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Let's get psychology out of the lab and into the streets. Join hosts Tania Luna (psychology researcher) and Brian Luna (total layperson) as they turn fascinating research into practical tips for being a better human.
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Brian's therapist, Dr. Lynn Saladino, joins the show to answer our therapy and mental health questions with special guest, Dr. Alyssa Greene, co-creator of our web series The Way Through. Don't miss out on this great deal. It's basically free therapy. Show notes:The Way Through web seriesDr. Lynn Saladino: Website & InstagramSay Podcast and Die: Website & Instagram Come talk psych with us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastFacebook: @talkpsych2meTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: talkpsychpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
In honor of Halloween, we're talking about the spookiest of subjects: John Gottman's theory of the 4 Horsemen of the Relationship Apocalypse. Find out the biggest predictors of a relationship downfall and how to prevent these common romance killers from creeping into your life. Give us some love:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastFacebook: @talkpsych2meTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: talkpsychpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
Since we've been busy training our pig, Outlaw Josey, we wanted to break down the psychology of learning through Operant Conditioning. We talk about reinforcement, punishment, the difference between punishers and aversives, and the power of shaping. We even test out B.F. Skinner's theory of language acquisition by trying to teach Brian to say a word. Give us some positive reinforcement:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastFacebook: @talkpsych2meTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: talkpsychpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
What is narcissism? Why do so many people suspect their partner is a narcissist? Are we becoming more narcissistic as a society? And most importantly... are YOU a narcissist?Talk to us about yourself:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastFacebook: @talkpsych2meTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: talkpsychpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
Let's talk about the psychology of motivation! We explore the research behind intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and answer big questions like: What truly motivates us? Should we stop paying people for performance? And why did we adopt a pig?Feeling motivated to talk to us?Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastFacebook: @talkpsych2meTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: talkpsychpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
In this episode, we'll help you get the most out of music and answer tough questions like: Did we evolve to make music? Does music help or harm our performance? What causes chills (aka skin orgasms)? And - most importantly - whose character had it right in Footloose, Kevin Bacon or John Lithgow?Music featured in this episode:Workout Music Source: Cardio Instrumental Workout Mix"Hard Bass Attack" Sonic Mine"We Will Rock You" Queen"Because We Can" Fatboy Slim "Not Ready to Die" Demon Hunter"Morning Light" Sean Beeson"Clair De Lune" Claude Debussy"What a Wonderful World" Louis Armstrong"Spring" Antonio Vivaldi"Rain Chant" L.E.E. High SchoolTell us about your music origin theories and fav chill-producing songs!Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastFacebook: @talkpsych2meTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: talkpsychpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
Do you know how to be a psychological time traveler? Spend 20 minutes with us today learning how reminiscence and anticipatory joy impact our mental health, relationships, and happiness. (And find out about that one time Brian and Tania both got food poisoning.) Reminisce with us about this episode:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastFacebook: @talkpsych2meTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: talkpsychpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsMusic by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
It's clear that feelings impact our facial expressions, but can it work the other way around? Can fake smiles turn to real happiness? Can Botox treat depression? And what do facial expressions have to do with empathy?Express yourself on social!Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastFacebook: @talkpsych2meTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: talkpsychpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsMusic by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
A short update about shorter episodes to come!Talk psych to us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastFacebook: @talkpsych2meTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: talkpsychpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsMusic by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
Author Irshad Manji shares her vision for honest diversity and a pluralistic society that doesn't treat labels as our finish line. Tune in to learn how our most common change tactics will probably backfire and how to engage in courageous conversations instead. Links from the show:http://irshadmanji.comhttps://moralcourage.com/learnDon't Label MeTalk psych to us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastFacebook: @talkpsych2meTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: talkpsychpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsMusic by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
In our final episode of the Psychology of the 7+ Deadly Sins, we take on lust. We tackle sexy questions like: what makes us lust after some people and not others? Does lust really make us stupid? How can you feel more lust in your relationship? And just how lusty is Brian?Talk psych to us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastFacebook: @talkpsych2meTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: talkpsychpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsMusic by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
Eating too much causes more illness worldwide than eating too little. So, why do we do it and, how can we stop? In this episode, Brian and Tania take on the psychology and sociology of gluttony! If you think you may have an eating disorder, please speak with a healthcare professional or contact the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline: 1-800-931-2237.Talk psych to us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastFacebook: @talkpsych2meTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: talkpsychpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsMusic by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
