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We explain popular and weird, little-known ideas in psychology. Whether you are a little curious about psychology, or a student, or even a professional, we have something for everyone.

Why We Do What We Do Abraham

    • Science
    • 4.6 • 73 Ratings

We explain popular and weird, little-known ideas in psychology. Whether you are a little curious about psychology, or a student, or even a professional, we have something for everyone.

    Colossal Meltdown

    Colossal Meltdown

    The disaster at the Chornobyl (yes, I spelled that correctly) nuclear power plant was a culmination of human errors, faulty design, and poor leadership. A slight departure for us, but an interesting exploration into the levels of the event.

    Recommendations
    - Abraham: Kirby Vacuums (https://www.kirby.com/)
    - Shane: The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl (https://www.davegrohlstoryteller.com/)

    Links and Resources

    - World Nuclear Association Information
    - History Channel and Nuclear disasters
    - five worst nuclear disasters
    - True Death Toll
    - Facts about nuclear energy
    - History Channel
    - Associated Press story on Japan to release nuclear water in 2 years (by 2023)
    - US Energy Sources (great image here)
    1. History Channel
    2. Associated Press story on Japan to release nuclear water in 2 years (by 2023)

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Fast and/or Furious

    Fast and/or Furious

    Road rage is an intensive pattern of various behavior that are commonly demonstrated by drivers as they face the typical inconveniences that exist on the road. In the face of slow drivers, traffic jams, construction, detours, etc., too many people react to the point of speeding, tailgating, and even violent confrontation. As you’d imagine, these behaviors have the potential to result in great harm if not death. To minimize the effects of road rage or prevent instances of it altogether, we might look at environmental events that increase the likelihood of incongruently intense responses. Further, we can encourage drivers to reduce the magnitude of their responses to rage-inducing situations to avoid escalating to violence. If we all work together, with the help of qualified professionals, we can work toward making roads safer…using SCIENCE!

    Recommendations
    -Abraham: Light-up Faucets
    -Shane: Why Civil Resistance Works (https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7312/chen15682#:~:text=They%20find%20that%20nonviolent%20resistance,regime%20to%20maintain%20its%20status)

    • 55 min
    40 Hours per Week

    40 Hours per Week

    Working 40 hours per work has been the norm for so long, we seem to take for granted that this is just the normal run-of-the-mill schedule in the U.S. But where did this come from? Why do we use it? Perhaps a change is on the horizon...

    Recommendations
    Abraham: Burger Patch Sacramento (https://burgerpatch.com/)
    Shane: Dune (The Book; https://dunenovels.com/)

    Links and references:
    1. https://www.cultureamp.com/blog/40-hour-work-week#:~:text=1938%3A%20Congress%20passed%20the%20Fair,work%20week%20became%20U.S.%20law.
    2. https://mythdetector.ge/en/the-real-history-behind-the-5-day-working-week/
    3. https://www.timesizing.com/history-of-the-american-workweek/
    4. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ford-factory-workers-get-40-hour-week#:~:text=On%20May%201%2C%201926%2C%20Ford,office%20workers%20the%20following%20August
    5. https://redi.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/06/REDI-report-April-gig-economy.pdf
    6. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-theory/wp/2016/05/13/is-it-time-for-a-shorter-workweek/
    7. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110208131529.htm
    1. Atsunori Ariga, Alejandro Lleras. Brief and rare mental 'breaks' keep you focused: Deactivation and reactivation of task goals preempt vigilance decrements. Cognition, 2011; DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2010.12.007
    8. https://data.oecd.org/emp/hours-worked.htm
    9. https://time.com/4621185/worker-productivity-countries/
    10. https://www.studyfinds.org/study-finds-that-40-hour-workweeks-bad-for-mental-health/
    11. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/shifting-workplace-dynamics/202110/should-we-end-the-40-hour-workweek

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Coffee Traditions Around the World

    Coffee Traditions Around the World

    What makes Vietnamese coffee different from Malaysian coffee? What should expect if you are visiting a coffee shop in Sweden? Despite being one of the world's largest coffee exporters, In Brazil, you probably won't even find dedicated coffee shops. Listen in to hear the answers to these questions and develop a craving for all the coffee and world travel. Enjoy!

