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December 2, 2021

Characteristics of The Mentally Well

A recent study suggests there are 4 characteristics that mentally well people share: openness to feelings, openness to emotions, truthfulness, and they're not neurotic. But what does that really mean? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head,  Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke unpack this study and talk about what it can teach us about understanding our own and others' mental health.

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November 26, 2021

Money and Happiness

The idea that money doesn't make you happy is easy to get behind if you have it, but if you don't it's a hard one to buy into (pun intended). Yet the correlation between money and happiness is more complicated than one might think. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke explain the relationship between money, security, opportunity, and happiness.

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November 19, 2021

Sugar and The Brain

Why is it hard to have just one of those delicious slices of pound cake over the holidays? Well, it turns out it has less to do with the creamy butter and more to do with the way our brains react to those sweet white grains of sugar. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss the ways our brains respond to sugar by releasing dopamine. While we may think this dopamine is supposed to make us feel good, what the chemicals in our brains are trying to do is to…

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November 12, 2021

Compliments

Giving someone a compliment is more complicated than it might seem, but as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, the benefits of compliments are extensive.

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November 6, 2021

How vs. Why Knowledge (Rebroadcast)

Because we know "how" things work sometimes we think we understand "why" these things work as they do, and that can be a problem. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the difference between "how" vs. "why" knowledge, and why it's important to recognize what you really need to know.

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October 29, 2021

Repressing Emotions

It doesn't feel good when you can't express your emotions, but the effect of repressing emotions can have reproductions far beyond just feeling bad. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of repressing emotions.

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October 25, 2021

Anger Management

One could ask, if we need anger management why don't we also need management for other emotions? Turns out anger management isn't a new thing at all and, as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, for good reason.  

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October 19, 2021

Anger and Motivation

We might not have the most positive associations with anger, and for good reason. Anger can be threatening and lead to destruction, but it can also move us to get off the dime and do something. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about anger and motivation.

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October 8, 2021

Math, Music, and The Brain

There are some things that just feel like they're true. For example, the idea that people who are gifted musicians are also good at learning math, or vice versa. However, there isn't any data that suggests that there are any links in the brain between these proclivities. As Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, we underestimate the role emotions play in what we believe to be true.

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