Furman psychology alumna Lisa Cantrell ’07 has found the best way to bring science to the masses. Through her podcast “An InExact Science,” she seeks to take psychology’s most compelling findings out the labs and scientific journals and make them available on ubiquitous mobile devices.
In a story she wrote for the Observer, a publication of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Cantrell says, “I created the podcast … to close the gap between the science and the public, using an audio platform to take psychology’s most interesting findings to a bigger audience. With that mission, I began traveling to labs across the country to interview scientists about the most influential findings in their fields.”
Since 2014, Cantrell has produced podcasts about belief in the supernatural, falling in love, Alzheimer’s disease, and more. With a grant from the APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science, Cantrell has seen the podcast’s audience grow to 2,000 subscribers and nearly 20,000 listeners on live radio broadcasts.
“An InExact Science” has been featured in the Sacramento Bee and Science magazine and was named by The Audit as one of the best indie podcasts of 2016. More information about Cantrell’s podcast is available at aninexactscience.com.
Lisa M. Cantrell is an assistant professor in child development at California State University Sacramento.