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Hypochondria

Hypochondrias is a condition where a person worries excessively and unduly about having a serious illness. It can be debilitating and require treatment from a psychologist. But oftentimes we refer to people who think they might be sick as having hypochondria because it is a way to dismiss their concern or say, “you always just…

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Elephant in The Room

We have all experienced walking into a room and noticing right away the giant elephant in the conversation that no one wants to talk about. On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss why it’s important to address the proverbial elephant in the room, and they…

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Children’s Stories

Some stories just work. They are pleasurable to listen to and to tell. But why is that? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke explain the psychology behind what makes a good children’s story.

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Texas Standard: July 17, 2020

For many school districts: competing mandates from state leaders and local health officials leaving teachers parents and kids in limbo. Our conversation with superintendent of EL Paso ISD on the practical challenges of reopening public schools. Also, more on a newly unveiled proposal to cut 130 million dollars from state health services as the Coronavirus…

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Texas Standard: July 16, 2020

A New York Times reporter covering the impact of COVID-19 returns to the Rio Grande Valley and finds himself part of the story. We’ll have a conversation about his experience. Also, new record numbers of COVID-19 cases reported in Texas. And how should teachers prepare for their own safety if they have to return to…

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Short-Term Focus For Long-Term Change

It can be hard to think in terms of the long game when there is so much that needs our attention in the moment. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss strategies for focusing in the short-term to make informed decisions that will affect the future.

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Trust and Cooperation

There is a certain amount of trust build into systems that work well, but when times are uncertain and tensions are running high what we trust can change. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of trust and cooperation.

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Leadership and Being Liked (Rebroadcast)

If you’re in a leadership position you know you have to make some difficult decisions. Some of those decisions might put you in the doghouse for a while, but if you are motivated by the good of the group as opposed to the need to be liked, things tend to work out better. In this…

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Categorization and Perspective

We naturally categorize everything, it’s what we do as human beings. However, as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke explain in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, how we categorize-especially when it comes to how we categorize ourselves-can change our perspective quite dramatically.

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Keep on Pushing

This week on The Breaks  Confucius and Fresh: discuss how different the American public’s reaction to the murder of George Floyd feels compared to previous protest movements, and share their hope that this will lead to sustained long term public pressure to tackle systemic racism in America. discuss Lil’ Wayne’s comments on George Floyd’s murder and…

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Protest and Change

Demonstrations for Black Lives Matter over the past few weeks have already led to changes in policy and in society, yet as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, keeping up momentum for reform after the protests can be challenging.

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Social Distancing and Spontainaity

When it comes to video conferencing and meeting online the dynamics of our social interactions are a lot different than when we are meeting face to face. On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, talk about social distancing and spontaneity.

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Place, Identity, and New Social Norms

Covid-19 has made us rethink a lot especially when it comes to our social lives, our work lives, and our family lives. On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, talk about identity and adapting to a changing environment.

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Avoidance Avoidance Conflict

We may think that decision making is a process that we undertake in the same way no matter what the choices are that we have to make, but in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how our brains work differently when both choices have…

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Moral Injury

On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of moral injury.

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The Mandela Effect

When large groups of people believe something has happened that has not actually happened it is referred to as The Mandela Effect. In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how this happens from a psychological perspective.

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Closet Recordings: Naomi Shihab Nye

For this edition of This is Just To Say, The Closet Recordings, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain reads, “Wedding Cake” by Naomi Shihab Nye.

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Closet Recordings: Dorianne Laux

In this edition of This Is Just To Say, The Closet Recordings, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain reads, “If This is Paradise,” by Dorianne Laux.

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Abstraction and Base Rate Neglect

One thing that happens during a pandemic is that a lot of numbers, percentages, charts, and graphs get tossed around on a daily, even hourly basis. However, all those numbers and graphics are really difficult for us to process. On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke…

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Closet Recordings: W.S. Merwin

In this edition of This Is Just To Say, The Closet Recordings, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain reads, “The Unwritten,” by. W.S. Merwin.

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