Two Guys on Your Head

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If you live in the modern world – as you most likely do – you’re probably seen it: two people standing next to each other, engrossed in text conversations happening on their mobile devices, while oblivious to each other or anything else happening around them. 

Does that common occurrence make you reminisce about the good old days of landlines? You’re not alone. Many people pine for simplicity in this new world of immediate contact – all possible through our nifty mobile gadgets. 

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No matter what party you voted for on Election Day, this election has revealed a lot about the psychology of our country. There is a lot of anger, alienation and fear on both sides, and it will take hard work to recover and move forward.

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Have we evolved into a nation of extremes? In an election season like this one (as if we've ever seen anything like this) it may seem like there's no middle ground, and there's a reason for that.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about why we've become more polarized politically – especially in the last 30 years.

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We get it, voting is a choice, one that requires a lot of effort to make an informed decision, and some people just don't put in that effort, or choose not to. So why do some people choose to not go to the polls?

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke take on the psychology of voting.

This story was produced in collaboration with the Annette Strauss Institute’s Lebermann Forum.

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Time marches on and, whether we like it or not, we age.
With age comes a decline in both physical abilities and mental acuity. Memory and cognition peak in our early twenties, then we begin a slow, steady decline of those functions as we approach our senior years. 

This week on "Two Guys on Your Head," Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke join host Rebecca McInroy to discuss how physical and mental stimuli can help combat the signs and symptoms of old age, stave off memory loss and help you be at your best well into your golden years.

We might consider ourselves pretty savvy. We choose the "best" toothpaste, bottled water, or television set. We go to the movies we "want" to see, and listen to the music we like because it's "good".

What we might not take into consideration is how popularity fits into our value judgments about everything, from people and products to ideas and beliefs.

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Humans may take the card we swipe for granted at the grocery store when we buy food. We might look at our bank balance and not even think of how unique it is that we can translate those little numbers into experiences and things. It's merely one of the benefits of having big brains.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of how our brains determine value.

Join KUT’s Rebecca McInroy at Views and Brews at The Cactus Cafe, at 6:00pm and 8:00pm Tuesday October 4th, 2016 as KUT's "Two Guys on Your Head," Dr. Art Markman and Dr.

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When we suffer the loss of a home, we may ask why the trauma is so deep. Why are we so devastated by the loss of things? A listener asked us this very question on Facebook after she lost her home in the Bastrop County fires of 2011.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of home, and how losing a home affects many aspects of our being.

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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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