You Are Not So Smart (psychology)

The clothes you wear have powers...over your mind. Your wardrobe doesn't just affect the way others see you, but it affects the way you see yourself. That results in changes in perception, attention, behavior, and more. Learn what researcher Hajo Adam has to say about the phenomenon he discovered along with Adam Galinsky, enclothed cognition, and how you can use it to your advantage.

Direct download: 025_-_Enclothed_Cognition_-_Hajo_Adam.mp3
Category:psychology -- posted at: 12:36am EDT

Why do we sleep and why do we dream? Despite the fact that every human being spends roughly 1/3 of his or her life asleep, science has yet to crack the mystery of the phenomenon. Why do we sleep and dream? The answer for now is...we don't know. To learn more, we interview psychologist Richard Wiseman who has written a new book on sleep and dreaming that promises to help you get the most out of both based on what science has learned so far.

Direct download: Sleep.mp3
Category:psychology -- posted at: 5:12pm EDT

In the 1950s, a group of psychologists nearly turned a summer camp into Lord of The Flies. The story of how and why it was so easy to turn normal boys into bloodthirsty, warring tribes can teach you a lot about a common mental phenomenon known as the illusion of asymmetric insight - something that helps keep you loyal to certain groups and alters the way you see outsiders.

Direct download: 022_-_The_Illusion_of_Asymmetric_Insight.mp3
Category:psychology -- posted at: 12:52pm EDT

The problem with sorting out failures and successes is that failures are often muted, destroyed, or somehow removed from view while successes are left behind, weighting your decisions and perceptions, tilting your views of the world. That means to be successful you must learn how to seek out what is missing. You must learn what not to do. Unfortunately, survivorship bias stands between you and the epiphanies you seek.  
To learn how to combat this pernicious bias, we explore the story of Abraham Wald and the Department of War Math founded during World War II, and then we interview Wald's modern-day counterpart, Megan Price, statistician and director of research at the Human Rights Data Analysis Group who explains how she uses math and statistics to save lives and improve conditions in areas of the world suffering from the effects of war.
Direct download: 022_-_Survivorship_Bias_-_-_Megan_Price.mp3
Category:psychology -- posted at: 10:05pm EDT

In this inbetweenisode, Christina Draganich explains how she came up with the idea to research placebo sleep, and she tells us how anyone with the right guidance can use science to expand our understanding of the natural world. We also learn about the continuity field generated by the human brain.

Direct download: 021_-_Inbetweenisode_3_-_Christina_Draganich.mp3
Category:psychology -- posted at: 1:29am EDT

In this episode we discuss how terrible people are at predicting the future, how history really works, and how we can understand where we are going by changing how we view where we've been. Our guests are science historian and communications legend James Burke and Paleofuture creator Matt Novak.

Direct download: 020_-_The_Future_-_James_Burke_and_Matt_Novak.mp3
Category:psychology -- posted at: 9:29am EDT

In this episode we learn about the placebo effect and how research continues to unravel the mysteries behind it and how it affects our behaviors.

Our guest is Kristi Erdal whose latest research discovered a new psychological phenomeon now known as placebo sleep.

After the interview, I eat a white chocolate Oreo cookie and discuss a new study into how the eccentricity of artists affects our perceptions of their art.

Direct download: 019_-_The_Placebo_Effect_-_Kristi_Erdal.mp3
Category:psychology -- posted at: 8:13pm EDT

Benjamin Franklin knew how to deal with haters, and in this episode we learn how he turned his haters into fans with what is now called The Benjamin Franklin Effect.

Listen as David McRaney reads and excerpt from his book, "You Are Now Less Dumb," explaining how the act of spreading harm forms the attitude of hate, and the act of spreading kindness generates the attitude of camaraderie.

Direct download: 018_-_Inbetweenisode_-_The_Benjamin_Franklin_Effect.mp3
Category:psychology -- posted at: 10:46pm EDT

Where is the line between medicine and alternative medicine? Are Eastern medicine and Western medicine truly at odds, and if so, who is right and who is wrong? What harm is there in using complementary or integrative treatments in an effort to improve wellness?

In this episode we discuss alternative medicine with Tim Farley, creator and curator of What's The Harm, a website that tracks the harmful effects that result from seeking out alternative treatments and cures before, or instead of, seeking out science-based medicine. Tim is a software engineer and research fellow at the James Randi Foundation. He also created the website Skeptical Software Tools, and he tweets at @krelnik.

Direct download: 017_-_Alternative_Medicine_-_Tim_Farley.mp3
Category:psychology -- posted at: 11:53pm EDT

Who is pulling the strings? Who is behind the coverup? Who holds the real power, and what do they want? How deep does the conspiracy to control your mind go?

In this episode we discuss the history, social impact, neuroscience, and psychology behind conspiracy theories and paranoid thinking.

Our guests are Steven Novella and Jesse Walker. Steven is a leader in the skeptic community, host of The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe, and a neurologist at Yale University's School of Medicine. Walker is the book editor for Reason Magazine and author of the new book, The United States of Paranoia, a Conspiracy Theory. 

Listen as they explain why we love conspiracy theories, how they flourish, how they harm, and what they say about a culture.

Direct download: 016_-_Conspiracy_Theories_-_Steven_Novella_and_Jesse_Walker.mp3
Category:psychology -- posted at: 6:24pm EDT