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Zenon and Maddy, two hopelessly lost psychology majors, take listeners on a tour of the many fields of psychology through landmark experiments, pop culture, and interviews with experts in their fields. Whether you're curious about psychology as a career or just want to learn something new about the … read more

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021 - Entrepreneurship with Dr. Kizzy Parks

August 25th, 2021


Our intrepid hosts venture out of academia and into business to learn from Dr. Kizzy Parks, founder and CEO of several successful businesses and …

020 - Primate Psychology with Dr. Francine Dolins

May 5th, 2021


In this episode, Maddy and Zenon interview Dr. Francine Dolins, a professor of comparative psychology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Dr. …

000: Introduction

March 20th, 2021


The hosts set the stage for upcoming episodes with a bit of background information about their own inclinations toward psychology, their friendship, …

019 - Research Review: Hurricane Humor and Babies' Morality

January 21st, 2021


We each read and discussed a research article to review some recent research. Maddy talked about a study reviewing the perception of dark humor during and after the Hurricane Sandy crisis, and Zenon discussed an article …

018 - Acting White and Racial Justice with Dr. Myles Durkee

October 3rd, 2020


In Episode 18, Zenon and Maddy interview Dr. Myles Durkee, a warm, insightful professor at the University of Michigan and expert on the psychology of …

017 - Industrial Organizational Psychology with Dr. Marie Waung

September 9th, 2020


Dr. Marie Waung, an engaging, funny, and deeply knowledgeable professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, returns to the show to share her …

016 - Romantic Racism and Racial Identity with Sai Auelua-Toomey

July 25th, 2020


Maddy and Zenon talk to Sai Auelua-Toomey, a down-to-earth and deeply knowledgeable doctoral student at Stanford University. Sai gives us first-hand insight into his discoveries about romantic racism. We also discuss …

015 - The Coronavirus Special!

May 28th, 2020


Maddy and Zenon come together over Zoom with Mrs. Krista Siefert to discuss the pathogen that's swept both the nation and the world over the past six months. 

The novel coronavirus has affected not only the …

014: School Psychology with Mrs. Krista Siefert

May 22nd, 2020


Zenon and Maddy talk to Mrs. Krista Siefert, a school psychologist with Farmington Public Schools. We discuss special education, the diagnosis of …

013 - Child Psychology with Dr. Sarah Tannenbaum

May 6th, 2020


Maddy and Zenon talk to Dr. Sarah Tannenbaum of Harvard Medical School-affiliated Judge Baker Children's Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. …

12 - Aging & Cognitive Neuroscience with Dr. Thad Polk

March 4th, 2020


Zenon and Maddy are back in Ann Arbor talking to Dr. Thad Polk, a cognitive neuroscientist and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of …

011: Assessment & Attachment with Dr. Laura Richardson

November 20th, 2019


Maddy and Zenon interview Dr. Laura Richardson of Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Richardson is an authentic, compassionate, and deeply …

008: Psychological Defenses with Dr. John Porcerelli

August 25th, 2019


Maddy, Zenon, and Dr. John Porcerelli discuss defense mechanisms—what they look like, how we use them, and why we use them. Dr. Porcerelli is an …

007: Social & Clinical Psychology with Dr. Jim Sexton

August 25th, 2019


We got to interview Dr. Jim Sexton, who holds Ph.D.s in Clinical and Social Psychology. He's currently a professor at George Washington University's …

006: Part 2 of Clinical Psychology with Ms. Andrea Broadwater

August 25th, 2019


This is the second half of our interview with Ms. Andrea Broadwater, a therapist from Ann Arbor, Michigan with experience in clinical research, …

005: Part 1 of Clinical Psychology with Ms. Andrea Broadwater

August 25th, 2019


This is the first half of our interview with Ms. Andrea Broadwater, a therapist from Ann Arbor, Michigan with experience in clinical research, crisis …

004: Neuromarketing with Dr. Caleb Siefert

July 9th, 2019


We talked with Dr. Caleb Siefert, a professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, personality researcher, practicing clinician, and former …

003: Attention & Cognitive Psychology with Dr. Daniel Weissman

July 5th, 2019


We got to talk to Dr. Daniel Weissman of the University of Michigan about a wide variety of topics, including choosing a career path, research with …

Live at the University of Michigan-Dearborn!

June 2nd, 2019


As students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, we got to talk to four different professors about what they do and how their fields relate to each other. Here's who all we talked to:

Dr. Marie Waung is an …

002: Personality and Social Psychology with Dr. Robin Edelstein

May 23rd, 2019


We talked to Dr. Robin Edelstein of the University of Michigan. She researches how personality influences peoples' interpersonal relationships. She's …

001: General Psychology with Dr. Marie Waung

April 25th, 2019


We spoke with Dr. Marie Waung, an industrial-organizational psychologist and professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, about the field of …

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