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"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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"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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By girrafecat - Dec 06 2019
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I love this podcast. I’m one of those people who really likes psychology and I’d tried a few podcast but they weren’t that good however I really like this one

Dopamine

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This podcast was SO interesting!!! I learned a ton!

iTunes Ratings

264 Ratings
Average Ratings
174
50
21
6
13

Love this podcast

By girrafecat - Dec 06 2019
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I love this podcast. I’m one of those people who really likes psychology and I’d tried a few podcast but they weren’t that good however I really like this one

Dopamine

By Kek343 - Aug 08 2019
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This podcast was SO interesting!!! I learned a ton!

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"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.

Recognizing a narcissist (SOP37)

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Narcissism is not just something attributed to people who post selfies and list all their favorite meals on Facebook. It’s a diagnosable personality disorder that causes people to have a delusional sense of self-worth and lack of empathy. In this episode, psychologist Ramani Durvasula, PhD, talks about how people can recognize a narcissist and what to do if you’re in a relationship with one.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more https://convention.apa.org/proposals

May 13 2016

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The Power of Persuasion (SOP55)

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Persuasion expert Robert Cialdini, PhD, talks about his formidable body of work developing and understanding what he calls the six universal principles of influence.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more https://convention.apa.org/proposals

Apr 23 2018

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How Memory Can Be Manipulated (SOP91)

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Our memories may not be as reliable as we think. Once we experience an event, most of us likely assume that those memories stays intact forever. But there is the potential for memories to be altered or for completely false memories to be planted, according to Elizabeth Loftus, PhD. Loftus, a distinguished professor at the University of California, Irvine, is an expert on human memory and she discusses how our recollections of events and experiences may be subject to manipulation.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020 sessions, learn more at http://convention.apa.org/proposals

Oct 09 2019

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The Science of Dreaming (SOP71)

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We all dream yet many of us don’t know what to make of our nocturnal adventures. Dream scholar Deirdre Barrett, PhD, explains why we dream and what our dreams may be trying to tell us. She also offers tips on how to better remember your dreams to harness the power of your sleeping mind.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more https://convention.apa.org/proposals

Jan 02 2019

50mins

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The Psychology of Design (SOP92)

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The spaces we are in every day influence our mood and well-being whether we are aware of it or not. Creating spaces to make us feel our best is a hot topic – in community planning, in the office and on HGTV. Sally Augustin, PhD, an environmental psychologist who is a principal at Design with Science, a design consultation firm, discusses how to design spaces to optimize well-being.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020 sessions, learn more at http://convention.apa.org/proposals

Oct 23 2019

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The Molecule of More: Dopamine (SoP76)

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Dopamine is known as the chemical of love, creativity and addiction. It pushes us to achieve greatness, but it can also lead to our downfall. To help us understand this tricky molecule, the guests for this episode are Dr. Daniel Lieberman, professor and vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University, and Michael Long, a speechwriter, screenwriter and playwright who teaches writing at Georgetown University. They co-wrote a book called The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, Creativity – and Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020 sessions, learn more at http://convention.apa.org/proposals

Mar 13 2019

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How to Find Meaning in Life (SOP75)

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We all want to find meaning in our lives, our reason to get up in the morning, yet doing so may not be easy. What is meaning in life and how do we find it for ourselves? The guest for this episode is Clara Hill, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Maryland and author of Meaning in Life: A Therapist’s Guide.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020 sessions, learn more at http://convention.apa.org/proposals

Feb 27 2019

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Living the better single life (SOP46)

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Married people are often considered to be happier and healthier, while single people are often stereotyped as being isolated, self-centered and unhappy. But what if these are myths? In this episode, psychologist Bella DePaulo, PhD, talks about the benefits of remaining unattached and calls on psychology to pay more attention to why certain single people do, in fact, thrive.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more https://convention.apa.org/proposals

Mar 31 2017

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Using your mind to find love (SOP21)

