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Joy Lawson Davis on Reducing Racial Inequalities in Gifted Education

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Dr. Joy Lawson Davis is a career educator with over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, scholar, author and consultant. Her current work, a topic that is near and dear to the show, involves increasing equity of access to gifted education programs. In this episode, we talk about the racial inequalities that plague our nation’s gifted education programs, and we discuss work being done to create equal opportunity. Other topics include: the current evaluation criteria for “giftedness” and how it can be improved, the importance of bringing all of the shareholders to the table for these discussions, the anti-intellectualism of our modern era, and several alternative ways of identifying giftedness in school. It’s a personally meaningful episode as Scott and Joy recount their own experiences with our non-inclusive education protocols. We hope you enjoy the show!

 

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In addition to local district and university experiences, Davis served for five years as the Virginia State Specialist for K-12 Gifted services. A graduate of the College of William & Mary Dr. Davis holds both master’s and doctorate degrees in Gifted Education. Davis has conducted workshops, been a long-term program consultant, and served as a keynote speaker and distinguished guest lecturer across the nation, in South Africa and the Caribbean. Diversity Education and Gifted Education are her areas of special expertise. As a highly sought after speaker and vocal advocate  for increasing access and equity in gifted education, Davis is often called upon by other scholars, parent advocacy groups and other organizations to share and provide feedback when related matters come to the attention of the general public through mass media.  Dr. Davis has published numerous articles, technical reports and book chapters. Dr. Davis’ award-winning book: ‘Bright,Talented & Black: a Guide for families of African American gifted learners’ is the first of its kind on the market to specifically address the advocacy needs of Black families raising gifted students. Davis is currently the Special Populations columnist for the NAGC publication: Teaching for High Potential and serves on the Gifted Child Today advisory board. Dr. Davis served a two year term as chair of the NAGC’s Diversity & Equity Committee and is now serving her first term as an at-large member of the NAGC Board of Directors. -Blurb taken from nagc.org

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Developing Peak Performance with NFL Coach Sean Desai

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Sean Desai is the defensive quality control coach for the Chicago Bears and works with some of the world’s greatest athletic competitors. In this episode, we discuss his player development model, known as D.I.C.E., which emphasizes the importance of Direction, Instruction, Collaboration and Empowerment. We talk about what it’s like to work in the NFL, the nature of coach-player relationships, and Sean imparts some practical advice to individuals hoping to become high-level athletic coaches. Other topics include: evaluating potential, key characteristics of mental toughness, striving for greatness and more. Football fans, leaders, coaches and teachers will appreciate Sean’s insight into developing peak performance. Note: The audio quality is a bit rough toward the beginning (we’re sorry!), but smooths out, and we think the content is top notch!

 

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“Sean Desai is in his third season as a defensive quality control coach for the Chicago Bears after being hired by the team on January 28, 2013. He is entering his tenth year as a coach at the NFL or collegiate levels. On the field, Desai will continue to work with the Bears linebackers on defense while also assisting the special teams coaches.” Sean also had his Ph.D. in educational Administration. Blurb taken from chicagobears.com

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Life Experimentation with A.J. Jacobs

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Four time bestselling author (and human guinea pig) A.J. Jacobs gets us laughing, and thinking, about the benefits of lifestyle experimentation. In this episode, we discuss A.J.’s courageous journey to learn everything about the world via reading the entire encyclopedia Britannica. A.J. talks about his book Drop Dead Healthywhere he spent months pursuing perfect physical health. We learn from his experiences following the bible (as literally as possible) for an entire year, and much more. Topics include: The importance of gratitude, what it’s like to win the lottery, the benefits of running electricity through the brain, and the differences between being psychotic, psychopathic and sociopathic. It’s an especially eclectic and playful episode that provides deep insight into what it means to live well. We hope you have as much fun listening to the episode as we had recording it. And feel free to leave a review on iTunes if you’re feeling compelled (it’s a big help to our cause and thank you in advance)!

