Two Guys on Your Head

Each week on Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, explore different aspects of human behavior and the brain.

In conversations hosted by producer Rebecca McInroy, the two renowned psychologists cover everything from the effects of sugar on the brain, to what's happening in our minds while we sleep, and much, much more.

Listen to the Two Guys every Friday at 7:51 a.m., 1:49 and 4:51 p.m. on KUT-FM. You can always dig into the posts below or checkout and subscribe to podcasts via iTunes

We'd love to know what you're curious about!  Email us your topics and suggestions at twoguys@kut.org. And follow Two Guys on Twitter: @2GoYH

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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.

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.

How We Imagine

Apr 25, 2016
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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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Why is it so hard to get out of a relationship that just isn't working? It might be a job that you don't like, or a friendship or partnership that is not okay. You want out, but can't seem to cut the ties. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head , Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke , talk about some of the psychology behind why it can be tough to get out, and what to do about it.

Why Learning Styles Don't Really Exist

Apr 8, 2016
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Are you an auditory learner or a visual learner? If you answered yes, you would be right. That's because we use all our senses to learn and process information. Our reliance on the theories of learning styles to explain our success or failure of understanding certain information is actually serving our human need to put things into categories – combined with our need to explain things when they don’t work.

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The science, the politics and the general understanding of gender here in the U.S. have evolved dramatically over the last 30 years, but what does that mean for how we understand ourselves and others? In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how changing definitions of gender affect the ways we see ourselves.

Innovation and creativity are terms thrown around at conferences like SXSW, but what do they actually mean? So, how can we nurture creativity and innovation, and not just give lip service to its value? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, recorded live at SXSW 2016, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about what we can do to foster creativity and innovation in our own lives, in the lives of our children and in the workplace.

How to Deal with Anything That Comes Your Way

Mar 18, 2016
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When the unexpected happens, some people shut down. Others are cool as cucumbers. We might think that the people who handle crisis well are just born that way or, perhaps, they are just flexible. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke look at stress and talk about how experiences help you become a more flexible person, and why it's important to learn to deal calmly with whatever comes your way.

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