Episode 28 – Social media and helplessness

How does social media affect us emotionally, relationally, mentally? Does it make us happier or does it have a negative effect? Liz shares another twisted, crazy experiment that studied learned helplessness. How does it work? What can you do about it? Tune in and find out! Rate, review, and subscribe, people!!

 

 

Episode 27 – The will to live and anger

What characteristics and/or situations increase/decrease someone’s will to live? How do some mice swim for 60 hours while others only swim for a few hours and give up? Do you know someone who has anger issues? Are you that person? What makes anger worse? How do happy people get over their anger? Listen and learn! Don’t forget to review, rate, and subscribe!

 

 

 

Episode 26 – The language of music and sexual attraction

Are music and language related? How so? Does it help with learning? Do people think someone is sexually attracted to them even in a platonic setting? When do guys overestimate a woman’s sexual attraction to them? Why? Tune in to find out! Don’t forget to rate, review, and subscribe!

 

 

Episode 25 – The Name and Cocktail Party Effect

Does your name make a difference? Does your political identity affect naming your child? What’s the deal with being able to hear our name despite lots of other noise around us? Does having two ears make a huge difference rather than having one? Listen in to find out! Rate, review, subscribeeee!

 

 

 

 

Episode 22 – Bipolar Disorder and Placebo Effect

Want to know about Bipolar Disorder? What’s the difference between Bipolar I and II? What are some symptoms of Bipolar Disorder? Can you spot someone who exhibits some of these symptoms? Heard of the placebo effect? But do you know how it affects you? Want to know how powerful your brain is in perceiving improvement without an actual cause? Tune in to find out! Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review 🙂

 

 

 

 

Minisode 2 : Environmental Influences on Intelligence

We have a minisode today! Sharon talks about the early experiences of babies and how it affects them for the rest of their lives … DUN DUN DUN. Want to know about how intelligence is developed? Want to make sure your baby or a baby you know becomes the smartest they can be? Tune in! Subscribe, rate, and review!

 

 

 

 

Episode 21 – Psychopathy and 5 love languages

Are there a lot of psychopaths out there? What are they like? What do they do? Are you one??? Ever hear of the five different love languages? We all express and perceive love differently, what language do you speak? Listen in and join us! Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe!

 

 

 

Episode 20 – Infidelity and Fighting

Are certain people at higher risk of being cheaters? Can you catch one before you marry him/her? Can you work with your spouse if they are at “risk”? Is fighting a good or bad thing for the relationship? When should you “choose your battles”? How do you approach your partner? Listen in and find out! Don’t forget to follow us on social media and review, rate, subscribe!

 

 

 

 

Happy Sunday! Weekly Roundup 8/20

Hi hi! It’s that time of the week, when Sunday Blues slowly kicks in. Well, hopefully these fun reads will help you get over your weekend fatigue and get your prepped for tomorrow.

Speaking of Sunday Blues, you’re not the only one who feel it — and some people feel it for a whole month!

I was once obsessed with color-mixing videos on Instagram. Have you had a weird obsession with an oddly satisfying videos? Here’s why they’re so addicting.

Why putting that 🙂 in your work email could be detrimental to your career

Okay, save this link and bookmark it: http://www.openculture.com/psychology_free_courses. These are places where you can find free online Psychology and Neuroscience courses. FREE 99, Y’ALL! Freaking amazing!

Few episodes ago, we talked about how exposing young children to various physical stimuli during early developmental period is crucial for their lifelong psychological health. Here’s another proof.

Fan of the Mafia game? Next time use these tips to catch who’s lying in your game.

 

Have a nice week! Weekly Roundup 8/14

Hello psychos! Sharon and I had our recording session last Thursday because, again, it’s summer and weekend getaways have been a thing for us lately. Hope all of you have been living up your summer as much as we’ve been. If you miss listening to our live recording sessions, don’t forget that you can always catch our new episodes by subscribing to Sassy Psychos podcast on iTunes & other podcast apps.

Ready for some cool psych stories for the week? Hope you enjoy!

Like I said, it’s summer, a.k.a. season of vacations, which means everybody’s posting pictures from their summer holidays. Here’s a piece on how to cope with overshared photos on social media.

Another great article on how “our minds have been hijacked by our phones

Super interesting, modern-day study on the age old saying, “Once a cheater, always a cheater

Youtube star Laura Miller shares her personal journey through depression and motherhood.

