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Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke explain how our brain works.

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Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke explain how our brain works.

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Cognitive psychology niblets

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Great podcast with bite sized insights from cognitive psychology with everyday applicability.

Interesting and informative

By GWDOGS - Feb 26 2016
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This show always has interesting topics and is presented in an easy to follow format.

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158 Ratings
Average Ratings
147
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3
2
2

Cognitive psychology niblets

By Slfk227 - Sep 04 2017
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Great podcast with bite sized insights from cognitive psychology with everyday applicability.

Interesting and informative

By GWDOGS - Feb 26 2016
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This show always has interesting topics and is presented in an easy to follow format.

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Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke explain how our brain works.

Gaslighting

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We might feel like we’ve been duped when we believe a lie someone has told us, and we may want to crawl in a hole when we share “fake news” on Facebook. But in actuality, we have evolved to trust vs. to question, which is why our tendency toward credulity if easily taken advantage of.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of what is known as “gaslighting” and how to put checks in place so you are less susceptible to being taken for a ride.

Oct 04 2018

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Exercise & Sleep

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The two cheapest and easiest things we can do for our health is sleep more and exercise more, so why don’t we do it? Sleep and exercise have an immense impact on physical and mental health both in the moment and for your future self.

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

Dec 21 2018

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Reverse Psychology

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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?

On this episode of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss “reverse psychology”.

Feb 01 2019

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Honesty & Happiness

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If you’ve caught yourself wanting to lie in a social situation, you’re not alone. Honesty is a huge part of trust in every relationship but can be difficult to maintain across all sorts of interactions.

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

Dec 13 2018

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Saying No

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We’ve done shows on the importance of being open to new opportunities; in short saying yes. And while saying yes is very important, we might be too prone toward saying yes to things when we should be saying no.

Why is hard to say no? Why don’t we take into account the opportunity cost when we’re considering our options?

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how to practice saying no, and why it matters.

May 25 2017

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Fake News

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Whether or not you’re shocked by the plethora of fake news, you might be surprised to learn that such information–fake or not–does have unexpected effects on the way you see the world.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss the psychology of fake news.

Feb 10 2017

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The Dark Triad

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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.

Apr 12 2019

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Sunk Cost

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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.

Jan 25 2019

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Signal Detection (Part One)

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When thinking about the concept of a “micro aggression”, 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.

Mar 01 2019

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Audience Q&A: Money and Happiness

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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.

Oct 25 2019

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Pre-Crastination

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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”.

Apr 26 2019

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Being Late

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Have you ever wondered why some people are always punctual, even early, and other are perpetually late? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about some of the psychology behind synchronizing our cultural and personal “clocks”, and how to put yourself in a less anxious space no matter who you are.

Apr 21 2017

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Leadership and Trust

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On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke continue their discussion on leadership with a look at the psychology of leadership and the importance of trust.

Dec 07 2018

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The Cheerleader Effect

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A few weeks ago we came across an article on “The Cheerleader Effect,” or the idea that people seem more attractive in a group than in isolation. Although there does seem to be evidence that this is true, we couldn’t help but speculate as to why.

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

Aug 30 2018

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Joy vs. Happiness

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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.

May 17 2019

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Imposter Syndrome (Rebroadcast)

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Most people feel in over their heads when they first enter a challenging situation or even a new job. And, while conventional wisdom suggests those with trepidations about trying new things should “fake it ’til they make it,” it may not always be the best course of action.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Bob Duke and Dr. Art Markman discuss what’s known as “imposter syndrome” — the practice of pretending to be the person you want people to see you as rather than who you truly are — and explain why it may just be better to just start working towards your goals instead of faking it.

Jul 27 2017

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Asymmetry: Past & Future

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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.

Mar 15 2019

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Weaponizing Anger

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Anger is an interesting emotion. It creates energy and can be contagious, it can also motivate you to act. But it’s not always the most effective form of motivation if you want to get people to think and work together to create change.

On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of weaponizing anger.

Sep 14 2018

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Cognition and Civic Engagement

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Join KUT’s Rebecca McInroy along with professors Art Markman and Bob Duke as they talk about the psychology of social activism, the effectiveness of deterrence, and the health consequences of negative emotions.

Views and Brews is free and open to the public, hope to see you at the Cactus soon!

Jul 12 2018

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Rewarding In The Workplace

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In our last episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talked about how to influence behavior using rewards first, then examples, and finally verbal direction. However, things aren’t that simple when it comes to building teams and motivating groups, especially in the workplace.

In this follow-up edition, they discuss how to structure rewards at work for the best long-term results.

Jul 06 2017

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OK Boomer

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When Millennials use a phrase like, “OK Boomer” to dismiss what older people say or do it, has deleterious on everyone; why is that?

As Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, categorization is a double-edged sword.

Dec 06 2019

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What’s In A Day?

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When it comes to the holidays, how important is the day, psychologically, that we celebrate?

In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman, and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the importance rituals in marking time, and the way in which we can alleviate stress in our lives by understanding that things don’t always have to go the way the world, or Hallmark, dictates.

Nov 29 2019

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TWTHE, Identity, Social Groups, and Behavior Change

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There is an observation in psychology that looks at how people behave when they have not lived up to the expectations they set for themselves; The What The Hell Effect.

In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman, and Dr. Bob Duke discussion about TWTHE and how it relates to identity, social groups, and behavior change.

Nov 21 2019

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The What The Hell Effect

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There is an observation in psychology that looks at how people behave when they have not lived up to the expectations they set for themselves; the “What The Hell Effect.” In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman, and Dr. Bob Duke talk about, not only what it is, but why it is.

Nov 14 2019

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Memory, Trauma, and Treating PTSD

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We may underestimate the role that our emotions of an event play in our memory of that event. But it turns out there are ways to manipulate those memories and separate the emotion out; even from Flashbulb memories.

In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman, and Dr. Bob Duke talk about why looking at how traumatic memories are formed has led to new treatments for PTSD that are not chemical-based.

Nov 07 2019

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Flashbulb Memories and Decision Making

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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.

Nov 05 2019

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Audience Q&A: Money and Happiness

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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.

Oct 25 2019

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Why Talk About Happiness?

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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.

Many people chase after goals that seem to them important and promising—getting into the right college, getting the dream job, moving to a big house. But what do you really need to be happy? To have a sense of fulfillment and joy? And why is it important?

Oct 17 2019

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Guns and Suicide

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***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.

Oct 11 2019

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The Psychology of Art and Museums

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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.

Oct 03 2019

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Multitasking and Gender

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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, however, 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.

Sep 27 2019

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New Approaches To The Work Week

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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.

Sep 21 2019

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Bad Science

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

Sep 13 2019

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Imposter Syndrome (Rebroadcast)

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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.

Aug 30 2019

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Science and Society

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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.

Aug 23 2019

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Prescribing Social Activity

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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. So what happens psychologically when a doctor prescribes a social activity to heal our ills?

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about prescribing social activity.

Aug 19 2019

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The Gun Debate (Rebroadcast)

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In light of recent events, we are rebroadcasting an edition of Two Guys on Your Head with Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke about the psychology behind both sides of America’s ongoing debate about firearms and gun control.

Aug 08 2019

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Loudness

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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.

Aug 02 2019

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Empathy

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Is empathy inherently a good thing? It turns out, not always. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of empathy.

Jul 26 2019

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How to Interview for a Job

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From a Views and Brews recorded live at the Cactus Cafe KUT’s Rebecca McInroy talks with Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke about the psychology behind how to interviewing for a job.

Jul 19 2019

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