Thursday, March 21, 2013
According to Anthony Greenwald, professor of psychology at the University of Washington, and Mahzarin Banaji, professor of social ethics at Harvard University, the vast majority of us have to work hard to counteract our biases because most of the stereotypes we hold are deeply ingrained.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Legendary basketball coach Bobby Knight talks about his rebuttal to Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking. In The Power of Negative Thinking: An Unconventioal Approach to Achieving Positive Results, he explains why negative thinking will actually produce more positive results, in sports and in daily life.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Acclaimed psychoanalyst Adam Phillips explains that all of us lead two parallel lives: the one we are actively living, and the one we feel we should have had or might someday have. In Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life, he suggests that if we accept frustration as a way of outlining what we really want, satisfaction suddenly becomes possible.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
Journalist Dan Slater shows how online dating is changing society in more profound ways than we imagine. In Love in the Time of Algorithms: What Technology Does to Meeting and Mating, he explores how these new technologies are reconditioning our feelings about commitment and challenging the traditional notions of adult life. He goes behind the scenes to see how dating sites capitalize on our quest for love.
Friday, February 08, 2013
Jaimal Yogis, journalist and author of The Fear Project: What Our Most Primal Emotion Taught Me About Survival, Success, Surfing . . . and Love, explores the science of fear through his own attempt to deal with his own.
→Event: Jaimal Yogis will be "in conversation" with psychiatrist Dr. Srini Pillay at The Rubin Museum on Feb.9. Ticket information here.
Share your overcoming-fear moment: What have you done, despite the fact it terrified you? Was it worth it? Call us at 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692 or post your comment here.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Our habits—good and bad—shape our lives, and understanding how habits work is key to losing weight, being more productive, exercising regularly, and achieving success.
Friday, February 01, 2013
Casinos have been adding more screen-based games in recent years. On this week’s Please Explain we’ll find out how screen-based gambling, like video slot machines, contribute to gambling addiction. Dr. Alain Dagher, neurologist and neuroscientist at Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University, and Dr. Natasha Dow Schüll, cultural anthropologist and associate professor at MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society talk about how the brain responds to gambling and what makes it addictive. Dr. Dow is the author of the new book, Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
This interview originally aired live on January 31, 2013. An edited version was re-aired on August 9, 2013 as part of a special episode of The Brian Lehrer Show.
Alexandra Horowitz teaches psychology, animal behavior, and canine cognition at Barnard College and is the author of Inside of a Dog and now On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes. She tells what she learned walking the city with "experts" -- including a geologist, an artist, and her dog.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Jennifer Senior talks about her article “Why You Truly Never Leave High School,” in the January 28, 2013, issue of New York. Researchers used to think that our early years were the key to our social and intellectual development, but now our future success appears to hinge just as crucially on adolescence, a time that involves one of the most toxic environments imaginable: high school. Senior looks at the hierarchies and power structures in high school and they ways they influence us long after graduation.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Barbara Fredrickson, professor of psychology and director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the author of Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become, talks about her research into "love" and its effects on health and happiness.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Adam Lankford, criminal justice professor at The University of Alabama and the author of The Myth of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters and Other Self-Destructive Killers, finds parallels in the psychology between suicide bombers and rampage shooters.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Has this ever happened to you? Things are going great in a relationship. And then, you find out that your significant other loves music that you hate. Or doesn't understand your taste in music at all. Or is really critical of the music that you enjoy. And suddenly, dating that person just doesn't seem like such a good idea anymore.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Glenn Croston explains the risks we face every day in the world and why we're not good at dealing with common risks in our lives. For example, heart disease is responsible for one in five deaths, but we more often worry about rare events like shark attacks (one in a million) and airplane crashes (one in twenty thousand). His book The Real Story of Risk: Adventures in a Hazardous World investigates what accounts for our poor ability to perceive and react to the risks that really matter.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Jesse Prinz discusses how nurture can supplement and supplant nature, allowing us to be influenced by experience and culture rather than just by our DNA. Drawing on cutting-edge research in neuroscience, psychology, and anthropology in his book Beyond Human Nature, Prinz shows that we can’t always blame mental illness or addiction on our genes, and that societal factors shape gender differences in cognitive ability and sexual behavior.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Psychologist Jeremy Dean tells us how habits are formed and broken. In Making Habits, Breaking Habits he explains that while people like to think that they are in control, much of human behavior occurs without any decision-making or conscious thought. He draws on hundreds of studies to show how to make any change stick.
Monday, January 07, 2013
Many of us think of vulnerability as showing weakness. But Brené Brown argues that not only does being vulnerable take strength and courage, it’s the basis for engaging with the world around us and meaningful connection with others. Her latest book is Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. Dr. Brown’s two TED Talks about her research into vulnerability are among the most popular on the site.
Monday, January 07, 2013
On today’s show, we’ll compare the amount of money both sides of the gun control debate spend on elections and lobbying efforts. Then, guest host Julie Burstein talks with Joyce Carol Oates about her novel, The Gravedigger’s Daughter, for this month’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club. Ayana Mathis discusses her acclaimed debut novel The 12 Tribes of Hattie. Plus, a look at new research which indicates that being more emotionally vulnerable could actually make us stronger.
Monday, January 07, 2013
Maria Konnikova, journalist, psychologist and author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, uses the fictional account of the super-detective's reasoning skills to explore the real-world science of improving cognitive function.
→Event: Maria Konnikova will be reading from Mastermind on Monday, January 7, starting at 7:00pm at Book Court,
→Event: On Wednesday, January 16 at noon, Maria will be at 92Y Tribeca, where she will be reading, talking, conducting an audience Q&A and signing copies of her new book, tickets can be purchased here.