Category Archives: Psychology

Shed a tear: UCLA erases courses

Yes, it’s happened again. UCLA did some housecleaning on its podcast website, and erased all courses prior to fall quarter 2011. That means some great content has faded into the ether, but it’s also a timely reminder to download online … Continue reading

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Classes to start at UCSD, UCLA

The new rosters of course podcasts are now online for UC San Diego and UCLA. A couple of my favorite profs are making return appearances. At UCLA, Thomas Bradbury will be teaching another edition of his great psychology course Intimate … Continue reading

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Introduction to Behavioral Economics

What happens when a bunch of psychologists try to investigate the assumptions about human behavior that underlie the discipline of economics? You get Behavioral Economics, a fascinating mix of economics and psychology explored in the new UC Berkeley class Economics … Continue reading

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Some old UC Berkeley favorites are back

I have been browsing around in the recently restored UC Berkeley Classic Courses, trying to find some of my old favorites from my Best free courses & lectures collection. It wasn’t easy because the restored courses are listed only by … Continue reading

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How is a flock of geese like a trial jury?

Both are examples of “Distributed Cognition” — the kind of coordinated thinking and acting you see in such diverse phenomena as stadium waves, geese flying in formation, rhythmic applause and trial juries. University of California San Diego Professor Edwin Hutchins … Continue reading

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The New Science of Morality

What have psychologists learned in the last couple of decades about how people make moral choices? That’s the subject of The New Science of Morality (website), a conference sponsored by the Edge Foundation where prominent psychologists give short presentations about … Continue reading

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The Moral Life of Babies

Babies as young as three months old can make moral judgments about right and wrong. That is the startling claim by Yale developmental psychologist Paul Bloom in this episode the radio show 7th Ave. Project: The Moral Life of Babies … Continue reading

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UCSD summer session underway

University of California San Diego (UCSD) summer session #1 is now underway and you can download 11 courses from its podcast website. Since most of these courses will only stay on the website until the beginning of the next summer … Continue reading

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Critiquing social psychology

A few years back I listened to a UC Berkeley class on social psychology, and heard about scores of experiments that had tried to tease out basic principles of human behavior by bringing people into a laboratory setting and presenting … Continue reading

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Values that underlie our political choices

If you want to know someone’s politics, ask about his or her child rearing believes, and you’ll get a pretty good idea if the person will vote for the Democrats or the Republicans. That’s the conclusion of a study cited … Continue reading

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