Two Guys on Your Head

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Many soon-to-be graduates might be asking themselves what the next step is after graduation. 

On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how to deal with the lows that come after you complete a major goal.

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When we bottle things up, we overlook healthy ways to deal with anger and effectively influence behavior.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke answer a listener question about suppressing anger.

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What is the point of hate, and why did it persist as we evolved?

In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of hate.

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Have you ever wondered why some people are always punctual, even early, while others are perpetually late? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about some of the psychology behind synchronizing our cultural and personal clocks, and how to put yourself in a less anxious space no matter who you are.

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You might think that cell phones make everything worse. We can't remember phone numbers anymore, we are addicted to checking texts and emails and we end up taking thousands of pictures. So, can any good ever come of obsessive phone use? 

As Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, it's not all bad. We may actually be remembering more moments because of the photos we're taking and the way we're engaging with the world through our phones. But, then again, there is more to any story, and the jury is still out on this one.

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Have you ever caught sight of a celebrity or someone you consider to be a "star" and, even though you're a completely intelligent, interesting and charismatic person, you turn to mush when you say hello to him or her?

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the evolution behind our weird interactions with celebrities, and the psychology of being starstruck.

Do Brain Games Make You Smarter?

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You can go to the gym and work out your quads, or your biceps, or your balance and isolate those muscle groups to focus improvement of those areas of function with work.

So it's not too far of a stretch to assume if we exercise specific areas of our brains might we see improvement in functions as well, right?  Unfortunately, it’s not quite so simple.

But why have so many brain-training systems like Lumosity become so popular?

On this week’s show, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke will demystify the process of brain function improvement and illustrate the effectiveness of brain training programs.


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A lot of us can listen to a newscast or a lecture about global warming or the federal budget and hear numbers in the trillions mentioned and think we know what is being discussed. We might even come out with a sense that we learned something about those numbers.

Yet, as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, it is really very difficult for the average human to conceptualize what these numbers really mean, or how they might affect our lives. 

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Psychics have something going on, but that's not what we're talking about here. In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about why we think people can read our minds, why they can't, and how we can have better interactions by recognizing what we need and asking for what we want.


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Understanding what we want to make public and what we want to keep private might seem like an easy choice. However, as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, when it comes to life online, our brains aren't quite equipped to navigate the complexity of this issue.

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Whether or not you're shocked by the plethora of fake news, you might be surprised to learn that such information-fake or not- does have unexpected effects on the way you see the world.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss the psychology of fake news.


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Have you ever thought of a friend you haven't seen in a long time only to run into her the same day? Have you ever thought of a historical figure and had that same person be a clue in The New York Times crossword puzzle?

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke explain the psychology behind coincidence and why looking at the world through a more mathematical lens might help people see things differently.


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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 — namely, that we have actual choices to make.


You might think that whether or not you say yes or no to something is based on logic or reason, but as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke continue to talk about in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, there are more psychological reasons for your answer than you might think. Things that have to do specifically personality, gender, and openness to experience.

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You might think that whether or not you say yes or no to something is based on logic or reason, but as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, there are more psychological reasons for your answer than you might think.

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There are so many fascinating aspects of what we remember and what we forget, but one we rarely ask about is what is the point of memorization.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about why it's important to store poems, math facts, and more in long-term memory.


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We might think that when we hear or read something we learn it, but that assumption would be incorrect. As Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke point out in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head we have to work to produce ideas in order to really understand them.


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When we are born, we know very little about the world and need to learn in order to survive, hence the propensity for curiosity.

However, some people are just more curious than others, so why is this? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of curiosity.


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When we are ready to get something done we're in "doing" mode, and when we are contemplating what we want to do we are in "thinking" mode.

This seems easy enough to understand. So why do we rush into making decisions that don't turn out to be so great? Or why do we sit on our heels when we should be getting things done?

In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how we can optimize our motivational modes for more effective, and rational decision making.


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Humans have an innate ability to imagine the unimaginable. More often than not, this manifests in everyday situations – "woulda, coulda, shoulda" sort of situations – like whether you would've been late to that job interview, if you hadn't done x, y or z. Those imaginings are called counterfactuals.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of counterfactuals, and how taking time to recognize and use these tools we have at our disposal can make us happier and healthier people.

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