How the sting of rejection shapes the pleasure of revenge #42

What is revenge? How can we understand this dark emotion? The sayings, ‘revenge is sweet’ and that ‘revenge is a dish best served cold’ are revealing. Listen to my conversation with David Chester, Assistant Professor at the Psychology Department of Virginia Commonwealth University, as I talk with him about his programme of research over the […]

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Mental health research: Male footballers, LGB Youth, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy psychoeducation

Welcome to this special conference edition of Who cares? What’s the point? In January 2018, I traveled to Cardiff in Wales, UK for two days to participate in the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology Annual Conference. When I was there, I was fortunate enough to talk with three researchers about the fascinating work […]

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How do you choose a mental health app for your smartphone? #40

At some times in our lives, we might want to get support with our mental health and wellbeing. Perhaps we are struggling with a particular issue, or maybe we want to be proactive and take steps to make sure we are adopting healthy practices to keep us on top of things. These days, we have […]

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What’s behind the rising tide of anger on the internet? #39

Recent local and world events seem to have triggered, or perhaps have reflected and amplified increasingly polarised views. These views can be expressed online in ways that come across as angry Join me as I talk with Ryan Martin, Psychology Chairperson and Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in the USA as we […]

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Home alone: Why people believe others’ social lives are richer than their own #37

People usually tend to over-estimate their own capabilities and qualities compared to others. For examples, people tend to believe they are more intelligent, trustworthy, moral and happier than others, as well as making better leaders, and drivers. However, when it comes to thinking about our social lives, what little we know seems to indicate that […]

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Wellington: A Good Day and Rain Approaches [videos]

It was a gorgeous summer afternoon on the waterfront today, as I walked over to pick up my wife’s bike from the service shop it’s been 29 consecutive days without rain in Wellington, so lots of people were out making the most of it. I’ve been watching a few photography lectures recently, so I decided […]

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Who cares? What’s the point? 2016-17 – Building a science communication podcast

I have been hosting and producing Who cares? What’s the point? – my science communication podcast – for a year now. There was an opportunity to talk about my creative journey over this year at the Science Communicators of New Zealand annual conference last week, so I took it up and gave a short presentation […]

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Speech to the Fabian Society: Key elements for a Reformed Mental Health System in Aotearoa

This is the text from the speech I gave to the Fabian Society in Auckland on the evening of 6 December, 2017. I have made the speech text available for viewing here via Google Docs, but have also reproduced it below with the slides I also presented that evening. I believe that the organisers made […]

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Do teachers believe in “neuromyths” just as much as everyone else?

There are some commonly held misconceptions in the general public about how the brain works and how it affects how we learn – these are often called “neuromyths.” We know that the general public can fall prey to these much of the time, but what about our educators? And if teachers believe in these neuromyths, […]

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The number of photos we take has increased hugely. How does this change our experience of life? #35

For many of you listening to this podcast, taking photos of things and people in our lives has become much more common, as well as documenting our experiences of life. Understanding how the act of taking photos may get in the way of or increase our pleasure in these activities seems like an important topic […]

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