Final Episode – Live and Uncut!

What more can be said? Thank you for joining us and we hope to be in your ears again soon! This is the final episode of Psychobabble (at least in its current form) – live and uncut.

Join us we each discuss our personal research interests, and research futures. And goodluck especially to Kate and Nonie, both of whom are off to important big-people jobs with responsibility and stuff.

Our website and emails will remain active – as will we. Hold your breathes!

Ep57 – Video Games

Rohan is joined by Hannah, Nonie, and special guest Morgan Tear to discuss video games. We asked Gamers themselves to ask their own questions about games. Here are just a few of the topics we cover:

Do violent video games allow players to ‘vent’?

Is co-operating in a violent game a positive or a negative thing?

How are competition and violence linked in game research?

Do the skills we learn in game translate into the real world?

Are games addictive, and do they lead to depression?



Anita Sarkeesian (



References and links

ResearchBlogging.orgTear MJ, & Nielsen M (2013). Failure to demonstrate that playing violent video games diminishes prosocial behavior. PloS one, 8 (7) PMID: 23844191
Green CS, & Bavelier D (2012). Learning, attentional control, and action video games. Current biology : CB, 22 (6) PMID: 22440805
Dunbar G, Hill R, & Lewis V (2001). Children’s attentional skills and road behavior. Journal of experimental psychology. Applied, 7 (3), 227-34 PMID: 11676101

Ferguson, C. J., & Rueda, S. M. (2010). The Hitman Study. European Psychologist, 15(2), 99–108. doi:10.1027/1016-9040/a000010

Spence, I., & Feng, J. (2010). Video games and spatial cognition. Review of General Psychology, 14(2), 92–104. doi:10.1037/a0019491

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Ep56 – Consumer Preferences

Rohan, James, Zan and Nerisa talk product preferences. When we form a preference for a product, do we accurately understand our own reasons? Do the reasons we claim we’re motivated by actually the reasons we act?

Does our hunger dictate how much we order, or is it the company we keep and our need for status? Is ‘the best’ chocolate the tastiest or the most socially responsible? And what’s a more powerful motivator – weighing the pros and cons, or avoiding ambiguity?




Rokka, J., & Uusitalo, L (2008). Preference for green packaging in consumer product
choices – Do consumers care? International Journal of Consumer Studies DOI: 10.1111/j.1470-6431.2008.00710.x

Muthukrishnan, A., Wathieu, L., & Jing Xu, A. (2009). Ambiguity Aversion and the Preference for Established Brands Management Science DOI: 10.1287/mnsc.1090.1087

Dubois, D., Rucker, D., & Galinsky, A. (2012). Super Size Me: Product Size as a
Signal of Status Journal of Consumer Research, Inc. DOI: 10.1086/661890


Ep55 – What is ‘I’

Rohan, Kate and Zan discuss the self from a psychological perspective. What do we mean (and how do we understand) who ‘I’ is?

In what sense do the ways we use ‘I’ differ and is there a way to pull them apart. We discuss everything from the physical realms (‘I am sitting in a chair’) to social identity (‘I am an Australian’) to consciousness and the little man inside our heads (‘I think’).

We ask what limits of the self are, and whether some of these limits even matter. Are we more than the sum of our behaviours, or are our behaviours our truest selves? Is there even a true self, anyway?



Ep54 – Dreaming and Dream Theory

Rohan, Nerisa, Kate and Shelli talk dream theory. From the most grounded theory of dreaming to the more speculative evolutionary just-so stories. We discuss what dream ‘are for’, and what they ‘do’. From memory consolidation to problem solving. From threat simulation to fear extinction and emotional regulation. Additionally, we each include one of our own dreams – just to mix things up.

Finally, I interviewed Associate Professor Robert Schweitzer (personal website; staff page), a Psychodynamic practitioner from QUT. Dr. Schweitzer discusses the history of Dreams and a modern clinical exploration dreams from a Psychodynamic perspective.

This episode is a little longer, and our most ‘experimental’ show to date! Let us know what you think.



Assoc. Prof. Robert Schweizter and

Clara Hill’s book ‘Dream work in Therapy…’ -

Freud Theory of Dream (iTunes link to eBook)



ResearchBlogging.orgRibeiro, S., Gervasoni, D., Soares, E., Zhou, Y., Lin, S., Pantoja, J., Lavine, M., & Nicolelis, M. (2004). Long-Lasting Novelty-Induced Neuronal Reverberation during Slow-Wave Sleep in Multiple Forebrain Areas PLoS Biology, 2 (1) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0020024

Barrett, D. (1993). The “committee of sleep”: A study of dream incubation for problem solving. Dreaming, 3 (2), 115-122 DOI: 10.1037/h0094375

Levin, R., & Nielsen, T. (2009). Nightmares, Bad Dreams, and Emotion Dysregulation: A Review and New Neurocognitive Model of Dreaming Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18 (2), 84-88 DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8721.2009.01614.x

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Palagini, L., & Rosenlicht, N. (2011). Sleep, dreaming, and mental health: A review of historical and neurobiological perspectives Sleep Medicine Reviews, 15 (3), 179-186 DOI: 10.1016/j.smrv.2010.07.003

Hobson, J., Pace-Schott, E., & Stickgold, R. (2000). Dreaming and the brain: Toward a cognitive neuroscience of conscious states Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 23 (6), 793-842 DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X00003976

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