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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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September 24, 2021

The Language of Emotion

We have a limited number of ways to experience the world psychologically, but many ways to interpret that experience. In that interpretation, the words we use are very important and perhaps in surprising ways. In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the language we use to describe emotions and why we should be paying more attention to it.

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September 17, 2021

Outcome Bias

A listener wrote in: "Please take a moment to address why September 11, 2001, is still a cultural touchstone, but February 26, 1993, was so easily forgotten." Thank you for the question Bob M. In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about remembering 9/11 and outcome bias.  

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September 10, 2021

Remembering 9/11

When we live through a profound and historic event we have a different understanding of it than if we just read about it. That has a complex and interesting significance on how we see the world. In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of remembering 9/11.

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September 3, 2021

Learning Conflict Resolution

As humans, we don't come ready to interact with the world when we are born. We have to learn a language, we have to learn how to roll over, to walk, to hold things, we have to learn all kinds of things. One thing that psychologists have been asking for a long time is how this learning happens. The work of one researcher, the late Albert Bandura, who passed July 26, 2021, was integral in understanding the role observation plays in this learning process.   In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke…

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August 27, 2021

Bad Science (Rebroadcast)

Why do we continue to believe in ideas that sound scientific long after they have been scientifically proven to be incorrect? That is the question that Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke take on in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head.

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August 20, 2021

Lila Gleitman

Lila Gleitman was an American professor of psychology and linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. who passed on August 8, 2021, at the age of  91. She was an internationally renowned expert on language acquisition and developmental psycholinguistics, focusing on children's learning of their first language. In this edition of  Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman, and Dr. Bob Duke it's Lila Gleitman; her work, her creativity, and her legacy.

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August 12, 2021

The Story of COVID and Processing Grief

We make sense of things by creating stories about them; our brains want to connect the dots. But it turns out that life has its own sequence that sometimes doesn't make much sense. This brings us to COVID and the illogical logic of the evolution of the virus that keeps going even after some thought things would get back to "normal" with a vaccine. In this edition of  Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how the emotional rollercoaster of living with COVID mirrors the grieving process, and how to navigate it.  

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