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Two psychologists endeavor to drink four beers while discussing news and controversies in science, academia, and beyond.

Two Psychologists Four Beers Yoel Inbar, Michael Inzlicht, and Alexa Tullett

    • Science
    • 4.6 • 131 Ratings

Two psychologists endeavor to drink four beers while discussing news and controversies in science, academia, and beyond.

    Should SPSP Stay Out of It?

    Should SPSP Stay Out of It?

    As the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) starts gearing up for their 2023 conference, Alexa and Yoel debate some of the organization's recent efforts to be more anti-racist and politically engaged. First, the co-hosts discuss debate over moving the conference from its originally scheduled location (Atlanta, Georgia) due to the state's restrictive abortion laws. They consider how boycotting (or, as SPSP ultimately decided, not boycotting) fits with the organization's mission and identity. Second, they examine SPSP's new submission evaluation criteria, which reward submissions for promoting equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. Yoel and Alexa are largely divided on both topics, but Yoel provides at least one improvement they can agree on.
    Links:
    Two Psychologists Four Beers on UntappdDemonstrating Our Commitment to Anti-Racism Through Programming and Events | Society for Personality and Social PsychologySPSP Diversity StatisticsGeorgia's strict abortion law could take effect soon. Here's what the law does. - Georgia RecorderViews on whether abortion should be legal, and in what circumstances, in U.S. | Pew Research CenterStacey Abrams Urges Hollywood to Stay and Fight Anti-Abortion Laws in GeorgiaWe Didn't Start the Fire - YouTube

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Decriminalizing Mental Illness

    Decriminalizing Mental Illness

    Yoel and Alexa chat with Jennifer Cox and Lauren Kois, co-directors of the Southern Behavioral Health and Law Initiative. Established in 2020, the initiative was created to address the dearth of mental health resources for people who become involved with the legal system. Jennifer and Lauren walk our co-hosts through common scenarios that can occur when a person with mental illness encounters the legal system, some of which involve long waits in understaffed state hospitals with little access to basic mental health resources. They also describe various efforts to ameliorate these problems, including their own work to optimize use of the 988 mental health emergency line in Alabama. In the process, they offer hope for researchers who aim to effect policy change without becoming mired in political polarization. And, they challenge future guests to a deadlifting contest.
    Special Guests: Jennifer Cox and Lauren Kois.
    Links:
    Two Psychologists Four Beers on UntappdSOUTHERN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND LAW INITIATIVE - WelcomeStanding tall: A new stage for incompetency casesYoel Romero - WikipediaTomberlin - stoned [Official Audio] - YouTube

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Freelance Kinkology (with Aella)

    Freelance Kinkology (with Aella)

    Independent researcher Aella joins Yoel and Alexa to talk about her experiences doing freelance social science. Their discussion touches on some far-ranging topics, from the upsides of Twitter microfame to the humbling experience of questioning one's faith. At one point, they consider the compromises - good and bad - that come from catering to one's critics. Aella also discusses a recent funded research project where she asks people about their sexual fetishes.
    Special Guest: Aella.
    Links:
    Two Psychologists F. on UntappdKnowingless – In pursuit of an internally consistent annihilationerodynamicsAll The Twitter Polls (@aella_girl) - Google Sheets

    • 1 hr 26 min
    What's Wrong with Social Media?

    What's Wrong with Social Media?

