psychology http://kuow.org en Apps To Kick Addictions; Sound Too Good To Be True? http://kuow.org/post/apps-kick-addictions-sound-too-good-be-true <p>Ross Reynolds talks with psychologist Jonathan Bricker about smartphone apps that claim to help users overcome addiction. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:24:32 +0000 Arwen Nicks & Ross Reynolds 32404 at http://kuow.org Apps To Kick Addictions; Sound Too Good To Be True? The Science And Art Of Receiving Feedback http://kuow.org/post/science-and-art-receiving-feedback <p>Ross Reynolds speaks with Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen, lecturers on law at Harvard Law School, about their new book, "Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well." In the course of writing their previous best-seller, "Difficult Conversations," Stone and Heen found that getting feedback, at work or at home, often creates the most difficult conversations. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:08:54 +0000 Ross Reynolds 30671 at http://kuow.org The Science And Art Of Receiving Feedback How Well Do We Understand How Others Think? http://kuow.org/post/how-well-do-we-understand-how-others-think <p>Ross Reynolds speaks with University of Chicago psychologist Nicholas Epley about his new book "Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel and Want." Epley's research suggests we have insight into what others are thinking but only up to a point. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:56:36 +0000 Ross Reynolds 29567 at http://kuow.org How Well Do We Understand How Others Think? Why It's OK To Fail Well And Fail Often http://kuow.org/post/why-its-ok-fail-well-and-fail-often <p>Steve Scher talks with Megan McArdle about why she thinks it's OK to fail as long as you learn from the experience. She also discusses what she learned about human failure while writing her book, "The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success." Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:41:49 +0000 Arwen Nicks & Steve Scher 29065 at http://kuow.org Why It's OK To Fail Well And Fail Often How Do You Teach Self-Discipline To Kids? http://kuow.org/post/how-do-you-teach-self-discipline-kids <p>David Hyde talks with UW psychology professor Liliana Lengua, director of the UW Center for Child and Family Well-Being, about her research on delayed gratification. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:01:33 +0000 David Hyde & Amina Al-Sadi 28006 at http://kuow.org How Do You Teach Self-Discipline To Kids? Obsessed With The Seahawks? Science Can Explain Why http://kuow.org/post/obsessed-seahawks-science-can-explain-why <p>In recent weeks, the 12<sup>th</sup> Man has been more ubiquitous in Seattle than rainfall (actually, we’ve been having pretty mild weather).</p><p>The flying flags, Blue Fridays and produce displays actually have a psychological and evolutionary basis, according to Eric Simons, author of “The Secret Lives of Sports Fans.” Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:07:09 +0000 David Hyde & Andy Hurst 27510 at http://kuow.org Obsessed With The Seahawks? Science Can Explain Why Imaginary Friends, Ruth Reichl, And Robert Olen Butler http://kuow.org/post/imaginary-friends-ruth-reichl-and-robert-olen-butler <p><strong>Imaginary Friends: Can’t Live With 'Em, Can’t Live Without 'Em</strong></p><p>Most of us have fond memories of our childhood friends, but what about our friends that weren’t real? Imaginary friends come in many shapes and sizes, and they often provide handy scapegoats. Steve Scher talked with Marjorie Taylor, professor and head of psychology&nbsp;at the University of Oregon and author of "Imaginary Companions."&nbsp;He also talked to Stephanie Carlson, professor of child development at the University of Minnesota, about where our imaginary friends come from and why they leave.</p><p><strong>Ruth Reichl On How And What Americans Eat</strong></p><p>At the end of 2009, legendary Gourmet Magazine printed its last issue. Steve Scher talked with then-editor and author Ruth Reichl just four days before the announcement of the magazine’s end about how and what Americans are eating.</p><p><strong>Robert Olen Butler On Vietnamese Expat Communities</strong></p><p>Robert Olen Butler is the author of “A Good Scent from a Stranger Mountain,” a collection of short stories about Vietnamese expats. In his book, Butler recalls many stories from Vietnamese expats around the world and the often, as he deems them, temperamental dynamics of these communities. Steve Scher talked with&nbsp;Butler back in 1992.</p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 weekday 18525 at http://kuow.org Imaginary Friends, Ruth Reichl, And Robert Olen Butler The Conversation Goes Mental: Interviews On Psychology And Human Behavior http://kuow.org/post/conversation-goes-mental-interviews-psychology-and-human-behavior <p>This hour on <em>The Conversation</em> we explore the strange and confusing behavior of humans. Why do we act the way we do? And can we change? Psychologists and science writers take us inside the brain to explain our peculiar actions.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:00:00 +0000 The Conversation With Ross Reynolds 17593 at http://kuow.org The Conversation Goes Mental: Interviews On Psychology And Human Behavior Humans Look Forward To Turning Into Robots http://kuow.org/post/humans-look-forward-turning-robots <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>Are you optimistic about the future of science? A recent Pew Survey found that 71 percent of Americans believe artificial arms and legs will perform better than natural ones by 2050, and 69 percent believe there will be a cure for most forms of cancer by then.