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http://www.thepsychfiles.com - "Psychology in Every Day Life: The Psych Files" is a podcast hosted by Dr. Michael Britt. Dr. Britt creates a podcast of about 20-25 minutes each week to all those interested in seeing the the connections between current events and psychological theory. Students and teachers of psychology will find it particularly interesting. The accompanying website/blog contains show notes, links, concept maps and a variety of ideas for classroom discussion and debate.
http://www.sciam.com/podcast/ --60-Second Psych- Brief informative podcasts by Scientific American
History of Psychology
http://www.yorku.ca/christo/podcasts/ -- "This Week in the History of Psychology." 30 episodes of approx. 25 minutes each. Each episodes includes an interview with a noted historian of psychology on a featured event that occurred during that week in psychology's past. Also, many other events from that week briefly described. Produced and hosted by Christopher D. Green of York University (Toronto).
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2007/08/28/episode-27-from-insane-asylum-to-psychiatric-center-a-brief-history/ -- In this episode of The Psych Files podcast, Dr. Roger Christenfeld, director of the museum at the Hudson River Psychiatric Center, talks about the history of this once great center. Along the way he talks about how the mentally ill were treated in this country for the past 150 years. In the show notes for this episode are links to excellent sites where you can find images of the inside of the psychiatric center, which has abandonned for years and now looks a lot like the inside of the Titanic. Very informative and interesting interview on this aspect of the history of psychology.
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2008/02/19/episode-47-the-little-albert-study-what-you-know-ismostly-wrong/ -- Many students have heard about the study conducted on "Little Albert" by John Watson and Rosalie Raynor. In this episode of The Psych Files podcast, I go over the study in some detail, but with an eye on those things that are believed to be true and those aspects of the study that simply aren't true.
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2008/02/06/episode-45-basic-research-design-part-1/ - This video will introduce students to 2 basic research designs: the between subjects and within subjects approaches. Along the way, concepts such as independent and dependent variables, and operational definition are reinforced. The use of t-test and anova is also mentioned. Suggestions for research projects are also supplied.
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2007/08/22/episode-25-why-do-statistics-make-us-so-queasy/ - Many students approach the topic of statistics with a good deal of apprehension. Why is this? What is it about statistics that makes many of us (not just psych majors) shy away? Why is it difficult to deal with ambiguity? Along with some interesting examples Dr. Britt adds in some statistics-oriented humor sure to warm up even the most faint-hearted students.
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2007/05/03/episode-13-what-your-grocery-store-knows-about-you/ - If students think that psychological research has no relevance to their daily lives, they won't think this is true after listening to this episode from The Psych Files. Students will learn how their local grocery store knows more about them than they? Dr. Britt examines the observational research that’s been done to learn more about shopper behavior and how that information is used to get you to buy more food than you planned for.
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2007/11/14/episode-35-the-psychology-of-extreme-sports/ - Why do people engage in dangerous sports like hang gliding, bungee jumping and rock climbing? In this episode of The Psych Files Dr. Britt explores the issue from a bio-psychological perspective - might this have something to do with neurotransmitters and Monoamine Oxidase? In this video episode we learn about the causes behind Sensation Seeking.
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2007/08/11/episode-24-the-brains-behind-erikson-part-2/ - What is happening in the brain as you progress through life? In this episode of The Psych Files Dr. Britt takes a look at some of the changes that occur in the brain from birth to age 12. Be sure to listen to part 3 of this series which covers the biological changes in the brain that take place from adolescence through death.
Sensation and Perception
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2007/10/02/episode-31-lemon-slices-and-a-new-face-on-mars-gestalt-principles-at-work/ - This is an episode from "Psychology in Every Day Life: The Psych Files" in which Dr. Britt takes a close look at why people see a lot of strange things in lemon slices, windows, floor panels, building tops, etc. Why do we perceive these things? And how does something as abstract as the "Gestalt principles of perception" explain how we not only see strange things, but also how we can appreciate works of art?
States of Consciousness
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2007/04/18/episode-11-your-bowling-style/ -- In this video episode from The Psych Files podcast, Dr. Britt uses video from YouTube, archival footage from the '50's, custom animation and some home vido to examine the principles of reinforcement and what they have to do with how some people bowl. And by the way, why do you keep pressing that elevator button so many times? Behavioral principles at work.
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2007/09/05/episode-28-is-time-out-really-effective/ - Most everybody advocates the use of time out (a type of negative punishment) over forms of punishments like spankings, but how exactly do you administer time out in a way that will truly help a child learn? Could we be doing it all wrong? Is time out even something we should be doing at all?
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2008/02/19/episode-47-the-little-albert-study-what-you-know-ismostly-wrong/ -- Many students have heard about the study conducted on "Little Albert" by John Watson and Rosalie Raynor. In this episode of The Psych Files podcast, I go over the study in some detail, but with an eye on those things that are believed to be true and those aspects of the study that simply aren't true. (Note this is the same resource that is listed above in the History of Psychology section).
