Can you remember what it was like for you to learn your native language? Probably not, but why is that? As humans, we begin learning to speak our native language during the earliest stages of our lives, in infancy. Most people don't have many accessible memories from this period of development. How do we do...
Anger is an interesting emotion. It creates energy and can be contagious, it can also motivate you to act. But it's not always the most effective form of motivation if you want to get people to think and work together to create change. On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman...
Time flies when you're having fun, the old saying goes. But how can time – maybe the most fundamental concept of the universe – feel different under different conditions? On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman, and Dr. Bob Duke – break down the factors influencing our perception of time.
A few weeks ago we came across an article on "The Cheerleader Effect," or the idea that people seem more attractive in a group than in isolation. Although there does seem to be evidence that this is true, we couldn't help but speculate as to why. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head,...
"Hey, you know, you're really good at that." That feels good to hear, doesn't it? Praise always feels good to hear, but not all praise motivates us to try new things, challenge ourselves or deal with failure. In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss how to praise in a productive and meaningful way.
A few months ago, we rebroadcast an episode on Money and Happiness. The show focused on research into whether money brings happiness. The reserachers' conclusion was that money helps, but happiness is contingent on what we spend it on. If we buy experiences rather than things, chances were we would be happier people. Turns out that can be true, but only for the rich. In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about updated research on money and happiness, and what this reveals about the way research is conducted.
Say a store you love changes hands and you aren't too fond of the new place. So why do you continue to go back to the store when you know it's not the same? Turns out a lot of psychology goes into the decision-making process around this dilemma. On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about belief revision, exploitation vs. exploration, and switching costs.
We may think that civil discourse is a good idea, but when it gets down to practicing it how skilled are we? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke take on the psychology of civility.
This week, the Two Guys On Your Head, Dr. Art Markman, and Dr. Bob Duke, will toss around the topic of jerks – and provide some insightful, doctor prescribed strategies for handling difficult people in our lives.
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in a debate that it doesn't occur to us to change the frame of the conversation. However, as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, it's always important to find new ways to talk about and think about things.