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Speaking of Psychology

"Speaking of Psychology" is an audio podcast series highlighting some of the latest, most important and relevant psychological research being conducted today. Produced by the American Psychological Association, these podcasts will help listeners apply the science of psychology to their everyday lives.

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Recent Episodes of Speaking of Psychology


Choosing to be child free, with Jennifer Watling Neal, PhD

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.

Episode 287 22 May 2024 31m and 23s


How to cope with political stress this election season, with Brett Q. Ford, PhD, and Kevin Smith, PhD

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.

Episode 286 15 May 2024 35m and 40s


How Sesame Street teaches kids about emotional well-being, with Rosemarie Truglio, PhD

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.

Episode 285 8 May 2024 34m and 38s


What déjà vu can teach us about memory, with Chris Moulin, PhD

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.

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Episode 284 1 May 2024 39m and 15s


The psychology of sports fans, with Daniel Wann, PhD

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.

Episode 283 24 April 2024 40m and 37s


You can learn new things at any age, with Rachel Wu, PhD

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...

Episode 282 17 April 2024 25m and 54s


Understanding the mind of a serial killer, with Louis Schlesinger, PhD

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.

Episode 281 10 April 2024 46m and 20s


Coping with family estrangement, with Lucy Blake, PhD

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.

Episode 280 3 April 2024 28m and 1s


How to help kids navigate friendship, with Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD

How to help kids navigate friendship, with Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD

It isn’t always easy to navigate the complicated social dynamics of elementary, middle or high school. Clinical psychologist and kids’ friendship expert Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, talks about how kids make and keep friends; how their understanding of friendship changes as they grow; why most kids are mean sometimes; and how to help kids navigate tough situations including arguments and friendship breakups.

For transcripts, links and more information, please visit the Speaking of Psychology Homepage.

Episode 279 27 March 2024 44m and 31s


Bridging the generation gap at work, with Megan Gerhardt, PhD

Bridging the generation gap at work, with Megan Gerhardt, PhD

As Gen Z enters the workforce and older workers put off retirement, some workplaces may see five generations sharing an office -- from the Silent Generation all the way to Gen Z. Megan Gerhardt, PhD, of Miami University, talks about why it’s important to move past generational stereotypes, why age diversity is a strength, and what older and younger workers can learn from each other.

For transcripts, links and more information, please visit the Speaking of Psychology Homepage.

Episode 278 20 March 2024 44m and 57s

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