Episode Archives

005: Part 1 of Clinical Psychology with Ms. Andrea Broadwater

This is the first half of our interview with Ms. Andrea Broadwater, a therapist from Ann Arbor, Michigan with experience in clinical research, crisis care, and independent practice. In this episode, Ms. Broadwater talks about her background, her current clinical work, self-care, and her theoretical orientation. 

In our discussion, we talk about what therapy is, how change occurs in therapy, different theoretical models, and the research of two psychologists that Ms. Broadwater mentions during the interview. The definition of therapy we use comes from this book by Dr. Jerome Frank. Our discussion of behavioral change in therapy is based on this article by Dr. James Prochaska and Dr. Carlo DiClemente, with some added insight from a certain professor and some other online resources. If you want to learn more about Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy or other theoretical orientations, check out this module from the Noba Project.

If you want to learn more about the research of Kristen Neff and Brené Brown, check out these resources:
Kristen Neff’s research
Self-compassion exercises from Kristen Neff’s website
An infographic summarizing Kristen Neff’s research on self-compassion
Brené Brown’s website
Brené Brown’s TED Talk: The Power of Vulnerability

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Live at the University of Michigan-Dearborn!

As students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, we got to talk to four different professors about what they do and how their fields relate to each other. Here’s who all we talked to:

Dr. Marie Waung is an industrial-organizational psychologist. Her current research involves developing the capability of autonomous shuttles to interpret human behavior and the psychological effects of the employer-employee relationship in business.

Dr. Robert Hymes is a social personality psychologist. He studies the cognitive processes behind stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination on the individual level. 

Dr. Caleb Siefert is a clinical psychologist. His research focuses on personality traits and how they influence emotion, cognition, & functioning.

Dr. Paul Draus is a sociologist! He conducts his research in communities in and around Detroit to study power imbalances between social groups and seek social justice.

Also, Dr. Draus mentioned a fascinating study of racial discrimination in hiring practices. You can find the full article here.

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002: Personality and Social Psychology with Dr. Robin Edelstein

We talked to Dr. Robin Edelstein of the University of Michigan. She researches how personality influences peoples’ interpersonal relationships. She’s also a member of division 8 of the APA, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. We also talked about personality tests, attachment styles, and other related topics. 

If you want to learn more about personality psychology, this YouTube playlist covers the basics of personality theory.

The silly personality tests we took and many others can be found here, on BuzzFeed.

Here is a link to the Big Five, the most highly regarded personality inventory available today. Here’s the real MBTI, which costs $50. We used 16 Personalities, but the Open Extended Jungian Type Scales is 100% free and even more accurate. 

Open Psychometrics has lots of other fun, free, and well-researched personality inventories, like the Dark Triad and the Fisher Temperament Inventory. Check them out with a friend! It’s loads of fun.

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001: General Psychology with Dr. Marie Waung

We spoke with Dr. Marie Waung, an industrial-organizational psychologist and professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, about the field of psychology in general and the skills one can acquire by studying psychology. Maddy & Zenon also talked about the history of psychology, research on career anxiety, and some basic terms & concepts to prepare listeners for the interview.

Some of the skills Dr. Waung discussed include:

  • Critical thinking & analytical skills
  • Evaluation of information
  • Writing & speaking skills
  • Research methods and statistics
  • Computer skills, especially with statistical software
  • Interpersonal skills; working with others, integrating diverse perspectives

Dr. Waung mentioned the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a resource published by the federal government that looks at outcomes and predictions for many different careers.

We’d also like to recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about different careers in which knowledge of psychology can be useful!

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Music: Aaron Mealey
Graphics: Colin Mealey

000: Introduction

The hosts set the stage for upcoming episodes with a bit of background information about their own inclinations toward psychology, their friendship, and the podcast’s conception. 

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Episode 1: Design in the 21st Century

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

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