When faced with an uncertain situation, an unsure person often looks to other people for guidance on how they should behave, or what they should believe. In this sense, uncertainty is the rocket fuel that activates and feeds the engine of social proof.
When thinking about another outbreak of COVID-19 in New Zealand spread through community transmission of the coronavirus, it’s more a question of when rather than if. And at this point, we would do well to remember that aside from better technologies to detect the virus, the only tools we have are all based on behaviour.
Learning to drive has been a rite of passage in many societies for decades. For many, it is a central part of their everyday lives, especially if they live in rural areas, or where other alternatives aren’t as practical or appealing. But what happens if we become anxious about driving? How might that shape our […]
Green Psychology: Transforming our Relationship to the Earth By Ralph Metzner, Ralph, Ph.D. Metzner Buy on Amazon In this episode, I talk with Laurie Parma of The Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge in the UK. We talk about her involvement in development if the NatureBuzz app – a citizen science / crowdsourcing endeavor. […]
Sleep Paralysis: Historical, Psychological, and Medical Perspectives By Brian A. Sharpless, Karl Doghramji Buy on Amazon In this episode, I talk with Associate Professor Brian Sharpless of the American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, Washington DC, USA. We talk about his recent work understanding and developing treatment recommendations for sleep paralysis – a surprisingly common but […]
Hacking Parenthood: 10 Mantras You Can Use Daily to Reduce the Stress of Parenting (Hack Learning Series) (Volume 14) By Kimberley Moran Buy on Amazon In this episode, I talk with Associate Professor Claire Vallotton of Michigan State University in the USA. We talk about the relationship father’s parenting stress and language and cognitive development. […]
Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change By George Marshall Buy on Amazon In this first episode, I talk with Dr Matt Williams, Lecturer in Psychology at Massey University here in New Zealand. We talk about the relationship between temperature and aggressive behaviour and assault, particularly with respect […]