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    Speaking of Psychology

    "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 the science of psychology to their everyday lives.
    enKim Mills331 Episodes

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    Why psychological safety matters in a changing workplace, with Dennis Stolle, PhD

    Why psychological safety matters in a changing workplace, with Dennis Stolle, PhD

    APA’s 2024 Work in America survey found that younger workers are more likely than older workers to feel stressed, lonely and undervalued at work. Dennis Stolle, PhD, senior director of APA’s office of applied psychology, talks about why that might be and how employers can create workplaces where all ages can thrive; as well as other key findings from the survey including the state of remote work, hybrid work and four-day work weeks.

    Speaking of Psychology
    enJuly 17, 2024

    The future of brain-computer interfaces, with Nicholas Hatsopoulos, PhD

    The future of brain-computer interfaces, with Nicholas Hatsopoulos, PhD

    A few decades ago, the idea of being able to interact directly with a computer using only your thoughts would have sounded like science fiction. But today researchers and companies are testing brain-computer interfaces that allow patients to move a computer cursor or control a prosthetic limb directly with their thoughts. Nicholas Hatsopoulos, PhD, discusses the future of brain-computer interfaces, how they work, the practical challenges researchers face, and what scientists have learned about the brain as they develop this technology.

    Speaking of Psychology
    enJuly 10, 2024

    How noise pollution harms our health, with Arline Bronzaft, PhD

    How noise pollution harms our health, with Arline Bronzaft, PhD

    From roaring leaf blowers to screeching trains, the world is full of unwelcome noise – and researchers have found that noisy environments can take a real toll on people’s mental and physical health. Arline Bronzaft, PhD, talks about how noise affects health and well-being, how it can harm kids’ learning, why it’s not just a problem in big cities, and the most unusual noise complaints she’s heard in her five decades of advocacy combating noise pollution.

    Speaking of Psychology
    enJune 26, 2024

    Mental health in a warming world, with Kim Meidenbauer, PhD, and Amruta Nori-Sarma, PhD

    Mental health in a warming world, with Kim Meidenbauer, PhD, and Amruta Nori-Sarma, PhD

    Last year -- 2023 -- was the world’s warmest on record, and 2024 could bring another record-shattering summer. Psychologist Kim Meidenbauer, PhD, and public health researcher Amruta Nori-Sarma, PhD, discuss how heat affects people’s mental health, emotions and even cognitive abilities; the link between heat, violence and aggression; who is most vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat; and what policy makers could be doing to mitigate its effects.

    Speaking of Psychology
    enJune 19, 2024

    How to motivate yourself and others, with Wendy Grolnick, PhD, and Frank Worrell, PhD

    How to motivate yourself and others, with Wendy Grolnick, PhD, and Frank Worrell, PhD

    Why can’t I get myself to run that 5K? Why isn’t my child getting better grades? We all have things that we struggle to accomplish – or that we struggle to get someone else to accomplish. Frank Worrell, PhD, and Wendy Grolnick, PhD, co-authors of “Motivation Myth Busters: Science-based Strategies to Boost Motivation in Yourself and Others,” discuss how our misconceptions about motivation get in the way of reaching our goals, why there’s no such thing as an “unmotivated” person, and the merits and drawbacks of strategies like rewards, competition and praise.

    Speaking of Psychology
    enJune 12, 2024

    The benefits of solitude, with Thuy-vy Nguyen, PhD, and Netta Weinstein, PhD

    The benefits of solitude, with Thuy-vy Nguyen, PhD, and Netta Weinstein, PhD

    The average American adult spends up to one-third of their waking hours alone. Psychologists are exploring how those hours spent on our own affect us – including the potential benefits, as well as the challenges, of solitude. Thuy-vy Nguyen, PhD, and Netta Weinstein, PhD, discuss the difference between solitude and loneliness, how solitude affects our emotions and stress levels, why some people crave solitude more than others, and why the stigma against solitude can make us uncomfortable with being alone.

    Speaking of Psychology
    enJune 05, 2024

    Which countries are happiest and why? With Lara Aknin, PhD

    Which countries are happiest and why? With Lara Aknin, PhD

    The 2024 World Happiness Report, which ranks the happiness levels of countries around the world, found that young Americans are less happy than their peers in many other countries. Psychology professor Lara Aknin, PhD, an editor of the report, talks about how the report defines happiness, why young people’s happiness levels may have dropped in the U.S, what drives happiness, and why being generous makes people happy – even when they don’t have much to spare.

    Choosing to be child free, with Jennifer Watling Neal, PhD

    Choosing to be child free, with Jennifer Watling Neal, PhD

    A growing number of adults in the U.S. are choosing not to have children. Jenna Watling Neal, PhD, of Michigan State University, talks about her research that’s found 1 in 5 adults are child free, why people are choosing not to have kids, the stigma child-free adults face, whether people who decide not to have kids early in life usually stick with that choice, and how the prevalence of child-free adults in the U.S. compares with other countries.

    How to cope with political stress this election season, with Brett Q. Ford, PhD, and Kevin Smith, PhD

    How to cope with political stress this election season, with Brett Q. Ford, PhD, and Kevin Smith, PhD

    If the thought of the upcoming election sends your stress level through the roof, you’re not alone. Psychologist Brett Q. Ford, PhD, and political scientist Kevin Smith, PhD, talk about how political stress affects people’s well-being; what high levels of political stress mean for people’s lives, for the U.S. and for democracy; and how to stay politically engaged while still maintaining your mental health.

    For transcripts, links and more information, please visit the Speaking of Psychology Homepage.

