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Do you want to understand people better? The things they do, the things they say? People-reading skills can help us in our work, our personal lives, and in many everyday situations. Host Zachary Elwood talks to people from a wide range of fields about how they read people and use psychology in their work. Popular episodes include: interrogation strategies, indicators of good and bad relationships, reading poker tells, how to spot fake online reviews, jury consultant strategies (to name a few). For more info, see www.behavior-podcast.com.

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

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    • 4.4 • 129 Ratings

Do you want to understand people better? The things they do, the things they say? People-reading skills can help us in our work, our personal lives, and in many everyday situations. Host Zachary Elwood talks to people from a wide range of fields about how they read people and use psychology in their work. Popular episodes include: interrogation strategies, indicators of good and bad relationships, reading poker tells, how to spot fake online reviews, jury consultant strategies (to name a few). For more info, see www.behavior-podcast.com.

    Are eye movement patterns linked to personality traits?, with Sabrina Hoppe

    Are eye movement patterns linked to personality traits?, with Sabrina Hoppe

    A talk with Sabrina Hoppe about a 2018 study that showed how eye movements are correlated with personality. That paper was named 'Eye movements during everyday behavior predict personality traits.' We talk about how the study was set up, what the results were, how strong the correlations found were, reasons for why such patterns might exist, possible applications, and more. 


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    Is body language actually useful for detecting lies?, with Tim Levine

    Is body language actually useful for detecting lies?, with Tim Levine

    A talk with communication researcher Tim Levine about nonverbal behavior and deception detection. Tim's stance is that there's no evidence that nonverbal behavior is useful for detecting deception. He's the author of Duped: Truth-Default Theory and the Social Science of Lying and Deception. His work was featured in Malcom Gladwell's book Talking to Strangers.

    Topics discussed include: what the research says about nonverbal behaviors; why it's so hard to get reliable indicators of deception; common nonverbal behavior myths and b******t; why we expect others to tell us the truth; why we tend to tell the truth; Paul Ekman's work, including micro-expressions and "truth wizards"; reading behavior in interrogations; the differences between analyzing verbal content and nonverbal behavior; the TV show Lie to Me; poker tells; and more. 
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    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. 
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    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. 
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    • 48 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. 
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    • 1 hr 18 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. 
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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
129 Ratings

129 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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