November 28, 2016
It’s pretty safe to say that after years of Sherlock Holmes adaptations and countless CBS crime procedurals (he was the supreme leader of a cult, but now he’s leading the Supreme Court!) most people with a pretty steady diet of TV and movies think they’re pretty good armchair psychologists.
If you learn of a prison riot on the news, you’ll cite the Stanford prison experiment and claim that we’re all just a baton and a uniform away from turning into monsters. If the news later reports of a man who stabbed his mother, you’ll find a Freudian explanation for the crime that speaks of Oedipal repressed sexuality and the phallic nature of stabbings.
Bad news: turns out everything you learned about psychology from the shiny little box in the center of your living room isn’t totally accurate. Not only do movies and TV shows take giant liberties with how psychology works, the psych field itself has a hard time getting out of its own way: studies can be biased for multiple reasons, the replication crisis impedes the verification of discoveries and news outlets only report on the grabbiest psych headlines and and skew the truth.
So on this week’s podcast, we’re putting a bunch of psych myths in a straight jacket, tossing them in a padded room and throwing away the key. Cracked’s Jack O’Brien, Daniel O’Brien and Michael Swaim are joined by Peter McGraw, an expert in behavioral science and a marketing and psychology professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. They dispel pop-psych stories like the Milgram experiment, power posing and the Mozart effect.
Also make sure to buy tickets to our next LIVE podcast taping on Saturday, December 10th at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Jack and the crew will be giving a much needed, “good riddance” to the year 2016 with our annual Year In Review In Review. The Cracked staff and some special guests will fill in the gaps where most of of the other ‘Years In Review’ leave out half of the story. Tickets are only $5 and available here: https://goo.gl/zMwKua
Peter McGraw: https://goo.gl/IFYreS
Video: Peter McGraw TED Talk: https://goo.gl/JzSR6T
Article: Scientific American: Five Fallacies of Grief: https://goo.gl/dMLN8F
Video: Elizabeth Loftus: How Reliable Is Your Memory: https://goo.gl/3PGGyq
Video: Derren Brown Conversational Hypnosis: https://goo.gl/AwvHw5
Article: The Atlantic: Questioning The Milgram Experiment: https://goo.gl/X1nZVc
Article: New York Magazine: Is There an Antidote for Emotional Contagion: https://goo.gl/5rjrTK
Article: New York Magazine: How the False Story of Kitty Genovese’s Murder Went Viral: https://goo.gl/26EdLM
Article: Cracked: 5 Ridiculous Lies You Probably Believe About Psychology (#3 Stanford Prison Experiment): https://goo.gl/HtM7wr
Video: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are (Power Posing TED Talk): https://goo.gl/7Y5nKC
Article: Slate: The Power of the Power Pose: https://goo.gl/pd09xM
Article: The Verge: The Mozart Effect Myth: https://goo.gl/CXBhrN
Article: Wired: Scanning Dead Salmon in fMRI Highlights Risk of Red Herrings: https://goo.gl/zcZxUq
Article: Cracked: 6 Mental Illness Myths Hollywood Wants You To Believe (#4 ECT Therapy is Torture): https://goo.gl/q3z4y
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January 26, 2020
Freedom sucks…and that is why we have to defend it. Because our democracy involves doing a lot of stuff that takes energy, takes time, and lacks that Michael Bay Quality that only a surprise missile launch can provide. So on this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt and special guest Jason Pargin (who writes for Cracked as David Wong) are exploring the ways being afraid of everything (an easy action) can stop us from being free. Discover the decades-long tradition of some Americans wanting to give up everything in exchange for not needing to think, the centuries-long tradition of people inciting fake panics, and the reasonable ways you can help change things for the better.
January 19, 2020
How’s your local shopping mall doing? Have you checked on it lately? Swing by sometime, because its department store might’ve turned into a call center or a hospital or a go-kart track. On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by the one and only Kai Ryssdal (Marketplace, Make Me Smart) for a look at surprising, strange, and shocking stories from all over the U.S. economy. Discover an international pig flu, a 26-word statement that built the modern Internet, and more amazing ways cash is ruling everything around you. By the way, if you’re an American listener, you spent the past few years funding an astonishingly huge bailout. Surprise! Listen for details!
January 12, 2020
Movies, TV, gaming: three things that are theoretically a waste of time. Oh sure, they deliver value in the art sense, and comfort in the goofing-off sense. But what if they’re more valuable than that? What if consuming shows and playing video games (accidentally) turns people into real-life heroes? On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians/writers Caitlin Gill and Alex Watt for a look at the surprising number of times that exact thing happened. They’ll explore stories of regular people who saved a life thanks to skills gained randomly from cartoons, sitcoms, ‘World Of Warcraft’, and more silly entertainment.