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Most of us assume that one of the reasons men tend to act aggressively is that men have higher levels of testosterone in the system. Let’s take a look at this “testosterone myth” because this isn’t always the case. In fact, in some cases, the higher levels of testosterone actually cause men to be MORE nice than usual. Don’t believe ... Read More

The post Ep 304: Guess What? Testosterone Doesn’t Neccessarily Cause Men to be Aggressive appeared first on The Psych Files.

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So now that we know a lot about why individuals join extermist groups, what can we do about it? How do we bring them back to society and help them have meaningful lives again? This is the second of 2 episodes on this topic and what we learn here also applies to school shooters. Here are some concrete suggestions, supported ... Read More

The post Ep 303: Significance Quest Theory: How Do We De-Radicalize People? appeared first on The Psych Files.

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What draws people toward violent extremist groups? Psychologists have conducted a lot of research to find this out and in this episode I summarize the findings of key researchers in this area. Researchers Arie Kruglanski, Katarzyna Jasko, David Webber, Marina Chernikova and Erica Molinario explain how their theory, called SQT or Significance Quest Theory explains what leads young people to ... Read More

The post Violent Extremism: What’s the Psychology Behind It? appeared first on The Psych Files.

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You have probably heard a lot about football and CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), the brain degeneration that results from repeated head impacts. One of the worst cases so far of CTE was found in the brain of football player Aaron Hernandez. The Oxygen network produced a fascinating account of Hernandez’s life entitled Aaron Hernandez Uncovered and I was asked to ... Read More

The post Ep 301: The Role of CTE in the Life of Aaron Hernandez appeared first on The Psych Files.

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Ever wonder how the fingers of really experienced pianists seem to fly across the keyboard? How do they know where their fingers are going? How can they think that fast? In this episode I’ll tell you about some of what the brain is doing when pianists play the piano. Maybe you’ll be inspired to start playing yourself….? Resources for this ... Read More

The post Ep 300: The Psychology of Jazz Piano Improvisation appeared first on The Psych Files.

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Fitness tracking devices are getting smarter. They’re going to have to get a lot smarter if they are going to be powerful tools in your quest to be fit. But how much more “smart” do we really want them to get? Today they keep track of your steps and heart rate, but if your fitness tracker “knew” how you were ... Read More

The post Ep 299: How Smart Do You Want Your Fitness Tracker to Be? appeared first on The Psych Files.

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How can psychologists get you to lead a healthier life? We all have “noble intentions” when it comes to eating well and exercising regularly, but those intentions often don’t last too long and you’re back to your old unhealthy ways. We can lecture you again about the benefits of healthy eating and exercise, or we can try to “nudge” you ... Read More

The post Ep 298: Nudge Your Way to Better Health appeared first on The Psych Files.

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Have you seen the movie Coco? You should – it’s a very moving story. But if you pay attention to the music you’ll notice that the melody to the son “Remember Me” is played in several different ways – each with a very different effect on the psyche. In this episode I examine the psychology of this music. Along the ... Read More

The post Ep 297: The Movie Coco – What’s the Psychology Behind It? appeared first on The Psych Files.

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What is the psychology and the research behind why many people are angry about athletes “taking a knee” during the playing of the national anthem? Part of the explanation lies in what’s called the “empathy deficit” that people in power can sometimes display. That is, those in higher social classes in societies are often not able to correctly interpret the ... Read More

The post Ep 296: The Psychology and the Research Behind Why Some People are Angry when Athletes Take a Knee appeared first on The Psych Files.

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It’s often asked: why don’t we think of everyday people as heroes? Well, what makes some people’s stories inspirational and other not? Let’s say you want to inspire young people to make the most of their lives – how do you do that? What stories are the best to tell or what videos are likely to be shared the most? ... Read More

The post Ep 295: How Can Ordinary People Be Superheroes? appeared first on The Psych Files.

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