Intuitive Babies With Denitza Dramkin

In Episode 14 we are joined by Denitza Dramkin from the University of British Columbia's Centre for Cognitive Development. Denitza shares with use the unique abilities that babies have at birth and how they are primed to learn. What intuitive senses are babies born with? What cognitive ability sets us apart from other animals? How can parents help their baby's cognitive development? All this and much more in Intuitive Babies with Denitza Dramkin!

Uncertainty, Spooky Robots, and the Uncanny Valley with Rachele Benjamin

In Episode 13 we are joined by Rachele Benjamin from the Culture & Self Lab at the University of British Columbia. We discuss what uncertainty is and why it makes us feel uncomfortable. Rachele shares with us what the uncanny valley is and why it makes robots so spooky. Why are humanlike things distressing? What is the uncanny valley? How do you avoid a brain-freeze? All this and much more in Uncertainty, Spooky Robots, and the Uncanny Valley with Rachele Benjamin!

Phubbing with Ryan Dwyer

In Episode 12 we sit down to chat with Ryan Dwyer from the Social Cognition and Emotion Lab (the Happy Lab) at the University of British Columbia. Ryan shares with us how phone use impacts our social and emotional relationships. How are phones effecting our happiness? What is Phubbing? How do you define happiness? All this and much more in Phubbing with Ryan Dwyer!

Interested in some of the research discussed?

Holtzman, S., DeClerck, D., Turcotte, K., Lisi, D., & Woodworth, M. (2017). Emotional support during times of stress: Can text messaging compete with in-person interactions? Computers in Human Behavior, 71, 130–139. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2017.01.043

Male Sexual Orientation and Gynandro-morphophilia With Lanna Petterson

In Episode 11, and Part II of our II Part series on male sexuality, we are joined by Lanna Petterson from the Vasey Lab at the University of Lethbridge. We discuss male sexual orientation, attraction, and arousal across cultures. How do researchers measure sexual arousal? How does culture influence sexual expression? Does transgender pornography consumption differ across cultures? How do you pronounce gynandromorphophilia? We answer all that and more in Male Sexual Orientation and Gynandromorphophilia with Lanna Petterson.

Interested in some of the research discussed?

Vanderlaan, D. P., Forrester, D. L., Petterson, L. J., & Vasey, P. L. (2013). The prevalence of fa'afafine relatives among samoan gynephilic men and fa'afafine. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42(3), 353. doi:10.1007/s10508-012-0015-7

Mate Competition in Cultures Containing a Third Gender With Scott Semenyna

In Episode 10, and Part I of a II Part series on male sexual orientation, we are joined by Scott Semenyna from the Vasey Lab at the University of Lethbridge. We discuss mate competition in cultures that include third gender individuals and what the consequences are for sexual interactions in these populations. How do genders differ in their competition for sexual partners? How does culture impact the expression of sexuality? How do female sexual partners respond to infidelity from their male partner with third gender individuals? All this and more in Mate Competition in Third Gender Cultures with Scott Semenyna.

Interested in some of the research discussed?

Semenyna, S. W., VanderLaan, D. P., Petterson, L. J., & Vasey, P. L. (2017;2016;). Familial patterning and prevalence of male androphilia in samoa. The Journal of Sex Research, 54(8), 1077-8. doi:10.1080/00224499.2016.1218416

Gómez, F. R., Semenyna, S. W., Court, L., & Vasey, P. L. (2018). Familial patterning and prevalence of male androphilia among istmo zapotec men and muxes. PLoS One, 13(2), e0192683. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0192683

Semenyna, S. W., Petterson, L. J., VanderLaan, D. P., & Vasey, P. L. (2017). A comparison of the reproductive output among the relatives of samoan androphilic fa'afafine and gynephilic men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46(1), 87. doi:10.1007/s10508-016-0765-8

Semenyna, S. W., & Vasey, P. L. (2016). The relationship between adult occupational preferences and childhood gender nonconformity among samoan women, men, and fa'afafine. Human Nature (Hawthorne, N.Y.), 27(3), 283. doi:10.1007/s12110-016-9258-7

(Meta)analysing the Opiod Crisis with Danielle Rice

In Episode 9 we are joined by Danielle Rice from the Clinical Psychology program at McGill University. We discuss different opioid therapies and learn about how clinicians compare the efficacy of each treatment. What are the benefits of different psychosocial therapies when given to patients receiving pharmaceutical treatment? How do clinicians choose a treatment plan? What has better outcomes, abstinence or harm reduction? We answer those questions and more in (Meta)analysing the Opioid Crisis with Danielle Rice.

The Snake and the Stick: Artificial Intelligence with Patrick Laflamme

In Episode 8 we are joined by Patrick Laflamme from the University of British Columbia's Vision Lab. We consider how we can simulate human behaviour using computer models and contemplate the implications of artificial intelligence that behave like humans. Are brains computers or computers brains? Are artificial intelligence systems as complex as the brain? What are the consequences of using artificial intelligence? That and more in The Snake and the Stick: Artificial Intelligence with Patrick Laflamme.

Post-secondary Education with Dr. Benjamin Cheung

In Episode 7 we are joined by Dr. Benjamin Cheung from the University of British Columbia's Department of Psychology. In this episode we get a behind the scenes look at how a professor gets ready for a course, and all the carefully thought out preparations that happen long before the first day of class. Have you ever pondered how a professor writes an exam or how they prepare a lesson? Do you wonder how grading happens and how the instructor feels about grading? What happens to instructor reviews once class ends? And, what's up with learning styles? We answer these questions and more!