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There are few things in life so strongly tied to our overall happiness as a stable and happy marriage. In this episode, psychologist Ty Tashiro, PhD, gives advice and tips on how to use psychological science to find lasting love, showing us that using our heads, and not just our hearts, can lead to our happily ever after.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more https://convention.apa.org/proposals

Feb 25 2015

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Nonverbal communication speaks volumes (SOP34)

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If you think reading people is not a science, think again. Understanding expressions that only appear on someone’s face for tenths of a second can mean a lot to those who know what to look for. In this episode, psychologist and nonverbal communication expert David Matsumoto, PhD, talks about why nonverbal communication is so important in everything from police investigations to intercultural exchanges.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more https://convention.apa.org/proposals

Feb 12 2016

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Making Love Last and Dating in the Digital Age (SOP66)

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Love. We all want it but sustaining that spark can be difficult in our hectic world, especially with life stressors beyond our control. How do we find love and keep the passion alive throughout the years? Relationship expert Benjamin Karney, PhD, from the UCLA Marriage Lab shares valuable insights.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more https://convention.apa.org/proposals

Oct 17 2018

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The Mind-Gut Connection (SOP78)

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Is your gut a second brain? Emerging research is showing that our brains and our gastrointestinal systems may be more connected than we previously thought – potentially holding profound influence over our moods, mental health and sense of well-being. Our guests are Faith Dickerson, PhD, a psychologist who researches the role of infectious and immune factors in serious mental illness, and Emeran Mayer, MD, one of the world’s leading experts on brain-gut interactions in GI disorders.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020 sessions, learn more at http://convention.apa.org/proposals

Apr 10 2019

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Unlocking the psychology of millennials (SOP26)

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Psychologists are studying millennials and trying to discover more about the motivations and desires of a generation often thought of as being narcissistic and self-absorbed.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more https://convention.apa.org/proposals

Jun 15 2015

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Getting into a terrorist’s mind (SOP3)

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Figuring out what makes a terrorist tick is not easy, but law enforcement and counterterrorism officials have been turning to psychologists to try to do just that. Psychologist John Horgan, PhD, has spoken face-to-face with former members of violent extremist organizations in an effort to understand how and why people become involved in terrorism as well as why some eventually turn away from such extremism.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more https://convention.apa.org/proposals

Nov 04 2013

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Suicide Science (SOP84)

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Suicide rates in the U.S. climbed in all but one state from 1999 to 2016, according to a CDC report from June 2018. This alarming report and notable celebrity suicide deaths like Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade have pushed this topic further into the national spotlight. Psychologist Samuel Knapp, EdD, discusses the factors that cause people to die from suicide, the effects of past trauma on mental health and how psychologists can successfully treat suicidal patients. Suicide is the cover story for the July/August issue of the Monitor on Psychology, APA’s magazine for members. Read the story at apa.org/Monitor.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020 sessions, learn more at http://convention.apa.org/proposals

Jul 03 2019

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Anxiety and Teen Girls (SOP80)

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Anxiety among teens and young adults is rising, and studies have shown that it has skyrocketed in girls. One study found that the number of girls who often felt nervous, worried or fearful jumped by 55 percent over a five-year period. What factors are behind rising stress and anxiety in girls and what can we do about it? Our guest is Dr. Lisa Damour, a clinical psychologist and executive director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls. She has a new book out called "Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls."

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020 sessions, learn more at http://convention.apa.org/proposals

May 08 2019

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Raising Children in the Digital Age (SOP56)

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Touchscreen use among children is ubiquitous. But how much is too much, and is there an age before which you shouldn’t hand a child a smartphone or tablet? Roberta Golinkoff, PhD, discusses how this relatively new technology can help young children learn and why it’s different from television and books.

