Neuro-Transmission Podcast Series

Podcast: What Neuroscience Tells Us About How We Fall In Love

What is love? This question is usually asked by poets, playwrights and other artists, but today’s neuroscience has a lot to say about the matter, too. In this month’s podcasts, Dr. Freberg discusses “The Psychology of Love” and “Epigenetics in Intro Psych.”

Types of Love

“Love can be so many things, that’s why it’s such a big question,” says Dr. Laura Freberg, Professor of Psychology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. “There’s the love we feel as parents for our children, the love we feel for our siblings, our parents, our friends, even our ideals.” Referring to the work of Read More…


Podcast: Tips to Help Students Be More Effective Learners

According to Dr. Jeff Nevid, Professor of Psychology at St. John’s University in New York, academic success often comes down to how well you studied, not how long you studied. When students fall short of their academic goals they often develop self-defeating beliefs. These beliefs sap a student’s motivation and become a self-fulfilling prophecy because students have not learned to read and study effectively.

Power Effective Learners

Dr. Nevid described several strategies that will get students engaged with the material so that it will integrate into their memory where it can be retrieved at will. His ideas are based on the four Read More…


Podcast: How Instructors Can Help Students Bridge Skill Gaps

College instructors spend most of their classroom time on content and often feel as if there is not enough time to cover everything. So the idea of adding more subjects to the mix can be daunting. Yet that is what Dr. Tanya Martini of Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario is suggesting. According to Dr. Martini, our graduates have a skills gap. They graduate without sufficient understanding of necessary career skills such as communication, collaboration, leadership, creativity and empathy. Along with the skills and knowledge of their profession, these are the transferable career skills that employers look for in Read More…


Podcast: Help Students Overcome the Myths About Psychology Degrees

According to former presidential candidate Jeb Bush, psychology majors are doomed to a career in fast food. How is it that the psychology degree gets such a bad rap? Dr. Ellen E. Pastorino thinks it’s because psychology majors don’t know how to articulate to employers the many valuable skills that their studies have taught them. In this week’s podcasts, Dr. Pastorino pointed out that the skills psychology students develop during their studies: collaboration, communication, intrapersonal, quantitative analysis, and critical thinking, are those skills most valued by employers. Faculty can help students to transition from the classroom into the workplace with Read More…


What Research Reveals About Basic Human Needs and Interactions

The need to belong is one of humanity’s strongest driving forces. According to Roy F. Baumeister, Eppes Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University, we are hardwired to desire acceptance. What happens when that need is blocked? In this month’s podcast, Dr. Baumeister recounted enlightening and surprising revelations from research into the effects of rejection on the human psyche. “Being rejected is like being bonked over the head with a two by four,” Dr. Baumeister said. He added that childhood rejection can make a person more susceptible to suffer from physical pain as an adult. Methods and results Read More…