14 episodes

Welcome to Cognitive Revolution with Cody Kommers. In this show we'll explore the personal side of the intellectual journey. It's all too easy to see the successes of great scientists, creatives, and thinkers as unattainable. But that's because we only see the outcome, not the process. Cognitive Revolution is a show about the steps these great minds took to get to the top.

Cognitive Revolution Cody Kommers

    • Social Sciences

Welcome to Cognitive Revolution with Cody Kommers. In this show we'll explore the personal side of the intellectual journey. It's all too easy to see the successes of great scientists, creatives, and thinkers as unattainable. But that's because we only see the outcome, not the process. Cognitive Revolution is a show about the steps these great minds took to get to the top.

    #13: David Pizarro on How to Find Collaborators

    #13: David Pizarro on How to Find Collaborators

    David Pizarro is an associate professor in the department of psychology at Cornell. He is also chief science officer at BEworks and cohost of the venerable psychology/philosophy podcast Very Bad Wizards. In this episode, Cody and David talk about learning to work with your natural strengths and weaknesses, finding collaborators who make you better, how to structure your work around laziness, learning to say no, using anger as an academic motivator, getting in early on the podcast scene, and what Cody's advisor thinks about him doing this podcast. More info available on codykommers.com/podcast.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    #12: Dorsa Amir on Ultimate versus Proximate Goals

    #12: Dorsa Amir on Ultimate versus Proximate Goals

    Dorsa Amir is a postdoctoral fellow at Boston College. She took her PhD in anthropology from Yale, and has a popular Ted Talk on how the industrial revolution changed childhood. In this episode, Cody talks with Dorsa about strategic planning as a daily routine, mastering self-regulation, aiming big even when you're risk averse, ultimate goals versus proximal goals, and the most important things psychologists can learn from anthropologists. More info available at codykommers.com/podcast.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    #11: Nicholas Epley on Designing a Good Life

    #11: Nicholas Epley on Designing a Good Life

    Nick Epley is the John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavior Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is the author of the book "Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want." In this episode, Cody talks to Nick about the value of true liberal arts education, the advantages of getting married young, learning the craft of psychology, Nick's crazy proposal to his wife (which didn't go as planned), having kids during grad school, the biggest differences between working in psych departments versus business schools, and what it means to design a good life. More info available at codykommers.com/podcast.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    #10: David DeSteno on Being Optimally Interdisciplinary

    #10: David DeSteno on Being Optimally Interdisciplinary

    David DeSteno is a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, where he directs the Social Emotions Group. He has published many books, including Emotional Success: The Power of Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride." In this episode, Cody talks to David about the difference between academic and popular writing, balancing your true interests with pragmatic considerations, how to be optimally interdisciplinary, and debating core beliefs versus trying to learn from one another. More info available at codykommers.com/podcast.

    • 57 min
    #9: Linda B. Smith on Making the Best Local Decisions

    #9: Linda B. Smith on Making the Best Local Decisions

    Linda B. Smith is a professor of psychology and cognitive science at Indiana University. She is a prolific cognitive scientist, specializing in child development, who has won many of the most prestigious awards in the field -- including the Rumelhart prize and the Norman Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award. In this episode, she talks to Cody about transfering from engineering to psychology, what it means to be truly rigorous as a psychologist, going against the grain of Chomsky, getting through personal doubts and crises, being influenced by unexpected sources, and making the best local decisions in your career. More info available at codykommers.com/podcast.

    • 54 min
    #8: Cory Clark on Getting Traction

    #8: Cory Clark on Getting Traction

    Cory Clark is a professor of quantitative social psychology at Durham University. She is the co-host of the Psyphilopod podcast, as well as the proud owner of the prestigious Twitter handle @ImHardCory. In this episode, Cody and Cory talk about the gateway drugs to psychology, getting traction in research, on being a modern psychologist (with a podcast), and what we still don't know about successful de-biasing. More info available at codykommers.com/podcast.

    • 1 hr 11 min

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The podcast I didn’t know I needed

Wish I had thought of this idea because these are the kinds of questions I’ve always wanted to ask the great minds I look up to. My non-scientist brain appreciates the personal angles as I see a bit of myself in each of these interviews. Looking forward to more content!

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