Australian venture capitalist’s guide to identifying psychopaths

Painful, but extremely relevant article on why people are still racist in America

This weekend was a scary reality check for America. Sharon and I talked quite a bit on racism and our tendency of implicit bias in our previous episodes. We should not let this be an excuse for racism. We should take this knowledge to reflect on our own thoughts and behaviors, create an environment where pre-existing racial biases are rejected, and help prevent our next generation from forming these biases in the first place. (I know, much easier said than done.) I want to end this post with a couple excerpts from the last article:

“The only way to change bias is to change culture,” Richeson said. “You have to change what is acceptable in society. People today complain about politically correct culture, but what that does is provide a check on people’s outward attitude, which in turn influences how we think about ourselves internally. Everything we’re exposed to gives us messages about who is good and bad.”

“We need an integrated society, and at the same time need to create as much socioeconomic fairness as we can, so what relationships people have across group lines are egalitarian relationships. … That’s the one thing that can create trust between people on each side of an us-them divide, and the only thing in the long term I would put my money on to reduce prejudices.”

Weekly Roundup 8/6

Hi all,

We’re skipping our usual Sunday recording session because #life. But here are some cool posts I found around the web for you to nerd out this weekend. Enjoy!

 

It takes a criminal just seven seconds to select their next victim. Learn to avoid being an easy target.

Why the smartphone era is causing a mental health crisis in teens

People can–and should–build resilience in their middle age

Zero suicide–UK’s new initiative on lowering suicide rate among youth

In recent episode, we talked about Bipolar Disorder. Here’s what it’s like to live with Bipolar II Disorder.

Episode 17 – Successes and Failures in Marriage

Want to know the census data on marriages? What are the divorce rates, differences between men and women, etc.? Want to enrich your relationship? Do you need therapy or does something simpler work just as well? Listen in to find out! Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review — it helps!

 

 

Be in the Know

Hi guys!

This is Liz. If you’ve been tuning into our podcast, you know that I’m obsessed with my Flipboard digest and that I get a lot of my podcast inspiration from it. So, I want to start sharing some fun stories I find in the news that are psychology-related. Hope you guys find them as interesting as I do!

NFL Brains. Crazy how we’re putting people through such intense brain trauma under the name of sports and entertainment…

Feeling like you’re being watched all the time? You’re not alone.

Long read, but you’ll love it if you like superheroes and wonder woman.

Why beach is always a good idea

Study shows link between perfectionism and suicide

 

 

 

Trust…

Hi all!

Hope you had the chance to listen to our latest episode, “Trust my Body.” Such a fun study about trust and body dysmorphic disorder. I actually tried to use the info from the trust study on my friends and family — I recently got a scent diffuser and it came with scents including lavender, peppermint, tea tree, and eucalyptus. Not sure if it was my imagination, but during parties at my house, people seem to be amiable and conversational when I have lavender or eucalyptus diffusing versus talkative and excitable when I have peppermint and tea tree diffusing. Get a chance to try it and let us know if it works!!

It might help with a job interview, a date, or asking for a loan…so get a lavender scented perfume/cologne. Psychology is so fun how it’s applicable in real life , right?? Get sassy and get psychooooo!

 

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Episode 7 Trust My Body

Hello psychos! Today, Sharon and Liz cover trust and body issues. Did you know that scent can influence your trustworthiness? In this episode, Sharon teaches how to gain the trust of others by manipulating the kind of scent you use. Then, Liz digs into the topic of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, a.k.a. BDD — a psychological disorder where people obsesses over minor imperfections of their body. Enjoy! (If you haven’t done so already, remember to subscribe and rate us on iTunes.)

Minisode 1: Battle of the Siblings—the Birth Order Effect

Happy Friday and welcome to Sassy Psychos! This week we have an awesome minisode for you guys. We always stress how nature and nurture both plays a part in who we are, but did you know our birth order takes a huge role in forming our personality and ambition? Tune in to learn how you may have been affected by your siblings or lack thereof. Enjoy! Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe to Sassy Psychos on iTunes.

Episode 6 Laws of Sexual Attraction Feat. Virgin Mary

There’s a very special guest on this week’s episode of Sassy Psychos–one of Liz and Sharon’s dearest friends Y, felicitously nicknamed Virgin Mary. This episode is all about sex and sexuality. You’ll hear about small tips and tricks to make yourself more (or less) attractive to others, and also learn about Alfred Kinsey, the father of Sexology. Hope you enjoy this episode, and don’t forget to subscribe!

