Psycomedia is a comedy podcast dedicated to the funny side of psychological research.
February 24, 2012
Psycomedia Episode 19 – Pancake Batterer
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Filed under All Posts, Psycomedia Episodes, Regular Episodes, Year One
Tagged with Ben Fell, comedy, emotional involvement, humour, ideal self, media, pleasure centres, podcast, psychology, Psycomedia, Timothy Swann, video games
Listening to the bit on Voxel-based morphometry, I was convinced that there was going to be a joke about Vauxhall-based morphometry. Not sure what that entails, though.
Anyways, great show as usual.
This was a really good episode! It was nice to have a cohesive episode with a good dose of psychology that involved both of you (I must admit, I only gave a sort of cursory listen to the hemi-/demi-/semi-/franken-podcasts).
Like some of your other listeners, I found the statistics Ben was talking about rather interesting. I have a heavily mathematical background, so I was sort of surprised when he said “n > 3 dimensional spaces” with such trepidation — as if there were any other kind! Which makes me wonder about psychology of mathematics: when we mathematicians talk about “seeing” everything in terms of mathematics, is there some sort of psychological phenomenon here, or is it just an artifact of the way we talk. Is there anything psychologically interesting about doing math? If you ever run out of things to talk about, maybe this is an option? This is a cool case study: http://www.newappsblog.com/2012/01/the-man-who-hand-draws-mathematical-fractals.html And Dr. Brogaard’s current research is sort of about this: http://sites.google.com/site/brogaardb/ Just a thought
Finally, today I read a paper for my research that made heavy reference to a 1984 paper by Pylyshyn, which immediately made me think of you. This was especially surprising because I work in a field that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike psychology.
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