7 Online Scientists to Follow in 2022
It’s been a while since I’ve shared the amazing work of fellow psychologists and where you can find them online. I’ve decided to switch it up a bit. So, without further ado, here are the top 7 online scientists I follow and I recommend that you do too.
There is a particular episode about Dopamine (a Dopamine masterclass if you will) that got me hooked on his podcast. He talks about how Dopamine dictates the quality of our life and our level of desire to pursue things. In that episode, I learned that our experience of life, our level of motivation and drive depends on our Dopamine levels relative to our recent experience. It’s fascinating.
There is a reason I’ve had the wonderful neuroscientist Dr. Sarah McKay twice on the podcast now. She was one of my first guests for Season 1 and as once wasn’t enough, she came back for Season 9. It’s not just that she’s a media personality or a best selling author. Nor is it her extremely popular TEDTalk on “Indulging Your Neurobiology” (over 30K views, btw). It’s because she is my go-to expert and subject matter authority on one of my favorite topics - neuroscience.
Sarah lives and breathes neuroscience and I love listening to her talk about the subject using common sense, real-world examples, stories and humour. Neuroscience is a broad, deep, complex, mysterious topic. Yet Sarah makes it interesting, practical and relevant.
Sarah offers a range of online learning programs via her website with her latest, The Neuroscience Coaching Network now open for enrolments. It’s created for new, experienced and certified coaches with a genuine interest in the application of brain science to their practice. If that sounds like you, then you must check it out.
When my days are packed but I still want to be informed and entertained, I’m looking to get bite-sized, easy to consume information. This is the draw of food scientist Erin, also known on social media as Food Science Babe. She debunks misleading food claims online by using #factsnotfear to share the truth about agriculture, food marketing, and more.
There’s so much myth and misinformation about food with much of it leading to unnecessary anxiety and even disordered eating. Grounded on science and evidence based information, Food Science Babe dispels these myths about food and the food industry one quirky video at a time.
Jo is a Clinical & Coaching Psychologist and enthusiastic Director & Co-Founder of The Mind Room, a wellbeing, psychology and performance clinic in Melbourne. The Mind Room is deeply involved in community level activities and their team of highly qualified and experienced psychologists facilitate practical, evidence-based workshops. Their mission is to help individuals live a healthy, meaningful and connected life and help equip organisations and community leaders with the mental skills to maintain wellbeing and to be adaptable, resilient and compassionate in the face of life’s challenges. I love their focus on helping us all to live better, collectively, and their bite-sized tips and tools on social media.
5. Adam Grant
What’s not to love about organizational psychologist Adam Grant? It seems everyone in my circles follows him and we all subscribe to his guiding principle: “The most meaningful way to succeed is to help others succeed.”
Adam’s podcast “WorkLife” is home to some of the best content on organisational psychology and has a wealth of entertaining and useful information from a very impressive lineup of guests. Adam also features on one of my favorite episodes of “The Psychology Podcast” called “Think Again” in which he deconstructs the cognitive underpinnings of active, open-minded thinking again and lays down the path to being effective (Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know is Grant’s latest book) . The Psychology Podcast is hosted by cognitive scientist and best selling author Scott Barry Kaufman. Which brings me to my next list entry….
Scott is a cognitive scientist and humanistic psychologist. He is the founder and director of the Center for the Science of Human Potential and an Honorary Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Wellbeing Science. And as previously mentioned, indefatigable host of the most downloaded psychology podcast in the world - The Psychology Podcast. You see why he’s one of my favorites.
You might also know him as the best selling author of the groundbreaking book, “Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization,” a bold reimagining of Maslow's famous hierarchy of needs that provides new insights for realizing your full potential and living your most creative, fulfilled, and connected life. Scott is quite the author and editor with 9 books under his belt. He also writes wonderful pieces for Scientific American
7. Carl Nelms
There’s a stigma around men seeking therapy as a form of self-care and personal growth. As a result, a whopping 70% of men avoid reaching out for psychological support & counseling, leaving them to suffer in silence. It’s a big worry as the mother of boys, now surrounded by teens who’ll soon be young men.
This is why I love Carl Nelms’ work. Carl started Blokes Psychology in Melbourne to provide a plain-speaking, male oriented form of therapy. Research indicates that what men require from therapy differs from the needs of women. They have a different set of emotional health and wellbeing challenges, which we discussed in this episode when we had Carl as a guest on the Potential Psychology Podcast. I admire his and his team of psychologists, their initiatives and dedication to provide face to face psychological support & counseling to boys & men, specifically tailored to their needs. Their fun and engaging Instagram account and podcast are also worth checking out. Normalising psychological support, self care and therapy for everyone across the gender spectrum is where it’s at!