Episode 5 Bridging Love

In this Valentine’s Day themed episode–recorded back in February–Sharon and Liz talk about LOVE. If you wanna know why you should take your first date to a shaky bridge, and how matchmaking your friends can make you happier, be sure to listen in. Also, don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review our podcast on iTunes to get your weekly dosage of psychology!

Episode 4 Let’s talk s’more about twins!

On episode 4, Sharon and Liz diverge from their usual propensity to pick dark, depressing topics. This week, it’s all about marshmallows and twins! Sharon examines how kids who can delay gratification by waiting to eat more marshmallows grow up to be successful, competent adults. Liz, inspired by the famous mix-up of identical twins in Colombia, dive deep into the emergence and significance of twin studies.

Calling all parents and children!

As we talked about some child psychology in the latest podcast episode, it had me thinking about today’s world of helicopter parents. Totally akin to Ainsworth’s idea of Insecure Ambivalent/Resistant attachment style, children with helicopter mothers would most likely display this type of attachment. As a young adult (am I still considered that?? lol…), my friends are becoming new parents and I get to watch social media explode with pictures and videos of their babies. I get to see them clamor over every little achievement and I get to see them become overly distressed from separation. Ever so hopeful, I pray that this is a symptom of new parenthood and will quickly relax into sensitive yet independent relationships so their children can grow up to become securely attached adults. I recently read an article from the Washington Post that reminded me of what we discussed:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2014/09/02/how-helicopter-parents-are-ruining-college-students/?utm_term=.4c8291809d50

Interestingly, I’ve seen many people like this growing up and finally had that “ah-ha” moment after learning about attachment styles. Any insights from our viewers/listeners out there??

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Episode 3 Oh Baby!

Hi everyone! In episode 3, Sharon and Liz tackle a big topic: psychology of kids. It’s a common knowledge that who we are is largely determined by how we were raised. As Sharon and Liz chat about Ainsworth’s Attachment Theory and Bandura’s Bobo Doll experiment, try to figure out what your attachment style is and why you should always be careful of how you speak in front of your kids. And of course, remember to subscribe for more weekly psych talk!

 

Episode 2 The Name Pavlov Rings a Bell…

In episode 2, Sharon and Liz discuss two classic psych experiments: Pavlov’s classical conditioning and Little Albert Experiment. I mean, can’t call yourself a psych nerd before talking about Pavlov’s dogs, right? Also, if you want to find out about what happened to poor Little Albert after his traumatic emotional conditioning experiment, be sure to tune in. Also, make sure you subscribe to get new episodes every week!

 

 

Episode 1 Bystanders and Prisoners

Welcome to Sassy Psychos! In this inaugural episode, Sharon and Liz chat about the most notorious psychology studies of all time: the murder of Kitty Genovese and the Stanford prison experiment. Why do people ignore others in need, and how do you turn average Joes into abusive psychos? Tune in to learn more about some of the most disturbing sides of human mind. And be sure to subscribe to get your weekly dose of psychology!

 

 

Kickoff!!!

Hey guys!!!

We’re so excited for the upcoming release of our trailer. We’ve been live streaming for the last month but we are happy to announce our podcast is under way so you can listen to us in the car, at work, when you’re bored at your family friend’s party, or when you’re constipated on the toilet! That way, you won’t have to use up all your data streaming our past broadcasts on Twitch when you don’t have WiFi nearby (true story).

We have a lot of social media outlets and wanted to take some time to explain the reasoning behind each:

This website is for our blogs on topics discussed and/or application to real life, special content, random musings, etc. Please visit the website occasionally to see what’s up and get access to exclusive content / possible merchandise (WHAT! We’ll see…).

Twitch is for live streaming! Please join us, we typically live stream on Sundays. This is where we record for the podcast, interact with our viewers, and munch on some yummy snacks! We hang out during our break in the middle of our recording, where we answer questions, digress, and act a little LESS formal compared to when we’re recording and presenting our experiments. Watch us! It’ll be fun.

Twitter is for being alerted and up to date when we’re actually going to live stream. We’re not always consistent on the time so follow our twitter account to get info on when we’ll be streaming. We’ll also do some shoutouts, so ask us if you’d like to get a tweet!

Facebook is for relevant content. This is where we post after our live stream about the experiments we talked about. We’ll post videos, articles, pictures, and funny memes. This is where you can start a fun, interesting discussion and have others join in! You can also give us feedback and input on our livestream/podcast , we’ll do our best to make every episode more fun and engaging than the previous episode — we’re always looking to improve!

That’s it for now — hope you enjoy!

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