Heighten Your Senses

September 20, 2017

Season 2 Episode 2

Whether we are eating at noisy, crowded restaurants or going to eardrum-damaging concerts, there's a psychological explanation for our odd preferences: habituation and sensitization. In this podcast, we’ll discuss the universal principle of habituation, and how high intensity stimulation provides recovery from it—in other words, sensitization. Tune in—without damaging your eardrums—to hear more on Season 2, Episode 2 of The Neuro Transmission! 

 

Guest Biography:

Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, has taught learning to undergraduate and graduate students since 1973. He served as Department Chair from 1999–2005 and was the Founding Director of the Imaging Research Center from 2005–2008. Noted for his functional approach to classical conditioning, Professor Domjan has pursued studies of sexual conditioning and taste aversion learning. Domjan is the 2014 recipient of the D. O. Hebb Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from Division 6 of the American Psychological Association. His research, supported by grants from NSF and NIH for 30 years, was previously selected for a MERIT Award by the National Institutes of Mental Health and a Golden Fleece Award by United States Senator William Proxmire.

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Force of Habit

September 6, 2017

Season 2 Episode 1

Those 3rd, 4th and 5th slices of pizza just aren’t as glorious as the very first bite. Why? Because there's a psychological explanation for our odd preferences: habituation. In this podcast episode, we’ll discuss the universal principle of habituation. “It’s a force of habit” will take on a whole new meaning, and you’ll want to get in the habit of tuning into The Neuro Transmission!

 

Guest Biography:

Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, has taught learning to undergraduate and graduate students since 1973. He served as Department Chair from 1999–2005 and was the Founding Director of the Imaging Research Center from 2005–2008. Noted for his functional approach to classical conditioning, Professor Domjan has pursued studies of sexual conditioning and taste aversion learning. Domjan is the 2014 recipient of the D. O. Hebb Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from Division 6 of the American Psychological Association. His research, supported by grants from NSF and NIH for 30 years, was previously selected for a MERIT Award by the National Institutes of Mental Health and a Golden Fleece Award by United States Senator William Proxmire.

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Epigenetics in Intro Psych with Dr. Laura Freberg

August 5, 2016

Episode 5, Part 2

Why should we teach Epigenetics in Intro Psych? Many Intro Psych faculty feel like teaching epigenetics takes them outside of their comfort zone, but this podcast not only makes a case for why we need to teach it but also how someone unfamiliar with genetics can come up to speed quickly. Epigenetics helps us explain why psychologists no longer say nature VERSUS nurture, but rather talk about nature and nurture as constantly interacting. Engaging examples of epigenetics, such as the effects of the plastic additive BPA, can help make this topic resonate with students.

Guest Biography: Laura A. Freberg (Ph.D., UCLA) is Professor of Psychology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Read the rest of this entry »

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The Psychology of Love with Dr. Laura Freberg

July 28, 2016

Episode 5, Part 1

What is love? This question is usually asked by poets, playwrights, and other artists, but today’s neuroscientists have a lot to say about the matter, too. This podcast looks at how the brain distinguishes between liking, love, and sexual desire, and why we are attracted to “that special someone” out of the billions of people on the planet. Once a relationship happens, though, it’s just as important to see what psychological sciences says about what makes it keep going. What factors distinguish between happy couples and couples unlikely to stay together? In this podcast, Laura Freberg discusses the psychological and biological aspects of falling in love, and sheds some light on what’s really going on when we meet someone and say “wow!”

Guest Biography: Laura A. Freberg (Ph.D., UCLA) is Professor of Psychology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo,  Read the rest of this entry »

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Happiness: What Makes You Happy? with Dr. Jeff Nevid

July 22, 2016

Episode 4, Part 2

Do you want to be happy? Of course you do. But what makes people happy? Is it wealth?   Health? Marriage? Purpose in life? All of the above? Psychology was slow to the party when it came to studying what makes people happy. It wasn’t until the 1990s with the emergence of a new movement in psychology, called positive psychology, that serious research attention was focused on understanding the factors contributing to human happiness and well-being. Positive psychology was a dramatic shift within psychology from focusing on understanding human deficits or problems, like drug abuse and psychological disorders, to exploring human virtues and assets, such as helping behavior, love, and happiness. What these researchers discovered about happiness may surprise you. Tune in to find out more!

Guest BiographyDr. Jeffrey Nevid is Professor of Psychology at St. John's University in New York. He received his doctorate from  Read the rest of this entry »

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Ace that Test: Study Tips for Getting the Most from this Course (and Your Other Courses) with Dr. Jeff Nevid

July 14, 2016

Episode 4, Part 1

Students often say that they spend many hours reading their textbooks and attending classes, but their grades don’t reflect the work that they do. Success is not simply a function of the time you put into your courses, but how well you use that time. Developing more effective study skills can help you become a more effective learner and get the most from your courses. In this podcast, psychologist Jeff Nevid shows how effective learning is a skill you can acquire that will help you ace that test.

Guest Biography: Dr. Jeffrey Nevid is Professor of Psychology at St. John's University in New York. He received his doctorate from  Read the rest of this entry »

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The Benefits of an E-Portfolio in Psychology with Dr. Tanya Martini

July 8, 2016

Episode 3, Part 2

E-portfolios have become popular in recent years. Tune in to learn about e-portfolio assignments and their benefits and challenges for both professors and students.

Guest Biography: Tanya Martini obtained her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Toronto and is a Professor  Read the rest of this entry »

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Secrets of Skill-Based Learning in Psychology with Dr. Tanya Martini

June 30, 2016

Episode 3, Part 1

Skills-based learning is an important part of what is being fostered during your Psychology degree, but for many undergraduates it is not "front and center." Instead, students tend to focus their attention on the subject matter when they take courses; that is, they're much more concerned with course content (what's written in the textbook, or presented in lecture) than they are with transferable job-related skills. Tune in to find out how your skills in Psychology translate to the job market!

Guest Biography: Tanya Martini obtained her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Toronto and is a Professor  Read the rest of this entry »

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Finding Your Career Path with Dr. Ellen E. Pastorino

June 24, 2016

Episode 2, Part 2

Psychology is the most popular major in the country, but what can I do with my major if I do not go to grad school? How can I find my career path and maximize the skills I developed through out my time studying Psychology? Tune in to find out more!

Guest Biography: Ellen E. Pastorino (Ph.D. in School Psychology, Florida State University) is a developmental psychologist who Read the rest of this entry »

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Psych Major Fact or Fiction with Dr. Ellen E. Pastorino

June 15, 2016

Episode 2, Part 1

Psychology is the most popular major in the country, but what should you do when you finish your undergrad? What are some of the facts around majoring in Psychology? What are the myths? Tune in and learn what you can do with a Psychology degree after you graduate. In this podcast we will cover what skills matter and how you can achieve your goals. Tune in to find out more!

Guest Biography: Ellen E. Pastorino (Ph.D. in School Psychology, Florida State University) is a developmental psychologist who  Read the rest of this entry »

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