Speaking of Psychology

American Psychological Association

  • 36 minutes 58 seconds
    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.

    12 June 2024, 7:30 am
  • 45 minutes 31 seconds
    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.

    5 June 2024, 7:30 am
  • 31 minutes 31 seconds
    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.

    29 May 2024, 7:30 am
  • 31 minutes 23 seconds
    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.

    22 May 2024, 7:30 am
  • 35 minutes 40 seconds
    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.

    15 May 2024, 10:30 am
  • 34 minutes 38 seconds
    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.

    8 May 2024, 2:15 pm
  • 39 minutes 15 seconds
    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.

    1 May 2024, 10:30 am
  • 40 minutes 37 seconds
    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.

    24 April 2024, 10:30 am
  • 25 minutes 54 seconds
    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.

    17 April 2024, 10:30 am
  • 46 minutes 20 seconds
    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.

    10 April 2024, 10:30 am
  • 28 minutes 1 second
    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.

    3 April 2024, 10:30 am
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