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 79: All About Authenticity

    January 26th, 2022  |  1 hr 21 mins
    authenticity, dr. oz, self-presentation, the self

    Alexa and Yoel talk authenticity. What is it? Is it good to have it? And why does Alexa score higher on it than Yoel? Plus, Alexa drinks some listener-supplied beer, with favorable results.

  • Episode 78: Meehl on Theory

    January 12th, 2022  |  1 hr 8 mins
    meehl, methods, spielraum, tandem bikes, theory, zelda

    Alexa and Yoel do a deep dive into Paul Meehl's paper on theory evaluation, "Appraising and Amending Theories: The Strategy of Lakatosian Defense and Two Principles that Warrant It." It's a classic of methodology and philosophy of science, but what can it tell us about how to do better research?

  • Episode 77: Against Method?

    December 8th, 2021  |  1 hr 14 mins
    dolly parton, feyerabend, method, philosophy of science

    Alexa and Yoel tackle Paul Feyerabend, the wild man of philosophy of science. What can we learn from his provocative "anything goes" argument for methodological anarchy? And, more generally, what can working scientists learn from philosophers of science?

  • Episode 76: Preregistration (What is it Good For)

    November 17th, 2021  |  1 hr 7 mins
    cardi b, field experiments, methods, preregistration, researcher degrees of freedom

    Alexa and Yoel talk about objections to preregistration. Does preregistration imply that researchers can't be trusted? Does it mean that they can't use their best judgment? When might preregistration be unhelpful? We also discuss how preregistration would have helped in a recent paper testing Cardi B's maxim that "hoes don't get cold."

  • Episode 75: Beyond Experiments

    November 3rd, 2021  |  1 hr 7 mins
    causal inference, nobel prize, non-experimental data

    Alexa and Yoel talk about a paper purporting to show that winning the Nobel Prize increases your lifespan. In the process, they dip their toes into non-experimental causal inference.

  • Episode 74: Pleasurable Suffering (with Paul Bloom)

    October 13th, 2021  |  1 hr 24 mins
    kidneys, mountain climbing, orgasms, parenting, suffering

    Paul Bloom joins us to talk about why we want to suffer. Sometimes it's a means to an end, but sometimes we desire it for its own sake. Plus, a very special extra guest host.

  • Episode 73: We Need to Talk About Fraud (with Joe Simmons)

    September 29th, 2021  |  1 hr 22 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 72: The Climate Survey (with Danielle McDuffie)

    September 15th, 2021  |  59 mins 21 secs

    The story of how a graduate student climate survey at the University of Alabama led to a very contentious year.

  • Episode 71: The Good Life

    September 1st, 2021  |  1 hr 6 mins
    good life, happiness, meaning, richness

    Alexa and Yoel discuss a new paper arguing that psychological richness is an overlooked aspect of the good life (well, overlooked by well-being researchers, anyway). Also, Alexa reviews an (accidentally-purchased) alcohol-free beer.

  • Episode 70: Older

    August 11th, 2021  |  1 hr 4 mins
    aging, politics, research methods, self-care, writing

    Alexa and Yoel tackle the most dreaded subject: getting older. Have they become better researchers and people over the years? Are they happier and more connected? Or are they just more forgetful and less good at stats?

  • Episode 69: How to Self-Care

    July 21st, 2021  |  1 hr 11 mins
    rejected paper parties, self-care, summer, work-life balance, workload

    Alexa and Yoel go deep on self-care. What is it, how do you do it, and why does the term raise Yoel's hackles? How hard do we actually work, and should we be trying to work less?

  • Episode 68: How (Not) to be a Hater

    July 7th, 2021  |  1 hr 24 mins
    creativity, hating, joy, salty lassi, skepticism

    Alexa and Yoel discuss "The Anticreativity Letters," a satirical article by Richard Nisbett that advises young psychology researchers to (among other things) avoid being overly critical. How does that advice hold up today? How does one combine appropriate skepticism with enthusiasm for research? Or are the two in conflict at all?