Understanding Our Place In The World

Understanding Our Place In The World

By Psychology @ Essex
From the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex. In-depth discussions about research and knowledge that matters to us all, covering many of the issues and challenges we're regularly confronting, from psychologists known for their expertise on these topics.
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Communication Breakdowns (& Solutions): A Look at the Science of Sign Language, Lip-Reading, and the Conversational Challenges of Face Masks
Our guest on this episode is Dr Eva Gutierrez. Eva is a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Essex who studies communication, with a particular focus on how atypical language development, as a result of early-onset deafness, impacts language and reading skills. We spoke with Eva recently about her work and on a range of topics from sign language to the communication challenges faced by individuals who are deaf and by people who are hearing impaired. We also discussed the difficulties (and the potential solutions) we all face in communicating clearly during a time of face masks and social distancing. Host: Dr Philip Cozzolino
35:15
August 10, 2020
Are We Really All That Different? The Current Contentious State of Political Discourse and the Desire to Cancel Others
It's been called 'The Age of Outrage', often filled with hyper-partisan political debates on issues such as Brexit, immigration, systemic racism, and even on the brand of beans Americans choose to buy. But are the differences in our values and in our ideologies all that define us? Why do we spend less time on our many commonalities, and what would be the benefit of focusing more on those similarities? Is there anything that can be done to address the modern-day phenomenon known as 'cancel culture'? Our guest on this podcast is Dr Paul Hanel, a social psychologist at Essex, with a particular focus on values, and on political psychology. We spoke with Paul recently about his work on the differences and on the similarities that exist among individuals in society, despite a tendency for us to focus largely the differences. We also had a chat about ‘cancel culture’ – and the possible ways that we can move from canceling to listening. Host: Dr Philip Cozzolino
41:14
August 3, 2020
Crowd Fears and Masked Faces: The Psychological Effects of Social Distancing and Facial Coverings
Today's guest is Dr Sebastian Korb. Sebastian is an experimental psychologist at Essex, with a range of experience, and a particular focus on the brain processes underlying facial recognition and facial mimicry of emotions. We spoke recently about his past work and about recent research he’s conducted on the social psychological consequences of social distancing measures, and on the effects of face masks on facial recognition and on social interactions. Host: Dr Philip Cozzolino
35:55
July 24, 2020
Love In Lockdown: Maintaining Relationships Through A Global Pandemic
Healthy relationships - whether romantic or platonic - are vital to our overall well-being. Maintaining those relationships can be a challenge even in the best of times. Not surprising, it can be even more difficult to sustain these crucial connections during the current state of lockdowns and of social distancing. In this episode, we are happy to be joined by Dr Veronica Lamarche, a relationship scientist at the University of Essex. Veronica's research focuses on understanding how people regulate trust and dependence in their romantic relationships, and how feelings of uncertainty or vulnerability can influence relationship stability. Host: Dr Philip Cozzolino
34:03
July 17, 2020
The Psychology of Justice In the Age of COVID and 'Black Lives Matter'
This is an age of concern. With the persistent uncertainty and the ongoing threat of COVID-19, paired with global protests sparked by perceived injustices - particularly in the wake of George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis, Minnesota - millions of people around the world are confronting issues of justice, demanding change. In our first podcast, we are happy to be joined by Dr Rael Dawtry, an experimental social psychologist at the University of Essex, who studies justice motives with a particular focus on how those motives influence our thoughts and behaviours.  Host: Dr Philip Cozzolino
34:03
July 10, 2020