psychology

Where We Live
10:28 am
Thu April 26, 2012

The State of Play

Lou & Traci plus, creative commons

The Executive Director of the Alliance for Childhood talks about how important play is for young people. She’s part of a two-day creativity conference coming up in Ridgefield, CT.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:32 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Is Subliminal Influence Real?

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"All media work us over completely."  So said Marshall McLuhan.

It was clear to McLuhan in the early 1960s and it's even clearer to us that engagement with fast-moving electronic media is producing changes that are hard to keep track of.

What if somebody wanted to produce certain changes in us that we weren't aware of?  What if someone wanted to persuade us without having to have a conversation with our conscious intellects?

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:44 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Misophonia, The Death of Common Sense, and Carl Zimmer on Animal Friendships

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We'll look at whether animals have friendships with one another the way humans do. And discover why some people become full of rage after hearing normal sounds, like clearing your throat. Plus: why laws can sometimes mean The Death of Common Sense.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:17 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Are All Facts Relative?

Flickr Creative Commons, Stewart

What is the truth? It's a question that comes up a lot in the news. Is Barack Obama a Muslim? Were there weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?  Did 9/11 happen as we were told? Was JFK killed by a lone gun man? Were there any real instances in which Vietnam veterans were spat upon? Is there any such thing as post-traumatic stress disorder? Do certain vaccines cause autism? Is evolution a theory or a scientific truth?

I could go on.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:31 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

The Profound Pursuit Of Puzzles

Chion Wolf

It may be hard for some of you to remember, but there was a time when the correct answers to the clues to the New York Times crossword puzzle were for all intents and purposes out of reach. I mean, you could take the Sunday magazine with you to the library and look stuff up. Or you could wait a week for the answers. But there was no Google. The crossword doer today lives in a constant state of temptation.

Mark Messier's team for 12 years? You could look it up. That Rimsy Korsakov opera title? It's there to be found.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:17 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Clowns All Around

Chion Wolf

Here's a quote: "A clown is funny in the circus ring. But what would be the normal reaction to opening a door at midnight, and finding the same clown standing there in the moonlight?"

Sounds like a 21st century post-modern take on clowns, but it actually comes from Lon Chaney, the horror movie star who died in 1930.

Almost one hundred years ago, somebody understood that clowns can be scary. To Chaney, it was all a matter of context. What we've almost forgotten in our 21st century post modern mood is the first part of Chaney's statement. Clowns are funny.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:35 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Holiday Advertising

Lucky Strike

It's the holiday season! Christmas, Hanukah, Christmakuh, Kwanza, or as advertisers like to think of it, the season when they separate you from your money.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:57 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Faith Middleton Show: How To Be A Better Writer, The Art Of Friendship, And An Interesting Book

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Amy Bloom talks about how to be a better writer. Psychologist Nancy Horn explains the art of friendship. And, a new way to look at books.

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Where We Live
10:40 am
Wed November 9, 2011

On Deadline

thomasbonte, creative commons

Today CL&P faces their final deadline to have everyones power back on. Are you still in the 1%?

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:19 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Hypocrisy And Ain't Misbehavin

Long Wharf Theatre

Is "faking it" as a person always a bad thing? Explore the art of hypocrisy with Faith Middleton and Bruce Clements. Plus, a celebration of Aint Misbehavin at Long Wharf Theater in New Haven for those who want a sassy good time.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:45 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

The Art & Business Of Fortune Telling

CarbonNYC, Flickr Creative Commons

One of the many things I love about the Canadian novelist Robertson Davies is the way his otherwise orderly, scholarly, reasonable Canadian characters are forever bumping up against the realms of the obscure which include, to borrow a list from another Davies fan, alchemy, saints' legends, Gypsy wisdom, tarot cards, shamanistic rituals, Anglo-Catholicism, and Jungian psychology. Davies rarely seems to endorse any of the above. He simply notes that they exist and that some people use them in interesting ways.

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Education
10:57 am
Fri September 9, 2011

Teaching About 9/11

Diane Orson

As the nation prepares to commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11th,  Connecticut schools are holding special assemblies and classroom discussions. We report on some of the challenges facing educators who teach students about 9/11, and the larger issues that surround the historic event.

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Where We Live
11:13 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Leadership In Business

MiiiSH, Creative Commons

Steve Jobs’ departure from Apple has people talking about what makes a great business leader.

You’d have thought the pope or the president was stepping down.  Such was the adulation laid on the outgoing leader - and such was the worry.  Can he be replaced?  

Jobs made such an impact at Apple not because he’s good at computers, but because he’s been able to transform a successful business several times through the force of personality, his vision and charisma.

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Where We Live
8:05 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Scared Sick

All the news about health and medicine we’re exposed to might lead some to healthier lifestyles...but to some people, all this information can cause a problem.

For hypochondriacs, a little knowledge about health and medicine can lead to a fear of everything that can possibly go wrong with their bodies.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:38 pm
Thu August 11, 2011

What Do You Miss Most?

