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What does intelligence really mean? How do we define and gauge actual smarts? Does a high IQ predict success?

In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the history and development of intelligence tests; as well as what these tests can actually tell us about one's ability to achieve.


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Why say "please" and "thank you?" It turns out there's a lot more to it than just having good manners.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology and purpose of politeness.

Things may really annoy you, but when do they hit that sweet spot where you become fond of them? When do they become your pets?

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of pet peeves.

In this new feature exclusively for our podcast listeners, we respond to listener comments about our recent shows on hearing loss and happiness.

If you have questions or comments please email us at twoguys@kut.org. Thanks!

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"But I didn't do anything!"

This is a refrain you might have come across once or twice, and the truth is it can be tough to find fault in inaction. This is because of, among other things, omission bias.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of how we determine blame.

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As humans have evolved, so has the bacteria that lives inside us.

That’s according to a recent study out of UT Austin, which indicates that the bacteria living in humans’ guts has co-evolved along with our species – so what you’ve heard referred to as “good bacteria” could easily be referred to instead as just “human bacteria.”

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Thou shalt not steal: It might be an old concept, but are the rules different when it comes to plagiarizing? Why does it matter if someone plagiarizes someone else? It's not the same as stealing a physical object. Or is it?

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about why plagiarism is a big deal.


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Does hope actually motivate us to change? A listener sent in this question, and we thought we would explore the answer.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how effective hope is when we want change.

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Procrastination is the all-too-familiar foe of productivity, but why do some wait until the last minute to even get a project started?

In this episode of "Two Guys on Your Head," Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke explore the psychology behind procrastination and talk about how we can overcome factors that might be keeping us from getting started.


Updated 1:40 a.m. ET with Juno orbit maneuver

After a nearly five-year journey, NASA's solar-powered Juno spacecraft achieved orbit around Jupiter on Monday night. Juno navigated a tricky maneuver — including slowing by around 1,212 mph — to insert itself into orbit in what NASA calls "the king of our solar system."

At 11:18 p.m. ET, Juno transmitted a radio signal to Earth that meant its main engine had switched on. It stayed on for 35 minutes, placing Juno into exactly the orbit that mission managers had planned for.

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From Marfa Public Radio: This week Texas astronomers announced their discovery of a giant new exoplanet. It’s a young planet: only 11 million years old. And it’s a large planet: 5 times the size of the Earth. What’s unusual is that it’s very close to its star, with an orbit of less than 6 days.

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In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology behind both sides of America's ongoing debate about firearms and gun control.

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You might feel 25, but those wrinkles on your forehead betray your real age. So why the incongruity?

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of feeling your age.


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Speed reading! "Now this sounds like a fantastic skill," you might say to yourself. "Where can I learn how to do this?" Well that's a little tricky, because the psychological research on reading and comprehension, so far, concludes that it's just not possible.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about why we read slowly, and why we might think we are speed reading when we're really not.


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We've all driven 66 in a 55 mph zone, and who hasn't jaywalked every once in a while? Rules, as they say, are meant to be broken. So, why do we even make them in the first place?

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, talk about why we make rules, and why it's important to talk about it.

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A few weeks ago, a listener asked us a simple question on Twitter: Why do some people think that the rules don't apply to them? 

We decided to answer that seemingly simple question, but, it turns out, the idea of rules and rule-breaking opened up a Pandora's Box of complexities. And it's gonna take more than one show to unpack.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke begin to take on a few of the psychological issues around rules.


Figuring out how the nature of relationships changes over time can be tough, especially for kids and their parents.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Bob Duke and Dr. Art Markman talk about the challenges of parenting your kids as they transition into adulthood, and what to do to make this easier and mutually beneficial.


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Some might say that as long as you have your needs covered, the amount of money you have is irrelevant to your happiness. While others argue money has a lot to do with well-being. As Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss in this show, the ratio of money to happiness has more to do with you, than with what's in your wallet.

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When it comes to imagination and happiness, it turns out there’s a lot going on. If you think, as William Arthur Ward said, “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it,” you might be in for a surprise when it comes to well-being.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about why it’s important to manage our exceptions and goals, and enjoy the moments in the process of becoming, in order live happier lives.


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"If you want to get something different out of memory, you have to ask your memory a different question." -Dr. Art Markman

Have you ever been in a situation that you just can't see your way out of? Have you ever been stuck on a path you did not want to follow?


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