Talk Psych to Me

Talk Psych to Me

Let's get psychology out of the lab and into the streets. Join hosts Tania Luna (psychology researcher) and Brian Luna (total layperson) as they turn fascinating research into practical tips for being a better human.... Show More

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June 29, 2020 34 min

Eating too much causes more illness worldwide than eating too little. So, why do we do it and, how can we stop? In this episode, Brian and Tania take on the psychology and sociology of gluttony!

If you think you may have an eating disorder, please speak with a healthcare professional or contact the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline: 1-800-931-2237.

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June 21, 2020 34 min

Let's unpack the psychology of envy. Is it a psychological poison? A sin? A catalyst for resentment, gossip, hostility, and crime? Or is it fuel for social progress and personal growth? Tania and Brian reveal their own envy episodes and discuss the #1 secret to transforming envy into empathy.

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June 14, 2020 33 min

We're celebrating Pride Month with an exploration of the psychology of pride. Is it the deadliest of the 7 Deadly Sins or is it one of our greatest virtues? Come find out!

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So many of us are feeling weary and on the brink of hopelessness. This week, we talk about the psychology of melancholy - one of the original Eight Deadly Sins. We discuss the benefits of sadness, cultural norms, and how to use our small hope windows right now to stay in the fight.
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May 31, 2020 40 min

In the wake of more black deaths and ongoing protests and riots - we tackle the psychology of anger, rage, and outrage. Should wrath really be categorized as a sin, or can be it be fuel for progress? Does violence lead to more violence, or can it propel social change? And is there such a thing as learning to be angry well?
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May 24, 2020 40 min

We continue our journey through the psychology of the seven deadly sins. This week, we're talking greed! Is greed the root of all progress or the root of all suffering? What makes someone greedy, and just how greedy are you?

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May 17, 2020 35 min

Feeling lazy? Tune in to understand why as we explore the psychology of the seven deadly sins, starting with sloth. At best, you'll walk away with greater motivation or self-acceptance. At the very least, you can put off doing more important things for 35 minutes!

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May 10, 2020 33 min

Can psychology help us understand the mysterious worlds we visit and lives we lead while we're asleep? In this episode, we tackle questions like: Why do we dream? What do our dreams mean? Why didn't Brian join The Smurfs when he had the chance? And how can we become better dreamers?

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Mucus. Puss. Maggots. Feces. Eating bats. Eating cows. Racism. In this episode, we discuss the benefits and dangers of disgust and tackle some tough questions like: Is anything objectively disgusting? Why are some people more easily disgusted than others? And... what's that smell?

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April 26, 2020 44 min

Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg, author of What's Your Problem? joins us this week to talk about the psychology of problem solving. Learn his top tips for problem reframing and how to become a skillful problem solver.

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Further Reading:

  • What's Your Problem? by Wedell-Wedellsborg (2020)
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    April 19, 2020 39 min

    In honor of Brian's birthday, we talk about the psychology of age and aging. Does being slightly older or slightly younger than your classmates in school impact you later in life? (Spoiler alert: yes!) What are some of the benefits of aging? And what advice do older adults have that we should all pay attention to today?

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    April 12, 2020 52 min

    Come join the Luna family debate about empathy. Does it do more good or harm in a zombie apocalypse? How about in today's world? What exactly is empathy anyway? And how can we learn to use it well?

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    Further Reading:

  • “Toronto Empathy Questionnaire” by Spreng et. al. (2009)
  • Needle through han...
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    April 5, 2020 42 min

    As quarantine drags on, we have to shift out of crisis mode and into Perseverance Mode. In this episode, we learn from neuroscience, prisoners of war, homelessness, and Brian's dad to unpack the psychology of persistence.

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    Further Reading:

  • “Psychiatric illness in U.S. Air Force Vietnam pr...
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    March 29, 2020 47 min

    Just what is luck, exactly? How does it play a role in our lives? Are some people luckier than others? Can an overdose of luck result in 'luck guilt'? And what can all of us do to become luckier?

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    Further reading:

  • “Moral and Epistemic Luck” by Statman (1991)
  • “The Psychology and Philoso...
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    Special guest, psychologist Vaneeta Sandhu, joins the show this week to talk about the psychology of cursing. Why do we do curse (or is it cuss)? Can other animals swear? How does profanity impact us and our teams? Does it shape how people see us? And why does it feel so f@#king good?

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    March 15, 2020 4 min

    A strange thing happened while we were recording Episode 11 on the topic of infectious mass reactions. We had one ourselves.

    Did it happen to you too?! Tell us over:
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    March 15, 2020 46 min

    We are up again two infections right now: COVID-19 and panic. In this episode, Tania and Brian break down the psychology of mass panic (like panic shopping, dance plague, and penis panic), moral panic (like xenophobia), and individual panic. They explain why mental health = physical health and share their favorite ideas for how to keep your cool.

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    March 8, 2020 33 min

    Continuing from PART I of the episode on nonverbal communication, Brian and Tania talk about the significance of time in communication (aka chronemics), artifacts, paralinguistics, and cross cultural differences.

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    Further Reading:

  • Communication In Our Lives by Wood (2015).
  • "Communicative S...
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    March 1, 2020 34 min

    Is 93% of all communication really nonverbal? Find out if this famous psych stat is truth or lore. See why Professor X puts the x in proxemics: the study of space in communication. Then head over to PART II of this episode.

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    Further Reading:

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    February 23, 2020 44 min

    What makes someone popular or unpopular? What are the pros and cons of popularity? And what was Brian's social status in high school?

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    Further Reading:

  • “The neural bases of social pain: Evidence for shared representations with physical pain” by Naomi Eisenberger (2012) 
  • “Myeloid differentia...
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