Why Magicians Turn to Neuroscience

January 25, 2018

Season 2 Episode 11

Children who learn simple magic tricks probably don’t expect to relearn them in college. That was certainly the case for Dr. Anthony Barnhart, who became a budding illusionist at age seven. Sure enough, Dr. Barnhart now works with fellow magic-loving Psychologists at Barrow Neurological Institute. He’s written books, performed acts and given talks in the name of Neuroscience—all with a sleight of hand. Hear more of Dr. Barnhart’s story, and how he puts theories of magic to the scientific test at Carthage College.

 

Guest Biography

Anthony Barnhart is an Assistant Professor of Psychological Science at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Arizona State University, where he began his graduate career with the intention of being a language researcher. To this end, he has published research examining the processes underlying handwritten word perception, a domain that has been largely ignored by psychologists. However, Tony is also a part-time professional magician with over 20 years of performing experience. His research trajectory changed in 2010 with the publication of the book Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about our Everyday Deceptions, in which he was featured as a consultant and teacher on the science of stage magic. The scientific interest that the book garnered motivated Tony to shift his focus toward the interface of science and magic. His current research on the topic explores inattentional blindness and the techniques magicians use to manipulate attentional deployment in time. He regularly teaches a college course devoted to the cognitive science of magic. More information is available at www.AnthonyBarnhart.com.

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Landrum Part II: The Flipped Classroom

January 23, 2018

Season 2 Episode 10

How do you lecture students when you no longer consider yourself a lecturer? If you’re Dr. Eric Landrum, Ph.D., you record them for students to watch outside of class. He says this flipped approach enriches the “instructional experience,” where students value collaborating together on Psychology projects during class—as opposed to procrastinating on traditionally assigned homework until the night before it’s due. Join Dr. Landrum as he discusses the flipped-classroom approach for his skills-based Psychology lessons—and what to do if you’re timid about trying it yourself.

 

Guest Biography

R. Eric Landrum is a professor of psychology at Boise State University, receiving his PhD in cognitive psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His research interests center on the educational conditions that best facilitate student success as well as the use of SoTL strategies to advance the efforts of scientist-educators.  He has over 400 professional presentations at conferences and published over 25 books/book chapters, and has published over 75 professional articles in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. He has worked with over 300 undergraduate research assistants and taught over 13,000 students in 24 years at Boise State.  During Summer 2008, he led an American Psychological Association (APA) working group at the National Conference for Undergraduate Education in Psychology studying the desired results of an undergraduate psychology education.  During the October 2014 Educational Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, Eric was presented with a Presidential Citation from then APA President Nadine Kaslow for his outstanding contributions to the teaching of psychology. 

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Set Students Up for a Lifetime of Practical Skills

January 23, 2018

Season 2 Episode 9

Read. Regurgitate. Repeat. Dr. R. Eric Landrum, Ph.D., says students are often prepared for multiple choice exams, but not opportunities to think critically. But Dr. Landrum had an “aha” moment: students could either memorize 800 pages of an Intro to Psych textbook, or take five themes from said book to effect meaningful life changes. No matter how well that book was written, Dr. Landrum says only one of these models can set up students for long-term practical skills. Listen to Dr. Landrum’s model for a 22nd Century Higher Education, and ways to put as much focus on practical skill development as you would knowledge acquisition. 

 

Guest Biography

R. Eric Landrum is a professor of psychology at Boise State University, receiving his PhD in cognitive psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His research interests center on the educational conditions that best facilitate student success as well as the use of SoTL strategies to advance the efforts of scientist-educators.  He has over 400 professional presentations at conferences and published over 25 books/book chapters, and has published over 75 professional articles in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. He has worked with over 300 undergraduate research assistants and taught over 13,000 students in 24 years at Boise State.  During Summer 2008, he led an American Psychological Association (APA) working group at the National Conference for Undergraduate Education in Psychology studying the desired results of an undergraduate psychology education.  During the October 2014 Educational Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, Eric was presented with a Presidential Citation from then APA President Nadine Kaslow for his outstanding contributions to the teaching of psychology. 

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Making Mnemonics Easy to Remember

January 23, 2018

Season 2 Episode 8

From recalling the entire Solar System to imprinting musical scales in our minds, we begin learning with memory techniques at an early age. These techniques are called mnemonics, and you could call Dr. Michael Britt, Ph.D., a mnemonic fanatic. Britt says he memorized all 50 state capitals in an impressive 45 minutes. By getting granular with linking, keywords and other mnemonic techniques, you can too. Tune in to learn more about one of Britt’s favorite topics. 

 

Guest Biography

Ever since 1990 when Michael A. Britt, Ph.D., began teaching Psychology, he’s enjoyed telling students about the exciting research conducted in the field. Dr. Britt started his Psychology podcast, The Psych Files, in 2007 because of his love for Psychology, technology and education. He traces his love for Psychology back to the 1970s—when he first picked up a book on body language—and discovered how fun it is to learn the reasoning behind peoples’ behaviors. Today he works full time at Cengage, adjuncts at Marist College, celebrates over 10 years of maintaining his podcast, and has even created a few Psychology study apps for iOS and Android. Always interested in giving new technology a try, he was recently interviewed on NPR about his use of Snapchat and the teaching of Psychology.

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Engaging Students Inside Psychology Experiments

January 23, 2018

Season 2 Episode 7

Get the best of two psychology podcasts in one. Our own Jeffery Armstrong hosts Dr. Michael Britt, Ph.D., of popular podcast The Psych Files in a session filled with strategies for teaching Psychology experiments. Learn how recording an episode about immersing students in Elizabeth Loftus’ Eyewitness Testimony led to 50 experiment ideas bound in Britt’s aptly titled Psych Experiments—and how to get your students to think critically about research methods. 

