5 Top Podcasts for Psychology Majors

By: Jenna Savage

When you’re a student, it isn’t easy to stay up-to-date on news and developments in your major area of study. In particular, psychology is a field that is constantly changing and evolving, with new research being published on a frequent basis. As a busy student laden with assignments, exams, and papers, you can’t stay on top of everything, and that’s why podcasts are so convenient. They offer the opportunity for you to listen to psychology news on-the-go, at home, or in between classes – wherever it is most convenient for you.

There are many psychology-themed podcasts out there, but not all are created equal. Below is a list of some of best podcasts for busy psychology majors.

    1. 60-Second Mind. This weekly podcast provides information on the latest developments in the field of psychology and behavior, summarized in a mere 60 seconds. Its short th makes it an especially convenient option for busy students that don’t have the time to listen to lengthier podcasts. Latest topics include pain perception and the psychological effect of keeping secrets.
    2. Shrink Rap Radio. A weekly podcast, Shrink Rap Radio features interviews with prominent doctors and researchers within the field of psychology. It is hosted by David Van Nuys, Ph.D., who goes by “Dr. Dave,” and covers contemporary issues dealing with the mind, human behavior, and psychological treatments. Recent podcasts feature Dr. Stuart L. Kaplan, who addresses bipolar disorder in children, and Dr. Jeffrey Raff, who discusses synchronicity.
    3. Medscape Psychiatry and Mental Health. Medscape provides the latest headlines in mental health, abnormal psychology, and mental illness treatment news, which it features in its podcast twice a month. Recent topics covered by the podcast include post-traumatic stress disorder in children and ADHD treatment.
    4. All in the Mind. Hosted by Lynne Malcolm, this is a podcast that explores the brain, mental processes, and the effect of the mind on behavior. It is primarily concerned with how mental faculties shape human experience. This podcast recently covered memory and the connection between emotions and brain chemistry.
    5. Radiolab. Though Radiolab isn’t specifically about psychology, many of the topics addressed in this podcast relate the human mind and the way our brains shape behavior. Radiolab’s podcast often tops many science podcast lists, and with good reason – each podcast episode is an investigation into a scientific topic or question. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, Radiolab has recently addressed issues like empathy and the dark side of human nature.