Each episode of Psychologia examines a different, dark facet of human behavior and the stories, laws, and research behind it.
Through this podcast, we explore why we do the things we do, and how we have been reacting to each other throughout history. By looking at superstitions, diagnoses, and legal implications, Psychologia paints a picture of humankind's relationship to the darkest parts of our own psyche - and pulls back the curtain on the mysterious science of psychology.
Psychologia, a History
The term psychology is derived from the Greek, psukhe, meaning "breath, spirit, soul," and logia, meaning the "study of" or "research."
Iterations of psychology date back thousands of years, and a brief history of the word itself reveals a great deal about its origin and intent. The earliest appearance of the term psychologia can be traced to the long-lost late 15th century text Psichiologia de ratione animae humanae, written by the Croatian humanist-poet Marko Marulic. The first recorded use of the English word psychology occurred in 1694 when Steven Blankaart wrote The Physical Dictionary concerning both "Anatomy, which treats the Body, and Psychology, which treats of the Soul". The 18th century saw therapeutic measures rise to the forefront of the discipline, with an increase in treatment of the mind through moral lessons. This shift is evinced by the work of Jonathan Edwards and Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independent.
In more modern times, psychology became increasingly academic, originally defined as "the science of mental life, both of its phenomena and their conditions" by William James in 1890, and then as a science whose "theoretical goal is the prediction and control of behavior" by John Watson in 1913.
The subject itself has long been a topic of fascination, mystery, and study as we strive to understand the causes for our own actions and those of others. As the word psychology has evolved, so too has the science supporting it. Through observation, psychoanalysis, humanism, behaviorism, and neuroscience, the attempt to untangle the ephemeral web of human motivation has progressed across time, slowly bringing us closer to understanding ourselves.
Who makes Psychologia?
Your host, Amaia Perta, has a master's of science in forensic psychology and a B.A. from Bard College. She is an adjunct professor at California State University, Los Angeles and is working on her first book. Psychologia was born as a culmination of her deep interest in the dark side of psychology and crime, as well as her undergraduate degree in theater and performing arts.
Cambron Carter is the sound designer and editor of Psychologia, and composes original scores for all episodes. Professionally, he develops neural networks and designs computer vision and machine learning solutions related to images and video. He holds a B.S. in physics and electrical engineering and a master's in electrical engineering from the University of Louisville.