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Morality Polarization, Redshirting Kindergarteners, Comfort Zone

The Matt Townsend Show
  • Mar 30, 2017
  • 02:26:14

How Our Morals Might Politically Polarize Just About Anything (16:38) Dr. Randy Stein is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  He holds a Ph. D. in Social Psychology from Yale University. He likes to research why people like or believe things that are wrong, unhelpful, and/or strange.  Dr.  Stein's recent research shows that people don’t always make decisions based on how they feel. For example, if you go into an ice cream shop and discover that other customers, who support a political candidate you oppose, ordered your favorite flavor, then you are less likely to order that flavor. You may opt for your second choice simply because you don’t want to agree with those who are on the “other side.” Dr. Randy Stein explains how we sometimes make decisions based on our bias. Memphis funeral home offers drive-through viewings (56:40) A funeral home in Memphis, Tennessee is offering drive-through service. We talk about some of the complications that could come up with this convenience. Redshirting Your Kindergarteners (1:04:01) Lori Day is an educational psychologist and consultant with Lori Day Consulting. She has worked in education for over 25 years. She has blogged on the topics of parenting, education, gender, media, and culture. Some parents have been “redshirting” or holding their kids back so they don’t start school until they are 6 possibly giving them an advantage. Lori Day joins the show to explain the pros and cons of redshirting you kindergartener. Caitlin Thomas - Major Medical Discoveries (1:31:58) When we get sick what is the first thing we do? Well, we may try some at-home remedies or over the counter meds to help out, but a lot of us will end up in the doctor’s office. Do we even think twice about how much access we have to medical care and technology? Caitlin Thomas is here with us this morning to take us back in time to remember some of the greatest medical discoveries and help us have a little more appreciation for our doctors.  Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone (1:53:42) Dr. Andy Molinsky is a Professor at Brandeis University’s International Business School and author of several books including, “Global Dexterity” and “Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge, and Build Confidence.” We’ve all had moments where start a new job or move to a new city or are faced with unfamiliar situations. It can be scary to get outside your comfort zone, but an expert in psychology and behavior in the business world, Andy Molinsky, says “that’s where the magic happens. \[Getting outside our comfort zone] is where we can grow, learn, and develop the way that expands our horizons beyond what we thought was possible.” Andy Molinsky teaches us new strategies to help us step outside our comfort zones, rise to the challenge, and build confidence. Show More...

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