Guest Biography

Ever since 1990 when Michael A. Britt, Ph.D., began teaching Psychology, he’s enjoyed telling students about the exciting research conducted in the field. Dr. Britt started his Psychology podcast, The Psych Files, in 2007 because of his love for Psychology, technology and education. He traces his love for Psychology back to the 1970s—when he first picked up a book on body language—and discovered how fun it is to learn the reasoning behind peoples’ behaviors. Today he works full time at Cengage, adjuncts at Marist College, celebrates over 10 years of maintaining his podcast, and has even created a few Psychology study apps for iOS and Android. Always interested in giving new technology a try, he was recently interviewed on NPR about his use of Snapchat and the teaching of Psychology.

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Bringing Humor into the Classroom

January 23, 2018

Season 2 Episode 6

Who says humor doesn’t belong in the classroom? Not Professor Benjamin White, whose comic chops turn ordinary Psychology lessons into a study of the human wit. While White emphasizes he doesn’t moonlight as a comedian, he actively plays for laughs throughout his courses and says it benefits his students. Join White as he discusses the psychology and neuroscience of humor—a talk so engaging, you won’t be heckling! 

 

Guest Biography

Benjamin White is a Professor of Psychology at Blinn College in Bryan, TX, where he teaches General Psychology, Social Psychology and the Psychology of Adjustment. He is also the Faculty Fellow for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Blinn College, and delivers professional development talks and workshops on various aspects of andragogy, teaching, presentation strategies and learning to faculty several times a semester. Prior to teaching, Benjamin has worked as a Researcher and Lab Manager at Texas A&M University, Brandeis University and Harvard University, where he has done research on several topics in social neuroscience and visual learning.

He has a special interest in developing better student experiences and works across disciplines to develop strategies for increasing student engagement. Benjamin also serves Blinn College as the Curriculum Resource Team Chair for the Department of Psychology and serves on the Strategic Planning committees for both the institution and division of social sciences.

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Why Should I Use Humor in the Classroom?

November 2, 2017

Season 2 Episode 5

Who says humor doesn’t belong in the classroom? Not Professor Benjamin White, whose comic chops turn ordinary Psychology lessons into a study of the human wit. While White emphasizes he doesn’t moonlight as a comedian, he actively plays for laughs throughout his courses and says it benefits his students. Join White as he discusses the psychology and neuroscience of humor—a talk so engaging, you won’t be heckling! 

 

Guest Biography

Benjamin White is a Professor of Psychology at Blinn College in Bryan, TX, where he teaches General Psychology, Social Psychology and the Psychology of Adjustment. He is also the Faculty Fellow for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Blinn College, and delivers professional development talks and workshops on various aspects of andragogy, teaching, presentation strategies and learning to faculty several times a semester. Prior to teaching, Benjamin has worked as a Researcher and Lab Manager at Texas A&M University, Brandeis University and Harvard University, where he has done research on several topics in social neuroscience and visual learning.

He has a special interest in developing better student experiences and works across disciplines to develop strategies for increasing student engagement. Benjamin also serves Blinn College as the Curriculum Resource Team Chair for the Department of Psychology and serves on the Strategic Planning committees for both the institution and division of social sciences.

 

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Confession of a Serial Killer

October 18, 2017

Season 2 Episode 3

Our obsession with crime shows reveals a strong public interest in disturbing murderous acts. Professor of Forensic Psychology Dr. Katherine Ramsland doesn’t just watch these shows, she lives them. In fact, she has someone she’d like to introduce you to—and 10 people she can’t. Listen to Dr. Ramsland’s harrowing account of her face-to-face interviews with convicted serial killer Dennis Rader as she dissects the mindset and motives that led to 10 innocent lives gruesomely cut short. Lock your doors, keep your lights on and tune in to the new Neuro.

 

Guest Biography

Dr. Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D., began her career as an undergraduate with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy. She then went into a master's program at Duquesne University that combined them, but moved on to a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Having spent time as a Therapist and an Experimental Psychology Lab Assistant, she ultimately decided to pursue another Master’s Degree at John Jay College of Criminal Justice—this time in Forensic Psychology, which changed her life. Now, she’s a Professor of Forensic Psychology at DeSales University and the author of 60 books. Dr. Ramsland loves exploring the developmental trajectory of people who become criminal offenders—especially serial killers—as well the fine details of individual casework. These have been her passion for more than two decades, and she tries to pass along this interest to her students.

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Seizing Your Aha! Moments

October 4, 2017

Season 2 Episode 4

You know those moments: when you spark up a new idea, and you can just imagine the cartoon lightbulb flashing above your head. Well, according to brain research by Dr. Katherine Ramsland, an actual spark occurs in the right temporal lobe when you’re feeling rather brilliant. More than a matter of shifting your thoughts, these “snaps” have a three-step process—and Dr. Ramsland wants you to take control of them. Here, Professor Jeffrey Armstrong returns for part two of his conversation with Dr. Ramsland. Learn what’s making you snap—in a good way—and how to make it happen more often. 

 

Guest Biography

Dr. Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D., began her career as an undergraduate with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy. She then went into a master's program at Duquesne University that combined them, but moved on to a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Having spent time as a Therapist and an Experimental Psychology Lab Assistant, she ultimately decided to pursue another Master’s Degree at John Jay College of Criminal Justice—this time in Forensic Psychology, which changed her life. Now, she’s a Professor of Forensic Psychology at DeSales University and the author of 60 books. Dr. Ramsland loves exploring the developmental trajectory of people who become criminal offenders—especially serial killers—as well the fine details of individual casework. These have been her passion for more than two decades, and she tries to pass along this interest to her students.

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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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