Let's unpack the psychology of envy. Is it a psychological poison? A sin? A catalyst for resentment, gossip, hostility, and crime? Or is it fuel for social progress and personal growth? Tania and Brian reveal their own envy episodes and discuss the #1 secret to transforming envy into empathy.Talk psych to us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastFacebook: @talkpsych2meTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: talkpsychpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsMusic by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
We're celebrating Pride Month with an exploration of the psychology of pride. Is it the deadliest of the 7 Deadly Sins or is it one of our greatest virtues? Come find out!Talk psych to us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastFacebook: @talkpsych2meTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: talkpsychpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsMusic by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
So many of us are feeling weary and on the brink of hopelessness. This week, we talk about the psychology of melancholy - one of the original Eight Deadly Sins. We discuss the benefits of sadness, cultural norms, and how to use our small hope windows right now to stay in the fight. #blacklivesmatterFor mental health support please call SAMHSA's National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)Talk psych to us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastFacebook: @talkpsych2meTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: talkpsychpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsMusic by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
In the wake of more black deaths and ongoing protests and riots - we tackle the psychology of anger, rage, and outrage. Should wrath really be categorized as a sin, or can be it be fuel for progress? Does violence lead to more violence, or can it propel social change? And is there such a thing as learning to be angry well?#blacklivesmatterTalk psych to us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastFacebook: @talkpsych2meTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: talkpsychpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsMusic by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
We continue our journey through the psychology of the seven deadly sins. This week, we're talking greed! Is greed the root of all progress or the root of all suffering? What makes someone greedy, and just how greedy are you? Talk psych to us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastFacebook: @talkpsych2meTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: talkpsychpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsMusic by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
Feeling lazy? Tune in to understand why as we explore the psychology of the seven deadly sins, starting with sloth. At best, you'll walk away with greater motivation or self-acceptance. At the very least, you can put off doing more important things for 35 minutes!Don't be too lazy to talk to us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastFacebook: @talkpsych2meTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: talkpsychpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsMusic by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
Can psychology help us understand the mysterious worlds we visit and lives we lead while we're asleep? In this episode, we tackle questions like: Why do we dream? What do our dreams mean? Why didn't Brian join The Smurfs when he had the chance? And how can we become better dreamers?It would be real dreamy to hear from you:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastFacebook: @talkpsych2meTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: talkpsychpodcast@gmail.comFurther Reading:The Interpretation of Dreams by Freud (1899)Finding Meaning in Dreams by Domhoff (2004)“Typical dreams experienced by Chinese people” by Yu (2008)“Typical dreams” by Schredl et. al. (2010)“The Typical Dreams of Canadian University Students” by Nielsen et. al. (2003)“Memory, Sleep and Dreaming: Experiencing Consolidation” by Wamsley and Stickgold (2011)“Dreaming of a Learning Task Is Associated with Enhanced Sleep-Dependent Memory Consolidation” by Wamsley et. al. (2010)“The effect of dream report collection and dream incorporation on memory consolidation during sleep” by Schoch et. al. (2018)“Replaying the Game: Hypnagogic Images in Normals and Amnesics” by Stickgold et. al. (2000)“Sleep on it, but only if it is difficult: Effects of sleep on problem solving” by Sio, Monaghan, and Ormerod (2013)“After being challenged by a video game problem, sleep increases the chance to solve it” by Beijamini et. al. (2014) “Good morning creativity: task reactivation during sleep enhances beneficial effect of sleep on creative performance” by Ritter et. al. (2012)Produced by Scarlet Moon ThingsMusic by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
Mucus. Puss. Maggots. Feces. Eating bats. Eating cows. Racism. In this episode, we discuss the benefits and dangers of disgust and tackle some tough questions like: Is anything objectively disgusting? Why are some people more easily disgusted than others? And... what's that smell?Discuss disgust with us!Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastFacebook: @talkpsych2meTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: talkpsychpodcast@gmail.comFurther Reading:"Disgust" by Rozin, Haidt, & McCauley (2008)"The Moral Affiliations of Disgust: A Functional MRI Study" by Moll, et. al (2005)"The emotional dog and its rational tail" by Haidt (2001)"In bad taste: evidence for the oral origins of moral disgust" by Chapman et. al. (2009)"The makings of the magical mind: The nature of function of sympathetic magic" by Nemeroff & Rozin (2000)"The Child's Conception of Food" by Rozin et. al (1986)"Sex Differences in Disgust: Why Are Women More Easily Disgusted Than Men?" by Al-Shawaf, Lewis, & Buss (2017)"Feelings of Disgust and Disgust-Induced Avoidance Weaken following Induced Sexual Arousal in Women" by Borg and de Jong (2012)The Disgust Scale by Haidt, McCauley, & Rozin (last updated in 2012)"Disgust as Embodied Moral Judgment" by Schnall et. al (2008)"Is that disgust I see? Political ideology and based visual attention" by Oosterhoff & Ford (2018)A more recent study that challenges the finding that conservatives are more easily disgusted than liberals: "Is Disgust a 'Conservative' Emotion?" by Elad-Strenger, Proch, & Kessler (2019)Produced by Scarlet Moon ThingsMusic by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
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