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Can The Smell Of Oranges Help Dieters Resist Sweet Treats?

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A British researcher was curious to know whether smell could help fend off temptation. Her study found that the scent of fresh oranges seemed to help remind dieters to eat less chocolate.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: How to Complain Effectively

Friday, July 12, 2013

Complaining is a favorite pastime for some people, but it is possible to complain in order to get results and prompt change?

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On Being

Bessel van der Kolk — Restoring the Body: Yoga, EMDR, and Treating Trauma

Thursday, July 11, 2013

uman memory is a sensory experience says psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk. Through his longtime research and innovation in trauma treatment, he shares what he's learning how bodywork like yoga or eye movement therapy can restore a sense of goodness.

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On Being

[Unedited] Bessel van der Kolk and Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 11, 2013

uman memory is a sensory experience says psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk. Through his longtime research and innovation in trauma treatment, he shares what he's learning how bodywork like yoga or eye movement therapy can restore a sense of goodness.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Hamlet and the Modern World

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The figure of Hamlet reverberates in our culture. Psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster and professor of philosophy Simon Critchley, show how the power of Hamlet casts light on the intractable dilemmas of human existence. In Stay, Illusion: The Hamlet Doctrine, the authors show how Hamlet discloses the modern paradox of our lives: how thought and action seem to pull against each other, the one annulling the possibility of the other.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mindless Neuroscience

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

As it turns out, brain scans might not necessarily be the best way to understand psychology.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Coach Bobby Knight Praises Negative Thinking

Monday, July 01, 2013

Legendary basketball coach Bobby Knight talks about his rebuttal to Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking - he explains why negative thinking will actually produce more positive results, in sports and in daily life.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Andrew Solomon on Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

Monday, July 01, 2013

National Book Award–winning author Andrew Solomon tells the stories of families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. In Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, he looks at how these parents not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so.

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The Takeaway

In Praise of Ambivalence

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

In our current world, where there are so many news stories circulating via so many media, it’s sometimes hard to wrap our heads around the stories, much less figure out which side we stand on. Are undocumented immigrants criminals? Or refugees? Is Edward Snowden a hero? Or a traitor? Ian Leslie is a London-based writer who believes we should stop fixating on decisive answers. His new piece for Slate is called “Ambivalence is Awesome…Or is it Awful?”

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Radiolab

You Can't Read a Dog By Its Guilty Face

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Our Animal Minds show questions whether dogs feel guilt...or whether we're just reading our own meanings into those puppy dog eyes. Dog owners, if you think you've got an incriminating photo of your canine looking remorseful, send it our way.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ken Robinson on Finding Your Element

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sir Ken Robinson, whose TED talk on finding your passion is the most watched of all time, explains how we can all find self-fulfillment through our natural talents and personal passions. His new book Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Transform Your Life, the follow-up to The Element, serves as a practical guide that helps people find answer the questions: How do I find out what my talents and passions are? What if I love something I’m not good at? What if I’m good at something I don’t love? What if I can’t make a living doing what I most love?

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Life of the Law

An Architect’s Code

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

In its code of ethics, the American Institute of Architects requires members to “uphold human rights.” But what does that mean when it comes to prisons—specificially, those that confine inmates largely to their cells with little to do?

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WNYC News

Popular Psychologist Joyce Brothers Dead at 85

Monday, May 13, 2013

Joyce Brothers, the pop psychologist who pioneered the television advice show in the 1950s and enjoyed a long and prolific career as a syndicated columnist, author, and television and film personality, has died. She was 85.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Playing to Fail

Monday, April 22, 2013

Jesper Juul, visiting assistant professor at New York University Game Center, blogger, and author of The Art of Failure: An Essay on the Pain of Playing Video Games (The MIT Press, 2013), argues that the value of video games isn't in winning, but in learning how to lose. 

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Life of the Law

Full Interview with Justin Helzer

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Justin Helzer died Sunday night, April 14th. He committed suicide inside his cell on San Quentin's Death Row (the cell in this photo). If you look closely you can see him sitting on his bunk, leaning against the door.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

When to Think Quick, When to Think Slow

Monday, April 08, 2013

Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work in psychology and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow (now in paperback), shares his insights into the brain's two modes of thinking and what that can explain about things like jury deliberations, risk, sports streaks, and the 'irrational exuberance' of capitalists.

→ Event: Daniel Kahneman will be appearing with Joshua Foer at the Union Square Barnes and Noble tonight at 7:00 p.m

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Budget News; Candidate Thompson; Two Thinking Modes; End of Power

Monday, April 08, 2013

Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman explains the different advantages to the human brain's two processing modes, which he explored in his book Thinking, Fast and Slow. Plus: Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson; The Washington Post's Ezra Klein talks about the latest budget news, including President Obama's proposed cuts to social programs; and a new book questions the strength of those in power.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Mayor's Race Corruption Arrests; Maya Angelou; ADHD; World Peace Game

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Breaking This Morning: State Senator Malcolm Smith and city Councilman Dan Halloran have been arrested on charges of trying to fix this year's mayoral race. We'll be monitoring all morning with Ben Smith of Buzzfeed. A new study reports a 53% increase in the number of children diagnosed with ADHD. New York Times health reporter Alan Schwarz explains the findings and takes your calls. Plus: Maya Angelou discusses her new book on how being raised by her grandmother impacted her relationship with her mother; John Elder Robison talks about life with Asperger's Syndrome and raising a son who shares his condition; and the World Peace Game's lessons on cooperation.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Memories and Other Stories

Friday, March 29, 2013

Are we all "unreliable narrators" of our own life stories? Charles Fernyhough, psychologist and the author of Pieces of Light: How the New Science of Memory Illuminates the Stories We Tell About Our Paststalks about the act of remembering as an act of "narrative imagination" and what it means if memories are as much about the present as the past.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Paradox of Sexual Freedom

Thursday, March 28, 2013

In her private practice & research, Leslie Bell, Berkeley-based sociologist and psychotherapist specializing in women's development and sexuality, finds that 20-something women have more information, more choices -- and more confusion -- over sex and love. She discusses this puzzle in her new book Hard to Get: Twenty-Something Women and the Paradox of Sexual Freedom.

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