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Inner Voice - A Psychology-Themed Science in the City Episode

For Immediate Release:
December 02, 2011

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Inner Voice - A Psychology-Themed Science in the City Episode

Psychology and social interaction featured on the
Exploratorium’s five-time Webby award-winning website.
Inner Voice: A New Science in the City web series episode

Psychology and social interaction are now featured on the Exploratorium’s five-time Webby award winning website. The Exploratorium is a renowned museum of science, art and human perception in San Francisco. The newest episode of the Exploratorium’s Science in the City web series, called Inner Voice, focuses on the psychology of the voice inside one’s head. As recent studies indicate, this type of “self-talk” does serve a purpose by helping to build motivation, dictate self-control, and regulate impulses. The problem was how to communicate important scientific findings in a humorous and easily accessible fashion. Through a clever script, the short video addresses both the power and limitations of listening to one’s own inner voice. The video foreshadows a new gallery at the Exploratorium dedicated to human phenomena.

One study mentioned early in the video is the University of Illinois professor, Dr. Dolores Albarracin’s “Motivating Goal-Directed Behavior Through Introspective Self-Talk,” which involved testing participants on an anagram test. The participants who asked themselves, “Will I complete this task?” performed better than those who told themselves, “I will complete this task.”  This and other studies referenced in Inner Voice encourage us all to discover the power of our own inner monologue and use it to our advantage. As it turns out, although inner voices can get annoying, they’re essential to understanding our actions.

The new thematic gallery is one part of an expanded Exploratorium that is scheduled to open in April 2013. Until then, Inner Voice and many other Science in the City video installments can be viewed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWNFDHYSd_M

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