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What do you miss most? Is it a person? Maybe your grandmother's cooking ... or an ex-lover who you never got over. Maybe you miss a place, an old torn down building or a resturant that served a dish you can't find anywhere else.

Perhaps it's a moment in time that you miss, or the freedom of being a college student. Maybe you miss VHS tapes, vinyl albums or your tacky Christmas sweater.

Today was one of our most-called shows ever. At times, our courageous intern fielded upwards of six calls a minute. Fortunately, we got a lot of your voices on the air.

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Where We Live
12:37 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

The New "Normal" In Eating Disorders

Tara Gulwell, Creative Commons

Here’s the misperception: Eating disorders affect white, middle and upper class women.  A new study says, “not true.”  

The study, published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, finds that Native American women are just as likely to suffer from binging and purging as white women.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:50 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless (Snail) Mind

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:38 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Traffic

The Faith Middleton Show
1:09 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

One Soul, One Love, One Heart

How do we heal difficult relationships and nurture healthy ones?  What is the significance of relationships in our spiritual life?  In his book, John E. Welshons says:  

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Where We Live
11:20 am
Mon May 23, 2011

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone On The Media

W.W. Norton, publishers

A 24-hour news cycle, media moguls with political agendas, blurred lines between news and commentary. To many, these are sign’s that today’s media couldn’t be farther removed from the integrity of its roots.

After more than two decades reporting on the Media, NPR’s Brooke Gladstone is of the opinion that we’ve been here before, and it’s actually been worse. Gladstone presents her manifesto in the new book The Influencing Machine.

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Where We Live
10:28 am
Mon May 16, 2011

Roots of Prejudice

Linda, Creative Commons

Prejudice is one of the more troubling and baffling aspects of human nature

It has been the subject of scientific study for years.  But while social psychologists have learned a great deal about attitudes and societal influences that cause intergroup conflict, little effort has been devoted to understanding how adult humans come to have these biases in the first place.  So a Yale study set out to discover the roots of human prejudice, by studying groups of rhesus monkeys.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:06 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

Mastering Creative Anxiety

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Where We Live
10:26 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Addicted to Food

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Cocaine v. Chocolate Milkshake? Could there be a similarity?  

One Yale researcher says that addictions to both food and drugs have similar reactions on the brain. Using an MRI, participants’ brains were scanned while looking at and eating a chocolate milkshake.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:42 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

The Fear Of Missing Out

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On Sunday, the New York Times business section introduced me to a new term: FOMO, "Fear of Missing Out."

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Where We Live
11:06 am
Wed April 6, 2011

Roots of Prejudice

Linda, Creative Commons

Prejudice is one of the more troubling and baffling aspects of human nature

It has been the subject of scientific study for years.  But while social psychologists have learned a great deal about attitudes and societal influences that cause intergroup conflict, little effort has been devoted to understanding how adult humans come to have these biases in the first place.  So a Yale study set out to discover the roots of human prejudice, by studying groups of rhesus monkeys.

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Where We Live
10:54 am
Mon March 14, 2011

Winning

D. Basu, Creative commons

You can win the peace, win the future, win the game, win the lottery, or if you’re Charlie Sheen you can just be “A Winner.”

You’ve heard variations on the saying, “Winning isn’t everything…it’s the only thing.”  Motivational, to be sure – but when winning is the only goal, does that make most of us “losers?

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Fri March 11, 2011

The Cost of Multitasking

creative commons, TarahDawdy

We have oceans of information at our disposal, yet we increasingly seek knowledge in online headlines glimpsed on the run. We are networked as never before, but we connect with friends and family via e-mail and fleeting face-to-face moments that are rescheduled and interrupted a dozen times. Despite our wondrous technologies and scientific advances, we are nurturing a culture of diffusion, fragmentation, and detachment.

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The Faith Middleton Show
8:56 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Stuck

In this book, Anneli Rufus identifies an intriguing aspect of our culture: Many of us are stuck. Be it in the wrong relationship, career, or town, or just with bad habits we can't seem to quit, we even say we want to make a change, but . . . Merging interviews, personal anecdotes, and cultural criticism, Stuck is a wise and passionate exploration of the dreams we hold dearest for ourselves-and the road to actually achieving them.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:56 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

How Pleasure Works

Yale psychologist Paul Bloom presents a striking and thought-provoking new understanding of pleasure, desire, and value.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:40 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Salute To Narcissism

iwona_kellie, creative commons

We planning our shows and then having to adjust them based on sudden political developments. Today, however, our planned show is about narcissism, and it's pretty easy to incorporate politics into that.

While he was working on a book called "The Narcisism Epidemic," researcher Keith Campbell, one our guests today, started getting calls from friends and relatives who had, essentially, new narcissist  sightings.

My favorite was an SUV, parked in a no parking zone, facing the wrong way, blocking a stop sign, and wearing a bumper sticker that said "I heart Me."

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