Help us learn more about you. APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more https://convention.apa.org/proposals

May 02 2018

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Making psychotherapy work for you (SOP25)

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Research has shown that psychotherapy is an effective tool for people who are dealing with a wide range of mental and behavioral health issues, yet people are still hesitant to visit a therapist for treatment. In this episode, we talk with psychologist and researcher Bruce Wampold, PhD, about why psychotherapy works and can often be a better alternative to medications.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more https://convention.apa.org/proposals

May 25 2015

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Choosing foods wisely (SOP4)

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Some foods marketed as healthy may instead sabotage our diets. Consumer psychologist Lara Spiteri-Cornish, PhD, studies how companies market foods to health-conscious consumers and why we should all be wary of what they’re trying to make us believe.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more https://convention.apa.org/proposals

Dec 16 2013

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The neuroscience of creativity (SOP10)

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Do you have to be intelligent to be creative? Can you learn to be more creative? In this episode, we speak with neuropsychologist Rex E. Jung, PhD, who studies intelligence, creativity and brain function. He discusses why – even if it sounds counterintuitive – intelligence and creativity may not have all that much in common.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020, click here to learn more https://convention.apa.org/proposals

May 05 2014

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The Decline of Empathy and the Rise of Narcissism with Sara Konrath, PhD

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Concern and care for others’ feelings are virtues we seek to instill in our children, yet they are sorely lacking in many adult Americans today. There’s scientific research to back up the notion that Americans are caring less for others and more about themselves. Our guest is Sara Konrath, PhD, an associate professor of philanthropic studies at Indiana University and director of the Interdisciplinary Program on Empathy and Altruism Research. We’ll be exploring why empathy is declining and what we can do to create more kindness and caring in our communities.

Dec 04 2019

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Veterans' Mental Health with Terri Tanielan, MA, and Rajeev Ramchand, PhD

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To mark Veterans Day 2019, in this episode we are discussing the mental health challenges that many veterans deal with, some of the latest psychological research into their care and the complexities of modern warfare and its effect on veterans. Our guests are Rajeev Ramchand, PhD, a fellow at the Bob Woodruff Foundation, who researches the prevalence, prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders in veterans and other populations, and Terri Tanielian, MA, a senior behavioral scientist at RAND Corp., who researches military and veterans health policy, military suicide and the psychological effects of combat and terrorism.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020 sessions, learn more at http://convention.apa.org/proposals

Nov 20 2019

57mins

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Bonus Episode: Using Virtual Reality to Train Law Enforcement Officers with Gregory Kratzig, PhD

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Gregory Kratzig, PhD, is an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada and a global expert in simulation-based training, particularly in the world of law enforcement. He has used virtual reality to train first responders to drive emergency vehicles and to help police officers make the best decisions when they're faced with choosing whether to use force. 

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Nov 13 2019

18mins

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Bonus Episode: Your Boss is Watching You. Is that OK? with Dave Tomczak

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Do you ever get the feeling at work that you're being watched? To a certain degree you are and it's possible that you will soon be tracked even more closely by your employer whether that's through video surveillance, GPS location tracking or Internet monitoring. If that disturbs you, you're not alone.

Our guest for this episode is David Tomczak, a product solutions consultant for a global professional services firm and a PhD candidate at The George Washington University. He researches the influence of electronic performance monitoring on employee behaviors.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020 sessions, learn more at http://convention.apa.org/proposals

Nov 11 2019

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Does Nostalgia Have a Psychological Purpose? with Krystine Batcho, PhD

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What psychological purpose does nostalgia serve? Is it good or bad? Are we more nostalgic today in our hectic, connected world? Is there such a thing as the “good ‘ol days”? Here to help explain is Dr. Krystine Batcho, professor of psychology at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York. She’s an expert on nostalgia and developed the Nostalgia Inventory, a survey that assesses proneness to personal nostalgia.

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Nov 06 2019

42mins

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Bonus Episode: How Virtual Reality Can Help Detect Racial Bias in Police Shootings with John Tawa, PhD

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There's been a great deal of media attention focused on shootings in which a white police officer fired on a black or non-white suspect. Psychology has for years performed research to determine whether racial hostility plays a role in such shootings. These studies have usually entailed having participants sit in front of a computer screen and respond to images of suspects who pop up holding a gun or a benign object such as a wallet or a can of soda. These experiments are helpful. But is there a better way to study this phenomenon so we can curb these types of shootings? Our guest is John Tawa, PhD, of Mount Holyoke College who has developed a new and perhaps more realistic method for testing these responses.

