You Are Not So Smart

In this episode, we talk to Danielle Ofri, a physician and author of "What Doctors Feel" - a book about the emotional lives of doctors and how compassion fatigue, biases, and other mental phenomena affect their decisions, their motivations, and their relationships with patients.

You'll also hear Ofri discuss emotional epidemiology, the viral-like spread of fear and other emotions that can lead to panics like those we've seen surrounding Ebola, the Swine Flu, SARS, and other illnesses.

Direct download: 045_-_Doctors_-_Danielle_Ofri.mp3
Category:psychology -- posted at: 9:35pm EDT

This episode is a rebroadcast of two interviews from episode 20 all about how we are very, very bad at predicting the future both in our personal lives and as as a species. 

The first interview is with Matt Novak who writes for Paleofuture, a blog at Gizmodo that explores how people from the past imagined, often very incorrectly, what the future might be like in the decades to come. The second is with James Burke, the legendary science communicator and historian who created Connections and The Day the Universe Changed. 

Direct download: 044_-_Inbetweenisode_-_James_Burke_and_Matt_Novak_Rebroadcast.mp3
Category:psychology -- posted at: 6:04pm EDT

Did Brian Williams lie, exaggerate, or misremember? How certain are you that your most vivid memories are real? How easily could someone implant a false memory into your mind? In this episode you'll learn why psychologists say that your memory is mostly fiction as psychologist Daniel Simons explains how Brian Williams could have easily believed in a detailed war coverage memory that wasn't real, and you'll hear psychologist Julia Shaw explain how she was recently able to easily implant memories into college so that those students would admit to felony crimes that they did not commit.

Direct download: 043_-_Misremembering_-_Julia_Shaw.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

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