 

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A.J. Jacobs is an author, journalist, lecturer and human guinea pig. He has written four New York Times bestsellers that combine memoir, science, humor and a dash of self-help. He is also editor at large at Esquire magazine, a commentator on NPR and a columnist for Mental Floss magazine. His first book is called The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World. After trying to improve his mind, he turned to his spirit. The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible  tells of his attempt to follow the hundreds of rules in the Good Book. In 2012, Jacobs completed his mind-spirit-body self-improvement trinity with Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection. It is the tale of his quest to be as healthy as humanly possible, for which he revamped his diet, exercise regimen, sleep schedule, sex life, posture and more. He also published a collection of essays called My Life as an Experiment: One Man’s Humble Quest to Improve Himself. Jacobs’s next book will be about how we are all related. In addition to his books, Jacobs has written for The New York TimesEntertainment WeeklyNew York Magazine and Dental Economics magazine, one of the top five magazines about the financial side of tooth care. He has appeared on OprahThe Today ShowGood Morning America, CNN, The Dr. Oz Show, Conan and The Colbert Report. He has given several TED talks, including ones about living biblicallycreating a one-world family, and living healthily. He wonders if he fooled anyone with this third-person thing, or if everyone knows that he wrote this bio himself.  –Blurb paraphrased from ajjacobs.com

Mentioned in this episode: The Psychology Podcast: “What is it like to be a psychopath?” with Dr. Kent Kiehl.

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Unraveling the Mysteries of Personality and Well-Being with Dr. Brian Little

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Who am I? Am I just a product of nature and/or nurture? What does it mean to live a life of meaning and happiness? On this episode of The Psychology Podcast, Dr. Brian Little helps us explore these existentially significant questions. We discuss whether or not the self is an illusion. We shed light on the effects of genes, societal influences and personal projects on personality. The conversation includes Brian’s experiences with influential psychologists such as George Kelly. Other topics include: the Big Five Model of personality, authentic living, identity change, and the good life. Brian has been described as a mix between Robin Williams and Albert Einstein, and we can see why after our discussion – it’s a fun and philosophically poignant episode featuring one of the legends in the field. Enjoy the show!

 

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“Dr. Brian Little is an internationally acclaimed scholar and speaker in the field of personality and motivational psychology. He is a fellow of the Well-being Institute at Cambridge University, where he also lectures in the Department of Psychology and the Cambridge Judge Business School. He is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at Carleton University. Little has taught at Carleton, McGill, Oxford, and Harvard Universities. He was elected as a “Favorite Professor” by the graduating classes of Harvard for three consecutive years. He lives in Cambridge, England, and Ottawa, Canada.” Blurb taken from amazon.com

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The Ego is the Enemy with Ryan Holiday

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On this episode of The Psychology Podcast, we interview bestselling author Ryan Holiday about the timeless life-advice he gleaned from researching his latest book: Ego Is The Enemy. Ryan shares insights from great individuals that eschewed the spotlight to put their higher goals above their desires for recognition. We talk about the importance of talking less and doing more. Our conversation covers the human drive to live a meaningful life and the dramatic shifts in worldview that takes place when astronauts view earth from outer space. We discuss the well-being benefits of integrating behavior with personal values and we commiserate over feeling existentially compelled to squeeze every last drop of productivity from each moment. It’s an interesting look at the foibles of egoism; anyone interested in contemplating what it means to live a good life would do well to give this episode a listen. Enjoy the show!

 

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“RYAN HOLIDAY is a strategist and writer. He dropped out of college at nineteen to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, and later served as the director of marketing for American Apparel. His company, Brass Check, has advised clients like Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as many prominent bestselling authors. Holiday has written four previous books, most recently The Obstacle Is the Way, which has been translated into seventeen languages and has a cult following among NFL coaches, world-class athletes, TV personalities, political leaders, and others around the world. He lives on a small ranch outside Austin, Texas.” –Blurb taken from http://www.amazon.com

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Cal Newport on Deep Work

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On this episode of The Psychology Podcast, we feature a particularly lively exchange, as Scott and Cal attempt to decode the patterns of success, sharing their perspectives on deep work, deliberate practice, grit, creativity, talent, mastery, IQ, and cultural misconceptions about passion and finding one’s calling. The discussion has a fun and curious tone; it is a research-informed exploration of what it really takes to succeed in the 21st century. We had a great time recording this episode and we think you will really enjoy it.
 

