Rebecca McInroy

How To Crush Writer’s Block

In April, we celebrate National Poetry Month, and in honor of this beautiful commemoration, we wanted to revisit our show on writer’s block! That phrase might induce panic and a recollection of a familiar experience. It’s a widespread phenomenon. So what is it?

In this edition of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke explain the ins and outs of how and why we sometimes get stuck – and what we can do to help ourselves in those difficult situations.

The Soup Study Revisited

A classic study found that individuals eat less soup when they have a visual cue of how much they have eaten, thus demonstrating the power of external cues about eating. However, this research, done by Brian Wansink and his colleagues in 2005, was called into question by the lead researcher’s demonstrations of scientific misconduct.

A new research team, led by Alejandra Lopez, has replicated the study and published its findings in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. The team found that the main results hold up.

Yet, as Dr. Art Markman, and Dr. Bob Duke, discuss in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, that the findings replicate is one thing, but how we interpret and use this information is another story altogether.

Remembering Daniel Kahneman

Nobel laureate and behavioral psychologist Daniel Kahneman passed away on March 27th, 2024, at the age of 90. Kahneman was not only a giant in the fields of psychology and economics, but as Dr. Art Markman, and Dr. Bob Duke talk about in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head he was also kind, generous, open-minded, and willing to collaborate even with people who disagreed with him. Kanheman’s ideas and research will have a lasting impact on how we understand attention, memory, rationality, and much more, and the example he set as a scientist offers a possibility model for generations to come.

Hedges and Crutches

Building in hedges to a sentence is a natural thing most of us do without thinking too much about it, but when we can’t form a sentence without “really” or “like ya know” it might be time to take a pause. That said, as we explore in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, with Dr. Art Markman, and Dr. Bob Duke, these hedges and crutches serve a communicative purpose.

Freebies

There is a lot of psychology that goes into how, when, and why we part with our money, and to be sure marketers know this very well. In this episode of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of the freebie and how to take control of what we spend.

A Case For Curiosity Part II

Have you ever wondered about something but didn’t ask about it because you thought it was something you should already know about? You may have worried someone might think less of you for not knowing. It turns out that that happens more often than we’d like to admit mainly because of subtle judgments we may have received early in life. However, curiosity is a vital part of what it means to be an intellectually flourishing human so how can we ensure we are nurturing curiosity in ourselves and others?

In part II of A Case For Curiosity with Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about strategies to cultivate curiosity.

A Case For Curiosity Part I

Being a curious person and finding out about things that interest us is a wonderful element of what it means to be human. In the first part of our look at the psychology of curiosity with Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about why we should be open to curiosity, and the unforeseen barriers that could be in our way.

Risk Assessment

How we understand, assess, and determine what risks we are willing to take can change depending on many variables, but what we might not consider is that much of this is happening below our conscious awareness.

In this episode of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke conclude their series on risk by looking at the psychology of risk assessment.”

Desire and Risk

How we understand, assess, and determine what risks we are willing to take can change depending on a variety of variables, but what we might not consider is that much of this is happening below our conscious awareness.

In this episode of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss the influence desire has on risk.

The Psychology of Risk

How we understand, assess, and determine what risks we are willing to take can change depending on a variety of variables, but what we might not consider is that much of this is happening below our conscious awareness.

With this episode of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke begin our series on the psychology of risk.

Tipping

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According to the Pew Research Center, 72% of Americans say tipping is expected in more places today than it was five years ago. It seems everywhere you make a transaction the swiveling iPad is urging you to choose a percentage to tip before you sign.

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This cultural shift in our consumer activity is not only disconcerting but can leave us feeling guilty or manipulated. In this edition of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman, and Dr. Bob Duke explore the psychology of tipping.

How Our Brains Process Reading Vs. Listening (Rebroadcast)

Have you ever wanted to tell a friend about a book you just discovered by saying, “I’m reading…” then you have to qualify that by saying, “Actually I am listening to it.” Maybe you feel a bit like a cheat or an imposter? Well, you should not! Listening is different than reading because our brains process information in different ways, but as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke explore in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, it might be more interesting than you think.

Common Sense

A lot of times when we think of or refer to common sense it is because we think someone may be lacking it. However, for our society to function we need to have some consensus, but how do we learn and teach this, and what exactly is common sense?

In this episode of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke explore the psychology of common sense.

Teaching and Behavior

There are many elements of being in a classroom that are difficult to navigate. It’s not only tough to teach, it’s hard to be an attentive student in an environment where we are stuck in our chairs for most of the day.

In this episode of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about teaching and behavior and offer some ways of reframing our mindsets as instructors, parents, and students.