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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?