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“Cal Newport is a writer and a professor of computer science at Georgetown University. He is the author of five books and runs the popular advice blog, Study Hacks, which attempts to decode “patterns of success” in both school and the working world. His contrarian ideas on building a successful, meaningful life have been featured on TV, radio, and in many major publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New York Post.” -Blurb taken from Amazon.com
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Paul Tough on Helping Children Succeed in School and in Life

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We are happy  to welcome journalist and author Paul Tough on the show to discuss how we can help children from adverse backgrounds flourish. Paul began his deep dive into this topic 13 years ago for a New York Times piece, and he has been fascinated with the neuroscientific, psychological, political and sociological research ever since. This episode is a look at practical recommendations for how children can transcend difficult circumstances and cultivate well-being. We cover some of the challenges facing impoverished children and the effects of these environments on how children develop. We discuss constructs like grit, conscientiousness, character strengths, and “non-cognitive capacities”. We ask important philosophical questions like “are the skills associated with doing well in school really the same as doing well in life?” We look at how pursuing well-being can actually fuel academic success, the importance of creativity and autonomy in school, and much more!

 

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“Paul Tough is the author, most recently, of Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why. He is also the author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character and Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America. He is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and a speaker on various topics including education, poverty, parenting, and politics.  His writing has also appeared in theNew Yorker, the AtlanticGQ, and Esquire.” Blurb taken from paultough.com

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Reducing Anxiety Through Play with Charlie Hoehn

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On this episode of the Psychology Podcast, we welcome renaissance man and psychology enthusiast Charlie Hoehn. Charlie has carved a unique path through this world that has led him to work with best-selling authors like Tim Ferris, Tucker Max and Ramit Sethi, all while pursuing his own work as a writer. We talk about his drives toward creativity and autonomy that led him to create a life outside of the 9-5 grind. We also discuss Charlie’s personal experiences with anxiety and get advice on how to reduce anxiety through play. Other topics include our ability to change who we are and the importance of doing what you love. Please enjoy the show!

 

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Charlie Hoehn is the author of Play It Away (#1 Stress Management) and Recession Proof Graduate. He is the founder of The Recess Project (therecessproject.com), and a mental wellness expert who’s advised leaders at the Pentagon, U.S. Military bases, startups, and universities. He is best known for his career strategy “free work,” which lead to him working with bestselling authors like Tim Ferriss, Tucker Max, and Ramit Sethi. Charlie’s article about the importance of play is the #1 worldwide result on Google for the search “cure anxiety” (above Oprah.com), and has been read by over one million people. His work has been featured on NPR’s TED Radio Hour, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Globe and Mail, Mating Grounds, and many others. He lives in Austin, where he hosts weekly recess at Zilker park and performs improv at the Hideout. – Blurb taken from Amazon.com

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Legendary Psychologist Dr. Seymour Epstein on the Cognitive-Experiential Self-Theory of Personality

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An intellectual hero of the show, 91 year old Seymour Epstein is the creator of one of the most well-respected theories in personality psychology: the Cognitive-Experiential Self-Theory of Personality (CEST). In this episode, we discuss how Epstein discovered his calling, what the field of psychology was like in the 1940s, his experience taking a class with Abraham Maslow, his interaction with Gordon Allport, and how he came to create his dual-process theory of personality. We also talk about implications of the theory as it relates to religion, politics and clinical psychology. It was a pleasure speaking with this giant in the field. Enjoy the show!

 

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“I am a Professor Emeritus in Psychology. I am a clinical. personality, and research psychologist. My major interests are in constructing a unified theory of personality, introducing a new conceptualization of the unconscious mind, constructive thinking as the source of emotional intelligence, and stress, and coping.” Blurb taken from Dr. Epstein’s LinkedIn.com

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Dr. Stuart Ritchie on Intelligence, IQ Testing and Genetics

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Dr. Stuart Richie is an expert in human intelligence differences and their relations to the brain, genetics, and education. This episode distills some of the most important and interesting ideas in intelligence, IQ testing, genetics and their affects on society at large. We discuss the false dichotomy between nature vs. nurture. We illuminate popular media and institutional pressures to deliver sensational findings. We cover the ethical implications of the quickly developing genetic science, with questions like “should insurance companies be able to raise your rates depending on your genetics?”  Ultimately, this is a crash course on the psychology of intelligence featuring two experts on the topic. Enjoy! And check out Stuart’s book Intelligence: All That Matters.

 

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Stuart Ritchie is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology at The University of Edinburgh. His recent work involves charting the ageing of intelligence, and what we might do to predict, or perhaps even change, the cognitive ageing process. His book “Intelligence: All That Matters” is available now in paperback and on Kindle.