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30,000 Days Podcast by Sarb Johal

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How can we fill our 30,000 days on planet Earth (if we’re lucky) with joy, purpose and meaning? Check out my monologues and interviews on how we can make the most of our time here. Including my back catalogue of Who Cares, What's the Point? - Interviews with psychologists about research that matters… read more

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30,000 Days with Hamish McKenzie

June 13th, 2022

Hi friends,

In this conversation, I talk with Hamish about the experiences have shaped his journey through life so far, and the societal problems he …

Nerve-wracking pre-departure Covid test

April 24th, 2022


8.50am - Wellington City

It's Sunday morning and it's the moment of truth. I'm in Wellington CBD and I am about to go and do my supervised RAT. I need a negative test in order to get on my flight to LA and then on to …

Poverty is rising. Will we turn a blind eye?

April 13th, 2022


Listen above to an interview I did today with Bernard Hickey from the excellent The Kākā Substack. It really is rather excellent and I can highly recommend you take a look if you haven’t already.

Today’s post is the …

Can meditation help us to do good?

November 19th, 2018


Many people think that meditation can not only have an impact on stress and illness, but can also improve prosociality. But meditation and …

How the sting of rejection shapes the pleasure of revenge

November 19th, 2018


What is revenge? How can we understand this dark emotion? The sayings, ‘revenge is sweet’ and that ‘revenge is a dish best served cold’ are revealing.

Mental health research: Male footballers, LGB Youth, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy psychoeducation

November 19th, 2018


Welcome to this special conference edition of Who cares? What's the point?

In January 2018, I traveled to Cardiff in Wales, UK for two days to …

How do you choose a mental health app for your smartphone?

November 19th, 2018


At some times in our lives, we might want to get support with our mental health and wellbeing. Perhaps we are struggling with a particular issue, or …

What's behind the rising tide of anger on the internet?

November 19th, 2018


Recent local and world events seem to have triggered, or perhaps have reflected and amplified increasingly polarised views. These views can be …

Home alone: Why people believe others' social lives are richer than their own

November 19th, 2018


People usually tend to over-estimate their own capabilities and qualities compared to others. For examples, people tend to believe they are more intelligent, trustworthy, moral and happier than others, as well as making …

Do teachers believe in "neuromyths" just as much as everyone else?

November 19th, 2018


There are some commonly held misconceptions in the general public about how the brain works and how it affects how we learn - these are often called "neuromyths." We know that the general public can fall prey to these …

The number of photos we take has increased hugely. How does this change our experience of life?

November 19th, 2018


For many of you listening to this podcast, taking photos of things and people in our lives has become much more common, as well as documenting our experiences of life. Understanding how the act of taking photos may get …

The language of ageism, and how we use it against ourselves

November 19th, 2018


There has been a lot of recent attention on gender pay equity, the re-emergence of racism in western societies, and how youth mental health has been an increasing concern in recent years. However, the way we talk about …

Regulations of love: How to feel better when relationships end

November 19th, 2018


Most people will experience a relationship break up. They can be hard to get over. One way to manage this is to try to actively decrease the feelings of love you have for your ex-partner? But does this work? Do people …

4 in 5 people experience a mental health disorder by midlife. What do we know about those who don't?

November 19th, 2018


You might be familiar with the often quoted statistic that 1 in 4 or 1 in 5 people experience mental health difficulties. What you might not be aware …

Can the news media play a key role in triggering psychological reactions to terrorism?

November 19th, 2018


In July 2011, Anders Breivik killed 77 adults and children in a bombing in Oslo and a subsequent shooting on a nearby island where the Norwegian …

Scared behind the wheel: How driving anxiety may influence our health and wellbeing

November 19th, 2018


Learning to drive has been a rite of passage in many societies for decades. For many, it is a central part of their everyday lives, especially if they live in rural areas, or where other alternatives aren't as practical …

Creating consciousness: Our brain's top-down, bottom-up framework for making sense of the world around & within us

November 19th, 2018


Consciousness is a curious and complex phenomenon. There are many ideas about what consciousness means and how it comes about, but I came across a compelling and relatively simple argument when I attended TEDFest this …

The surprising upsides of worrying

November 19th, 2018


Worrying can be described as the process of unpleasant thoughts that keep coming back and cause us to be anxious or distressed. Although it's certainly true that worrying is often seen as a problem, there is increasing …

If we write our name on an object, will we recycle it or trash it?

