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Talk Psych to Me

Let's get psychology out of the lab and into the streets. Join hosts Tania Luna (psychology researcher) and Brian Luna (total layperson) as they turn fascinating research into practical tips for getting better at being human.

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Taste & Flavor Psychology: Food for thought
The next episode in our exploration of the human senses: this time we dig into the psychology of taste. We discuss neurogastronomy, how emotions and sensations impact flavor, comfort foods, super tasters,  picky eaters, food aversions, and Brian's stance on the best sodas.Let's chew on this topic together:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast Twitter: @talkpsych2me Email: tp2mpodcast@gmail.com Co-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania Luna Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
52:14 11/29/22
[RERUN] Melancholy: The uplifting psychology of sadness
Lots of sad things are happening in our lives right now and in the lives of many people we love. So this week, we're replaying our 2020 episode on the psychology of melancholy.  For mental health support please call SAMHSA's National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) Talk psych to us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast Twitter: @talkpsych2me Email: tp2mpodcast@gmail.com Co-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania Luna Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
35:52 11/16/22
Touch Psychology: Our most hands-on research
Over the next few episodes, we'll be talking about the psychology of our senses. On this episode, we touch on the surprising psychology of touch: how it impacts our communication, associations, relationships, influence, and wellbeing. Keep in touch!Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast Twitter: @talkpsych2me Email: tp2mpodcast@gmail.com Co-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania Luna Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
49:39 11/1/22
Smell & Odor Psychology: The nose knows
Over the next few episodes, we'll be talking about the psychology of our senses. This week, we're stopping to admire and explore the little-known psychology of smell, including: smell evolution, odor evaluation, smell and memory, social odors, olfactory dysfunction, and the world's worst scent.Let us nose what you think!Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast Twitter: @talkpsych2me Email: tp2mpodcast@gmail.com Co-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania Luna Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
56:19 10/18/22
[RERUN] Aging: Water other people's tulips
Tania's birthday is this week, so we're rerunning our episode on the psychology of age and aging. Does being slightly older or slightly younger than your classmates in school impact you later in life? (Spoiler alert: yes!) What are some of the benefits of aging? And what advice do older adults have that we should all pay attention to today? Talk psych to us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast Twitter: @talkpsych2me Email: tp2mpodcast@gmail.com Co-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania Luna Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
39:45 10/4/22
Cold & Flu Psychology: Nothing to sneeze at
In honor of Brian’s sniffles, we’re exploring the psychology of “sickness behavior.” What are the psychological symptoms of colds and flus? What makes some of us more susceptible to sickness than others? And is it possible that our germs are controlling our actions?Cough up your questions:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast Twitter: @talkpsych2me Email: tp2mpodcast@gmail.com Co-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania Luna Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
50:57 9/20/22
The Milgram Studies: Obedience, conformity, or ideology?
Were the infamous Milgram Experiments evidence of obedience, conformity, ideology, or something more sinister about human nature? Join us for a deep dive of the shocking ;) research and its many little-known replications. We’ll explore why good people sometimes do bad things, and Tania will recreate the Milgram experiment to see if Brian will follow orders to inflict pain. Talk psych to us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast Twitter: @talkpsych2me Email: tp2mpodcast@gmail.com Co-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania Luna Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
43:41 9/6/22
Parapsychology: Our most haunting research yet
Set your skepticism aside and come explore the psychology of the paranormal! From ghost sightings to clairvoyance, we examine the research behind our most mysterious human experiences.Come haunt us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comCo-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania LunaTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
56:54 8/23/22
The positive side of negative emotions: Juicing the machine
What's good about feeling bad? In this episode, we explore the psychology of emotional complexity, how to benefit from unpleasant emotions, and the upside of being down.Share your feelings with us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comCo-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania LunaTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
57:07 8/9/22
Changing public opinion: part 2 of 2
Calling all activists and change-makers! In our last episode, we tackled the topic of direct influence. This time, we explore the research on framing, protests, mass media, influencers, and public policy. Which of them has the power to change our minds?The complete meta-analysis we reference in this episode is available here: https://www.sentienceinstitute.org/public-opinionCome share your opinion:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comCo-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania LunaTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
55:42 7/26/22
Changing public opinion: part 1 of 2
In this two-parter, we explore findings on public opinion change.  Is it even possible to change people's minds and, if so, how the heck do you do it? This is a great episode for anyone looking to change one mind or one million.The complete meta-analysis we reference in this episode is available here: https://www.sentienceinstitute.org/public-opinionCome share your opinion:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comCo-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania LunaTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
59:21 7/12/22
Rituals: Can deodorant swipes improve performance and connection?
