Synopsis: Only children have been villified for more than a century as inevitably selfish, spoiled and lonely. Yet research finds that children without siblings are psychologically quite similar to those with brothers and/or sisters. Today the proportion of only children is increasing. Experts refute the myths about only children and discuss how parents can help children navigate life with no siblings.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Beth Apone Salamon, Director of Communications, School of Social Work, Rutgers University and an only child; Lauren Sandler, only child, mother of an only child and author, One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One; Dr. Susan Newman, psychologist, contributor to Psychology Today magazine and author, Parenting an Only Child
Synopsis: The sense of touch is often taken lightly, yet it conveys more emotion than any other sense because it literally has a separate emotional wiring system. A neuroscientist explains the sense of touch, how it works, the power it has over everyday decisions, and what can happen when it’s not working as it should.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. David Linden, Professor of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and author, Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind
Synopsis: Scientists are learning that the bacteria living inside us, most notably in the intestines, influence our bodies far more than previously suspected. Our microbiome influences many other organs, particularly the liver, brain, and immune system. Different mixes of these bacteria may account for a great deal of the variability among people, particularly in our weight.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Jack Gilbert, Group Leader, Microbial Ecology, Argonne National Laboratory; Dr. Rob Knight, Professor of Pediatrics and Computer Science & Engineering, University of California, San Diego
Synopsis: People eat for reasons other than satisfying hunger, and those reasons play a great role in whether we eat too much or not. Experts discuss the role of the environment in our appetites and how we may use it to stay slim.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Brian Wansink, Director, Cornell University Food and Brand Lab and author, Slim By Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life; Dr. Barbara Rolls, Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Penn State University and author, The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet: Smart, Simple, Science-Based Strategies for Losing Weight and Keeping It Off
Synopsis: Few female role models exist at major research universities in scientific fields, subverting efforts to get more women into math and science. Many scientists have dismissed gender bias as a factor. However, new research shows that unintentional bias results in women being subconsciously considered less competent than their male scientific counterparts. Experts explain how unconscious bias exists and its pervasive effect in academia and society at large.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Joan Herbers, Professor of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, Ohio State University and Past President, Association for Women in Science; Dr. Jo Handelsman, Associate Director for Science, US Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Synopsis: Eye exams are looking for a lot more than just eye diseases or how well you see. The eye is the window to the rest of our body’s health, and many diseases can be spotted there first. An ophthalmologist explains.
Host: Lynn Holley. Guest: Dr. Christopher Starr, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Weill-Cornell Medical Center, New York.
Synopsis: For the first time in history, today more than half of American adults are single. Many are still looking for love–more than 40 million are members of online dating sites, which have their busiest time of the year between now and Valentine’s Day. A noted psychologist explains research showing most users have exactly the wrong approach when seeking a good match online, and discusses how they can better their odds of finding true love.
Host: Reed Pence. Guest: Ken Page, psychotherapist in private practice, blogger on Psychology Today and author, Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy.