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 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?

  • Episode 67: Getting Drunk (with Ted Slingerland)

    June 23rd, 2021  |  1 hr 36 mins
    alcohol, closets, drunk, microdosing

    Mickey and Yoel welcome repeat guest Ted Slingerland to talk about his new book "Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization," in which he makes the case for alcohol.

  • Episode 66: How is Open Science Doing?

    June 9th, 2021  |  1 hr 26 mins
    open science, preregistration, publishing, scientific utopia

    Yoel and Alexa discuss progress in open science over the past 10 years. Is the scientific reform glass half-full or half-empty? Where have we made progress, and what still needs work? Also, the true story of how Ashley Madison got its name.

  • Episode 65: Our Social Media Prisms

    May 26th, 2021  |  1 hr 28 mins
    french, polarization, politics, social media

    Mickey, Alexa, and Yoel break down "Breaking the Social Media Prism," a new book arguing that social media reinforces our pre-existing political beliefs and polarizes us against the other side.

  • Episode 64: Quick Fixes (with Jesse Singal)

    April 28th, 2021  |  1 hr 18 mins
    journalism, podcasting, social psychology

    Journalist and podcaster Jesse Singal joins the show to talk about the enduring popularity of social-psychological quick fixes and how they go wrong.

  • Episode 63: Legalize It (with Carl Hart)

    March 24th, 2021  |  1 hr 22 mins
    addiction, drugs, legalization, neuroscience

    Neuroscientist and addiction researcher Carl Hart joins the show to talk drug legalization. Why does he think all drugs should be legal? What are some common myths about drug use and addiction? And how has his personal experience as a regular drug user influenced his views?

  • Episode 62: Actually Against Academia (with Lee Jussim)

    February 24th, 2021  |  1 hr 20 mins
    academia, open science, politics, retractions

    Lee Jussim joins the show to talk academic problems, including ideological bias, politically-motivated retractions, and more. Plus: is Lee bad at Twitter?

  • Episode 61: Bullshit, Misinformation, and What to Do About It (with Gord Pennycook)

    January 27th, 2021  |  1 hr 22 mins
    academia, beekeeping, bullshit, misinformation

    Psychologist Gordon Pennycook joins the show to talk bullshit and misinformation. What is bullshit, and why do some people fall for it more than others? Why does misinformation spread so readily, and what can be done to stop it?

  • Episode 60: 2020 Silver Linings

    December 30th, 2020  |  1 hr 18 mins
    books, follow-up, tv, year in review

    Mickey and Yoel follow up on two recent episodes ("Against Academia?" and "Racism and Sexism on Campus"). Then they review some of the less-bad aspects of 2020 and recommend some things that got them through a challenging year.

  • Episode 59: Talking about Talking (with Katie Kinzler)

    December 16th, 2020  |  1 hr 10 mins
    accent, bilingualism, language

    Psychologist Katie Kinzler joins the show to talk language. How do children and adults make judgments about people based on how they talk? Is there a "bilingual advantage"? And does Mickey sound Canadian?

  • Episode 58: Sexism and Racism on Campus (with Anne Wilson)

    December 2nd, 2020  |  1 hr 41 mins
    bias, campus climate, psychology, racism, sexism

    Repeat guest Anne Wilson joins the show to talk about two recent papers about bias in psychology and on campus. Are gender and racial bias pervasive? Or are things better than many of us might think?