A podcast about understanding and predicting human behavior, hosted by Zachary Elwood (twitter: @apokerplayer). Interviews with people from a wide range of fields. An occasional focus on political polarization.
Why do so many people want to watch the world burn?, with Kevin Arceneaux
An interview with Kevin Arceneaux, a researcher on the “need for chaos” research project, which found that a surprising number of people, around 40% of those polled, seem to have antisocial views about society in that they either agreed with or did not disagree with statements like “When I think about our political and social institutions, I cannot help thinking 'just let them all burn'?” We talk about what the study entailed, and what the factors could be that help explain this surprising find.
Ben Roethlisberger's tell, and other football and sports tells, with Jon Hoefling
A talk with sports analyst and broadcaster Jon Michael Hoefling, who writes for Deadspin. We discuss a recent story about Steelers quarterback Roethlisberger and an apparent tell he has, where his foot position indicates whether he'll run or pass. We also discuss some other tells in football and sports in general, including the story about Andre Agassi having a read on Boris Becker, and some tells in baseball.
Examining gender identity theory and transgender debate polarization, with Carey Callahan
An interview with Carey Callahan, a therapist who writes about gender dysphoria and transgender issues, with a focus on medical and healthcare aspects. Topics include: why well meaning discussions about trans/gender topics can inspire so much anger; how polarization on this topic relates to polarization in other areas; controversy around how many obstacles there should be for someone who wants to transition; criticisms of gender identity theory; the idea that gender identity theory itself may be amplifying dysphoric symptoms; the role of environmental factors.
How might we better connect with people?, with Ted Brodkin and Ashley Pallathra
How might we connect better with each other? An interview with Ashley Pallathra and Edward Brodkin, co-authors of Missing Each Other: How to Cultivate Meaningful Connections. We talk about the obstacles we face in our attempts to form better connection with others.
Reading tells in the video game Apex Legends, with Brandon Singer, aka Nocturnal
An interview with professional gamer Nocturnal (OhNocturnal on Twitch), about reading opponent behavior in Apex Legends. We also talk about the financial aspects of being a pro video gamer.
Reading tells in tennis, with Carlos Goffi
An interview about the role of psychology and understanding behavior in tennis, with experienced tennis player and coach Carlos Goffi. Goffi has coached tennis for more than 30 years, has coached John McEnroe, and is the author of the well known tennis book Tournament Tough. We talk about reading opponents' physical tells and their mood, about psychological strategizing, and about the impact of personal life factors on a player's ability to compete. We also talk about Andre Agassi's claim that he had a very reliable tell on Boris Becker.
Cornucopia of Guests discussing hot button issues in academic fashion
Zachary Elwood shows us the deftness for detail and ability to engage in on the spot and unconventional analysis that a professional poker player has, while interviewing guests ranging from political extremists, to political and psychological theorists. He is always well read of his guests going into interviews but isn’t scared to push topics to their most relevant points of discussion relative to today nor challenge guests to find gems of insight that can best be brought out through an interview. One of the best new podcasts out there, especially for those with an interest in social psychology, misinformation, and peak performance through mental training.
Thoughtful, Deeply Interesting Interviews and Commentary
Very happy I discovered this podcast. Excellent interviews with researchers and experts who discuss topics that I, at least, find deeply interesting. Zach also provides sincerely thoughtful and empathetic commentary.
Zach is a great interviewer who asks deep thoughtful and unbiased questions. Very addictive!