Michael Inzlicht is a social psychologist and neuroscientist at the University of Toronto. His interests include self-control, religion, and wasting time on social media. He occasionally quotes from The Big Lebowski.
September 27th, 2023 | 1 hr 23 mins
attention, meditation, mindfulness, motivation, placebo, tango dancing, the self
Yoel and Mickey push back against the hype to mount an argument against mindfulness meditation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?