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 89: What's Wrong with Social Media?

    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.

  • Episode 88: Many Many Labs

    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.

  • Episode 87: The Distracting Nature of Nudges

    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.

  • Episode 86: A Face For Podcasting

    May 1st, 2022  |  1 hr 5 mins
    deep fakes, electable babies, face perception, physiognomy, trust

    Yoel and Alexa discuss a study that examines how people infer traits from facial features. They consider various criticisms of the work, and evaluate whether the benefits outweigh the risks.

  • Episode 85: People Dealing With the Pandemic Pretty Well, Study Finds

    April 20th, 2022  |  1 hr 7 mins
    millenials, netflix, pandemic stress, pegging, satisficing vs. maximizing

    Alexa and Yoel discuss an NPR article and APA report examining stress and decision-making during the pandemic. In the process, they consider how the original data is eventually shaped into a pop-psych-friendly narrative.

  • Episode 84: Check Your Values?

    April 6th, 2022  |  1 hr 8 mins
    cheap cheese, democracy, light bud light with lime, peeping through holes, scientific values, w. e. b. du bois

    Alexa and Yoel debate whether or not science should be value free. They consider whether such a scenario would be possible or desirable, and how well it describes contemporary social psychology

  • Episode 83: Grand Challenges

    March 23rd, 2022  |  1 hr 15 mins
    activist scientists, decolonization, grand challenges, taxes

    Yoel and Alexa respond to an APS survey identifying the "grand challenges" of psychological science. They consider whether they agree with the list - which includes diversity, theory building, and science communication - and how likely psychology is to make progress.

  • Episode 82: Psychology Worth Knowing

    March 9th, 2022  |  1 hr 15 mins
    hazy india pale lagers, investing, motivated reasoning, naive realism

    We each list the top three social psychological effects that have the most potential to improve people's daily lives. And, we consider why they might not be having the impact they could.

  • Episode 81: Against Retribution

    February 23rd, 2022  |  1 hr 10 mins
    law, responsibility, retribution, truckers, valentine's day

    Alexa and Yoel discuss a recent article, solo-authored by Alexa, that argues for abandoning retribution as a goal of the criminal justice system. In the article, Alexa claims that "who is blameworthy?" is a question for the social sciences, but one they're ill-equipped to answer.

  • Episode 80: The C-Word (with Julia Rohrer)

    February 9th, 2022  |  1 hr 26 mins
    alcohol-free beer, causal inference, directed acyclic graphs, structured abstracts

    Personality psychologist and methodologist Julia Rohrer joins the show to talk about causal claims, strategic ambiguity, and how tough it is to tell what empirical claims many psychology papers are making.

  • 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?