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?
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?
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?
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?