Archive for the 'psychology' Category

144 – Dr Owen Carter – What Causes Childhood Obesity?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

In this episode, I talk to Dr Owen Carter, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer Control at Curtin University, on the topic of childhood obesity and the perceptions that surround it – some of the reality based on the research studies may surprise you! Today’s listener of the episode is […]

134 – Dr Helen Paterson & Sadhana Raju – Lying

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Why do people lie? And how easy is it to determine if people are being truthful or not? I talk to Dr Helen Paterson and Sadhana Raju in relation to these topics. We discuss: – What is a lie? – Why do people lie? – Is there an advantage to being deceitful? – Are humans […]

109 – The Science of Attraction – Live Show

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

This episode is the audio of the first Brains Matter live show. The topic for this show is The Science of Attraction – what is attraction? – what attracts us to each other? – how does this compare to the animal kingdom? – how do physical features, and chemical signals play a role? – what […]

107 – Dr Yin Paradies – The Effects of Racism

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

In this episode I speak to Dr Yin Paradies, who is a senior research fellow at the University of Melbourne. Yin’s research focuses on the health, social and economic effects of racism as well as anti-racism theory, policy and practice. In this interview, some of the topics we talk about include: – What are some […]

106 – Dr Owen Carter – Research into the Ultraviolet Index

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

We have all heard of the ultraviolet index in weather reports. What is it? What does it mean to the lay person? What is the average person’s perception of the ultraviolet index? I talk to Dr Owen Carter from the CBRCC and Curtin University in Western Australia about his research into this area. – Who […]

102 – Dr Owen Carter – The Psychology of Tobacco Advertising

Friday, October 30th, 2009

In this episode, I talk to Dr Owen Carter, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer Control at Curtin University, on the topic of tobacco advertising. – What were the techniques used by tobacco companies in their advertising? – Does tobacco advertising actually affect smokers? – What is the effect of […]

100 – The Century – Dr Andrew Prentice and Dr Simon Singh

Monday, August 17th, 2009

The 100th episode of Brains Matter coincides with National Science Week – and to celebrate both the 100th show and National Science week, in this episode, we cover a range of topics. There are two great new interviews, as well as highlights from previous shows. You can go to the original interviews by clicking on […]

Redirect – The Century

Monday, August 17th, 2009

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087 – Science Songs

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Chemistry, biology, physics, climate change – the list of science topics are too numerous for me to mention them all here. And each subject has someone singing about it in some fashion. That’s right – the episode that a lot of you have been waiting for – the show on science songs. Marc West, from […]

085 – Marc West – The Science and Psychology of Cricket – Part 2

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

In this episode, I continue my discussion with science journalist Marc West. We talk about the psychology and science of sport – and the case study we use is cricket. The topics we talk about can apply to practically any team sport, but being the cricket fans we are, we relate it to the gentleman’s […]