We give for many reasons, and most of the time it feels pretty good to help other people. But when you're on the receiving end of generosity feelings can be mixed. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of giving and receiving.
We're biased towards what we pay attention to, and we generally pay more attention to outcomes rather than process. Yet, if we really want to learn from our mistakes or our successes, we have to look at the process as well. On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke take on outcome bias.
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is noted as having said, "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." But what does that mean for us today? On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how and why we change over time, and why it's important to have compassion for our former selves in order to become better people in the future.
When it comes to mindfulness there is clear evidence that practicing it can be beneficial, but perhaps not for everyone all the time. It might even have some adverse effects on memory. In our final piece in our series on mindfulness, Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman, and Dr. Bob Duke talk about mindfulness and memory.
There are many benefits to mindfulness, but it might not be for everyone. On this week's edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the more negative elements of being present.
When was the last time someone said to you, "just take a breath?" It's a way to slow down, be in the moment, create space. It's also a big part of a mindfulness trend. As Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, there are a lot of psychological reasons for why and how mindfulness works, and you don't have to buy a yoga mat and incense to reap the benefits.
For many of us, Thanksgiving means spending time with our families, carrying out traditions that we've practiced for years. While it can be very stressful, messy, and challenging to spend time with family members you don't see very often, it can also be a beautiful time of recentering. Traditions serve a psychological function. By repeating the same traditional activity with the same group of people over the years, we construct a chronological record of who we've been before – and who we are now. It's a hidden way of staying in touch with the consistent elements of our identities, and it allows us to track ourselves as we develop and change. Traditions give us an opportunity to become psychologically close to the person that we used to be in childhood, or adolescence – or even as recently as last year. And that's something to be thankful for. As always, Dr. Bob Duke and Dr. Art Markman are carving it up. Listen in the audio player above.
Have you ever told someone, "Hey, I read that book!" then continued with a guilty, "...well, I listened to the audio version." It's time to wash that guilt right out of your soul, because in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, talk about how our brains process information differently based on how we consume it.
Yes, we are a people divided, but what does that really mean and how can we come together? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of political polarization.
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 Head.