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Nov 04 2019

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Bonus Episode: How a Virtual Buffet Can Help Kids Learn to Eat Better with Susan Persky, PhD

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Getting children to eat healthy meals is a challenge many parents face but what if virtual reality could help? Researchers at the National Institute of Health are using new technology to understand why parents feed their kids the foods they do and to help them make smarter food choices for the health of their children. Our guest for this episode is psychologist Susan Persky, PhD, head of the Immersive Virtual Environment Testing Unit where she applies virtual reality to biomedical research.

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Oct 30 2019

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Bonus Episode: The Role of Body and Dash Cams in Policing with Nick Camp, PhD

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Cameras are playing a greater and greater role in law enforcement, whether that means cameras placed on dashboards in police cruisers or cameras that officers wear as part of their uniforms. But how effective are cameras in police encounters? What do they tell us about police-citizen interactions and do cameras ever lie? Our guest for this episode is Nick Camp, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University. His primary research focus examines racial disparities in the everyday encounters between police officers and citizens.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020 sessions, learn more at http://convention.apa.org/proposals

Oct 28 2019

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The Psychology of Design (SOP92)

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The spaces we are in every day influence our mood and well-being whether we are aware of it or not. Creating spaces to make us feel our best is a hot topic – in community planning, in the office and on HGTV. Sally Augustin, PhD, an environmental psychologist who is a principal at Design with Science, a design consultation firm, discusses how to design spaces to optimize well-being.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020 sessions, learn more at http://convention.apa.org/proposals

Oct 23 2019

37mins

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Bonus Episode: Driverless Cars and Body-less Therapy with Arnon Rolnick, PhD

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Have you ever wondered why drivers don't get carsick? If you've ever been seasick, are you curious to know what causes it and what, if anything, can be done to stave it off? Dr. Arnon Rolnick is a clinical and experimental psychologist from Israel where he directs Rolnick's Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy and studies psychophysiology and the integration of technology and psychology.

Rolnick spent 20 years as a psychologist in the Israeli Navy developing various methods to improve sailors' performance and well-being under conditions intended to make them seasick. He is also working on a book exploring how virtual psychotherapy can open new ways to study the roles of the body and brain in therapy.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020 sessions, learn more at http://convention.apa.org/proposals

Oct 21 2019

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Bonus Episode: The Psychology of Esports with Kaitlyn Roose and Shawn Doherty, PhD

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Russell Shilling, PhD, guest host for Speaking of Psychology and Chief Scientific Officer for the American Psychological Association, sits down at APA2019 to talk with Kaitlyn Roose and Shawn Doherty, PhD, to discuss the psychology of esports, the benefits of gaming on higher level cognition, and the culture of video games.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020 sessions, learn more at http://convention.apa.org/proposals

Oct 16 2019

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How Memory Can Be Manipulated (SOP91)

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Our memories may not be as reliable as we think. Once we experience an event, most of us likely assume that those memories stays intact forever. But there is the potential for memories to be altered or for completely false memories to be planted, according to Elizabeth Loftus, PhD. Loftus, a distinguished professor at the University of California, Irvine, is an expert on human memory and she discusses how our recollections of events and experiences may be subject to manipulation.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020 sessions, learn more at http://convention.apa.org/proposals

Oct 09 2019

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Bonus Episode: Human Trafficking with Kalyani Gopal, PhD, HSPP

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Human Trafficking occurs when individuals are economically exploited through force, fraud or coercion for labor or commercial sex. Worldwide, it is estimated that almost 25 million people are robbed of their freedom and human dignity through trafficking- trafficking is akin to slavery. It is difficult to determine how many people are trafficked in the US but it occurs here and includes both citizens and foreign nationals. Women, children, the economically vulnerable, persons with disabilities and runaway youth are disproportionately impacted. Understanding what trafficking is and how to respond is critical. Our guest for this episode is psychologist Kalyani Gopal, PhD, a clinical psychologist and Executive Director of SAFE (Sex Trafficking Awareness, Freedom and Empowerment).

