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Sam Gosling: I don’t know. I mean, I think it should have been a good time to be a pop psychologist for so long, because there’s some amazing finds. I teach Introductory Psychology, and I get a chance to talk about all this fun stuff. I mean, it’s a great course to teach.

And I don’t know why we have been so ineffective at communicating it. But now, there are many people who are stepping up and communicating. It might partially be due to the way it’s been looked at from within academia. You know- and frowned upon as selling out and not serious, and so on, but I genuinely believe that an important part of what we do is communicating, not just to the people next-door to us. It’s communicating it to a broader public, too.

 

Recorded on: June 13, 2008.

 

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