Two Psychologists Four Beers

About the show

Two psychologists endeavor to drink four beers while discussing news and controversies in science, academia, and beyond.

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  • Episode 109: RE-RELEASE: Against Mindfulness

    September 27th, 2023  |  1 hr 23 mins
    attention, meditation, mindfulness, motivation, placebo, tango dancing, the self

    Yoel and Mickey push back against the hype to mount an argument against mindfulness meditation.

  • Episode 108: RE-RELEASE: We Need to Talk About Fraud

    September 20th, 2023  |  1 hr 23 mins
    data police, dishonesty, fraud, open data

    Yoel and Alexa are joined by Joe Simmons to talk about fraud in behavioral science. How common is it, how do you detect it, and what can we do to prevent it?

  • Episode 107: Against Anti-DEI Rhetoric

    August 30th, 2023  |  1 hr 7 mins
    anniversary, dei, the elephant in the room, ucla, viewpoint diversity

    Alexa is joined by Jennifer Gutsell to discuss the controversy surrounding Yoel's visit to UCLA. They critique the use of anti-DEI rhetoric in these conversations, and ask if psychology is in denial about the progress we've made.

  • Episode 106: We Need to Talk About Fraud Again

    June 23rd, 2023  |  1 hr 8 mins
    calcchain, cheating research, fraud, harvard, spreadsheets, vigilantes

    Yoel and Alexa discuss the first of a series of four Data Colada blog posts documenting evidence of fraud in studies conducted by Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino. They consider the implications for co-authors, those who did the investigative work, and the field as a whole.

  • Episode 105: Patchwork Politics

    May 17th, 2023  |  58 mins 42 secs
    alliances, politics, propaganda, rich movie stars, rooibos

    Alexa and Yoel discuss a recent article that rejects the idea that political beliefs stem from people’s core values. Instead, the authors argue that these beliefs arise primarily from attempts to forge and maintain affiliations.

  • Episode 104: Quantifying the Narrative of Replicable Science

    March 29th, 2023  |  1 hr 9 mins
    $50, 000 conversations, artificial intelligence, experiments, nfts, replicability

    Yoel and Alexa discuss a recent paper that aims to estimate the replicability of psychology as a discipline by analyzing the words used to describe studies. After a deep dive into the nuts and bolts of the methodology they discuss the factors that make for the most (and least) replicable science.

  • Episode 103: Psych (with Paul Bloom)

    March 8th, 2023  |  1 hr 9 mins
    hucksters, penis hat, pop psychology, psych 101, writing tips

    Paul Bloom joins Alexa and Yoel to talk about his new book. Their conversation touches on teaching, writing, the chutzpah required to think one can take on the task of summarizing a field, and the meaning of penis-shaped dream hats.

  • Episode 102: Destigmatizing Mental Health (with Andrew Devendorf)

    February 8th, 2023  |  1 hr 19 mins
    mental illness, personal statements, self-relevant research, space dust

    Yoel and Alexa are joined by Andrew Devendorf, who shares his work on the stigmatization of "me-search" (or self-relevant research) within the field of clinical psychology. They discuss ways that this stigma impacts clinical graduate students, and consider the strengths of doing research that is rooted in personal experience.

  • Episode 101: An Outside Perspective on Implicit Bias

    January 18th, 2023  |  1 hr 15 mins
    absolution, comments section, confession, corona (the beer), iat, implicit bias

    Alexa and Yoel explore how non-psychologists understand implicit bias and its most common measurement tool, the implicit association test (IAT). As their starting point, they discuss a paper, authored by Jeffrey Yen and colleagues, that tackles this question via the New York Times comments section.

  • Episode 100: What Happened at Perspectives on Psychological Science?

    December 23rd, 2022  |  1 hr 24 mins
    moral values, online outrage, peer review, perspectives

    Yoel and special guest Rachel Hartman discuss the recent ouster of Klaus Fiedler, the former Editor in Chief of the journal "Perspectives on Psychological Science," over allegations of racism and abuse of power.

  • Episode 99: Is MTurk Too Good To Be True?

    December 7th, 2022  |  1 hr 3 mins
    mturk; online data; mouse relocation; morality scores; attention span

    Alexa and Yoel weigh in on recent debates about whether psychological researchers can get good data online. They consider criticisms and defenses of online participant-recruitment platforms like Amazon Mechanical Turk and throw a bit of their own experience into the mix.

  • Episode 98: Inspired Science (with Spencer Greenberg)

    November 23rd, 2022  |  1 hr 10 mins
    habit formation, importance hacking, inspired science, replication, trace alcohol content

    Spencer Greenberg - founder of the behavioral science startup incubator Spark Wave and host of the Clearer Thinking podcast - joins Yoel and Alexa to provide an alternative perspective on open science and to reveal an exciting new project.