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 53: The COVID debate (with Robb Willer and Simine Vazire)

    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.

  • Episode 52: Cold Takes (with Neil Lewis, Jr.)

    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.

  • Episode 51: Against Orthodoxy

    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.

  • Episode 50: The Upside of Feeling Bad (with Claudia Haase)

    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.

  • Episode 49: Why Buddhism is Wrong (with Evan Thompson)

    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.

  • Episode 48: Clocks and Garbage Cans (with Rachel Ruttan)

    July 1st, 2020  |  1 hr 20 mins
    figure skating, organizational behavior, radicalization, sacred values, theory

    Yoel and Mickey welcome B-school professor Rachel Ruttan to the show to discuss life in a business school, differences between psychology and organizational behavior, and her research on sacred valued and radicalization.

  • Episode 47: Talking about Racism (with Keith Maddox)

    June 17th, 2020  |  1 hr 29 mins
    confronting racism, implicit bias, racism, shadeism, structural inequalities

    Yoel and Mickey welcome back returning guest Keith Maddox to talk about racism, shadeism, confronting prejudice, the perils of implicit bias training, and check-ins from White friends.

  • Episode 46: Very Good Men (with Very Bad Wizards)

    June 3rd, 2020  |  1 hr 37 mins
    art, intellectual dark web, measurement, philosophy, psychology

    Yoel and Mickey grudgingly host their rivals from Very Bad Wizards, Tamler Sommers and David Pizarro, to talk shit about psychology, philosophy, and the Intellectual Dark Web.

  • Episode 45: Being Human (with Scott Barry Kaufman)

    May 13th, 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins
    hierarchy of needs, humanistic psychology, maslow, positive psychology, transcendence

    Scott Barry Kaufman joins the show to talk about intelligence, humanistic psychology, Maslow's hierarchy of needs, and transcendence.

  • Episode 44: Psychology in the Time of COVID-19

    April 29th, 2020  |  1 hr 8 mins
    covid-19, pandemic, parenting, productivity, public policy

    Yoel and Mickey discuss how their lives have have been impacted by the global pandemic and then ask what role psychology should play, if any, in informing the public discussion about COVID-19.

  • Episode 43: Penumbral Fuzz (with Nina Strohminger)

    April 15th, 2020  |  1 hr 11 mins
    academia, book reviews, disgust, emotion, neurodegeneration, penis-gazing blowhards, true self

    Nina Strohminger joins the show to talk about disgust, morality, the true self, death, academia, humor, and errant flatuses.

  • Episode 42: The Plague (with Joshua Tybur)

    April 1st, 2020  |  1 hr 16 mins
    controversy, covid-19, disgust, evolutionary psychology, measurement, pathogen avoidance, politics

    Joshua Tybur joins the show to discuss COVID-19, pathogen avoidance, disgust, measurement, evolutionary psychology, and baldness.