• Learning - Little Albert

    by the Psych Files Length: 18:56

    What happened to Little Albert? If you think you know a lot about the little Albert experiment conducted by John Watson? Well, guess what – you’d be surprised at how much of the story is simply not true. If you’re wondering whatever happened to little Albert, whether the little Albert study created a lasting phobia in a small boy, or even what place this story has in the history of behaviorism, then I suggest you take a listen to this episode of The Psych Files and get the facts on this fascinating part of psychology’s history.

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  • Research Methods - Basic Research Design

    by the Psych Files Length: 13:48

    Independent variablesdependent variables, t-tests, anovas, the experimental method, between subjects, within subjects, confounds…confused? You won’t be after you watch this week’s video episode. Learn research methods in psychology the fun way – by choosing an interesting topic. In this video I explain the basic concepts of research while examining the effect of gray hair on credibility. More fun than…let me think…well, trust me, it’ll be interesting.

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  • Social Psychology - Kitty Genovese: What Really Happened

    by the Psych Files Length: 21:56

    While the story lead to a long and successful line of research in the area of bystander intervention and diffusion of responsibility, the facts of the story are incorrect.

    What are the facts behind the Kitty Genovese case and if groups are so unlikely to help, how do you explain how people came together to help at 911? Let’s take another look at the legacy of this famous story in this episode.

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  • Motivation, Emotion, and Stress - Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic

    by the Psych Files Length: 21:34

    You’ve probably heard about the battle between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Well, here’s a new competitor to think about: the concept of the Motivation to Learn. What does this idea have to add to the debate about the best way to get kids to read? What does it have to do with the Bourne Supremacy? Find out this week on The Psych Files.

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  • Developmental Psychology - Erikson's Eight Stages

    by the Psych Files Length: 48:21

     In this episode I describe each stage and give examples. We take a stroll through the various phases of life: from childhood, to adolescence, into mid-life and then we listen to two interesting voices of men nearing the end of their lives and they do so with very different perspectives John Wayne and Roy.

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  • Personality - In Defense of Defense Mechanisms

    by the Psych Files Length: 16:27

    Too many people dismiss Sigmund Freud because he had a few controversial ideas, but I try to point out that many of Freud’s ideas were very influential and can, with a little attention, be seen in everyday life.

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  • Episode 45 Basic Research Design Part 1

    by Dr. Michael Britt Length: 13:51


      • Independent Variable: the variable you manipulate (“type of hair” in this example).

      • Dependent Variable: the variable you measure (“credibility” in this example).

      • Operational Definition: the exact data that you will collect. In this example, a subject’s rating on a 1 to 10 credibility scale is my operational definition of credibility.

      • Informed Consent: the explanation you give to participants before the study begins. This statement may to tell them exactly what the study is about, but it should provide enough information regarding what the study is about so that they can decide not to participate if they wish (and they still get full credit or payment for coming to the study.


    • Debriefing: when the experiment is over, participants are given more detailed information about the study and what the experimenters are studying. T
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  • Stress

    by Abumrad & Krulwich Length: 56:10

    The body has a system for getting out of trouble. Back when trouble meant being chased by a tiger, that system gave us a real survival edge. But these days, "trouble" is more likely to mean waiting in traffic... and "the system" is more likely to make us sick. The podcast will teach us about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for STRESS.

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  • Deception

    by Jad Abumrad & Robert Krulwich Length: 59:36

    We look at lies, liars, and lie catchers, and ask: can you lead a life without deception? In this episode, we consult a cast of characters, from pathological liars to lying snakes to drunken psychiatrists, to try and understand the dark trait of deception.

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  • Earworms

    by Jad Abumrad & Robert Krulwich Length: 8:34

    First, we asked you to tell us what song gets stuck in your head. Then, we asked you how you got it out. Finally, we made a podcast. Thank you to everyone who called in, shared their secret techniques, and sang without shame. Your suggestions ranged from

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  • Sleep

    by Jad Abumrad & Robert Krulwich Length: 59:00

    Every creature does it - from giant hump back whales all the way down to fruit flies - and yet science still can't answer the basic questions: Why do we sleep? What is it for? We'll eavesdrop on the uneasy dreams of rats in search of answers.

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  • This is Your Brain On Love

    by Jad Abumrad & Robert Krulwich Length: 59:00

    The science and neuroscience of our brain when we find oursleves "in love".  WNYC's Radiolab investigates the effects of emotion of love on our brain's chemistry, reactions, and processing through the use of modern brain imaging devices.

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  • Laughter

    by Jad Abumrad & Robert Krulwich Length: 59:30

    The investigation into why we laugh.  How does it bond us, what does it say about us, how does it spread among us?  The science of laughter.

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