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.
November 9th, 2022 | 57 mins 49 secs
cake beer, grad school admissions, gre, mastodon migration, top hats
Who gets into grad school? Alexa and Yoel discuss the mechanics of the graduate admissions process, consider what they would change, and revisit the merits of the GRE.
October 26th, 2022 | 1 hr 12 mins
aerial silks, exclusive societies, hot toddies, occupational prestige, socioeconomic status
In a recent paper, authors Hughes, Srivastava, Leszko, and Condon asked participants rank over 1,000 jobs on their level of "prestige." We discuss this work, its implications, and what it reveals about the human traits we value.
September 28th, 2022 | 1 hr 7 mins
critical thinking, half-gorilla-half-dolphin, recycled jokes, student emails, teaching
Paul Bloom joins Yoel and Alexa to talk about what they've learned about teaching. They swap stories, discuss goals, and speculate about whether they've gotten better or worse over time.
September 14th, 2022 | 59 mins 4 secs
beerfail, communes, household repairs, rugged individualism, student debt forgiveness, sweden
Alexa and Yoel consider what it means to live in an individualistic society, and the various possible ways of depending on others. They also reflect on their own degree of individualism, and consider whether they'd prefer to depend on others (and be depended on) more. But first, Yoel explains his beef with student loan forgiveness.
August 24th, 2022 | 1 hr 14 mins
accent control, facial perception, in the air, physiognomy, twitter
Yoel and Alexa are joined by Stefan Uddenberg, who sheds new light on the past episode "A Face for Podcasting." Stefan, an author on the paper "Deep Models of Superficial Face Judgments," gives an insider's take on why the paper became controversial, how the response impacted him, and why he does the work that he does.
August 3rd, 2022 | 1 hr 13 mins
anti-racism, boycotts, conferences, liquid peanut butter, sentimental value, spsp
Alexa and Yoel discuss the Society for Personality and Social Psychology's (SPSP's) recent efforts to organize a more anti-racist and politically engaged conference. The co-hosts consider the debate around boycotting Georgia, as well as SPSP's new evaluation criteria that reward equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in submissions.
July 20th, 2022 | 1 hr 21 mins
asparagus canning jars, deadlifting, law, making it, mental health
Alexa and Yoel are joined by Jennifer Cox and Lauren Kois, co-directors of the Southern Behavioral Health and Law Initiative. They discuss ways that those with mental illness face unique challenges within the legal system, and explain how their work pushes for a shift away from criminalization and towards more comprehensive mental health support.
July 6th, 2022 | 1 hr 26 mins
freelance social science, kink, lsd, the outdoors, twitter
Alexa and Yoel chat with Twitter pollster and freelance social scientist Aella. Their conversation raises some deep and perplexing questions: What experiences predict interest in BDSM? How do you know if you're truly open to being wrong? And are there some questions that shouldn't be asked?
June 22nd, 2022 | 1 hr 23 mins
big potato, social media, structural stupidity, well-being
Mickey returns to join Alexa and Yoel in a discussion of the evils of social media (or lack thereof). The three cohosts dissect two articles - one by Haidt and another by Orben and Przybylski - in an effort to decide whether social media poses a serious threat to our well-being.
June 8th, 2022 | 1 hr 14 mins
50 cent, expertise, many labs, replication, vermont
Alexa and Yoel discuss what they've learned from Many Labs 1 through 5. They consider how these multi-lab replication projects have demonstrated, time and time again, the value of replication to the scientific enterprise.
May 18th, 2022 | 1 hr 11 mins
"Nudging" has received attention as a way to achieve broad societal change by promoting small, individual adjustments, like recycling, or counting our steps. Yoel and Alexa consider Chater and Loewenstein's claim that nudging fails by distracting us from more fruitful system-level change.