Psychology podcast asks who cares? What’s the point?

Associate Professor Sarb Johal

Associate Professor Sarb Johal from Massey University’s Joint Centre for Disaster Research, sees a gap in the commentary on psychology and has launched a podcast to fill it.

The clinical psychologist recently launched “Who Cares? What’s the Point?” a podcast he describes as being “about the mind for people who think”.

While there were many talented researchers worldwide all trying to understand how the mind works, their research was frequently contained in “dusty journals” on university shelves that were subject to limited access.

“They tend to be dry, soulless publications, written by academics for academics. This podcast changes that,” he says.

Dr Johal applied the questions “Who cares? What’s the point?” he asked of all research presentation he gave as a student, to his podcast.

“Join me as I track down cutting edge researchers from around the globe publishing thought-provoking and potentially game changing research about why we behave the way we do.”

His guest psychologists also include fellow Massey University researchers.

“I will invite them to tell us briefly about their research, and then I will prompt them to answer those two questions – who cares? And what’s the point, focusing on the possible implications of their work. This way, you get to hear stories about how the brain works, without putting your mind to sleep.”

The first show launched this month addressed climate change and the possible relationship to aggression. It features Dr Matt Williams from Massey University’s School of Psychology.

The latest podcast looks at the psychology of creepiness  (Professor Frank McAndrew from Knox College in the United States), while upcoming podcasts include topics such as the use and abuse of emoji and emoticons (Dr Michael Phillip, School of Psychology, Massey University); looking at food rituals in schools that focus on social relationship outcomes rather than health (Dr Eva Neely, School of Public Health, Massey University); tracking the relationship of nature to wellbeing using a GPS enabled app (Laurie Parma, Department of Psychology, Cambridge University, United Kingdom) and fathering as related to cognitive and language development in toddlers (Associate Professor Clare Vallotton from Michigan State University,USA).

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