Personality: Episode 12 of the General Psychology Lectures!

30 06 2006

This episode of the lectures is on personality – theories and measurements of personality.

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Modifying your spouse’s behavior using operant conditioning!

30 06 2006

We’re talking about operant conditioning in our class tomorrow, so it’s timely that I find this article in the New York Times…

What Shamu Taught Me About A Happy Marriage

Through the hoop!I began thanking Scott if he threw one dirty shirt into the hamper. If he threw in two, I’d kiss him. Meanwhile, I would step over any soiled clothes on the floor without one sharp word, though I did sometimes kick them under the bed. But as he basked in my appreciation, the piles became smaller.

I was using what trainers call “approximations,” rewarding the small steps toward learning a whole new behavior. You can’t expect a baboon to learn to flip on command in one session, just as you can’t expect an American husband to begin regularly picking up his dirty socks by praising him once for picking up a single sock. With the baboon you first reward a hop, then a bigger hop, then an even bigger hop. With Scott the husband, I began to praise every small act every time: if he drove just a mile an hour slower, tossed one pair of shorts into the hamper, or was on time for anything.




Emotion and Dreams

28 06 2006

In General Psychology (the day section), we’re covering sleep and dreams. In a happy coincidence, the ever-excellent Mind Hacks covers an ABC (that’s AUSTRALIAN Broadcasting Corp to non-aussies!) radio show about dreams, and some ways to empirically investigate them. You can go directly to the ABC site here.

One interesting finding is that the emotional theme of a dream may be more influenced by the average emotional experience during the past week, rather than just the day before.

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Sex! Food! Good Times! Episode 11 of the General Psychology Podcast is here!

22 06 2006

This episode is a lecture covering the biological and psychological bases of motivations, specifically hunger and sex.

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Lecture Podcast Episode 10

21 06 2006

This lecture covers Intelligence and Language Acquisition. Theories of Galton, Binet, Terman, Spearman, Gardner, Sternberg. Skinner vs. Chomsky, animal language, Pinker.

Ya gotta love psychology to listen to this stuff!

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I’ve been outed. Hmmm…

18 06 2006

I noticed a bunch of hits on my blog from the Mind Hacks site and I headed over there to see that it outed my podcast….

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Psychology Lecture podcast episode 9

15 06 2006

Development! Kohlberg! Erikson! Cognition! Whoo Whoo!

It’s a lecture and it’s psychology and it’s a podcast. What more could you ask for?

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Episode 8 of the General Psychology Lectures Podcast

13 06 2006

Episode 8 of my lectures podcast is now available. It covers child development — Piaget, Harlow, & Ainsworth. Go get that bad boy.

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General Psychology Lectures Podcast Episode 7

6 06 2006

Come ‘n Get It!

Episode 7 of my General Psychology Lectures podcast is available now.

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General Psychology Lectures Episode 6…

1 06 2006

… is available. It covers touch, taste, & smell. Also perception and synesthesia.
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