphilis play in the development of psychology? You'd be surprised. Join me and authors Dr. Allan Ropper and Brian David Burrell as we discuss their new book called "How the Brain Lost Its Mind".

34 MIN1 weeks ago
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Ep 332: How the Brain Lost Its Mind

Ep 331: Hatred and Violence in America: It's Not About Mental Illness

There are too many knee-jerk, brief (and incorrect) explanations for why the US is experiencing such a rise in hatred and violence. Claiming that violent perpetrators are "mentally ill" is wrong. We have research and we understand the dangerous path that some young men get involved in and which ultimately leads them to violence. The right answers are more subtle, but we do know them and we do know what to do about them. We take another look at Significance Quest theory.

28 MIN3 weeks ago
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Ep 331: Hatred and Violence in America: It's Not About Mental Illness

New Podcast You're Going to Love

I talk about tech many times here on The Psych Files so where do I learn about Phone Addiction, Voice Assistants, Smart Watches and so forth? By listening to tech podcasts. There's a new one out I really like. It's called Waveform with MKBHD and I've got a clip from the show to listen to. I'm already learning a lot so check it out! Click here (http://bit.ly/WaveformPF) to subscribe to Waveform with MKBHD

11 MINAUG 13
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New Podcast You're Going to Love

Ep 330: Trouble Sleeping? Psychologist Dr. Shelby Harris' Approach to Treating Insomnia

I haven't talked about sleep problems yet here on the Psych Files so I brought in the perfect person to talk to us about sleep and insomnia. Dr. Shelby Harris has written the Woman's Guide to Overcoming Insomnia and I learned a lot about how Cognitive Behavioral therapy is applied to this specific problem. Dr. Harris also has some tips you'll want to hear to help you get a better night's sleep.

42 MINAUG 7
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Ep 330: Trouble Sleeping? Psychologist Dr. Shelby Harris' Approach to Treating Insomnia

Ep 329: Beauty and the Beast: Psychological Themes

I'll bet you're like me and you enjoyed the Disney musical Beauty and the Beast. As wonderful a story it is, let's take a moment just to acknowledge that there are some themes in the show that are, well, not so nice. I’ll take a look at this show from an angle of toxic masculinity in the Gaston character and possibly co-dependency in the relationship between Belle and the Beast. I promise - it'll still be fun.

28 MINJUL 18
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Ep 329: Beauty and the Beast: Psychological Themes

Ep 328: Authenticity - Is There a Hidden You?

Have you ever wondered if you're really being true to some inner person of yours? Wondered if there isn't someone else inside that you that you're supposed to be actualizing? Guess what? Maybe not. What is authenticity anyway? That's what we'll explore in this episode, along with a discussion of some of the doubts being cast on the famous Stanford Prison Study by Philip Zimbardo. Maybe it's actually not time to updater the textbooks after all.

26 MINJUL 5
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Ep 328: Authenticity - Is There a Hidden You?

Ep 327: The Team Behind Q - World's First Genderless Digital Voice

In the last episode I talked about the potential downside to having most of our digital assistants speak to us using a female voice. "Q" - will give us an option. Here's my interview with Emil Rasmussen, who will give you some of the background behind Q and his hopes for the future of Q.

20 MINJUN 20
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Ep 327: The Team Behind Q - World's First Genderless Digital Voice

Ep 326: Giving Voice To Our Digital Assistants

Why do our digital assistants such as Alexa, Google Home, Siri and Cortana have "feminized" voices and what are the effects of this trend? That's what I explore in this episode. Are there negative effects of using female voices in the devices we talk to and who talk to us? Are there alternatives? Turns out there is an alternative - a "genderless" voice. What does that sound like? Tune in to find out as we explore gender roles, expectations and equality. I’d Blush If I Could (https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000367416.page=1) We tested bots like Siri and Alexa to see who would stand up to sexual harassment (https://qz.com/911681/we-tested-apples-siri-amazon-echos-alexa-microsofts-cortana-and-googles-google-home-to-see-which-personal-assistant-bots-stand-up-for-themselves-in-the-face-of-sexual-harassment/) Why Siri and Alexa Weren’t Built to Smack Down Harassment (https://www.wired.com/story/why-siri-and-alexa-werent-built-to-smack-down-harassment/) Hey Siri, stop perpetuati...

25 MINJUN 6
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Ep 326: Giving Voice To Our Digital Assistants

Ep 325: Love Your Work? Someone Will Take Advantage of That

It's ingrained in western society that people should find work they really enjoy - work that fulfills a passion. If you're lucky enough to have found work you're passionate about you ought to know that there is a dark side. People who know that you're doing the work because you love it might just take advantage of that. In this interview with researchers Troy Campbell and Steven Shepard discuss their research showing that when people know your work is your passion, there are a variety of ways they might take advantage of you. Let's find out how.

43 MINMAY 13
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Ep 325: Love Your Work? Someone Will Take Advantage of That

Ep 324: Put Your Love Life on Automatic

In this episode I cover a few interesting topics. First, have you ever "blanked out" in front of an audience? I recently did and I was determined to find out why this happened. I found some answers in a great book called Stop Talking, Start Influencing. Also I'll tell you about the memorization strategies I used in a recent play I was in, and we'll finish up with a snippet from an interview with Clive Thompson, author of Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World and he'll tell us how some coders tried to automate parts of their love life.