Oct 02 2019

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Future of Work (SOP90)

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From automation, to artificial intelligence to employee surveillance, technology is rapidly changing the way we work. It’s raising ethical questions, concerns about the future of the job market and blurring the lines between the personal and professional. Tara Behrend, PhD, associate professor of industrial-organizational psychology and director of the Workplaces and Virtual Environments lab at The George Washington University, explains what the future of work will look like.

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Sep 25 2019

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Understanding Racial Inequities in School Discipline (SOP89)

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Discipline in pre-K through 12 schools is not doled out equally, as black students, boys and students with disabilities are suspended and expelled at much higher rates than other students, according to a report released last year by the Government Accountability Office. These types of harsh discipline can have dire consequences on a child’s future, including putting him or her at a higher risk of falling into the school-to-prison pipeline. Guests Amanda Sullivan, PhD, associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Minnesota, and Ivory Toldson, PhD, professor of counseling psychology at Howard University, are experts on discipline disparities in pre-K to 12 schools.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020 sessions, CE workshops, and more. If you’re a subject matter expert with new research or applications to share, and a speaker who can connect with an audience, we want to hear from you! To learn more visit - http://convention.apa.org/proposals

Sep 11 2019

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Bonus Episode: Debunking Myths About Fertility with Angela Lawson, PhD

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About 6% of U.S. women ages 15 to 44 experience infertility, with many of those reporting that infertility is the most upsetting experience of their lives. Dr. Angela Lawson helps us separate fact from fiction when it comes to infertility, a complicated and often uncomfortable topic that people don’t always talk about.

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Sep 04 2019

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What Guides Our Buying Behaviors (SOP88)

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Why do some people buy so much, while others shun that lifestyle for simplicity or to save? How do brands reach into our psyches to get us to pull out our wallets and credit cards? What are some of the motivations behind companies that try to appeal to our sense of social responsibility to get us to spend? Our guest is psychologist Kit Yarrow, PhD, an expert on consumer behavior and professor emerita at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She studies why and how people shop and buy and how companies can best meet consumer needs.

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020 sessions, learn more at http://convention.apa.org/proposals

Aug 28 2019

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Bonus Episode: Fake News with Chrysalis Wright, PhD

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Fake news, 2017’s word of the year and recent edition to the Oxford English Dictionary, has become a widespread problem. This episode of Speaking of Psychology discusses how this phenomenon of intentionally spreading fabricated content and presenting it as factual is impacting our views of the world and why that matters.

Recorded live at APA 2019 in Chicago with Vaile Wright, PhD, as guest host.

Aug 21 2019

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Why Popularity Matters (SOP87)

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Some of us recall high school as being filled with fun parties, football games and flirting while others think back to that time with a shudder and are just glad it’s over. But is it really over? Does our social status as teens follow us for the rest of our lives? Can we raise today’s children and teens differently in our ever-status-obsessed culture? Our guest is Mitch Prinstein, PhD, distinguished professor of psychology and neuroscience and director of clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who wrote "Popular: Finding Happiness and Success in a World That Cares Too Much About the Wrong Kinds of Relationships.”

APA is currently seeking proposals for APA 2020 sessions, learn more at http://convention.apa.org/proposals

Aug 14 2019

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Why We Like the Foods We Like (SOP86)

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Why do some people scarf down anchovies by the pound while others recoil at the thought of a tuna fish sandwich? Why do the textures of certain foods, like mushrooms, turn people off? Not only is taste a biologically complex experience, it is quite psychological. Our guest is psychologist Linda Bartoshuk, PhD, an international leader in taste research, who is the Bushnell professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Florida and director for psychophysical research at the university’s Center for Smell and Taste.

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Jul 31 2019

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