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What should atheists learn from religion? Our first video interview highlights the potential benefits of church-like religiosity for the 19% of Americans with no religious affiliation. Todd Stiefel, dubbed the

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When I started getting contacted about PsychTalk out of the blue by advertisers, I was mildly flattered. The more strangers noticing us, the better! But after a while, I wondered

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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:

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As a father of two girls—ages 5 and 1.5—and a mental health professional, I know the value of play firsthand. Play is stimulating and strengthens family bonds. But I also

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Introducing a brilliant new Youtube channel: CogSai by Sai and Henry Reich. Cognitive science gets distilled in Sai’s fun explainers with Henry’s XKCD-style cartoon animation, which also propels Minute Physics. For the record, “cognitive

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Democratic lobbyist Hilary Rosen struck a nerve when she accidentally insulted the nation’s stay-at-home moms by saying Ann Romney, mother of five, “never worked a day in her life”. Her ensuing apology,

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What would it be like to always live fully in the present? There’s no need for thought experiments when we have real case studies to tell us.* Patient K.C.  (a.k.a. N.N.), who was

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Elections affect weighty issues: in Egypt, it’s Islam versus secularism; in Taiwan, it’s pro-China versus anti-China; and in the U.S., “it’s the economy, stupid.” With so much at stake, casting

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On the live broadcast of PsychTalk on January 10, 2012, Dr. Mae Lynn Reyes-Rodriguez explained that eating disorders are just as common in Latinos as in Americans in general. She

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The holidays should be a time of happiness and relaxation, but it’s common to feel depressed and stressed out. Who hasn’t been bitten by money worries, imbalanced priorities or loneliness?

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Gary Gaddy spoke on PsychTalk on the live broadcast for November 2, 2011. We discussed his experiences with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He highlighted NAMI’s Family to

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 PsychTalk is based out of Carrboro, NC in a wonderful community station called WCOM. You can visit the WCOM’s website here or read our local news feature here.

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It’s always fascinating to see ideas that have been around for millennia put under the scrutiny of controlled observations and experiments. Mindfulness and meditation techniques have come out partially vindicated

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PsychTalk takes a fresh look on mind and behavior every week on WCOM LP, Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Listen in by online streaming on the WCOM website or by tuning

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