Episodes
Sir Graham Thornicroft joins Brain Buzz to talk about accessing mental health care. If you are wanting to hear an expert on mental health care discuss: how to assess mental health disorders; how access has changed over the COVID-19 pandemic; barriers associated with living with a mental health diagnosis in the workforce and in your social life; and the appropriate steps to getting diagnosed with a mental health disorder. If you enjoy this content on mental health care please let us know as we...
Published 07/01/21
Do you or one of your good friends strongly believe the earth is flat? Do you believe the COVID-19 vaccines are tracking us? Are all politicians really lizard people? Our guests: Ricky Green and Mikey Biddlestone (two PhD students from the University of Kent) are researchers that investigate why people are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories. We discuss how attachment theory can predict the likelihood of you believing in conspiracy theories. We explain what collective narcissism...
Published 06/15/21
Dr. Edward Slingerland from the University of British Columbia joins Brain Buzz to talk discuss his new book DRUNK! We talk about how alcohol and drinking may have shaped our modern civilization, impacted how we interact as humans, and why alcohol is so important to humans. What benefits does drinking really provide us as humans? Why would we continue to drink considering the negative consequences associated it with? Should evolution not have weeded this behaviour out already? What...
Published 06/01/21
Grab a cup of coffee, take a cold shower, do what you have to do to wake yourself up! We got Dr. Lauren Whitehurst in the studio to talk about her work on sleep and cognition. Are you curious about what the world record for hours spent awake is? Have you ever wondered what sleep stages we go through every night and what each stage does? What exactly are microsleeps? We discuss these topics as well as Dr. Lauren Whitehurst’s research on how drugs, stress, and discrimination can...
Published 05/18/21
Tiana Sharifi is the founder and owner of Sexual Exploitation Education, a British Columbia based organization dedicated to raising awareness and addressing service gaps around sexual exploitation in Canada. Tiana joins Kyle and Drake to discuss the prevalence and severity of sexual exploitation and human trafficking in Canada today. What constitutes sexual exploitation and human trafficking? Where is human trafficking most likely to occur and is it a problem in Canada that is worth...
Published 05/04/21
On today’s episode we are joined by Tessa Charlesworth, researcher at Harvard University, to talk about implicit attitudes and biases over time. Tessa shares with us how people change their minds in response to new experiences across the lifespan and how social attitudes and stereotypes shift over time in response to societal events.
Published 04/06/21
On today’s episode we are joined by Ben Davis-Purcell, researcher at Carleton University, to talk about the study of the smallest things in the universe. Ben shares with us why studying particle physics is important to understanding the natural world and how particles interact to create everything in the known universe.
Published 03/23/21
On today’s episode we are joined by Dr. Gwendolyn Seidman, Associate Professor of Psychology and Department Chair at Albright College, to talk about presentations of relationships on social media and how the posts are related to relationship satisfaction. Gwen shares with us how patterns of social media use, and how the relationship is presented, can be indicative of the relationship satisfaction, long-term prognosis, and desire to ward off or invite potential suitors.
Published 03/09/21
On today’s episode we sit down to chat with Ryan Dwyer, graduate student in the Social Cognition and Emotion Lab at the University of British Columbia, to talk about phones and happiness. Ryan shares with us how phone use impacts our social and emotional relationships, and why it might be important to put your phone down. How do you define happiness? How are phones affecting our happiness? What is Phubbing? All this and much more in Phubbing with Ryan Dwyer!
Published 03/02/21
On today’s episode we are joined by Dr. Chris Barry, Professor of Psychology at Washington State University, to chat about how adolescent’s self-perceptions impact their social media use. Chris shares how selfies and “posies” are related to an individual’s self-esteem and narcissism, and what that means for how they interact with social media. We talk about his work on the fear of missing out and how social media contributes to it in the digital age.
Published 02/24/21
On today’s episode we are joined by Dr. Chris Barry, Professor of Psychology at Washington State University, to chat about self-perceptions in adolescents such as self-esteem and narcissism impact their social media use. Chris shares how selfies and “posies” are related with an individual’s self perception and narcissism. Lastly, we talked about his work on the fear of missing out and what that looks like today.
Published 02/24/21
On today’s episode we are joined by Dr. Gary Lewandowski, Professor of Psychology at Monmouth University, to chat about his new book Stronger than You Think: The 10 Blind Spots That Undermine Your Relationship... and How to See Past Them. Gary shares with us some of the signs of healthy relationships, how to strengthen them, and some of the best ways to maintain them.
Published 02/10/21
Today we are joined by Dr. Anna Radke, Director of the Reward and Addictive Disorders Lab and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Miami University, to talk about sex differences in alcohol consumption. Anna shares with us how they use mice to understand how males and females differ in alcohol consumption behaviour and what that might mean for humans.
Published 02/02/21
Today we are joined by Dr. Seth Pollak, Letters and Science Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Professor of Anthropology, Pediatrics, Neuroscience, and Public Affairs, and Laboratory Director of the Child Emotion Lab at the Waisman Centre at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, to talk about emotions.
Published 01/19/21
In today’s episode we are joined by Dr. Kaitlyn Goldsmith, Registered Psychologist and Lecturer at the University of British Columbia, to talk about long distance relationships. Kaitlyn shares with us why sexual satisfaction and well-being, including body image, mindfulness, and sexual communication, makes for lasting and meaningful romantic relationships when physically separated from your partner.
Published 01/05/21
In today’s episode we are joined by Dr. Gary Lewandowski, Professor of Psychology at Monmouth University, to talk about relationships, break-ups, and self-expansion. Gary explains why the ending of a relationship is not always a bad thing and instead can lead to self-growth and rediscover of the self.
Published 12/22/20
In today’s episode we are joined by A Month in Neurodegenerative Disease Research’s Sarah Louadi and Elyn Rowe to talk about neurodegenerative research, Alzheimer’s Disease, and AMiNDR Podcast. Elyn shares with us how heart health is related to Alzheimer’s Disease, and how good cholesterol might help identify, prevent, and treat Alzheimer’s Disease. Sarah explains how trying to keep up with the incredible volume of literature on neurodegenerative research inspired the creation of AMiNDR podcast.
Published 11/25/20
In Superbug Slayer we are joined by Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences and Harold Simon Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Dr. Steffanie Strathdee, to chat about superbugs and how to treat them. In this episode Steffanie shares with us the incredible story of how she helped resurrect a little known, but highly effective, treatment for antibiotic resistance bacteria and, in the process, saved her husband’s life.
Published 11/13/20
On today’s episode we are joined by Dr. Jiaying Zhao from the University of British Columbia to talk about how direct cash transfers can reduce homelessness and improve wellbeing in people experiencing homelessness. Jiaying shares with us how providing homeless people with $7500 aided them in finding employment, improved their cognitive function, alleviated concerns of food security, and enabled these individuals to find stable housing solutions.
Published 10/27/20
Published 10/21/20
In Episode Three of Season Four we are joined by Dr. Alyssa Croft from the University of Arizona to chat about gender roles and social identities. Alyssa shares with us how asymmetrically changing gender roles have broad implications for gender equality.
Published 10/20/20
Welcome to Season Four! In Part II, Kyle revisits Episode Two of Season One to provide an update on his research.
Published 10/13/20
Welcome to Season Four! In Part I, Drake provides an update on his research since that very first episode of Brain Buzz.
Published 10/06/20