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2007/10/14/episode-32-midterms-mnemonics-and-two-keys-to-learning/ - In this episode of The Psych Files Dr. Britt discusses the different mnemonic strategies. In addition to learning about the techniques, Dr. Britt challenges listeners to memorize the first part of Hamlet’s famous "To Be or not to be" speech using the techniques, and the ends the episode by talking about 2 established keys to lasting learning - distributed practice and getting a good night's sleep (instead of pulling an "all-nighter").
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/memorize-eriksons-eight-stages-of-development/ - In this 10 minute audio file, Dr. Britt demonstrates the use of mnemonics to accomplish a very specific task: memorizing Erikson's eight stages of development. You can also download an accompanying image which describes the mental images described in the audio.
Intelligence and Cognition
Life Span Development
--submitted by Christopher Green to a Psychology listserv
"In this conversation with Paul Kennedy, Jerome Kagan reflects on the history of developmental psychology, the nature-nurture debate, the place of emotion, and humanity's quest for meaning."
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2007/07/09/episode-20-eriksons-eight-stages-of-life/ - In this episode of The Psych Files podcast, Dr. Britt takes an audio stroll through the various phases of life: from childhood, to adolescence, into mid-life and beyond. You will hear a surprising example of Despair through a rare speech of the famous actor John Wayne, and you'll explore Integrity with Roy, a man who is 91 years young.
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2007/11/14/episode-35-the-psychology-of-extreme-sports/ - This episode is great for approaching a personality characteristic from a biological perspective (that's why the link appears above as well). Why do people engage in dangerous sports like hang gliding, bungee jumping and rock climbing? In this episode of The Psych Files Dr. Britt explores the issue from a bio-psychological perspective - might this have something to do with neurotransmitters and Monoamine Oxidase? In this video episode Dr. Britt explores the possible biological roots of Sensation Seeking behavior.
Gender and Sexuality
Motivation and Emotion
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2008/01/29/episode-44-human-emotions-the-two-factor-theory/ -- There are three major theories of where emotions originate - the James-Lange theory, the Cannon-Bard theory, and the Schachter-Singer theory. In this episode of The Psych Files podcast, Dr. Britt explains the difference between all three theories using familiar examples. Then he focuses on two classic studies that support the Schachter-Singer Two Factor theory - the famous "Suproxin" study and the equally well-known "Suspension Bridge" study.
http://www.archive.org/details/PeterJonesHodgesModelPodcastPart1WelcometotheQuad A podcast that deals with the multidimensional aspects of effective therapy. Created by Peter Jones who offers a plethora of resources at his website http://www.p-jones.demon.co.uk/
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2007/04/25/episode-12-the-necessity-of-the-frame-in-psychotherapy/ - No one can tell you which therapy is best for you, but in this episode Dr. Britt talks about the “frame” in psychotherapy and why we need to keep it from "breaking"? Dr. Britt discusses guidelines set forth by Robert Langs, MD regarding how to know when your relationship with your therapist is healthy and when it is not.
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2007/03/04/the-negative-side-of-positive-thinking/ - It has become very popular to believe that thinking positively is the best medicine. How could there be anything wrong with it? In this episode of The Psych Files podcast Dr. Britt points out that while generally a good thing, we could take the whole idea a bit too far if we don't think carefully about thinking positively.
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2007/06/19/episode-19-eye-movement-desensitization-and-reprocessing-an-interview-with-jamie-oneil/ In these two episodes of The Psych Files podcast, Dr. Britt presents both sides of the story on the controversial therapy called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). In the first episode, an experienced practitioner of the technique explains how it is conducted. In the second episode http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2008/01/08/emdr-a-critical-perspective/ an outspoken critic of the technique, Dr. Scott Lilienfeld, clearly outlines the concerns about EMDR and explains the relationship between EMDR and exposure therapy.
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2007/06/27/episode-20-conflict-resolution-a-classic-psychological-study/ - In this episode from The Psych Files podcast Dr. Britt explores what gangs, asteroids, a giant octopus and little boys at a summer camp in Robber’s Cave State Park in 1954 have in common. Find out he discusses one of the most famous studies on intergroup conflict and resolution.
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2007/05/22/episode-16-favorite-weird-psychology-studies/ - In this episode form The Psych Files podcast Dr. Britt discusses one of the stranger studies in the history of psychology. This study examined the issue of personal space by studying the behavior of men at the urinal. While interesting to learn about, it also raises some ethical issues as well.
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2007/03/11/episode-7-blaming-the-victim-and-other-biases/ - In this episode from The Psych Files podcast Dr. Britt discusses the question of whether rape victims are responsible for what happens to them. Why do many people believe that they are? In this episode he examines the blaming the victim phenomenon and other attributional biases.
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2008/03/13/episode-50-psychological-study-ripped-straight-fromthe-bible/ - The study in which Princeton seminary students is both a fascinating study and a unique on in many ways. In this episode of The Psych Files podcast I review the study and ask the question what makes it so memorable. Finally, I look at the implications of the study for modern efforts in character education.