Two Guys on Your Head

Each week on Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, explore different aspects of human behavior and the brain.

In conversations hosted by producer Rebecca McInroy, the two renowned psychologists cover everything from the effects of sugar on the brain, to what's happening in our minds while we sleep, and much, much more.

Listen to the Two Guys every Friday at 7:51 a.m., 1:49 and 4:51 p.m. on KUT-FM. You can always dig into the posts below or checkout and subscribe to podcasts via iTunes

We'd love to know what you're curious about!  Email us your topics and suggestions at twoguys@kut.org. And follow Two Guys on Twitter: @2GoYH

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We get it, voting is a choice, one that requires a lot of effort to make an informed decision, and some people just don't put in that effort, or choose not to. So why do some people choose to not go to the polls?

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke take on the psychology of voting.

This story was produced in collaboration with the Annette Strauss Institute’s Lebermann Forum.

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Time marches on and, whether we like it or not, we age.
With age comes a decline in both physical abilities and mental acuity. Memory and cognition peak in our early twenties, then we begin a slow, steady decline of those functions as we approach our senior years. 

This week on "Two Guys on Your Head," Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke join host Rebecca McInroy to discuss how physical and mental stimuli can help combat the signs and symptoms of old age, stave off memory loss and help you be at your best well into your golden years.

We might consider ourselves pretty savvy. We choose the "best" toothpaste, bottled water, or television set. We go to the movies we "want" to see, and listen to the music we like because it's "good".

What we might not take into consideration is how popularity fits into our value judgments about everything, from people and products to ideas and beliefs.

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Humans may take the card we swipe for granted at the grocery store when we buy food. We might look at our bank balance and not even think of how unique it is that we can translate those little numbers into experiences and things. It's merely one of the benefits of having big brains.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of how our brains determine value.

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When we suffer the loss of a home, we may ask why the trauma is so deep. Why are we so devastated by the loss of things? A listener asked us this very question on Facebook after she lost her home in the Bastrop County fires of 2011.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of home, and how losing a home affects many aspects of our being.

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When we are afraid, we typically act. We run away, we shout, we lash out.

Fear is a great motivator, but as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, there is a downside to acting out of fear alone.

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It's hard to come to terms with ideas, values and opinions that clash. For example if you're vegan you might deplore birds being killed, but you still want to get rid of those gross bed bugs. The real question is how does dissonance effect behavior?

In this episode Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke use the example of climate change to  explore how we deal with and explain dissonance in our lives and beliefs.


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This election season, we've had a lot of listener questions about how biases form, the psychological impact of heated rhetoric, and what is going on "under the surface" of the American public.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how psychology can inform our discussions and debates as we try to swim through the murky waters of the unique election season of 2016.

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So you just got that raise you've been working toward, and a new project starts tomorrow, and you're making great money, but — you don't really like the work. You're moving up, but you're not happy. It might be time to re-evaluate your situation, and maybe get on a different proverbial treadmill.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the concept of The Hedonic Treadmill, and what we can do to set ourselves up for a happier life.


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TED Talks. Love 'em or hate 'em they may be changing the way we approach science.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about what it is about these captivating orations.

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What does intelligence really mean? How do we define and gauge actual smarts? Does a high IQ predict success?

In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the history and development of intelligence tests; as well as what these tests can actually tell us about one's ability to achieve.


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Why say "please" and "thank you?" It turns out there's a lot more to it than just having good manners.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology and purpose of politeness.

Things may really annoy you, but when do they hit that sweet spot where you become fond of them? When do they become your pets?

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of pet peeves.

In this new feature exclusively for our podcast listeners, we respond to listener comments about our recent shows on hearing loss and happiness.

If you have questions or comments please email us at twoguys@kut.org. Thanks!

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"But I didn't do anything!"

This is a refrain you might have come across once or twice, and the truth is it can be tough to find fault in inaction. This is because of, among other things, omission bias.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of how we determine blame.

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Thou shalt not steal: It might be an old concept, but are the rules different when it comes to plagiarizing? Why does it matter if someone plagiarizes someone else? It's not the same as stealing a physical object. Or is it?

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about why plagiarism is a big deal.


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Does hope actually motivate us to change? A listener sent in this question, and we thought we would explore the answer.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how effective hope is when we want change.

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Procrastination is the all-too-familiar foe of productivity, but why do some wait until the last minute to even get a project started?

In this episode of "Two Guys on Your Head," Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke explore the psychology behind procrastination and talk about how we can overcome factors that might be keeping us from getting started.


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Hearing loss happens to everyone who's lucky enough to age. But it's not like just any other age related illness, mainly because you and others around you might not know it's happening.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about what makes hearing loss so insidious, and why it's important to be open about hearing loss if you know you have it, so you don't lose out on vital social opportunities.


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Have you ever wondered why when you are around happy people, you feel happier, and when you're around sad people you feel a little sadder? Emotions can be contagious, just like the flu. However, recent studies show that the way we emit and convey emotion is more complex than we might think.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about emotional contagion.


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In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology behind both sides of America's ongoing debate about firearms and gun control.

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You might feel 25, but those wrinkles on your forehead betray your real age. So why the incongruity?

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of feeling your age.


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Speed reading! "Now this sounds like a fantastic skill," you might say to yourself. "Where can I learn how to do this?" Well that's a little tricky, because the psychological research on reading and comprehension, so far, concludes that it's just not possible.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about why we read slowly, and why we might think we are speed reading when we're really not.


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We've all driven 66 in a 55 mph zone, and who hasn't jaywalked every once in a while? Rules, as they say, are meant to be broken. So, why do we even make them in the first place?

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, talk about why we make rules, and why it's important to talk about it.

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A few weeks ago, a listener asked us a simple question on Twitter: Why do some people think that the rules don't apply to them? 

We decided to answer that seemingly simple question, but, it turns out, the idea of rules and rule-breaking opened up a Pandora's Box of complexities. And it's gonna take more than one show to unpack.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke begin to take on a few of the psychological issues around rules.


Figuring out how the nature of relationships changes over time can be tough, especially for kids and their parents.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Bob Duke and Dr. Art Markman talk about the challenges of parenting your kids as they transition into adulthood, and what to do to make this easier and mutually beneficial.


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Some might say that as long as you have your needs covered, the amount of money you have is irrelevant to your happiness. While others argue money has a lot to do with well-being. As Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss in this show, the ratio of money to happiness has more to do with you, than with what's in your wallet.

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When it comes to imagination and happiness, it turns out there’s a lot going on. If you think, as William Arthur Ward said, “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it,” you might be in for a surprise when it comes to well-being.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about why it’s important to manage our exceptions and goals, and enjoy the moments in the process of becoming, in order live happier lives.


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"If you want to get something different out of memory, you have to ask your memory a different question." -Dr. Art Markman

Have you ever been in a situation that you just can't see your way out of? Have you ever been stuck on a path you did not want to follow?


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