BlackBoxPhD


About BlackBoxPhD

I’m Sean Young, PhD, behavioral psychologist, educator, and Director of the UCLA Center for Digital Behavior. I’ve worked with some amazing collaborators and friends on how to apply psychology in life.

I’m inviting you to online fireside chats with them to give you a sneak peak into their brilliant minds and help you improve your life, work, and relationships.

Together, we’ll interview experts in psychology, health, technology, and business. We’ll leave you with weekly take-home points to teach you about Psychology, Products, and People.


Gamification Ramifications With Michael Fergusson

Gamification Ramifications With Michael Fergusson Small changes in behavior can make a huge impact, especially in health. One way to get people to make small changes is to make it fun for them to change, by using games and gamification. Most of us know what games and video games are, […]


Getting Into The Nuts and Bolts of Bioinformatics and Vaccine Selection

 Getting Into The Nuts and Bolts of Bioinformatics and Vaccine Selection By analyzing large amounts of data, researchers are learning to solve new and important problems in health and medicine. We’ve gained the ability to predict outbreaks of disease, to determine how genes will lead to disease, and to find […]


Unlocking Infant Psychology With Dr. Scott Johnson

Unlocking Infant Psychology With Dr. Scott Johnson   Dr. Scott Johnson works at UCLA’s innovative Baby Lab. He also studies the development of perception and cognition in humans, human brain development, developmental disabilities, and learning how neurons in the brain connect to vision. Dr. Scott Johnson is a UCLA professor […]


AJ Prager Tells Us How A Start Up Can Succeed

AJ Prager Tells Us How A Start Up Can Succeed It’s no secret that most startups fail. In fact, some statistics suggest that as many as 95% of first time entrepreneurs fail. So, what can be done to increase startup success? Shows like Shark Tank and Startup are helping to […]


Dr. Tiffany Cvrkel On How Bioethics Impacts Us All

Dr. Tiffany Cvrkel On How Bioethics Impacts Us All As advancements and new technologies are rapidly emerging in health and medicine, there are an increasing number of ethical questions that arise. Dr. Tiffany Cvrkel is a bioethicist, philosopher, and lecturer in UCLA’s Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology department. In this […]