</p><p>Will most Americans be springing for artificial limbs in 40 years? Maybe not. But we are certainly optimistic about the possibility of it all. Ross Reynolds talks with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tali </span>Sharot,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;research fellow in the department of cognitive, perceptual and brain sciences at University College London and the author of “The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:36:58 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 18486 at http://kuow.org Humans Look Forward To Turning Into Robots The Rationale Of Irrational Fears http://kuow.org/post/rationale-irrational-fears <p>Maybe you are afraid of clowns or heights, spiders or public speaking. Fears are common, and from an evolutionary stand point fear can be very helpful. But what happens when you are so afraid of something&nbsp;that other find&nbsp;totally harmless, that it cripples you? How can you get over those fears?</p><p>Dr. Stacy Welch wants you to be afraid, but it isn’t what you think. Dr. Welch is an exposure therapist helping people work through fears, both rational and irrational. Ross Reynolds sits down with Dr. Welch and discusses where fears come from, how fear can help or hurt us and how to overcome fears.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 17:33:32 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 18220 at http://kuow.org The Rationale Of Irrational Fears Digital Dementia http://kuow.org/post/digital-dementia <p></p><p>Got a question? Ask Google. Can’t remember a name? Go to your smart phone. But are digital conveniences making us more forgetful? Tom Stafford psychologist at the University of Sheffield in the UK says no. He explains why our brains are just actually adapting.</p><p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:29:24 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 16951 at http://kuow.org Why The Color Pink Calms Prison Inmates With Adam Alter http://kuow.org/post/why-color-pink-calms-prison-inmates-adam-alter <p>Pepto-Bismol pink is a color sometimes used in prisons to calm inmates. People with names that start with K are more likely to donate to victims of Hurricane Katrina than Hurricane Rita. Professional cyclists pedal faster when people are watching.</p><p>A variety of external factors influence our thoughts, feelings, and decisions, says <a href="http://is a professor of psychology at NYU and the author of “Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave.”">Adam Alter</a>, a&nbsp;professor of psychology at NYU and the author of “Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave.”</p><p>He spoke about the degree to which our environment shapes who we are at Seattle’s Town Hall on April 2, 2013.</p><p> Fri, 24 May 2013 03:00:00 +0000 Rachel Solomon 13284 at http://kuow.org Why The Color Pink Calms Prison Inmates With Adam Alter Weekday Archive: Taj Mahal And Steven Pinker http://kuow.org/post/weekday-archive-taj-mahal-and-steven-pinker <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our <a href="http://kuow.org/pledge">spring membership drive</a>&nbsp;rolls along with two of our favorite interviews: two-time Grammy winning musician&nbsp;</span>Taj<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Mahal<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;joined us late last year to celebrate 40 years in music and a new retrospective album, "Maestro."&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Plus, we listen back to a conversation with Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker about his book, "The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature."</span></p><p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Weekday with Steve Scher 11128 at http://kuow.org Weekday Archive: Taj Mahal And Steven Pinker The Science Of Songs You Can't Escape http://kuow.org/post/science-songs-you-cant-escape <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It sounds shocking, but </span>earworms<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are an epidemic that affect at least 90 percent of people as often as once a week. That’s according to a Goldsmiths University study. But before you go logging onto WebMD, fear not! These </span>earworms<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are more commonly referred to as songs, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">regular old songs</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> — often radio hits or catchy grooves that burrow deep within the human brain.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For instance, maybe you've been visited by this hungry earworm:</span></p><p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 20:29:54 +0000 Amber Cortes 8593 at http://kuow.org The Science Of Songs You Can't Escape What Are Your Blindspots? http://kuow.org/post/what-are-your-blindspots <p>What are our hidden biases or blind spots, and how can they divert us from doing what we think is right? Ross Reynolds interviews University of Washington psychology professor Anthony Greenwald, co-author of the new book "Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People."</p><p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 20:40:00 +0000 Ross Reynolds 8180 at http://kuow.org What Are Your Blindspots?