    How Sesame Street teaches kids about emotional well-being, with Rosemarie Truglio, PhD

    How Sesame Street teaches kids about emotional well-being, with Rosemarie Truglio, PhD

    Sesame Street has entertained and educated generations of children. Developmental psychologist Rosemarie Truglio, PhD, Sesame Workshop’s senior vice president of curriculum and content, talks about why the show has a new focus on young children’s emotional well-being; how Sesame Street translates complicated concepts into stories that young kids can connect with; the research that underpins all of the content on Sesame Street; and why the Sesame Street characters still resonate with so many adults.

    For transcripts, links and more information, please visit the Speaking of Psychology Homepage.

    What déjà vu can teach us about memory, with Chris Moulin, PhD

    What déjà vu can teach us about memory, with Chris Moulin, PhD

    The eerie sensation of “déjà vu” -- feeling a strong sense of familiarity in a new place or situation -- is one of memory’s strangest tricks. Researcher Chris Moulin, PhD, of Grenoble Alpes University, talks about why déjà vu happens; why both déjà vu and its lesser-known opposite, jamais vu, may actually be signs of a healthy memory at work; why young people are more prone to déjà vu; how he and others study déjà vu and jamais vu in the lab; and what these experiences can teach us about memory more broadly.

    For transcripts, links and more information, please visit the Speaking of Psychology Homepage.

    The psychology of sports fans, with Daniel Wann, PhD

    The psychology of sports fans, with Daniel Wann, PhD

    Are you a sports “superfan”? Or do you wonder what’s driving the superfans in your life? Daniel Wann, PhD, of Murray State University, talks about why being a fan is usually good for people’s mental health, how they choose the teams they root for, why some are fair-weather fans while others love to cheer for the underdog, how fandom is changing among younger people, and whether a crowd of supportive fans can affect the outcome of a game.

    For transcripts, links and more information, please visit the Speaking of Psychology Homepage.

    You can learn new things at any age, with Rachel Wu, PhD

    You can learn new things at any age, with Rachel Wu, PhD

    Picking up a new skill as an adult can seem daunting. But research suggests that learning new things as you age may be key to keeping your cognitive skills sharp -- and that middle aged and older adults may be just as good at learning as younger people are. Rachel Wu, PhD, of the University of California Riverside, talks about why lifelong learning matters, how adults can learn more like kids, why feedback and failure are important, and what types of learning opportunities to seek out.

    For transcripts, links and more information, please visit the Speaking of Psychology Homepage.

    Understanding the mind of a serial killer, with Louis Schlesinger, PhD

    Understanding the mind of a serial killer, with Louis Schlesinger, PhD

    From Jack the Ripper to Jeffrey Dahmer to the Gilgo Beach killer, serial killers have long inspired public fear – and public fascination. Louis Schlesinger, PhD, a professor of psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and co-investigator of a research project on sexual and serial murder with the FBI Behavioral Science Unit, talks about what we really know about these murderers’ motivations and their methods, how some manage to avoid capture for so long, and how forensic psychology research can help investigators solve cases.

    Coping with family estrangement, with Lucy Blake, PhD

    Coping with family estrangement, with Lucy Blake, PhD

    Being estranged from a family member -- a parent, sibling or adult child -- is far more common than people think. Dr. Lucy Blake, author of “No Family is Perfect: A Guide to Embracing the Messy Reality,” talks about why family estrangement happens, why estrangement encompasses more than just “no contact,” the stigma around estrangement, and where and how to find support.

    For transcripts, links and more information, please visit the Speaking of Psychology Homepage.

    How to help kids navigate friendship, with Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD

    How to help kids navigate friendship, with Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD

    It isn’t always easy to navigate the complicated social dynamics of elementary, middle or high school. Clinical psychologist and kids’ friendship expert Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, talks about how kids make and keep friends; how their understanding of friendship changes as they grow; why most kids are mean sometimes; and how to help kids navigate tough situations including arguments and friendship breakups.

    For transcripts, links and more information, please visit the Speaking of Psychology Homepage.

    Bridging the generation gap at work, with Megan Gerhardt, PhD

    Bridging the generation gap at work, with Megan Gerhardt, PhD

    As Gen Z enters the workforce and older workers put off retirement, some workplaces may see five generations sharing an office -- from the Silent Generation all the way to Gen Z. Megan Gerhardt, PhD, of Miami University, talks about why it’s important to move past generational stereotypes, why age diversity is a strength, and what older and younger workers can learn from each other.

    For transcripts, links and more information, please visit the Speaking of Psychology Homepage.

    Expressive writing can help your mental health, with James Pennebaker, PhD

    Expressive writing can help your mental health, with James Pennebaker, PhD

    Writing can be a powerful tool to help people work through challenges in their lives and improve their mental health. James Pennebaker, PhD, of the University of Texas at Austin, talks about why expressive writing can be good for mental health and how to try it. He also discusses his research on language use, and how analyzing the words that people use in their daily lives can offer insights into their emotions, motivations and personality.

    For transcripts, links and more information, please visit the Speaking of Psychology Homepage.

    How music, memory and emotion are connected, with Elizabeth Margulis, PhD

    How music, memory and emotion are connected, with Elizabeth Margulis, PhD

    The right song can make us feel chills, help pull us out of a bad mood, or take us back in time to the first time we heard it. Elizabeth Margulis, PhD, director of the Music Cognition Lab at Princeton University, talks about how music, memory, emotion and imagination intertwine; why people are especially attached to music from their teen years; whether there’s any music that’s considered universally beautiful; why repetition is important in music; and why we so often get “earworms” stuck in our head.

    For transcripts, links and more information, please visit the Speaking of Psychology Homepage.

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