Is Brian's morning ritual of doing a set number of deodorant swipes an odd quirk or is it a legitimate strategy to improve performance, reduce anxiety, and spark connection? Come learn about the psychology of ritual and how you can put it to good use in your own life.Make it your ritual to connect with us!Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comCo-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania LunaEdited by Alyssa Greene Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
61:14 6/16/22
Toxic Positivity (with Whitney Goodman)
This week author and psychotherapist Whitney Goodman joins the show to talk about toxic positivity.  Find out if your attempts to be positive actually cause harm and how to stop saying "everything happens for a reason" and "at least you still have your health"!Learn more:Read the book: Toxic Positivity:  Keeping it Real in a World Obsessed with Being HappyHang with Whitney Goodman on Instagram: @sitwithwhit Share a healthy degree of positivity:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsCo-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania LunaEdited by Alyssa Greene Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
41:08 5/4/22
Compassion: Sharing your fries and comics
Why is it that so many of us have the urge to help others, and what stands in our way? Discover the many surprising benefits of compassion (from accelerating your healing factor to increasing your sexiness), and add even more meaning and fulfillment to your life.Feeling compassionate? Here are some of our favorite organizations supporting the urgent situation in Ukraine:Humane Society IFAWWorld VisionGlobal GivingCome-pass-on some questions and feedback:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsCo-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania LunaTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
55:40 3/25/22
Power & Powerlessness: Escaping the power paradox
What happens to us when we get pumped up on power or deflated by powerlessness?  Does power corrupt us or does it set us free? And how can we escape, what psychologist  Dacher Keltner calls, the "power paradox"?Do you have the power to help people and animals in Ukraine? Here are some of our favorite organizations in urgent need of donations:Humane Society IFAWWorld VisionGlobal GivingYou have the power to talk to us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsCo-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania LunaTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
60:50 3/12/22
[RERUN] Hope & Helplessness
With a war looming in Ukraine (where Tania was born), many of us need a whole lot more hope right now. So we're pulling one of our earliest episodes from our archive on the psychology of hope, first aired on Jan 25, 2020. We talk about the difference between hope and optimism, the truth behind learned helplessness, and how to bulk up our hope muscles.We hope to hear from you at:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast Email: tp2mpodcast@gmail.com We've made a donation to the ASPCA in honor of the animal research mentioned in this episode.Produced by Scarlet Moon ThingsMusic by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
40:35 2/25/22
Celebrating Black History Month with Black-led Research
In this episode, we celebrate Black History Month by spotlighting some Black psychologists whose research has had profound impacts. We talk stereotype threat, implicit bias, Optimal Psychology, and  attempt to recreate the famous Doll Test on an adult(ish) man.Researchers mentioned include: Francis Sumner, Inez Prosser, Solomon Fuller, Maxie Maultsby, Jr., Mamie Clark, Kenneth Clark, Diane Byrd, Toni Sturdivant, Iliana Alanis, Claude Steele, Beverly Daniels Tatum, Hope Landrine, Jennifer Eberhardt, Robert Lee Williams II, Joseph White, Linda James Myers, and Robert V. Guthrie. Celebrate with us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsCo-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania LunaEdited by Alyssa Greene Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
56:43 2/17/22
Self-Love & Self-Compassion: What's (self-) love got to do with it?
