80 episodes

A podcast about understanding other people and understanding ourselves. The website is at behavior-podcast.com. Hosted by Zachary Elwood, author of some well known books on poker tells/behavior. Includes talks with people from a wide range of fields about how they interpret and use human behavior in their work. Occasionally focuses on political polarization and the psychology that drives it.

People Who Read People: A Behavior and Psychology Podcast Zachary Elwood

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    • 4.4 • 120 Ratings

A podcast about understanding other people and understanding ourselves. The website is at behavior-podcast.com. Hosted by Zachary Elwood, author of some well known books on poker tells/behavior. Includes talks with people from a wide range of fields about how they interpret and use human behavior in their work. Occasionally focuses on political polarization and the psychology that drives it.

    Reading "drug-seeking" behaviors, with Dr. Casey Grover

    Reading "drug-seeking" behaviors, with Dr. Casey Grover

    A talk with Dr. Casey Grover, addiction specialist and host of the podcast Addiction in Emergency Medicine and Acute Care, about how doctors attempt to determine if a patient is trying to get a drug prescription under false pretenses (e.g., claiming to be in pain to get opioids). Topics discussed: why "drug-seeking behavior" is not a good phrase; what some classic drug-seeking behaviors are and also why they're not very reliable; steps doctors take if they think someone might have a use disorder; America's drug problems, and more. 

    • 49 min
    Predicting psychosis and schizophrenia using language patterns, with Neguine Rezaii

    Predicting psychosis and schizophrenia using language patterns, with Neguine Rezaii

    This is a reshare of a 2020 talk with psychology researcher Neguine Rezaii. She and her research team used machine learning to find language patterns used by teenagers who were at risk of schizophrenia that were correlated with later schizophrenia diagnosis. The two language patterns found in the subjects' speech were 1) a low semantic density (i.e., low degree of meaning), and 2) speech related to sound or voices. 

    • 47 min
    Reading and predicting jury behavior, with Christina Marinakis (reshare from 2018)

    Reading and predicting jury behavior, with Christina Marinakis (reshare from 2018)

    A reshare of a 2018 talk with jury specialist Christina Marinakis about how she makes use of human psychology and human behavior in her jury consultancy work. Topics discussed: jury selection procedures; what jury consultants do; the relative importance of jury selection compared to the strength of the case; clues to potential jurors' beliefs and future behaviors from their body language, verbal answers, clothes, and more. 

    • 1 hr 17 min
    How to spot fake online reviews, with Olu Popoola (reshare from 2019)

    How to spot fake online reviews, with Olu Popoola (reshare from 2019)

    A reshare of a 2019 talk with forensic linguistic researcher Olu Popoola where we discuss indicators that online reviews are fake or genuine. We talk about his work analyzing indicators of deception, and talk about some research he did on Amazon book reviews. If you've ever read an online review and wondered "This seems fake, but how do I really know?", I think you'd enjoy this one. 

    • 58 min
    Group psychology, polarization, and persuasion, with Matthew Hornsey

    Group psychology, polarization, and persuasion, with Matthew Hornsey

    A talk with psychology researcher Matthew Hornsey about political polarization and the psychology behind it. Other topics discussed include: why people can believe such different (and unreasonable) ideas; persuasive tactics; the importance of people criticizing their own group; why groups mainly listen to in-group members and ignore the same ideas from out-group members. 

    • 1 hr
    Analyzing written and verbal statements for hidden meaning, with Mark McClish (reshare from 2018)

    Analyzing written and verbal statements for hidden meaning, with Mark McClish (reshare from 2018)

    A rebroadcast of one of my most popular episodes: a talk from 2018 with Mark McClish, who's an expert in analyzing spoken and written statements for hidden meaning, and who's been a US Marshal and law enforcement trainer. He's the author of the books I Know You Are Lying and Don't Be Deceived. 

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
120 Ratings

120 Ratings

DellHam10 ,

An honest look at human behavior

One of my favorite casts. Zach does a great job of being objective and open minded.

His look at the reason for the severe polarization of America are eye opening.

Toylyn54 ,

Amateur production quality

Podcast could benefit with some editing. Too long rambling segments that are not focused. Lost my attention in about 8 minites

kolo scoler ,

Interesting Discussion

Balanced op-ed style analysis through audio essays and interviews.

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