You Are Not So Smart

Scientists are using rubber hands and virtual reality to transfer people's minds into avatars designed to look like members of groups and subcultures to which the subjects do not belong, and the results have been - well, trippy. Can changing your body, even just for a few minutes, change your mind. Can a psychological body transfer melt away long-held opinions and unconscious prejudices? Learn what cognitive neuroscientist Lara Maister has discovered in her unconventional experiments.

Direct download: 042_-_Bodily_Resonance_-_Lara_Maister.mp3
Category:psychology -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT

In this episode, two stories, one about a football game that split reality in two for the people who witnessed it, and another about what happened when a naked man literally appeared out of thin air inside a couple's apartment while they were getting ready for work.

Direct download: 041_-_Inbetweenisode_-_The_GameCeiling_Crasher.mp3
Category:psychology -- posted at: 8:22pm EDT

How far back can we trace our irrational behaviors and cognitive biases? Evolutionarily speaking, why do we even do these things? Can we blame our faulty logic on our cultures and institutions, or should we blame it on our biology and our genetic inheritance? Our guest on this episode is psychologist Laurie Santos who has created a novel approach to solving these questions - a marketplace where monkeys learn how to use money just like humans, and where they also tend to make the same kind of mistakes we do.

Direct download: 040_-_Monkey_Marketplace_-_Laurie_Santos.mp3
Category:psychology -- posted at: 8:44pm EDT

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