Two Guys On Your Head

It turns out there is a lot to learn about when studying the psychology of near misses. One thing we learn is that the memories of these events--like the time you almost ran into a tree with your bike, or the time you stuck your head out of a moving train and then pulled it back in just before another train rushed passed by-- are different from other memories. Psychologists call these "flashbulb memories."

In this episode, our first in our series on near misses, Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman, and Dr. Bob Duke talk about flashbulb memories and how they influence our decision-making process.

Listen back to Two Guys on Your Head recorded live at The Cactus Cafe in Austin, Texas for a Views and Brews, as KUT's Rebecca McInroy talks with Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke about the psychology of happiness.

In this episode, we answer an audience question about money and happiness.

Listen back to Two Guys on Your Head recorded live at The Cactus Cafe in Austin, Texas for a Views and Brews, as KUT's Rebecca McInroy talks with Dr. Art Markman and Dr.

***This episode references guns and suicide and may be upsetting for some of our listeners***

Data can be a tricky thing to bring into discussions around guns and suicide. As Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, being more critical about the way information is framed can help us make more informed decisions when thinking about preventing tragedies.

Why can experiencing art in a museum be significant? It turns out there's much more to it than just the pictures on the walls.

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

It turns out the idea that women are better than men at multitasking is not true at all. In fact, men and women are equally bad at multitasking. Why does this notion persist? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke take on multitasking and gender.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how to rethink your approach to work for a happier life.

Bad Science

Sep 20, 2019

Why do we continue to believe in ideas that sound scientific long after they have been scientifically proved to be incorrect? That is the question Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke take on in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head.

What is the real problem when you feel inadequate? How can you help yourself overcome it when you recognize it? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the "imposter syndrome."

Our environment affects our thinking in ways beyond our conscious awareness – even if we happen to be scientists.

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

Most of us know what we need to do to be healthy, even if we don't always do it. However, when a doctor prescribes a medication for what ails us, we might take it more seriously. What happens psychologically when a doctor prescribes a social activity to heal our ills?

In light of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, we are rebroadcasting an episode of Two Guys on Your Head with Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke about the psychology behind the ongoing debate about firearms and gun control.

We may be drawn to loud sounds in the environment, but do we really know why? On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of volume.

Growing pains are inevitable and the frustration associated with them can often magnify existing issues or create new ones altogether.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of population – and why this all matters.

Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about some problems with research on embodied cognition and look at what it means and what it doesn't.

KUT's Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the role of praise in motivating change.

KUT's Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about when and why to say "thank  you."

Mentorships can be helpful if they are set up well. Yet, as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke point out in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, so often they're not.

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

We might think the idea of happiness and joy are interchangeable, but as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss on this episode Two Guys on Your Head they are very different.

What is joy? That is the question that prompted this week's edition of Two Guys on Your Head with Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke.

You might understand the concept of joy, but when it comes to the psychology of joy, the more know, the better equipped you are to experience more joy in your daily life.


Eyewitness Accounts

May 3, 2019

Even though we know how unreliable our visual memory is, we still put a huge amount of stock into what someone says they saw. Why is an eyewitness account so important in legal proceedings and beyond, and why should we question the value of an eyewitness testimony?

On this episode of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss eyewitness accounts.


Pre-Crastination

Apr 26, 2019

For some, completing a task the moment it arises is of utmost importance. But if you do something to completion far ahead of its deadline, you may miss out on important information.

On this episode of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss "pre-crastination".


Legacy

Apr 18, 2019

Looking back, we tend to associate our legacy with accomplishments in our career and we rarely think about the value of our work in the moment. Yet a personal sense legacy can be derived from a number of meaningful things outside the workplace, even if we're not considering them right now.

On this episode of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss legacy.


The Dark Triad

Apr 12, 2019

In psychology, the "Dark Triad" refers to narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy. How do we identify those who are "high in the Dark Triad" and in what ways can these people be detrimental to our professional or personal life?

In this episode of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss the Dark Triad.


Accepting And Dismissing Information

Apr 4, 2019

A new idea that matches our beliefs is easy to latch onto and one that contradicts us makes us try and find reasons why it's false. In an age of information-seeking, how can we best judge "the facts"?

In this episode of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss accepting and dismissing information.


The Replication Crisis

Mar 27, 2019

A psychological study with null results is less likely to be published than one with surprising results, so it's no wonder researchers tailor and conduct experiments with a preferred outcome in mind. So why is it so difficult to replicate a popular study around the time of its initial publication?

In this episode of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke  discuss the replication crisis.  


Value In The Moment

Mar 22, 2019

As tax day nears, it's not a bad idea to look at our spending habits. Typically when we experience a windfall, we spend more. When we come up short, we spend less. So although objectively we should maintain an average amount of spending, our financial habits continue to be influenced by how much we have at the moment.

In this episode of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss value in the moment.


Asymmetry: Past & Future

Mar 15, 2019

Dating back to when we were kids, two weeks into the future seems a lot longer than two weeks in the past. Even as adults we know two weeks is the same length regardless of when it takes place and yet we still experience this asymmetrical mindset.

In this episode of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss asymmetry between the past and future.  


Signal Detection (Part Two)

Mar 8, 2019

We've covered what signal detection theory is, so how does it come up when we assign labels to behaviors that could be considered "micro aggressions"? Are there significant benefits to these labels?

In the second episode of this two-part conversation on Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke continue their discussion on signal detection.


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