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When we are afraid, we typically act. We run away, we shout, we lash out.

Fear is a great motivator, but as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, there is a downside to acting out of fear alone.

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It's hard to come to terms with ideas, values and opinions that clash. For example if you're vegan you might deplore birds being killed, but you still want to get rid of those gross bed bugs. The real question is how does dissonance effect behavior?

In this episode Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke use the example of climate change to  explore how we deal with and explain dissonance in our lives and beliefs.


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This election season, we've had a lot of listener questions about how biases form, the psychological impact of heated rhetoric, and what is going on "under the surface" of the American public.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how psychology can inform our discussions and debates as we try to swim through the murky waters of the unique election season of 2016.

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So you just got that raise you've been working toward, and a new project starts tomorrow, and you're making great money, but — you don't really like the work. You're moving up, but you're not happy. It might be time to re-evaluate your situation, and maybe get on a different proverbial treadmill.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the concept of The Hedonic Treadmill, and what we can do to set ourselves up for a happier life.


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TED Talks. Love 'em or hate 'em they may be changing the way we approach science.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about what it is about these captivating orations.

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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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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.


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Hearing loss happens to everyone who's lucky enough to age. But it's not like just any other age related illness, mainly because you and others around you might not know it's happening.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about what makes hearing loss so insidious, and why it's important to be open about hearing loss if you know you have it, so you don't lose out on vital social opportunities.


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Have you ever wondered why when you are around happy people, you feel happier, and when you're around sad people you feel a little sadder? Emotions can be contagious, just like the flu. However, recent studies show that the way we emit and convey emotion is more complex than we might think.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about emotional contagion.


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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.


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