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.
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?
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?
November 11th, 2020 | 1 hr 19 mins
academia, graduate school, hiring, research
Mickey and Yoel tackle the pros and cons of academia. As an academic, is it taboo to say you love your job? How hard do we work anyway? If we ran the world, how would we change academic hiring?
October 21st, 2020 | 1 hr 39 mins
altruism, forgiveness, restorative justice, revenge
Psychologist Michael McCullough joins the show to talk forgiveness, punishment, and altruism towards strangers.
October 7th, 2020 | 1 hr 7 mins
bourbon, chance, decision-making, poker
Psychologist and author Maria Konnikova joins the show to talk poker, life, and what one teaches you about the other.
September 23rd, 2020 | 1 hr 28 mins
anthropology, culture, economics, evolution, religion, theory crisis, weird people problem
Yoel and Mickey host Harvard University polymath Joe Henrich on the podcast to talk about his new book on why the west has become so prosperous, the secret of human's success, and the cognitive science of religion.
September 9th, 2020 | 1 hr 36 mins
covid, debate, intervention, policy
Robb Willer and Simine Vazire join the podcast to debate whether social science, in its current state, can usefully contribute to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
August 26th, 2020 | 1 hr 11 mins
field research, interventions, open science, opportunity costs, stereotype threat, twitter
Yoel and Mickey welcome Neil Lewis, Jr. to the podcast to talk about interventions, field research, stereotype threat, and open science.
August 12th, 2020 | 1 hr 14 mins
cancel culture, dissent, free speech, orthodoxy, power, self-censoring, twitter
Yoel and Mickey discuss the problems with orthodoxy and punishment of dissenting views in a fraught political climate.
July 29th, 2020 | 1 hr 23 mins
east germany, emotion regulation, errors, failure, open science, relationships, twitter
Yoel and Mickey celebrate their 50th episode by welcoming Claudia Haase to the podcast to discuss relationships, life in East Germany before the fall of the Wall, admitting to mistakes, and the upside of failure.
July 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 19 mins
buddhism, embodied cognition, mindfulness, phenomenology, religion, the self
Yoel and Mickey welcome philosopher Evan Thompson to the show to talk about Buddhism, the self. embodied cognition, phenomenology, evolutionary psychology, and growing up on a commune.