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The Brian Lehrer Show

Making a Change

Friday, January 04, 2013

Jeremy Dean, psychologist, creator of PsyBlog.co.uk, a blog about scientific research into how the mind works and the author of Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don't, and How to Make Any Change Stick, offers a little help with New Year's resolutions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why is 13 an Unlucky Number?

Thursday, January 03, 2013

It's 12/13/13 - and it's a Friday. Are you scared? In this segment from earlier this year (on 1/3/13), psychologist Bruce Hood tells Brian Lehrer why people are so superstitious about the number thirteen. Did you know the Savoy Hotel in London keeps a wooden cat on hand just in case thirteen people show up for dinner?

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WNYC News

In Wake of Shooting, Experts Say Kids May Experience Trauma

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The children who lived through the Connecticut school shooting could have trouble concentrating or become more irritable.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

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

Monday, December 10, 2012

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 Brian Lehrer Show

Exciting News About Boredom

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Rebranding Psychotherapy

Thursday, November 29, 2012

When Lori Gottlieb started her psychotherapy practice last year, she thought she’d have a steady stream of clients. Instead, she discovered that many of her colleagues are now marketing their services and re-branding them as life coaching or providing remote therapy in an effort to attract more clients and stay in business. She talks about whether psychotherapy has an image problem in her article, “What Brand Is Your Therapist?” which appeared in the November 23 issue of the New York Times Magazine.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How a Godless Cosmos Creates

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Howard Bloom tackles the question of how a godless cosmos creates. His new book The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates looks at theories about the birth of a universe and the human need for meaning.

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Radiolab

Repeat After Me

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Writer Elizabeth Giddens answers a listener's question about toddlers by pondering repetition, and how all sorts of activities seem to have a Goldilocks amount that's just right...and a "too much" threshold where things can turn transcendent, or get very troubling.

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The Takeaway

The Hidden Power of Vulnerability

Friday, November 23, 2012

Vulnerability might be interpreted as a weakness, but Brené Brown says there can be great power in embracing that feeling. Brown is the author of "Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Revealing the Secret of Human Thought

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Futurist Ray Kurzweil discusses how the brain functions, how the mind emerges from the brain, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence in addressing the world’s problems. In How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, he examines emotional and moral intelligence and the origins of consciousness and envisions the radical possibilities of our merging with the intelligent technology we are creating.

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Schoolbook

Helping Children Move Past Trauma of Sandy

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A professor of psychology and education at Teacher's College offers advice to help children rebound emotionally after the trauma of Hurricane Sandy.

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Radiolab

Why we fall into a good book

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Writer Jonathan Gottschall explores why the real world falls away when we hear a good story... 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Peak Time for Everything

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sue Shellenbarger, Senior Writer and "Work & Family" Columnist for the Wall Street Journal, explains what the optimal time is for our daily tasks. In her article “The Peak Time for Everything,” Shellenbarger explains new research that suggests that paying attention to the body’s clock can help determine the different times of day most people perform specific tasks best, from creative thinking to resolving conflicts to working out.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Neuroscience of Success and Failure

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Neuroscientist and clinical psychologist Ian Robertson looks at why some people succeed in life and in business while others fail, and why some individuals become powerful while most others remain powerless. In The Winner Effect: The Neuroscience of Success and Failure, he shows how success changes the chemistry of the brain, making you more focused, smarter, more confident, and more aggressive. It also answers the question of why some people attain and then handle success better than others.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

German Soldiers in WWII

Friday, October 12, 2012

Sönke Neitzel, Professor of International History, London School of Economics, discusses his investigations into the mind-set of the German fighting man during World War II. Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing, and Dying, written with social psychologist Harald Welzer, is based on declassified transcripts of covert recordings taken within the confines of the holding cells, bedrooms, and camps that housed the German POWs, providing a view of the mentality of the soldiers in the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, the German navy.

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Radiolab

Diagnosis Hangout Party

Thursday, October 11, 2012

This weekend, our episode Diagnosis airs on public radio stations across the country. Get fired up with our studio party experiment -- we hosted a quick Google Hangout On Air with a crew of Radiolab producers and a special guest from the episode.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Eco-Literacy

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Daniel Goleman, psychologist and author of Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence, talks about how educators can use his theory of emotional intelligence to give students "ecological intelligence."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Nate Silver on Making Predictions

Monday, October 08, 2012

Nate Silver looks at how predictions are made, and why experts and laypeople both mistake more confident predictions for more accurate ones. He explains that overconfidence is often the reason for failure, and if our appreciation of uncertainty improves, our predictions can too. In The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—but Some Don’t Silver visits the most successful forecasters in a range of areas, from hurricanes to baseball, from the poker table to the stock market, from Capitol Hill to the NBA.

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The Takeaway

Addicted to the Internet? That May Soon Be a Psychological Disorder

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Internet Use Disorder may soon be included in the revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders. According to the American Psychiatric Association, which is working on the fifth edition of the Manual, Internet Use Disorder will be included as a condition "recommended for further study."

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Radiolab

Mice Puppets and Souls

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Lulu Miller ponders the idea of an afterlife, by way of a puppet show designed by psychologists...and some early childhood lessons about peek-a-boo and how the world works.

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