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 38: Is There a Generalizability Crisis?

    January 22nd, 2020  |  1 hr 13 mins

    Yoel and Mickey discuss a new paper by Tal Yarkoni suggesting that quantitative research in psychology is suffering from a generalizability crisis. Before that, they discuss Contrapoints's new video on cancel-culture.

  • Episode 37: The War on Christmas Holiday Special

    December 25th, 2019  |  1 hr 4 mins

    Mickey and Yoel declare war on Christmas, discuss US-Canada differences, and almost entirely avoid serious topics.

  • Episode 36: Psychological Science Meets the Real World (with Nick Hobson)

    December 11th, 2019  |  1 hr 14 mins
    behavioral economics, behavioral science, consulting, industry, microdosing

    Mickey and Yoel chat with Nick Hobson, a psychologist who has moved from academia to applying behavioral science in the real world.

  • Episode 35: Against Experiments

    November 27th, 2019  |  1 hr 8 mins
    don cherry, experimentation, methods, social psychology

    Are many classic social psychology experiments more theater than science? Mickey and Yoel discuss "The Rise and Fall of Social Psychology," a book by the sociologist Augustine Brannigan that makes this provocative claim.

  • Episode 34: The Future of Social Psychology

    November 13th, 2019  |  1 hr 25 mins
    jazz hands, sesp, social psychology

    Mickey and Yoel take advantage of the SESP (Society for Experimental Social Psychology) conference to ask guests some hard-hitting questions about the present and future of social psychology (and, of course, beers). We then answer the same questions ourselves.

  • Episode 33: What is Heterodox Academy? (with Debra Mashek)

    October 30th, 2019  |  1 hr 7 mins
    heterodoxy, leaving academia, viewpoint diversity

    Mickey and Yoel talk with Debra Mashek, the executive director of Heterodox Academy, an organization working to increase open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement in academia. But what does that mean exactly? We talk to Debra to find out.

  • Episode 32: Measurement Schmeasurement (with Jessica Flake)

    October 16th, 2019  |  1 hr 20 mins
    bourbon, gre, kentucky, measurement

    Jessica Flake joins Mickey and Yoel to talk measurement. What is it, how do you do it well, and do social psychologists care about it? What does measurement theory tell us about the validity of standardized tests like the GRE? Jessica also talks about how she went from high-school dropout to professor at McGill.

  • Episode 31: Is Ego Depletion Real?

    October 2nd, 2019  |  1 hr 18 mins
    ego depletion, fatigue, replication

    Yoel quizzes Mickey about ego depletion. How did we start studying it? How has the replication crisis changed how we think about it? After more than a decade studying ego depletion, does Mickey still have any faith in the phenomenon?

  • Episode 30: Evaluating Eminence

    September 18th, 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins
    bedbugs, bottle openers, eminence

    Yoel and Mickey discuss the role of eminence in science. Is there a role for eminence in psychology? What makes a researcher eminent? Would we be better off doing away with eminence entirely?

  • Episode 29: Sacred Values

    September 4th, 2019  |  1 hr 16 mins
    guilt-by-association, jeffrey epstein, moral cleansing, moral outrage, sacred values, taboo tradeoffs

    Yoel and Mickey discuss sacred valued. What are the hallmarks of values that have become sacrilized? Do scientists who attended conferences sponsored by Jeffrey Epstein need to morally cleanse?

  • Episode 28: Better Advice (with Alexa Tullett)

    August 21st, 2019  |  1 hr 5 mins
    advice, black goat podcast, boaty mcboatface, early career researcher, meta-science

    Yoel and Mickey welcome Alexa Tullett from the University of Alabama to the podcast. Co-host of The Black Goat podcast and board member of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS), Alexa talks about early career research, work-life balance, and starting the OG psychology podcast.

  • Episode 27: Against Mindfulness

    August 7th, 2019  |  1 hr 16 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.