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We explore how our brains, psychology, and society are impacted by the ever-evolving technology that surrounds us. If you want to be better prepared for the new information age, have a healthier relationship with technology, and get more out of life using top technology and psychology hacks, this is the podcast for you! Every other Friday we bring you interviews with leading experts in the fields of technology and psychology combined, with past guest speakers such as New York Times journalists, MIT Professors, and C-suite executives of top tech companies.

Brains Byte Back Sam Brake Guia

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We explore how our brains, psychology, and society are impacted by the ever-evolving technology that surrounds us. If you want to be better prepared for the new information age, have a healthier relationship with technology, and get more out of life using top technology and psychology hacks, this is the podcast for you! Every other Friday we bring you interviews with leading experts in the fields of technology and psychology combined, with past guest speakers such as New York Times journalists, MIT Professors, and C-suite executives of top tech companies.

    Finding Solutions to the Challenges of the New Decentralized Workforce

    Finding Solutions to the Challenges of the New Decentralized Workforce

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    The pandemic was unquestionably a very difficult time for many around the world. However, if the pandemic had any silver lining, it is the increased acceptance of working remotely, for those whose jobs allow it. This has paved the way for more international teams and organizations.   But with this new decentralized workforce, there are a number of challenges we face.   

    To discuss these challenges and their solutions, we speak with Sergiu Matei, Founder of Index, a London-based platform helping enterprises like Vodafone and Twilio find and hire world-class remote software developers, and be globally compliant from the get-go.  

    In this episode we discuss the cultural nuances of hiring developers Matei has experienced, and why, for example, hiring in Germany might be extremely different from hiring in Colombia.   

    On this topic, Matei explains why understanding the humble nature of Central and Eastern European culture is important to consider when hiring talent from that part of the world.  

    Matei also shares the difficulties when it comes to teams working in different time zones and how these issues can be overcome.   

    We also explore the logistics of paying salaries and paying employees in crypto. Additionally, we learn why referrals are the best sources for finding talent.   

    On top of this, Matei opens up about the company he founded before Index called Travod.  And finally, Matei shares his predictions of how the hiring of developers and talent across the globe stands to change over the next five years, and you'll hear why he believes that decentralized work stands to reduce employment inequality.

    • 21 min
    On Today's Menu, Meat Alternatives, the Modern Philosophy of Food, and How our Diets Reflect Different Beliefs

    On Today's Menu, Meat Alternatives, the Modern Philosophy of Food, and How our Diets Reflect Different Beliefs

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    As agricultural technology and processes advance, allowing for new sources of protein, it seems that society’s appetite for plant based food is on the rise.

    In fact, Food Drive reports that plant-based food retail sales were worth $7 billion in 2020, showing a 27% growth rate overall for products that specifically replace animal-derived options, according to SPINS data released by the Good Food Institute and the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA).

    To explore this societal change to our diets, and the potential impact it might have on our psychology, we spoke with Dr. Uma Naidoo, Faculty Member at Harvard Medical School, an author, a Professional Chef, Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Specialist.

    We kick off the show by hearing from Dr. Naidoo about how witnessing her grandmother cooking homemade meals using ingredients grown in her back garden influenced her career in psychology and nutrition.

    We also discuss the philosophy around food, and how our diets reflect different beliefs, and why it is important to respect others' beliefs and dietary choices. Dr. Naidoo explains that as a chef she was taught to respect food, and not demonize it, regardless of your own personal beliefs and choices.

    She also highlights some impressive companies working in this space such as The Very Good Butchers who refer to themselves as “bean butchers.” Alongside other companies innovating new methods to produce protein sources for plant based meats, such as seaweed and algae via cellular agriculture.

    Dr. Naidoo also explains the need for more research around the potential psychological benefits that plant based meats can offer.

    She draws on the example that we know a plant rich diet leaning on lentils, beans, nuts and seeds can be very beneficial to mental health, but suggests it is still too early to assume that plant based meats might have the same effect.

    Moreover, Dr. Naidoo also states that, even if you consume plant based meats from fast food chains, it is better to make them at home as these chains often use processed vegetable oils that are very inflammatory for the gut and can negatively affect mental health.

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    Mapping the Avenues of Addiction in our Brains

    Mapping the Avenues of Addiction in our Brains

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    Maybe you like food, maybe it's gaming, or perhaps it's social media. The truth is, we all have our addictive tendencies and in today's episode, we will be exploring addiction, how it develops, why it develops, and how to overcome it.

    In this episode of the Brains Byte Back podcast, will be looking at addiction in a general sense, but for the sake of this podcast and its technology focus, we will mainly be focusing on addiction relating to social media, while briefly touching on some other areas such as addiction to gambling, and even crypto.

