The Psychology Podcast

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In each episode, we talk with inspiring scientists, thinkers, and other self-actualized individuals who will give you a greater understanding of yourself, others, and the world we live in. Scott Barry Kaufman explores the depths of human potential and tries to get a glimpse into human possibility in every episode. read less

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The Psychology Podcast is all about mental health and the mental capability of humans. Host Scott Barry Kaufman discusses the secrets of the mind and the hidden brain. Human behavior can be a mystery. This podcast covers cognitive science, neuroscience, and psychology. It clarifies questions about the mind and mental well-being. Kaufman examines all the facets of human behavior. This is a discussion-based and interview-style podcast. Each episode highlights a new speaker and creates a thorough discussion.

Scott speaks with a variety of experts on The Psychology Podcast. Guests include best-selling authors of books on psychology and psychotherapists. Each episode discusses topics and data backed by the American Psychological Association. Anne Fausto-Sterling talks about sex and gender. She provides a biological and psychological view on the topic. For more on sex, Buck Angel discusses his experience as a member of the Sexual Freedom Alliance.

The Psychology Podcast is a judgment-free place for learning and understanding. Dr. Carole Hooven talks about testosterone and the cross-sections of genetics and culture. Steven Kotler, executive director of Flow Research Collective, joins to share on aging. He talks about training the body to remain at peak performance. The New York Times bestselling author David Epstein discusses his research on greatness. Martin Seligman shares his expertise on positive psychology and mental illness.

From psychedelics to self-care, The Psychology Podcast covers everything related to the brain. The podcast discusses history, social sciences, and biology. It provides a well-rounded approach to learning. For those with depression, there is an episode on self-compassion and self-help. For questions about the effects of social media on the brain, there is an episode for that, too! This podcast highlights transgender psychology, biases, and the psyche of high performance. It helps listeners to learn about who they are and the science behind it.

