Podcast Archives

Social Psychologist Roy Baumeister on Identity, the Self, and the Meaning of Life

by Scott Barry Kaufman, March 29, 2017

Dr. Roy Baumeister is widely considered to be one of the most influential and cited psychologists of our time. He’s also a wonderful conversationalist, full of interesting research to share with our listeners! In this first half of our two part series with Roy, we learn about how he came to study the diverse array of fascinating topics that […]

Wait But Why? Unraveling Life’s Biggest Mysteries with Tim Urban

by Scott Barry Kaufman, March 22, 2017

We are huge fans of Tim Urban’s Wait But Why blog, so it was a great joy to speak with him for today’s show. In this episode of The Psychology Podcast, we experience Tim’s patented wry wit and deep philosophical insight as we chat across a wide range of topics, including Tim’s journey to becoming one of the […]

Alain de Botton on Love, Sex, Religion and Happiness

by Scott Barry Kaufman, March 8, 2017

Modern day philosopher Alain de Botton has become world renowned for his ability to provide compelling real world answers to some of life’s biggest questions. For this episode of The Psychology Podcast, we cover the philosophy and science of a range of topics, including what it means to have a “normal” relationship, the origins of the […]

Mindfulness and Self-Authorship w/ Cory Muscara

by Scott Barry Kaufman, March 1, 2017

Mindfulness has become a hot topic recently, gracing the covers of magazines like Time and Scientific American. Yet despite its rising popularity, many people remain confused about what exactly mindfulness is or how to start their own practice! On this episode of The Psychology Podcast, mindfulness expert Cory Mascara speaks with our executive producer Taylor Kreiss, sharing science backed […]

Your Brain on Enlightenment with Dr. Andrew Newberg

by Scott Barry Kaufman, February 28, 2017

Dr. Andrew Newberg is widely regarded as a leading authority on the neuroscientific study of religious, spiritual and mystical experiences. For this episode of The Psychology Podcast, we engage in philosophically scientific meditations on the sublime and the sacred. Topics include: The 5 major components of an enlightenment experience, what occurs in the brain during […]

On Ecstasis and Extraordinary States of Consciousness with Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal

by Scott Barry Kaufman, February 22, 2017

Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal, authors of the new book Stealing Fire, come on The Psychology Podcast to discuss the life changing power of ecstatic altered states of mind. The authors have worked with extreme sports athletes, Silicon Valley innovators, and maverick scientists to understand how high performing people are using peak experiences (such as flow) […]

Boost Your Focus, Drive, and Micro-Resilience with Bonnie St. John

by Scott Barry Kaufman, February 15, 2017

Bonnie St. John is a celebrated author, Olympian, leadership consultant, and Rhodes scholar who has overcome some tremendous odds to become “one of the five most inspiring women in America.” Needless to say, she’s a fascinating individual with some wonderful stories and advice to convey to listeners. On today’s episode we focus on her latest book, which […]

Dr. Daniel Siegel on the Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human

by Scott Barry Kaufman, February 8, 2017

What a pleasure it was to interview Dr. Dan Siegel, who has a wonderful ability to make complicated scientific concepts understandable and exciting. In this episode of The Psychology Podcast, we discuss topics surrounding the human mind – What is it? How does it interact with the environment and with other minds? Are we essentially our thoughts […]

Choose Yourself with James Altucher

by Scott Barry Kaufman, January 24, 2017

[We’re making a real effort to improve the show for our listeners and would hugely appreciate 15 seconds of your time filling out this short survey: http://survey.libsyn.com/psychologypodcast (Email is not required).] Best-selling author James Altucher comes on the show to impart some practical wisdom for how to bounce back from failure. James talks about his own experiences […]

Philosopher David Chalmers Thinks We Might Be Living in a Simulated Reality

by Scott Barry Kaufman, January 18, 2017

[We’re making a real effort to improve the show for our listeners and would hugely appreciate 15 seconds of your time filling out this short survey: http://survey.libsyn.com/psychologypodcast (Email is not required).] Are we living in a simulated reality? Are our smartphones essentially an extension of our minds? Could we achieve immortality via being uploaded to the internet? […]

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