In this episode we investigate whether there's truth to the saying "you can't love someone until you love yourself." Join the conversation to discover your love style and build your self-compassion skills.Show us some love:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsCo-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania LunaEdited by Alyssa Greene Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
58:40 2/10/22
Guilt Proneness & Hyper-Responsibility: Thanks a lot, Uncle Ben
Do you ever feel like no matter how much you do, you’re still not doing enough? To get to the bottom of that emotion, Tania and Brian talk about the psychology of guilt, guilt proneness, and hyper-responsibility. Come take a guilt trip with us to discover the benefits, risks, and alternatives to chronic guilt. We spent hours making this episode -- the least you can do is listen ;) You never call, you never write. But if you want to:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsCo-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania LunaEdited by Alyssa Greene Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
52:18 2/3/22
Placebo & Nocebo Effects: The power of nothing
In this episode, Tania attempts to induce the nocebo effect -- placebo's evil twin -- on Brian. They explore placebo research (in areas ranging from pain to creativity), why it works, and how to put it to good use! It turns out "mind over matter" really does matter. P.S. Because we mentioned drug use in this episode, we also wanted to mention the SAMHSA National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357. Get free and confidential substance use treatment and information.Talk psych to us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsCo-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania LunaEdited by Alyssa Greene Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
55:56 1/27/22
Procrastination: Tomorrow, tomorrow, not today
94% of people admit that procrastinating is bad for them. So why do so many of us still do it, how do we stop, and is there any way to get Brian to finally go to the dentist? Don't delay! Talk psych to us today:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsCo-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania LunaEdited by Alyssa Greene Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
60:47 1/19/22
Boredom: Diddling the devil's playground
In this not-at-all-boring episode, Tania and Brian explore the psychology of boredom. They answer fascinating questions like, "what is boredom?" "is it good or bad for us?" "how can we become less boredom-prone?" and "what will happen if you leave Brian in a room for 15 minutes with nothing to do?"Share your questions and boredom-busting tips at:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
61:30 7/4/21
Grief & Mourning: Don’t forget the lasagna
Tania and Brian are back this week to talk about the psychology of grief and mourning. Brian opens up about his father’s death, we explore the psychology of grief, funeral faux pas, coping with loss, and how to be there for others. SAMHSA'S free counseling hotline: 800-662-HELPShare your stories, questions, and feedback (and tell us how you define "list"):Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.com Produced by Scarlet Moon Things Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings In loving memory of Bernardo Luna and Kelly Mealia. 
60:17 5/3/21
The Way Through: Q&A with a real-life therapist!
Brian's therapist, Dr. Lynn Saladino, joins the show to answer our therapy and mental health questions with special guest, Dr. Alyssa Greene, co-creator of our web series The Way Through. Don't miss out on this great deal. It's basically free therapy. Show notes:The Way Through web seriesDr. Lynn Saladino: Website & InstagramSay Podcast and Die: Website & Instagram Come talk psych with us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
40:56 11/15/20
Gottman's 4 Horsemen: Relationship poisons and antidotes
In honor of Halloween, we're talking about the spookiest of subjects: John Gottman's theory of the 4 Horsemen of the Relationship Apocalypse. Find out the biggest predictors of a relationship downfall and how to prevent these common romance killers from creeping into your life. Give us some love:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
36:33 11/1/20
Operant Conditioning: Reinforcers, punishers, and pigeon missiles
Since we've been busy training our pig, Outlaw Josey, we wanted to break down the psychology of learning through Operant Conditioning. We talk about reinforcement, punishment, the difference between punishers and aversives, and the power of shaping. We even test out B.F. Skinner's theory of language acquisition by trying to teach Brian to say a word. Give us some positive reinforcement:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
31:17 10/12/20
Narcissism: You probably think this podcast is about you
What is narcissism? Why do so many people suspect their partner is a narcissist? Are we becoming more narcissistic as a society? And most importantly... are YOU a narcissist?Talk to us about yourself:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
28:10 9/20/20
Motivation: Cash, comics, or pigs?
Let's talk about the psychology of motivation! We explore the research behind intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and answer big questions like: What truly motivates us? Should we stop paying people for performance? And why did we adopt a pig?Feeling motivated to talk to us?Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
21:34 9/13/20
Music Psychology: Bacon vs Lithgow
In this episode, we'll help you get the most out of music and answer tough questions like: Did we evolve to make music? Does music help or harm our performance? What causes chills (aka skin orgasms)? And - most importantly - whose character had it right in Footloose, Kevin Bacon or John Lithgow?Tell us about your music origin theories and fav chill-producing songs!Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comMusic featured in this episode:Workout Music Source: Cardio Instrumental Workout Mix"Hard Bass Attack" Sonic Mine"We Will Rock You" Queen"Because We Can" Fatboy Slim "Not Ready to Die" Demon Hunter"Morning Light" Sean Beeson"Clair De Lune" Claude Debussy"What a Wonderful World" Louis Armstrong"Spring" Antonio Vivaldi"Rain Chant" L.E.E. High SchoolProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
30:39 9/6/20
Reminiscence & Anticipatory Joy: Psychological time travel
Do you know how to be a psychological time traveler? Spend 20 minutes with us today learning how reminiscence and anticipatory joy impact our mental health, relationships, and happiness. (And find out about that one time Brian and Tania both got food poisoning.) Reminisce with us about this episode:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsMusic by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
20:15 8/29/20