November 19th, 2018


If you drink coffee and buy that in a shop, the barista might call out your name - which may be written on your disposable cup - when it's ready. Does the fact that your name is written on the cup have an influence on …

1747 people talk about their experience taking antidepressants

November 19th, 2018


About 1 in 9 adult New Zealanders receive a prescription for antidepressants each year. Although we think they are generally helpful for people, we …

Do we fear death less after a near-death experience?

November 19th, 2018


'Near-death experiences' come up often in films and novels - the idea of a 'white light' or experiencing meeting loved ones from years before. But are there common aspects to these experiences? And what sorts of …

We know that divorce and health are linked - but how exactly does this link work?

November 19th, 2018


It is pretty well established that the experience of marital; separation and divorce is a risk for a range of poor health outcomes, even many years after the event. But how are these events linked? Although the …

How climate change affects us mentally and socially, whether you believe in it or not

November 19th, 2018


When you think about climate change- psychology and mental health may not be the first thing that you think of. However, the two are very much …

How do 3-4 year olds think about hide and seek?

November 19th, 2018


Have you played hide and seek with a small child and found them in seconds as they sit in the middle of the room with their eyes covered, convinced that you can't see them? In this episode, I talk with Asst Professor …

When we think about our own death, do we become more open to religious ideas?

November 19th, 2018


Do we become more religious when we think about our own death. Or at least, less religiously skeptical? In this episode, I talk with Dr. Jonathan Jong, currently a Research Fellow at Coventry University, and Deputy …

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It's a key discovery about how human memory is related to motion

November 19th, 2018


In this episode, I talk with Mark Schurgin, Graduate Fellow based in the Visual Thinking Lab at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. We talk about Mark's work combining his experience and knowledge of vision …

How do people with multiracial (or multicultural) backgrounds navigate their social identity?

November 19th, 2018


In this episode, I talk with Dr. Sarah Gaither, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University in the USA. …

Do people prefer psychotherapy to drug therapy?

November 19th, 2018


In this episode, I talk with Dr Joshua Swift, Assistant Professor in Psychology, based at Idaho State University in the USA. In this conversation, we …

To sleep or not to sleep? That is the on-call question

November 19th, 2018


In this episode, I talk with Professor Sally Ferguson, based at the Appleton Institute in Adelaide, Australia, and Deputy Dean of Research in the …

Why do we tend to pick objects in the centre?

November 19th, 2018


In this episode, I talk with Dr Ute Kreplin who is based at Massey University's School of Psychology in New Zealand. In this conversation, we focus …

What do we know about the nocebo effect and how it works?

November 19th, 2018


In this episode, I talk with Rebecca Webster who is based at King's College in the University of London, UK. In this conversation, we focus on …

Is human language underpinned by gestures?

November 19th, 2018


In this episode, I talk with Emeritus Professor Michael Corballis, who is based at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Professor Corballis is …

Is there a link between dehydration and our experience of pain?

November 19th, 2018


In this episode, I talk with Dr Toby Mundel of the School of Sport and Exercise Science at Massey University in New Zealand. We talk about his recent …

Does turning the clocks back for winter-time lead to a higher rate of depression?

November 19th, 2018


In this episode, I talk with Dr Bertel Teilfeldt Hansen of the Department of Political Science at Copenhagen University in Denmark. We talk about his …

How young women use food to make friends at school

November 19th, 2018


In this episode, I talk with Dr Eva Neely, Lecturer at the School of Public Health at Massey University, here in Wellington, New Zealand.


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How to tell the difference between fact and fiction on a 'post-truth' internet

November 19th, 2018


We find it difficult to tell the difference between fake and real news. We create 'bubbles' and echo chambers on our computers and smartphones, which …

Mapping the link between biodiversity and our wellbeing

November 19th, 2018


In this episode, I talk with Laurie Parma of The Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge in the UK. We talk about her involvement in …

What do we know about sleep paralysis?

November 19th, 2018


In this episode, I talk with Associate Professor Brian Sharpless of the American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, Washington DC, …

Emoji and emoticons: Do we mimic what we see?

November 19th, 2018


In this episode, I talk with Dr Michael Philipp of the School of Psychology, Massey University in New Zealand. We talk about his recent study on …

What do we know about the idea of creepiness?

November 19th, 2018


In this episode, I talk with Professor Frank McAndrew of Knox College, a liberal arts college in Illinois, USA. We talk about his recent study trying …

Father's parenting stress and toddler language development

November 19th, 2018


Despite numerous studies on parenting stress suggesting negative influences on parent–child interactions and children's development, the majority of these studies focus on mothers' parenting stress with little or no …

What influence could climate change have on human aggression?

November 18th, 2018


In this episode, I talk with Dr Matt Williams, Lecturer in Psychology at Massey University here in New Zealand.


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