Hi, everyone. Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve posted a new article around here. Sorry about that. As professor life gained steam, I found it difficult to keep posting new articles weekly, then biweekly, then monthly, then…intermittently. Eventually I had to let go of the guilt accompanied by not updating this blog and move on. The good news is that you can still catch up on all 100+ posts to this blog and 50+ videos on my YouTube channel. But fear not! There are new things in the works, too.
Mini announcement: New Blog
I’ve teamed up with Jake Teeny at Everyday Psychophilosophy on a brand new blog for Psychology Today. It’s called A Difference of Opinion, and it’s about psychology research on people’s attitudes and why they resist changing them. Some of my recent articles on there have covered the psychology of political opinion, the persuasive effects of laws, and effective health communication.
Bigger announcement: New Podcast!
Back in 2015 when I started this website, I thought it would be fun to start a podcast. I was an early podcast enthusiast. I remember downloading and listening to podcasts around 2005, way before the medium had gotten huge. And it seemed like a natural extension of this blog to start a podcast. Well, clearly that didn’t happen right away.
Recently, though, I just couldn’t get the idea out of my head. I thought, “I need to just give it a try. If it’s too much work or it doesn’t go anywhere, then at least I will have tried and can stop thinking about wanting to do it.” So I started thinking more seriously about what the show would be like, getting set up to record…and then the coronavirus pandemic swept across the world, throwing just about everything out of whack.
But I had the idea, I had the set-up, and with stay-at-home orders locked firmly in place, both my potential guests and I had some time and a yearning to talk to other humans. So why not roll ahead?
The result is the Opinion Science podcast, a show about the psychology of our opinions, where they come from, and how they change. You can check out a fun trailer for the show here on YouTube. And you can get all the info you need at OpinionSciencePodcast.com. The first couple episodes are already out, and you can get them anywhere you get podcasts–Apple Podcasts, Google, Spotify, etc.
So check it out! I’m excited for the shows I’ve already made and all those yet to come. With these new endeavors, the Be a People Expert blog is likely to remain on hiatus for the time being, but I’m please to have focused my efforts on sharing the psychology of opinions and persuasion, which is where my real passions lie. So, stay in touch and see over on Opinion Science!