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60-Second Psych Podcast

60-Second Psych Podcast

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Leading science journalists provide a weekly one-minute commentary on the latest developments in the science of brain and behavior. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American.

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  • Up Your Online Dating Game with Evidence-Based Strategies
    Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    Choosing a user name starting with a letter appearing earlier in the alphabet is just one scientifically vetted way to increase the odds of turning an online encounter into a first date. Christopher Intagliata reports

  • Junk Diet Rewires Rat Brains
    Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    High-calorie and exceedingly pleasurable foods appear to change rat brain rewards circuitry, causing the rodents to continue to seek such fare. Erika Beras reports

  • High Price Tag on Meds May Boost Healing
    Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    Parkinson’s patients derived more benefits from a salt solution they were told was an expensive drug than from the same solution when it was described as being cheap medication. Karen Hopkin reports

  • Publication Bias May Boost Findings for Bilingual Brain Benefits
    Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    Of studies presented at conferences, those that found a cognitive benefit to bilingualism were almost twice as likely to get published in journals as were studies finding no benefit. Karen Hopkin reports 

  • Inclusion Illusion Lessens Racial Bias
    Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Implicit bias against another race lessened after volunteers experienced themselves via virtual reality as a member of that race. Karen Hopkin reports 

  • Blood Test Forecasts Concussion Severity
    Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Levels of a protein fragment in the blood paralleled how long head injuries benched hockey players. Ingrid Wickelgren reports

  • Bouncy Gait Improves Mood
    Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    If you're in an up mood, you may walk more energetically. But a study finds that purposefully walking more energetically may improve your mood. Christie Nicholson reports 

  • Synchronized Walking Reduces Opponent's Perceived Size
    Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    Subjects who kept pace with a walking colleague estimated a potential enemy to be smaller and lighter than did other walkers who were not marching. Karen Hopkin reports 

  • Big Parental Control May Stunt Kid Assertiveness
    Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Young adults who’d had highly controlling parents were less able to stress their own viewpoints to a friend or partner in confident and productive ways. Daisy Yuhas reports 

  • Lots or Little Sleep Linked to Sick Days
    Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Absence from work due to illness increased dramatically for those who slept less than six hours or more than nine hours per night. Christie Nicholson reports 

  • Can’t Take My Eyes off You—Your Face, That Is
    Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    The direction of your gaze when looking at someone offers an unconscious, automatic giveaway of whether your initial reaction is romance or sex. Christie Nicholson reports

  • Talking to Strangers Makes You Happy
    Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    People who had to strike up conversations on a subway later reported feeling happier than those who didn’t. Christie Nicholson reports.

  • People Think Experiences Bring Happiness, Still Opt for Things
    Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    Survey subjects rated life experiences as making them happier and as a better use of money than buying objects. But they actually spent their cash on material goods, whose value is more easily quantifiable. Erika Beras reports

  • Childhood Stress Decreases Size of Brain Regions
    Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Children who experience neglect, abuse and/or poverty can have smaller amygdalas and hippocampuses, brain regions involved in emotion and memory, compared with kids raised in nurturing environments. Christie Nicholson reports 

  • Even Monkeys Believe In Hot Streaks
    Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    Monkeys trained to play fixed video games made moves indicating that they expected certain patterns to occur. Erika Beras reports 

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