Tech Support and Science with Matt Smith

In Episode Eight of Season Two we are joined by Matt Smith, the Information Technology Manager and Technical Analyst at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Psychology, to chat about the role of information technologists in research. Matt explains how information technologists can work with researchers to empower, drive, and manage research projects. What is ‘general research computing’ and ‘high performance computing,’ and how do they differ? What does an Information Technologist do to facilitate research? How often is IT support requested for assistance with a device that will not turn on when it is unplugged? All this and much more in Tech Support and Science with Matt Smith!

Oh Rats! with Kaylee Byers

In Episode Seven of Season Two we are joined by Kaylee Byers from the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia to chat about rat ecology, behaviours, and their impact on human health. Kaylee shares with us how the movement of rats in urban settings leads to a clustering of disease pathogens. How does pest control lead to changes in social behaviour and an increase in pathogen prevalence? What is the density of urban rats and how far-ranging are they? Where in the world could you go to avoid rats? All this and much more in Oh Rats! with Kaylee Byers!

References

Byers, K. A., Lee, M. J., Patrick, D. M., & Himsworth, C. G. (2019). Rats about town: A systematic review of rat movement in urban ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7 doi:10.3389/fevo.2019.00013

Byers, K. A., Lee, M. J., Donovan, C. M., Patrick, D. M., & Himsworth, C. G. (2017). A novel method for affixing global positioning system (GPS) tags to urban norway rats (rattus norvegicus): Feasibility, health impacts and potential for tracking movement. Journal of Urban Ecology, 3(1) doi:10.1093/jue/jux010

Cooperation, Cancer, and Conmen with Dr. Athena Aktipis

In Episode Six of Season Two Dr. Athena Aktipis from the Department of Psychology at the Arizona State University joins us to chat about cooperation from a cellular to human scale. Athena shares with us how the five principles of cooperation can be applied across systems, how cancer represents a breakdown of this multicellular cooperation, and how a need based transfer system is an optimal cooperation and generosity strategy. What is cooperation and can any action be altruistic? Do we need bad people to have cooperation? What can zombies tell us about cooperation and psychology? All this and much more in Cooperation, Cancer, and Conmen with Dr. Athena Aktipis!

Forthcoming

Aktipis, A. (in press) Evolution in the Flesh:Cancer and the Transformation of Life. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting

Zombified Podcast with Dr. Athena Aktipis

References

Aktipis, A., de Aguiar, R., Flaherty, A., Iyer, P., Sonkoi, D., & Cronk, L. (2016). Cooperation in an uncertain world: For the maasai of east africa, need-based transfers outperform account-keeping in volatile environments. Human Ecology, 44(3), 353-364.

Aktipis, A. (2016). Principles of cooperation across systems: From human sharing to multicellularity and cancer. Evolutionary Applications, 9(1), 17-36.

Erobotics & Sex Robots with Simon Dubé

In Episode Five of Season Two we are joined by Simon Dubé from Concordia University to discuss artificial socio-sexual entities. Simon shares with us how people perceive new socio-sexual technologies and how that relates to their individual characteristics, personality traits, and sex life. We also talk about how people perceive these technologies psycho-physiologically in comparison with human romantic or sexual partners. What are artificial socio-sexual entities? How do arousal and sexual interactions differ between sex robots and human partners? Does a sexual interactions between an individual and a sex robot cause one to lose their virginity? All that and much more in Erobotics & Sex Robots with Simon Dubé.

References

Scheutz, M., & Arnold, T. (2016). Are we ready for sex robots? Paper presented at the The Eleventh ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction. doi:10.1109/HRI.2016.7451772

Infidelity and PTSD with Lydia Roos

In Episode Four of Season Two we are joined by Lydia Roos from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to chat about Infidelity and PTSD. Lydia shares with us how interpersonal relationships can be traumatic and what the psychological outcomes of these traumatic experiences can be. What are the four components of PTSD? What constitutes PTSD? Why is infidelity not considered trauma? What are the rates of PTSD-like symptomology for individuals who have suffered interpersonal trauma? All this and much more in Infidelity and PTSD with Lydia Roos.

References

Roos, L. G., Levens, S. M., & Bennett, J. M. (2018). Stressful life events, relationship stressors, and cortisol reactivity: The moderating role of suppression. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 89, 69-77. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2017.12.026

Roos, L. G., O’Connor, V., Canevello, A., & Bennett, J. M. (under review). Posttraumatic stress symptoms and psychological health following infidelity in unmarried young adults.

Blockchain Technology with Dr. Chris Rowell

In Episode Three of Season Two we are joined by Dr. Chris Rowell from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia to discuss blockchain technology. Chris explains how blockchains can empower individuals by enabling them to retake ownership of their own technological data and to reduce fees from online transactions. How does blockchain technology allow people to retake ownership of their data? Can smart contracts make online transactions safer, cheaper, and easier? How does blockchain work? All this and much more in Blockchain Technology with Dr. Chris Rowell!

HIV and in utero Development with Marina White

In Episode Two of Season Two we are joined by Marina White from Carleton University to discuss infant development born from mothers with HIV. Marina shares with us how exposure to maternal HIV infection affects neural and physical development pre- and postnatally. What is the transmission rate of HIV from mothers to pre- and postnatal infants? How does HIV exposure impact neural development? How is HIV transmitted and how effective are Antiretroviral Therapies? All this and much more in HIV and in utero Development with Marina White!

Authenticity with Audrey Aday

In the First Episode of Season Two we are joined by Audrey Aday from the Social Identity Lab at the University of British Columbia to chat about social identity and authenticity. Audrey shares with us how our surroundings interact with our social identity to alter our feelings of authenticity and sense of ‘fit’. How do people adapt to uncomfortable environments? What are the three components of ‘fitting in’? What are trait and state authenticity, and what is the difference between them? How do you “just be yourself” or “act natural”? All this and much more in Authenticity with Audrey Aday!

References

Cheryan, S., Plaut, V. C., Davies, P. G., & Steele, C. M. (2009). Ambient belonging: How stereotypical cues impact gender participation in computer science. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97(6), 1045-1060. doi:10.1037/a0016239

Hall, W., Schmader, T., Aday, A., Inness, M., & Croft, E. (2018). Climate control: The relationship between social identity threat and cues to an identity-safe culture. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 115(3), 446-467. doi:10.1037/pspi0000137