Brain blast! Get all in your feels with these 7 podcasts about psychology

Science June 3, 2022

The study of psychology truly sates our fascination with our own selves: the decisions we make, the ways we think, the unconscious patterns we follow. In case you could never secure one of the hundreds of seats in that psychology lecture in college, these 7 podcasts about psychology have got you covered.

We have top-notch podcasts like “Hidden Brain” that are exposing the secrets of the mysterious organ. We also have podcasts like “People Who Read People” from a former professional poker player. If you’re really looking for an Ivy League education without the hefty price tag, then take “The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos,” whose psychology course is the most popular class ever taught at Yale University.

Dive deep into your own mind with these 7 podcasts about psychology.

Choiceology with Katy Milkman

Listen to ‘Choiceology with Katy Milkman’

Psychology plays a part in everything we do, and that includes everything we do with our own money. In “Choiceology with Katy Milkman,” Dr. Milkman shows how psychology plays into our economic decisions, both big and small. This podcast also asks how we can use psychology to make better decisions for our future, and in every episode, Katy tells us how we can use these lessons in our everyday lives.

The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

Listen to ‘The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos’

There’s a reason “The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos” tops the charts. In this podcast, the Yale professor (who has made the science of happiness her career’s work) tells us the strange psychology of happiness and why we humans typically do the opposite of what will make us happiest. Through fascinating stories and the latest scientific research, she takes us on a world tour of our feelings.

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Hidden Brain

Listen to ‘Hidden Brain’

No list of podcasts about psychology can be complete without “Hidden Brain.” Host Shankar Vedantam speaks with people from scientists to magicians about the science between human behavior and the outer world. Together, he and guests reveal how unconscious patterns shape everything we do and the world around us.

Speaking of Psychology

Listen to ‘Speaking of Psychology’

The American Psychological Association’s “Speaking of Psychology” podcast has been schooling us in the subject since 2013. With the goal of applying psychology to our every day lives, these half-hour episodes are chock full of the most interesting and relevant information that pertains to today.

All In The Mind

Listen to ‘All In The Mind’

“All In The Mind” is an ABC Radio podcast digging into the vast universe of the mind. From the psychology of addiction and the effect of natural disasters on the psyche to the reason why heartbreak hurts so bad, this podcast covers the vast and fascinating landscape of the brain and behavior. There are over 250 episodes of this podcast to choose from, each just 30 minutes a piece.

The Science of Happiness

Listen to ‘The Science of Happiness’

Award-winning psychologist Dacher Keltner hosts “The Science of Happiness,” a PRX and UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center podcast. We humans are in constant search of happiness, even when it’s not so easy to find. In this podcast, Professor Keltner tells us about research-tested strategies on how to be happier, sleep better, facing our fears, and so much more.

People Who Read People: A Behavior and Psychology Podcast

Listen to ‘People Who Read People: A Behavior and Psychology Podcast’

Meet Zachary Elwood, author, podcaster, former professional poker player, and excellent at reading people. He’s already written some of the most highly regarded books about poker, so he’s pretty darn good at reading people. In his podcast, “People Who Read People,” he interviews people across a wide range of fields about how they read, understand, and make use of human behavior in their careers. From sociologists to political scientists to therapists, they all use psychology in different ways.


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