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.
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.
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.
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?