Category Archives: Podcast

How do 3-4 year olds think about hide and seek?

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind By Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson Buy on Amazon Have you played hide and seek with a small child and found them in seconds as they sit in the middle of the room with their eyes covered, convinced that you can’t see […]

When we think about our own death, do we become more open to religious ideas?

12 Major World Religions: The Beliefs, Rituals, and Traditions of Humanity’s Most Influential Faiths By Zephyros Press, Jason Boyett Buy on Amazon Do we become more religious when we think about our own death. Or at least, less religiously skeptical? In this episode, I talk with Dr. Jonathan Jong, currently a Research Fellow at Coventry […]

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It’s a key discovery about how human memory is related to motion

In this episode, I talk with Mark Schurgin, Graduate Fellow based in the Visual Thinking Lab at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. We talk about Mark’s work combining his experience and knowledge of vision research memory, investigating how basic knowledge that we have about how the world works – our ‘core knowledge’ supports our memory about objects. […]

How do people with multiracial (or multicultural) backgrounds navigate their social identity?

In this episode, I talk with Dr. Sarah Gaither, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University in the USA. In this conversation, we focus on Sarah’s work on understanding multiracial identities and the costs and benefits of navigating that social terrain. Here is the link to the paper we talk about in this […]

Do people prefer psychotherapy to drug therapy?

Love’s Executioner: & Other Tales of Psychotherapy By Irvin D. Yalom Buy on Amazon Around 1 in 5 people quit therapy early, and that rate seems higher if people given pharmacotherapy alone. In this episode, I talk with Dr Joshua Swift, Assistant Professor in Psychology, based at Idaho State University in the USA. In this conversation, […]

To sleep or not to sleep? That is the on-call question

Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success By Shawn Stevenson Buy on Amazon In this episode, I talk with Professor Sally Ferguson, based at the Appleton Institute in Adelaide, Australia, and Deputy Dean of Research in the School of Human Health and Social Sciences […]

Why do we tend to pick objects in the centre?

Thinking, Fast and Slow By Daniel Kahneman Buy on Amazon In this episode, I talk with Dr Ute Kreplin who is based at Massey University’s School of Psychology in New Zealand.  In this conversation, we focus on Ute’s work on the Centre Stage effect.  Here is the link to the paper we talk about in this week’s show: […]

What do we know about the nocebo effect and how it works?

Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal By Erik Vance Buy on Amazon In this episode, I talk with Rebecca Webster  who is based at King’s College in the University of London, UK.  In this conversation, we focus on Rebecca’s work on s systematic review on the ‘nocebo effect’ […]

Is human language underpinned by gestures?

The Recursive Mind: The Origins of Human Language, Thought, and Civilization – Updated Edition By Michael C. Corballis Buy on Amazon In this episode, I talk with Emeritus Professor Michael Corballis, who is based at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Professor Corballis is an internationally acclaimed scholar and one of his most recent accolades […]

Is there a link between dehydration and our experience of pain?

The Hidden Psychology of Pain: The Use of Understanding to Heal Chronic Pain By Dr. James Alexander Buy on Amazon In this episode, I talk with Dr Toby Mundel of the School of Sport and Exercise Science at Massey University in New Zealand. We talk about his recent work investigating the relationship between people’s hydration levels and […]