Two Guys On Your Head

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.


Signal Detection (Part One)

Mar 1, 2019

When thinking about the concept of a "microaggression," what we're really doing is subscribing to signal-detection theory. What is the theory and how does it come into play when we're dissecting the behaviors of others?

In the first episode of this two-part conversation on Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss signal detection.


Actions And Intentions

Feb 22, 2019

We judge our own actions on our intentions, yet we take other people's behaviors at face value. Is it acceptable to do something virtuous in light of ill intent?

In this episode of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss actions and intentions.


24-Hour News Cycle

Feb 15, 2019

We live in an era with push notifications and all-day news coverage, but is keeping up to date with the latest development really that important?

In this episode of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss 24 hour news cycle.


Occam's Razor

Feb 8, 2019

From seeing a UFO to advancing a conspiracy theory, often the simplest explanation is the most likely one. Yet we still tend to fancy convoluted ideas with lots of moving parts, just because they sound good to us.

On this episode of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss Occam's Razor.


Reverse Psychology

Feb 1, 2019

What we refer to as "reverse psychology" is more or less a strategy of deception based on expected defiance, and any short term gratification is often met with long term problems. So why has reverse psychology become such a trope in parenting or dealing with contrarians? 

In this episode of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss "reverse psychology".


Sunk Cost

Jan 25, 2019

When we invest a lot into something, be it a relationship, job, or even a used car, it can be tough to cut your losses and start anew. So why are we so prone to sticking with it rather than moving on?

In this episode of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss sunk cost.


Revenge Fantasies

Jan 18, 2019

In the heat of the moment, revenge can be an appealing idea to consider but often it has devastating results with fleeting satisfaction. Revenge narratives permeate popular media and we dislike when a wrongdoer goes unpunished, so why don't we actually decide to carry out justice ourselves?

On this edition of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about revenge fantasies.


Acquaintances In The Wild

Jan 10, 2019

We're used to seeing certain people in one context, but why do we get so thrown off when we see them elsewhere? How do cultural differences in collectivism and individualism shape the way we may perceive people in a variety of settings?

On this edition of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss acquaintances in the wild.

Labels

Jan 3, 2019

Labels are an essential part of distinguishing between one another but they can also pigeonhole one's sense of identity. How can we adjust our approach to labeling mental illnesses, particularly in children, in a communally constructive way?

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


Resolution [Re-Broadcast]

Dec 28, 2018

Happy 2019! It’s that time of the year when we resolve to drink less, exercise more, save money, etc. It may feel really good to intend to do “better” in the new year, but as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke  explain in this 2015 edition of Two Guys on Your Head, real change takes planning and hard work. 

       


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