Sunday, 11 March 2007

Psychology podcasts: a clickable list

Updated June 2016

The podcast from the British Psychological Society's Research Digest (that's us!) - asks whether findings from psychology can be used in real life. Our latest episode is on sarcasm and emoticons. Episode one was on attraction and dating, episode two was on breaking bad habits, episode three on how to win an argument,  episode four on gift giving and episode five on language learning. Sponsored by Routledge Psychology. Presented by Christian Jarrett.

Hidden Brain
The Hidden Brain project from NPR helps curious people understand the world – and themselves. Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.  Presented by Shankar Vedanta.

A podcast about all things brain, body, mind and culture, not necessarily in that order, hosted by neuropsychologist Deborah Budding.

School of Psych
Featuring insightful interviews and stories from experts in psychology, culture, and relationships to help you know yourself, understand others, and live thoughtfully. Presented by Jared DeFife.

All in the Mind
From BBC Radio 4 and presented by Claudia Hammond. All in the Mind examines how we think and behave.

Invisibilia (Latin for all the invisible things), from NPR, is about the invisible forces that control human behavior - ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.

The Methodology for Psychology Podcast
Interviews with psychology researchers.

You Are Not So Smart
Interview-based podcasts from David McRaney, author of the book You Are Not So Smart.

60-Second Mind
Minute-long commentaries on the latest news in behavior and brain research, from Scientific American.

The Psychology Podcast
From psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman. "Each episode will feature a guest who will stimulate your mind, and give you a greater understanding of your self, others, and the world we live in."

Psycomedia [recently re-started after a hiatus]
A comedy podcast dedicated to the funny side of psychological research.

Very Bad Wizards
A philosopher and a psychologist ponder the nature of human morality.

Secret Psychology of Persuasion
Interview-based podcasts presented by Nathalie Nahai.

Psychology of attractiveness podcast
"a monthly science show that covers the most interesting and cutting edge research on the psychology of attraction and relationships." Produced by Dr. Rob Burriss, a research fellow at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK.

Royal College of Psychiatrists
Interview-based podcasts, presented by Raj Persaud and others.

Shrink Rap Radio
All the psychology you need to know and just enough to make you dangerous. From US clinical psychologist David Van Nuys.

All in the Mind (from ABC Radio in Australia)
An exploration of all things mental, All in the Mind is about the brain and behaviour, and the fascinating connections between them.

A neuroscience-focused podcast from the journal Nature in association with the Dana Foundation.

The PsychFiles
The Psych Files is a Psychology podcast hosted by Michael A. Britt, Ph.D. The Psych Files is aimed at anyone curious about human behavior

The Perception and Action podcast
Explores how psychological research can be applied to improving performance, accelerating skill acquisition and designing new technologies in sports, driving and aviation. Produced and hosted by Rob Gray, Associate Professor of Human Systems Engineering at Arizona State University.


The Human Zoo [no longer updating]
The Human Zoo from BBC Radio 4 explores the foibles, quirks and behaviour of that most fascinating of species - us.

N of Us [no longer updated]
Why we are the way we are - from why we love who we love, to when we're at our best. Presented by Aleks Krotoski and funded by the British Psychological Society.

Group Therapy [no longer updated]
From London's Resonance FM - Each week, a 'confession' was posed to a panel of three commentators (a psychologist, academic and comedian) who came together to explain the universal themes and theories around the problem, offering insights and opinions along the way.

Psychtalk [last updated in 2013]
"explores the human mind at every scale, from neurons in the brain, to individual behavior, to society and culture."

My Three Shrinks [no longer updating]
a podcast by three psychiatrists, each with a different perspective.

Autism podcast [no longer updating]
Over 100 episodes produced by the father of a child with autism.

This Week in the History of Psychology [no longer updating]

Post compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.


Unknown said...

I'd like to let your readers know about a psychology podcast I started about a month ago. It's called "The Psych Files" and you can find it at I'm also in iTunes. I'm a former (tenured) assistant professor of psychology who now works in online learning. The podcast is something I do on the side. In it I discuss how psychological theory relates to everyday life. I'd appreciate it if you'd put The Psych Files in your list above. Thanks!

Michael Britt

Unknown said...

Hi Michael
Thanks for letting me know - I've added your site to the list.
Keep up the good work

Anonymous said...

This list is missing some sites.
Which has nice collection interesting brain science videos
(I'm not sure if this belongs to this list)

Neuroscience videos and audio from National Institutes of Healt


Unknown said...

Thanks Mxrn - these are great resources. To stick with audio, I've left out the video site, but I've added the NIH site with podcasts.

Unknown said...

One of my favorites:
This Week in the History of Psychology:

Unknown said...

ooh, thanks Dana, that's a good one! I've added it.

Anonymous said...

Would count as an appropriate one?


Steve & Barb said...

Thanks for the mention in your psych podcast list. We try to keep it interesting at My Three Shrinks (or, at least, not too boring). Please consider adding our blog to your blogroll (Shrink Rap).

Unknown said...

Gareth - thanks for both those suggestions, they look great. I've added them both.

Roy - no problem, I'll add Shrink Rap to the blog roll now.


Anonymous said...

An excellent webiste with prorams related to psychology, psychiatry and menal health in general is at , home of the infinite mind radio program. Not podcasts per se, in that you can only listen to the shows (and maybe record them if you wish too) but you cannot download them. Most programs stay on for a few months before they are archived to be purchased. All in all a remarkable series dating back to 1997, in both the depth and breadth of the issues covered.
Can't believe how no one's posted this yet.

TulipGirl said...

I've listened to just about all the Berekley psych podcasts--they are really well done. I can't recommend them more highly.

CogSciLibrarian said...

nice list!

I'm fond of the Brain Science Podcast at

(and thanks for the link to my blog. :-) )

CogSciLibrarian said...

oh, and in the popular press department, the New York Times "Science Times" podcast often features psych / neuroscience stuff. See New York Times & scroll down to Science Times, or subscribe in iTunes.

Unknown said...

thanks CogSci Librarian - I have added your suggestions.

Rob said...

Hi Christian,

I'd like to suggest my podcast, The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast, which is a monthly show that highlights new research on mate choice, relationships and related topics.


Jeff said...

Here's a more recent psychology and neuroscience podcast based on a great talk radio program: PsychTalk (

The Faculties said...

Please include on your list. We have over 30 video podcasts by lecturers from the University of Leeds, all speaking on topics directly from the A-level Psychology curriculum.



Ben said...

Hi Christian,

Though we're certainly nowhere near as high profile or, you know, professional as the podcasts on your list, perhaps you might like to include our show Psycomedia ( Each week myself and co-host Tim discuss weird, unexpected and occasionally disturbing contributions to our awesome field. We aim to amuse, or failing that to educate (and vice versa), and we certainly give a lot of love to the BPS research digest for inspiring many of the topics and studies. If you're after something a little more frivolous, with a reasonable chance of accidentally learning something, maybe give Psycomedia a try.


Sophie said...


I'd like to let you know about a radio series called Group Therapy on Resonance FM, London's leading community radio station. It would be great if you could add GT ( to your list.

Each week, a 'confession' is posed to a panel of three commentators (a psychologist, academic and comedian) who come together to explain the universal themes and theories around the problem, offering insights and opinions along the way.

This week's episode was on gender and identity with psychotherapist Philippa Perry, evolutionary biologist Simon Watt and comedian Claire Parker.

You can catch up on all the Group Therapy episodes on


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