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Episodes

Best of Series: On Human Nature and Human Progress With Noam Chomsky
14-12-2023
Best of Series: On Human Nature and Human Progress With Noam Chomsky
Today it’s great to have the legendary Noam Chomsky on the podcast. Noam is a public intellectual, linguist, and political activist. He’s the author of many influential books, including Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, and his latest book with Robert Pollin called Climate Crisis and The Green New Deal: The Political Economy of Saving The Planet. Chomsky is also known for helping to initiate and sustain the cognitive revolution. He’s the Laureate Professor of Linguistics at The University of Arizona and Institute Professor Emeritus at MIT. Topics [02:06] The cognitive revolution of the ‘50s and ‘60s [03:49] Noam’s first encounter with behaviorism [12:41] What it was like to be part of the cognitive revolution [17:49] Implicit learning and artificial grammar [26:30] Noam’s view on modern-day behavioral genetics [28:05] Noam's thoughts on intelligence [32:02] Noam’s take on creativity [38:41] Chomsky's view vs. Foucault's view [42:49] Noam’s thoughts on modern-day social justice movements [45:50] Is there such a thing as human nature? [49:06] Identity vs. human nature [54:54] Noam’s views on race consciousness in America [59:16] Why Noam thinks Trump is the worst criminal in human history [1:00:34] How can democrats appeal to Trump supporters? [1:03:47] Cancel culture [1:05:10] The complexities of the slogan "defund the police" [1:08:36] Noam reflects on his life regrets [1:10:17] Chomsky's life adviceSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The New Science of Flow || Orin Davis
26-10-2023
The New Science of Flow || Orin Davis
Today we welcome Orin Davis to the podcast. Orin Davis earned the first doctorate in positive psychology, and is a self-actualization engineer who enables people to do and be their best. As the Principal Investigator of the Quality of Life Laboratory, he conducts research on flow, creativity, hypnosis, and mentoring. Dr. Davis consults for companies from startups to multinationals on hiring strategies, culture, innovation, and employee well-being. He is the author of Team Flow: The psychology of optimal collaboration. In this episode, I talk to Orin Davis about the new science of flow. A lot of people are familiar with the concept of flow, but according to Dr. Davis, the experience of it is not very common. We discuss Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s work and how Dr. Davis is expanding the research of flow by studying it at a group level. He talks about how we can increase the chances of experiencing flow for both individuals and teams. We also touch on the topics of microflow, hypnosis, absorption, positive psychology, and self-actualization. Website: https://qllab.org/Twitter: @DrOrinDavis Topics02:11 Orin’s dissertation03:18 What is the flow experience?09:01 Neuroscience of flow11:57 Team flow18:53 The whole team needs to be in flow20:32 Flow is rare22:07 How to increase flow28:42 Democratizing flow31:00 Microflow 35:14 How to spark team flow36:43 Hypnosis and absorption44:59 The autotelic personality47:03 Modern-day positive psychology51:44 Know thyself See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Psychology of Secrets || Michael Slepian
23-10-2023
The Psychology of Secrets || Michael Slepian
Today we welcome Michael Slepian to the podcast. Michael is the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Associate Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Columbia University. A recipient of the Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science, he is the leading expert on the psychology of secrets. He’s authored more than fifty articles on secrecy, truth, and deception. Michael’s research has been covered by The New York Times, The Atlantic, NPR, BBC, The Wall Street Journal and more. He is the author of The Secret Life of Secrets. In this episode, I talk to Michael Slepian about the psychology of secrets. Everyone has secrets that they keep from others—how does this affect our relationships and well-being? According to Michael, maintaining privacy is not the most burdensome aspect. Carrying a secret all by ourselves is what weighs us down. Michael and I explore the different categories of secrets and we talk about when to reveal the deepest parts of ourselves and who to reveal them to. We also touch on the topics of personality, morality, trauma, developmental psychology and communication. Website: michaelslepian.comTwitter: @michaelslepian Topics02:04 Michael’s family secret05:38 Defining secrecy11:12 Correlation of personality with secret keeping13:01 Revealing secrets18:56 Categories of secrets24:31 Healthy communication with children29:50 Morality of secret keeping34:20 Jamie Kunz and Dale Coventry's secret36:27 Journaling and emotional support40:25 Three dimensions of secrets44:09 How to deflect direct questions46:05 Sharing secrets anonymously47:46 Secret joysSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Power of Wonder || Monica Parker
19-10-2023
The Power of Wonder || Monica Parker
Today we welcome Monica Parker to the podcast. Monica is the founder of global human analytics and change consultancy HATCH, whose clients include blue-chip companies such as LinkedIn, Google, Prudential, and LEGO. Her career has been nothing short of colorful, having been an opera singer, a museum exhibition designer, a policy director, a Chamber of Commerce CEO, and a homicide investigator. She is also a world-renowned speaker, writer, and the author of The Power of Wonder.In this episode, I talk to Monica Parker about the power of wonder. In today’s fast-paced world, most people fail to notice the richness of life. To become more wonder-prone, Monica encourages us all to slow down and pursue meaningful exploration. When we pay more careful attention to the world, we become more empathetic, resilient, and exuberant. Monica shares with us her cycle of wonder framework and how we can be more open and present in our daily lives. We also touch on the topics of personality, post-traumatic growth, mindfulness, and education. Website: www.monica-parker.comInstagram: @monicacparker Topics02:06 Monica’s background and expertise03:26 The Power of Wonder06:41 Cycle of Wonder17:22 The wandering mind22:18 Wonder shifts our perception27:15 Slow thought and quality sleep30:21 Wonder-prone mindset32:28 Wonderstruck during crisis36:26 Wonder bringers39:14 Teaching wonder in schools45:29 There’s more to life47:37 Take a daily wonder walkSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Life Without Free Will || Robert Sapolsky
16-10-2023
Life Without Free Will || Robert Sapolsky
Today we welcome Robert Sapolsky to the podcast. ​​Robert is professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya. His research has been featured in the National Geographic documentary "Stress: Portrait of a Killer". At age 30, Robert received the MacArthur Foundation's "genius" grant. He is author of Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, A Primate's Memoir, The Trouble with Testosterone and Monkeyluv. His latest book is called Determined: A Science of Life Without Free Will.In this episode, I talk to Robert Sapolsky about life without free will. Humans like the idea of having control over their lives, but Robert asserts that free will is just an illusion. Life beyond free will may sound unpleasant, but Robert explains the profound consequences of this belief in reforming the justice system, meritocracy, and education. We also touch on the topics of philosophy, quantum physics, mindfulness, grit, and responsibility.LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/robertsapolsky/ Topics02:38 Robert’s background and upbringing05:43 Life without free will13:16 Believing in free will24:05 Responsibility and punishment33:14 The future cannot be determined43:45 Mindfulness - a form of free will?48:37 The human experience53:41 Abolish the justice system and meritocracy1:04:03 Statistical guilt1:07:21 Effort, grit and taking credit1:16:40 Nobody is more “worthy” 1:23:29 Life is worth livingSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.