Why do teenagers do stupid things? What makes their brains different from those of children or adults? And how can parents and the rest of society help teenagers develop into
When our storyteller Liz Paxton first talked to a Peace Corps recruiter, she asked to do business work somewhere warm, but she was offered a post teaching English in Russia–not
Quantified Self is a movement of people tracking and quantifying their own lives. They often know the answers to questions such as, What is your current heart rate? Average amount
Marriage counseling meets boating vacation: gimmick or dopamine delivery system? That’s the question of the hour in our conversation with Dr. Bryce Kaye and Helen Kaye. Since founding Love Odyssey
Learn about the power of improv and its connections to mindfulness and spirituality in this fun-packed conversation with Anoo Tree Brod. Anoo has performed improv with Transactors since joining in 1997.
For James Kotecki, politics is not always funny, but it should be. As both a serious pundit and a humorist, he cares about things like elections and economic policies, but
The most romantic thing you can do for your relationship may be to meditate. So says our guest Dr. Marsha Lucas, a neuropsychologist and therapist who takes a simple, no-woo-woo
With about 1 in 10 school-aged children now diagnosed with ADHD and with diagnoses and prescriptions for children rising across the board, Dr. Marilyn Wedge is an outlier. In her family
Each year about 500,000 youth are brought to U.S. detention centers. 70% of them are held for nonviolent offenses. They are disproportionately youth of color. More than 40% have learning disability. Of
Music therapy is more than meets the ear. Sure, we can turn to an iPod or a chorus for some genuine benefits, but in the hands of a therapist music
One happy side effect of natural selection is that it gave psychologists an excuse to talk about sex and romance at great scientific length. Welcome to the world of “mate
If you left your body on the operating table and faced death without any ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ or visits from the deceased, how would you feel?
Auditory illusions are sounds that trick us. We all mishear things at times, but well-crafted illusions are persistently deceptive. On this podcast, we string together some great illusions. As you
Bipolar disorder in children was nearly unheard of two decades ago, but recently it has spread like wildfire in the U.S. Our guest, Stuart Kaplan, MD, argues that this rise in
The most profound questions are simple. In the spirit of communal curiosity ignited by Edge.org and the British Psychological Society, we invited former PsychTalk guests and insightful writers to reflect on this theme: