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In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the way we make decisions when we don't have a lot of information, and the way we gain knowledge through experience that we can't always articulate.


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You might think that your happiness is based on the choices you make in life, and for the most part you would be right. But whether you're happy with your decisions actually depends a lot on how you frame the process. 

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of decision-making and happiness.


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In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the illusions that we have around the choices we make — number one being that we have actual choices to make.


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

We might think that in order to keep order in our households, work places, or classrooms, that its important to hold people accountable for their negative behavior. However, what that can lead to is a playing field that allows for either nothing to happen, or punishment. It is more important to focus on the behaviors we want to see continue, as opposed to giving energy to avoiding the negative.

Still a little confused? Listen back as Art and Bob explain the details.


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It’s that time of the year when we resolve to drink less, exercise more, save money, etc.

It may feel really good to intend to do “better” in the new year, but as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke explain in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, real change takes planning and hard work.


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A UT researcher working with Harvard’s Wyss Insitute helped develop a new technique to create a small-scale model of the human gastrointestinal tract. All it requires is a silicon-based chip about the size of a thumb drive and, well, some poop.

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Prairie voles are social rodents. They live in colonies underground, and display almost human-like behavior. For example, prairie vole couples are known to mate for life, but new research out of UT Austin is calling into question our understanding of the creature, and of evolution itself.


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During the holidays we might have things to buy, people to see, and places to go; specific goals that shape our daily lives, not much different than other times of the year.  But, we may also find that we have time off work, time to sit back and do nothing, time to get lost. 

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychological value of "getting lost", and the beauty of discovery.


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For many of us, the holidays mean spending time with our families, carrying out traditions that we’ve practiced for years.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about while it can be very stressful, it can also be a beautiful time of re-centering, and give us an opportunity to become psychologically close to the person that we used to be in childhood.


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

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

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Engineers at UT Austin have created a new kind of gel that can repair and reconnect electronic circuits. KUT's Mose Buchele reports on possible applications, from smarter smart phones to self-healing robot armies. 

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In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how to exit conversations, and keep group discussions from being co-opted.


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In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how we make value judgments based on reference points.


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In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the impact of how we say something and how it's as important, if not more important than, what we say.


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Imagine a test that could tell you instantly whether or not you had a case of strep throat, or just a bad cold. No doctors. No waiting. No hassle.

That’s the idea behind research from UT Austin’s Ellington Lab, published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. The so-called “DNA walker” developed by Cheulhee Jung, Peter Allen and Andrew Ellington isn’t the first ever created – DNA walkers are fairly common in nanotechnology – but its mechanics are different than any other ever devised.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about understanding the difference between Behaviorism and Gestalt Psychology by looking at theories of language development.


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Have you ever wondered how our brains make sense of objects? How we know a book is a book and a glass of milk is a glass of milk, as opposed to the particles that make up those things?

Scientists have wondered a lot about this, especially a group of German psychologists from the Berlin School of Experimental Psychology. They we're interested in how we understand and make meaningful perceptions out of a very chaotic world. Out of their work we get gestalt principles. 

 


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Have you ever worked with a group of people on a project and really felt like you carried the lion's share of the weight? And then you think back on it and realize you always do more, you always have the great idea, and you never get the recognition you rightfully deserve?

It might be that you are both the problem and the solution.


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