    To do this we are joined by Dr. Gail Saltz, the Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the NY Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell School of medicine and host of the “How Can I Help?" podcast from iHeartRadio.

    We discuss the difference is between compulsive behavior and substance addiction and their impact on our brains, what constitutes an addiction, and what you can do if you feel you have an addiction.

    Dr. Saltz also explains why most addicts don't go to psychiatrists because of their addiction, but because of the negative consequences produced by these addictions such as depression or anxiety.

    In addition, we also discuss why buying and checking crypto has the potential to be an addictive compulsive behavior.

    On top of that, we go into how willpower is like a muscle that you exercise and make stronger, but it takes a lot more than willpower to overcome addiction.

    And finally, Dr. Saltz shares how our neurons are like roads, and when we start an addictive habit that rewards us with dopamine, like winning when gambling, this pathway is small like a country road.

    But as the habit is repeated, this road becomes larger like a highway and becomes an easier road for your brain to take.

    • 36 min
    AI-Assisted Recruiting Will Help Put Education Alongside Career Path

    AI-Assisted Recruiting Will Help Put Education Alongside Career Path

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    Whether you are the candidate or the one doing the hiring, all of us can relate to being in a job interview scenario. For many, it is a nerve-racking situation with sweaty palms, umms and ahhs, and the classic request of “tell us about your weaknesses.”

    Now, imagine that AI is in the interview’s chair, assessing you for the job. Sounds even worse, right?

    Well for AI-powered video hiring software Interviewer.AI, the introduction of AI stands to make improvements for both participants in this often stressful scenario.

    In today’s episode of the Brains Byte Back podcast, we will hear from Sunny Saurabh, Co-founder and CEO of Interviewer.AI, to understand why he believes AI interviewing is the next step forward for hiring, and how it looks to complement the current system of hiring with humans, rather than outsource it entirely.

    We discuss how Interviewer.AI works, and how it looks to advance scalability, objectivity, and speed in the hiring process.

    Saurabh breaks down how the software screens your resumes and scores them, does a skill assessment test, and conducts pre-screen video interviews before you even meet the first candidate. With this in mind, Saurabh explains how the first level of candidates are screened using the software, so you can deal with the top candidates out of hundreds of applicants.

    We also discuss how the software’s design is based on the work of psychologist Albert Mehrabian, who formulated the 7-38-55% rule. This rule advocates that the psychology of our communication can be broken down using the following formula: 7% verbal + 38% vocal + 55% facial and body language.

    We also dive into how their software helps candidates prepare and train for interviews, and receive actionable feedback -- an important aspect considering that candidates rarely receive feedback because employers fear being sued if they share this information.

    And finally, Saurabh shares his predictions on where he sees recruitment in 10 years.

    • 36 min
    The Cerebro, The Provocateur, and The Cryer: Inside the Archetypal Minds of Online Trolls

    The Cerebro, The Provocateur, and The Cryer: Inside the Archetypal Minds of Online Trolls

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    Given the anonymity it provides, the internet is the ideal environment for malevolent individuals to conduct business without repercussions or fear of being identified.

    In light of this, the internet has given birth to dark online activity that wouldn’t have been possible in the days before the internet and has become an extension of the dark side of human psychology.

    To explore this realm further, along with the psychological motivation of these individuals, we are joined by Dr. Michael Nuccitelli, an NYS licensed psychologist, cyberpsychology expert, and internet safety educator. He is also the founder of iPredator Inc which offers the private & public sectors free educational and advisory services regarding internet predators, cybercrime & cybercriminal psychology.

    With his career in psychology spanning back to the mid-90s, Dr. Nuccitelli spent many years working as a forensic psychologist fascinated by the dark side of human consciousness. In 2009 he published his concept of iPreditor, which aims to understand the psychology of online criminals and psychopaths, and analyzes the methods they use to carry out their crimes and actions.

    In this episode, you will learn about the psychology that underpins psychopathy, how online psychopaths operate and how they are distinct from your average psychopath that existed before the internet.

    We also discuss soft determinism and hard determinism when analyzing personality traits, how early childhood experiences influence and potentially dictate the people we become.

    Additionally, Dr. Nuccitelli shares his own experience of being harassed and trolled online while conducting and publishing his theories and research, which shaped his concept of the troll triad -- a concept exploring the psychology behind online trolls which is lightly based on the work of Carl Jung.

    And finally, Dr. Nuccitelli discusses the current limitations of the legal system in bringing down these spiteful online individuals, and why many attempts to bring justice to them rarely result in convictions or legal consequences.

    • 34 min
    Brains Byte Back is Back!

    Brains Byte Back is Back!

    We are back with a brand new episode out on the 1st of October! 

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