RECAST: WHOSE MEMORY IS THIS, ANYWAY?

A remastered version of our first-ever episode:
We rely on our memories to orient ourselves in time and space. But what if your memories are unreliable? Or worse, what if it is possible for someone else to implant false memories in your mind?


(The first part of our two-part false memory suite) 

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(See Season 1, Episode 1)

EPISODE 18: THE REAL DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE

The Old Tolbooth stood for over 400 years just off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh and housed all manner of torture, torment, and even public execution. One of these deaths was that of a man whose bizarre and duplicitous life would become the inspiration for one of fiction’s most well-known horror stories, and whose hanging was the most well-attended in Scotland’s history. The man was Deacon William Brodie, but you may know him as “the real Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

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EPISODE 17: THE MEN WHO DIED IN THEIR SLEEP

At first, there were 18 dead. All members of the Hmong tribe, all from a mountainous province of Laos. They fled their homeland at the end of the Vietnam War and made their way to the United States as refugees. They shared a difficult life – and they shared a terrifying death. Each of them was found in their beds, killed in their sleep by a mysterious affliction that looked like nothing at all.

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EPISODE 16: THE YELLOW WALLPAPER

In honor of Halloween, this episode is a bit different. We’re reading a wonderful, chilling short story, a perfect combination of some of this podcast’s favorite subjects: psychology, feminism, and horror.

Psychologia presents “The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

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EPISODE 15: SIX VANISHED DISORDERS

Throughout history, there have been many mental illnesses that have spread widely only to disappear years later because they are problematic or discriminatory, laughable or preposterous, or simply no longer relevant. This episode explores six disorders that were once considered real threats to people’s sanity, but have now vanished from modern psychology.

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EPISODE 14: THE PSYCHOPATHY CHECKLIST

Psychopaths fascinate us. They commit extreme violence, but can mask it with a smile. They preying on the weakest among us, and take advantage of every situation to get what they want. They don’t seem to belong in society, and yet they often excel. But what is a psychopath? How do you recognize one and how do you diagnose one? Have you ever been in the presence of a psychopath? And, if you so, then what?

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EPISODE 13: THE STRANGE HISTORY OF THE VIBRATOR

Once upon a time, women’s bodies were considered so mysterious and inexplicable that their wombs were believed to move around their bodies. The medical name for this condition was “hysteria,” and the cure for it was...a sex toy. Enter the strange and fantastical history of the vibrator.

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EPISODE 12: AMERICAN ASYLUMS & THE KIRKBRIDE PLAN

There are many terrifying stories about the misery endured by patients in 19th century asylums, and while they seem too horrific to be true, the real history of psychiatric hospitals may be even worse than you imagine – and in some places, the nightmare is still happening today.

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EPISODE 11: CULTS & PERSUASION

Persuasion and cults seem to go hand-in-hand. Campaigns to convert people to religious and political movements have always used control techniques, but whether or not cult leaders use coercive persuasion is hotly debated. This episode examines the use of persuasion in cult indoctrination - or step one in building a cult.


(The second episode in a two-part persuasion suite) 

EPISODE 10: PERSUASION

Why are some people better at convincing others to see the world their way? As far as psychology is concerned, it has a lot to do with the ability that some people or groups have to successfully convince - or persuade - others of their perspective. But what is persuasion and how does it work? How can we use persuasion to get what we want, and is it possible to protect ourselves from being persuaded?


(The first episode in a two-part persuasion suite) 

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EPISODE 8: THE EXORCISM OF ANNELIESE MICHEL

In honor of the Halloween season, we are bringing you a mini-episode: a case study of a real-life horror story, caught inextricably in the thin net that separates the old world of religion and faith from today’s understanding of science and psychology. So dim the lights, light a candle, and settle in for the sad and harrowing tale of the exorcism of Anneliese Michel.

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EPISODE 7: THE INSANITY DEFENSE

Who is sane and who is not? What exactly is an insanity plea? Can you be too insane to be guilty of a crime? Join us as we explore three major cases behind America’s hotly-debated insanity defense. 

EPISODE 6: YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC

Music has a powerful effect on humans. Across time, cultures, and age, it is a constant presence, and the physiological impacts it has are practically universal, from heart rate to blood flow to memory recall. So much action in the body, caused by something that effectively exists only our minds...

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EPISODE 4: SOLDIER'S HEART

Throughout time, the lasting effects of trauma have been called many things: "nostalgia," "soldier's heart," "shell shock," "combat fatigue."  Today, we use the seemingly more scientific term "post-traumatic stress disorder," but what exactly is PTSD and how is it defined and diagnosed by psychologists?

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EPISODE 3: HYPNOSIS ON TRIAL

What is hypnosis and does it have a place in our legal system? For over 100 years, the debate has raged on. Join us for a journey through the fascinating history of hypnotism in the courts.

EPISODE 2: DEVIL TOWN

Many people are familiar with the term "Satanic Panic," but most have no idea about the bizarre role that psychology played in the widespread mayhem that erupted in the 1980s and 90s.


(The second episode in the two-part false memory suite) 

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EPISODE 1: WHOSE MEMORY IS THIS, ANYWAY?

We rely on our memories to orient ourselves in time and space. But what if your memories are unreliable? Or worse, what if it is possible for someone else to implant false memories in your mind?


(The first episode in a two-part false memory suite) 

SHOW SOURCES & SUPPLEMENTALS