Journalism & Psychology with Jesse Singal

Jesse Singal is a journalist who writes about a range of fascinating topics, including psychology and behavioral science. Journalism plays an important role in communicating research findings to the public, and Jesse shared his insight about how that process works. We also talked about his concerns about current directions in journalism, college mental health, the book he’s writing, his newsletter, his podcast, Twitter, Flip McVicker, and more! We hope you enjoy this episode – thanks so much for listening!

Show Notes

Jesse is a contributing writer and former staffer at New York Magazine, where he edited Science of Us and was a writer-at-large. You can read his articles here.

He also has a book coming out about why half-baked behavioral-science ideas go viral. You can follow him on Twitter for updates about his book, links to his new articles, and pizza commentary.

Definitely check out Jesse’s newsletter and podcast, which focus on clashes between science and social justice advocacy and other interesting subjects.

We discussed Jesse’s articles, The Myth of the Ever-More-Fragile College Student and Psychology’s Favorite Tool for Measuring Racism Isn’t Up to The Job. If the implicit association test and implicit bias interest you, I recommend listening to Jesse’s podcast episode with Patrick Forscher. We also talked about his podcast episode, What It’s Like In “The Bad Part of Town” with Chris Arnade, which was really moving. I was also on Jesse’s podcast to talk about Suicide Research, The Campus Culture Wars, and Florida’s Endearing Weirdness.

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Episode 113 – Personality Tests, The Hardest Science, & The Black Goat with Dr. Sanjay Srivastava

We spoke to Dr. Sanjay Srivastava, a Professor of Psychology, about his research on personality and social dynamics, personality tests, the podcast he co-hosts (The Black Goat), and his blog (The Hardest Science). First, he told us about the interesting pathway that led him to where he is today. Next, we talked about the appeal of popular personality tests (e.g., the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and how they differ from personality tests that researchers typically use (e.g., the Big Five Inventory). We then discussed the substantial contributions that Paul Meehl has made to the field of psychology and his wisdom about psychological science. We concluded by talking about The Black Goat podcast and the importance of the open science movement in psychology. We enjoyed recording this episode, and we hope you enjoy listening to it! Thanks so much for tuning in!

For more information:

You can read Dr. Srivastava’s blog, check out his lab website and podcast, and follow him on Twitter.

You can learn more about measuring the Big Five personality domains here and find out more about your own personality here. The Black Goat podcast episode on personality testing is available here.

You can learn more about open science here and the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science here.

You can read and re-read Paul Meehl’s writing here and watch or listen to some of his lectures here. Here are some of the articles mentioned in this episode:

While we’re here chatting about Meehl’s work, here are a few more of Katie’s favorites:

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 56 – Mr. Monk and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Part 2

Welcome, new listeners! Welcome back, loyal listeners! This episode is the sequel to our previous episode on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). We begin with a discussion of the symptoms and diagnostic criteria. Next, we talk about an evidence-based treatment for OCD (exposure and response prevention). We conclude with our analysis of fictional characters who are depicted with some OCD-like symptoms (e.g., Adrian Monk, Sheldon Cooper) and identify resources for more information about OCD here, here, and here.

Jedi Counsel Podcast 42 – The Jedi Counsel and One Year of Podcasting

Hey folks, this week we decided to hit the brakes and reflect on one year of podcasting. What do we like, what have we learned, where are we going, and who do we have to thank. Listen in for all that and more. And, sincerely, thank you for tuning into the Jedi Counsel Podcast. 

You can check out the other great Geek Therapy Podcast Network shows here!