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Uncertainty and Tragedy

On a recent Views and Brews at The Cactus Cafe, Dr. Art Markman, and Dr. Bob Duke talked about how to process tragedy through media in uncertain times. You can listen to the full conversation here, but we wanted to bring you a bit of it on this week’s edition of Two Guys on Your…

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Imposter Syndrome (Rebroadcast)

Most people feel in over their heads when they first enter a challenging situation or even a new job. And, while conventional wisdom suggests those with trepidations about trying new things should “fake it ’til they make it,” it may not always be the best course of action. In this edition of Two Guys on…

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Metrics

Data is great, but it can’t tell you everything you need to know. So why do we love it so much? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the upsides and the downsides of metrics.

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Personalities, Gender and Openness to Experience

You might think that whether or not you say yes or no to something is based on logic or reason, but as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke continue to talk about in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, there are more psychological reasons for your answer than you might think. Things…

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Kindness

We might think that human beings are innately kind or innately cruel, as it turns out neither is fully true. Kindness is one of those things that is a learned behavior. The more we practice kindness the more we, and others around us, tend to practice the same behavior. In this edition of Two Guys…

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Popularity

We might consider ourselves pretty savvy. We choose the “best” toothpaste, bottled water, or television set. We go to the movies we “want” to see, and listen to the music we like because it’s “good”. What we might not take into consideration is how popularity fits into our value judgments about everything, from people and…

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Value

We humans are interesting animals. We may take for granted the card we swipe¬† at the grocery store when we buy food. We might look at our bank balance and not even think of how unique it is that we can translate those little numbers into experiences and things. It’s merely one of the benefits…

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Bias and Behavior

It’s no secret that this political season is a display of some interesting human behavior, and we’ve had a lot of listener questions about how biases form, the psychological impact of heated rhetoric, and what is going on “under the surface” of the American public? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr….

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Politeness

Why say “please” and “thank you”? It turns out there’s a lot more to it than just having good manners. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology and purpose of politeness.

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Pet Peeves

Things may really annoy you, but when do they hit that sweet spot where you become fond of them? When do they become your pets? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of pet peeves.

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Feeling Age

The psychology of feeling age in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head with Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke.

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Why We Make Rules

We might take rules for granted. For example, we all know that 55 mph means 62 mph, and that crosswalks are for leisure time–just kidding. But, seriously, do we ever wonder why we make rules in the first place? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke,…

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Rule Breakers

“Why do some people think that the rules don’t apply to them?” That is a question one listener tweeted us a few weeks ago. It turns out that the idea of rules and rule breaking opens up a Pandora’s Box of complexities that it’s gonna take more than one show to unpack. In this edition…

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Money and Happiness

Some might say that as long as you have your needs covered, the amount of money you have is irrelevant to your happiness. While for others, money has a lot to do with well-being. As Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss in this show, the ratio of money to happiness has more to…

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Imagination and Change

Have you ever been in a situation that you just can’t see your way out of? Have you ever been stuck on a path you did not want to follow? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how we can practice gaining experiences that…

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Flexibility

When the unexpected happens, some people shut down, while others are cool as cucumbers. We might think that the people who handle crisis well, are just born that way, perhaps they are just flexible. However, in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, talk about how the…

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Gift Giving

Why do we give gifts? Why can giving gifts be stressful? What are the gifts that really matter? What are the gifts that people will remember? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, talk about the psychology of gift giving.

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Low Information Decision Making

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about low information decision making.

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Decision Making And Happiness

Decision making and happiness, how one influences the other, in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head with Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke.

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Negotiation

Negotiations are everywhere, in almost every element of our daily lives, yet how do we understand negotiations? It turns out that the way we frame the idea of negotiation has a lot to do with how we understand value and happiness. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr….

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