    Mickey returns with the hot takes you know and love. He joins Yoel and Alexa to discuss Jonathan Haidt's recent Atlantic article, "Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid." Haidt claims the answer is social media, but the cohosts aren't fully convinced. To shed a bit more light on the matter, they turn to an article by Amy Orben and Andrew Przybylski which provides a rigorous analysis of the relationship between social media use and well-being. In the end, Mickey admits to being a hypocrite, and Alexa makes a plug for Big Potato.
    Links:
    Two Psychologists F. on UntappdWhy the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid - The AtlanticOrben & Przybylski (2019)Response from Twenge, Haidt, Joiner, & CampbellResponse to the ResponseUS TikTok User Data Has Been Repeatedly Accessed From China, Leaked Audio ShowsThe Welfare Effects of Social Media - American Economic AssociationWindows of developmental sensitivity to social mediaCorrupting The Youth: Teaching of Psychology | RSS.com

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Many Many Labs

    Many Many Labs

    Earlier this year, the last of five "Many Labs" projects was accepted for publication at Collabra: Psychology, representating the culmination of a nearly-decade long series of multi-lab replication efforts. In this episode, Alexa and Yoel consider what they've learned from Many Labs 1 through 5, including insights about replication, expertise, and the impact (or lack thereof) of small effects. They also discuss their own connections to the project - Yoel as an original author, and Alexa as a researcher examing psychologists' reactions to the findings. Although the co-hosts deny they have any existential fear of death (see Many Labs 4) they do share their most recent life-threatening experiences.
    Links:
    Two Psychologists F. on UntappdMany Labs 1Many Labs 2Many Labs 3Many Labs 4Many Labs 5PsyArXiv Preprints | Psychologists Update their Beliefs About Effect Sizes After Replication StudiesBurlington Farmers Market

    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Distracting Nature of Nudges

    The Distracting Nature of Nudges

    Originating within the behavioral sciences, "nudging" has received attention as a way to achieve broad societal change by promoting small, individual adjustments. We're told, for instance, that if we all do our part reduce our carbon footprints we can stave off climate change. In today's episode, Yoel and Alexa consider a critique of "nudging" offered by Chater and Loewenstein. These authors argue that individual-level interventions often fail to accumulate to impressive societal change, and meanwhile distract from much needed system-level solutions. Also, Yoel claims to be less relatable than Alexa.
    Sponsored By:
    FindingFive: FindingFive is a non-profit web platform where academic researchers can create and run online behavioral research studies in the cloud. Promo Code: FF-US-2P4BFindingFive: Link and promo code for users in the European Union Promo Code: FF-EU-2P4BLinks:
    Two Psychologists F. on UntappdThe i-Frame and the s-Frame: How Focusing on Individual-Level Solutions Has Led Behavioral Public Policy Astray by Nick Chater, George Loewenstein :: SSRNSleaford Mods - Nudge It Ft. Amy Taylor - YouTubeWhy 'Nudges' Hardly Help - The AtlanticClimate Change Is a Crisis We Can Only Solve Together | The Nation(5) Oleg Urminsky on Twitter: "Some slightly cranky comments on the "nudges can be a harmful diversion" discussion. 🧵" / TwitterWhat nudge theory got wrong | Financial Times

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
131 Ratings

131 Ratings

ersmed ,

I’m not a Psychologist but I LOVE this show,

I love the early shows w Mickey & Yoel, I also love the new shows with Alexa & Yoel. But, both are quite different in their approach - best to start at show 1 and go thru the whole catalogue. If you’ve ever been interested in Psychology, real research-based Psychology, you need this show in your rotation!

Prof app ,

Wonderful podcast

I love listening to Yoel, Alexa, and Mickey wrestle with the big issues in the philosophy of science and scientific psychology while they get schockered. This is one of my favorite podcasts.

我就不信這暱稱也有人用 ,

Informative and entertaining to grad students

I’m an international grad students studying in the US. To me, this podcast is an important resource to me since it’s a window into life in academia. Being the type of person who’s easily stressed out over tiny things, navigating through grad school, where the uncertainty for future is abundant, is tough for me. And listening about scholar’s various way to get into academia was fun and helps me realize that paths leads to academia (or anywhere) aren’t straight and smooth.

One technical suggestion though is to calibrate the volume of the hosts and guests so that the volume is consistent across the speakers. I know nothing about editing podcast so not sure if it’s feasible...

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