32 MINMAY 3
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Ep 324: Put Your Love Life on Automatic

Latest Episodes

Ep 332: How the Brain Lost Its Mind

Most of us have heard of Anton Mesmer and Jean Charcot. They were some of the first to dabble in the "mind cure" using hypnosis and the power of suggestion. But what role did syphilis play in the development of psychology? You'd be surprised. Join me and authors Dr. Allan Ropper and Brian David Burrell as we discuss their new book called "How the Brain Lost Its Mind".

34 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Ep 332: How the Brain Lost Its Mind

Ep 331: Hatred and Violence in America: It's Not About Mental Illness

There are too many knee-jerk, brief (and incorrect) explanations for why the US is experiencing such a rise in hatred and violence. Claiming that violent perpetrators are "mentally ill" is wrong. We have research and we understand the dangerous path that some young men get involved in and which ultimately leads them to violence. The right answers are more subtle, but we do know them and we do know what to do about them. We take another look at Significance Quest theory.

28 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Ep 331: Hatred and Violence in America: It's Not About Mental Illness

New Podcast You're Going to Love

I talk about tech many times here on The Psych Files so where do I learn about Phone Addiction, Voice Assistants, Smart Watches and so forth? By listening to tech podcasts. There's a new one out I really like. It's called Waveform with MKBHD and I've got a clip from the show to listen to. I'm already learning a lot so check it out! Click here (http://bit.ly/WaveformPF) to subscribe to Waveform with MKBHD

11 MINAUG 13
Comments
New Podcast You're Going to Love

Ep 330: Trouble Sleeping? Psychologist Dr. Shelby Harris' Approach to Treating Insomnia

I haven't talked about sleep problems yet here on the Psych Files so I brought in the perfect person to talk to us about sleep and insomnia. Dr. Shelby Harris has written the Woman's Guide to Overcoming Insomnia and I learned a lot about how Cognitive Behavioral therapy is applied to this specific problem. Dr. Harris also has some tips you'll want to hear to help you get a better night's sleep.

42 MINAUG 7
Comments
Ep 330: Trouble Sleeping? Psychologist Dr. Shelby Harris' Approach to Treating Insomnia

Ep 329: Beauty and the Beast: Psychological Themes

I'll bet you're like me and you enjoyed the Disney musical Beauty and the Beast. As wonderful a story it is, let's take a moment just to acknowledge that there are some themes in the show that are, well, not so nice. I’ll take a look at this show from an angle of toxic masculinity in the Gaston character and possibly co-dependency in the relationship between Belle and the Beast. I promise - it'll still be fun.

28 MINJUL 18
Comments
Ep 329: Beauty and the Beast: Psychological Themes

Ep 328: Authenticity - Is There a Hidden You?

Have you ever wondered if you're really being true to some inner person of yours? Wondered if there isn't someone else inside that you that you're supposed to be actualizing? Guess what? Maybe not. What is authenticity anyway? That's what we'll explore in this episode, along with a discussion of some of the doubts being cast on the famous Stanford Prison Study by Philip Zimbardo. Maybe it's actually not time to updater the textbooks after all.

26 MINJUL 5
Comments
Ep 328: Authenticity - Is There a Hidden You?

Ep 327: The Team Behind Q - World's First Genderless Digital Voice

In the last episode I talked about the potential downside to having most of our digital assistants speak to us using a female voice. "Q" - will give us an option. Here's my interview with Emil Rasmussen, who will give you some of the background behind Q and his hopes for the future of Q.

20 MINJUN 20
Comments
Ep 327: The Team Behind Q - World's First Genderless Digital Voice

Ep 326: Giving Voice To Our Digital Assistants

Why do our digital assistants such as Alexa, Google Home, Siri and Cortana have "feminized" voices and what are the effects of this trend? That's what I explore in this episode. Are there negative effects of using female voices in the devices we talk to and who talk to us? Are there alternatives? Turns out there is an alternative - a "genderless" voice. What does that sound like? Tune in to find out as we explore gender roles, expectations and equality. I’d Blush If I Could (https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000367416.page=1) We tested bots like Siri and Alexa to see who would stand up to sexual harassment (https://qz.com/911681/we-tested-apples-siri-amazon-echos-alexa-microsofts-cortana-and-googles-google-home-to-see-which-personal-assistant-bots-stand-up-for-themselves-in-the-face-of-sexual-harassment/) Why Siri and Alexa Weren’t Built to Smack Down Harassment (https://www.wired.com/story/why-siri-and-alexa-werent-built-to-smack-down-harassment/) Hey Siri, stop perpetuati...

25 MINJUN 6
Comments
Ep 326: Giving Voice To Our Digital Assistants

Ep 325: Love Your Work? Someone Will Take Advantage of That

It's ingrained in western society that people should find work they really enjoy - work that fulfills a passion. If you're lucky enough to have found work you're passionate about you ought to know that there is a dark side. People who know that you're doing the work because you love it might just take advantage of that. In this interview with researchers Troy Campbell and Steven Shepard discuss their research showing that when people know your work is your passion, there are a variety of ways they might take advantage of you. Let's find out how.

43 MINMAY 13
Comments
Ep 325: Love Your Work? Someone Will Take Advantage of That

Ep 324: Put Your Love Life on Automatic

In this episode I cover a few interesting topics. First, have you ever "blanked out" in front of an audience? I recently did and I was determined to find out why this happened. I found some answers in a great book called Stop Talking, Start Influencing. Also I'll tell you about the memorization strategies I used in a recent play I was in, and we'll finish up with a snippet from an interview with Clive Thompson, author of Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World and he'll tell us how some coders tried to automate parts of their love life.

32 MINMAY 3
Comments
Ep 324: Put Your Love Life on Automatic

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