    Recommendations
    - Abraham: Dashlane (https://www.dashlane.com/)
    - Shane: Neighbor’s Ice Cream (https://www.neighborsicecream.com/)

    Sources and Links:
    1. https://lifeandthyme.com/drink/coffee-rituals-around-the-world/
    2. https://www.getaway.co.za/food/coffee-from-around-the-world/
    3. https://justinpluslauren.com/coffee-traditions-around-the-world/
    4. https://driftaway.coffee/how-to-make-south-indian-filter-coffee/
    5. https://www.neuroast.com/blogs/the-daily-roast/7-coffee-rituals-from-around-the-world

    • 56 min
    Nostalgia: Uhs, Ums, Likes

    Nostalgia: Uhs, Ums, Likes

    We are adding a new format of rerunning old episodes and updating the research and adding discussion points. Enjoy a nostalgic return to WWDWWD 5 years ago plus our updated discussion.

    Back at this time, we didn't have recommendations. So Shane and Abraham added some.
    Abraham: Schitt's Creek (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3526078/)
    Shane: Buy your friend's book

    • 53 min
    270 | Coarse and Curly

    270 | Coarse and Curly

    Hair: A weird thing humans have weaponized, leverages, and used many culturally unique and important ways. There's actually a million things to say about this, but we took on the race angle in this conversation. This is a very brief history about afro-textured hair; when the racism and discrimination started, how far it has came, and how much more education and understanding we need.

    Recommendations:
    Abraham: Turning Red (movie: https://movies.disney.com/turning-red)
    Shane: Stranger Things Season 4 (https://www.netflix.com/title/80057281)

    References and Links:
    Links:

    1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afro-textured_hair
    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0Ta0XKlisg
    3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvise_Cadamosto
    4. Jahangir, Rumeana. "How does black hair reflect black history?". BBC.
    5. Nasheed, Jameelah (April 10, 2018). "When Black Women Were Required By Law to Cover Their Hair".
    6. "538 F. 2d 164 - Jenkins v. Blue Cross Mutual Hospital Insurance Inc". OpenJurist.
    7. Banks, Ingrid (2000). Hair matters : beauty, power, and Black women's consciousness. New York: New York University Press. ISBN 9780814713372. OCLC 51232344.
    8. Mercer, Kobena (1987). "Black hair/style politics" (PDF). New Formations. 3: 33–54.
    9. Edmondson, Vickie Cox; Carroll, Archie B. (1999). "Giving Back: An Examination of the Philanthropic Motivations, Orientations and Activities of Large Black-Owned Businesses". Journal of Business Ethics. 19 (2): 171–179. doi:10.1023/A:1005993925597. JSTOR 25074086. S2CID 15255094.
    10. Rooks, Noliwe M. (1996). Hair raising : beauty, culture, and African American women. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press. p. 13. ISBN 9780585098272. OCLC 44964950.
    11. Douglas, William (Oct 9, 2009). "For Many Black Women, Hair Tells the Story of Their Roots". Archived from the original on September 15, 2012. Retrieved Dec 29, 2009.
    12. Brown, Stacia (2015). "My Hair, My Politics". New Republic. Vol. 246. pp. 16–17. Archived from the original on 2020-07-27.
    13. Oyedemi, Toks (2016). "Beauty as violence: 'beautiful hair' and the cultural violence of identity erasure". Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture. 22 (5): 537–553. doi:10.1080/13504630.2016.1157465. S2CID 147092123.
    14. X, Malcolm; Haley, Alex (1965). The Autobiography of Malcolm X. New York: Grove Press.
    15. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/25/black-pupils-excluded-hair-discrimination-equality-act

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

Ddub417 ,

That laugh tho

Elmer Fudd meets machine gun?

Lifelong_Learner_ ,

Snarky and Condescending

Incredibly disappointed in the sensory processing disorder episode. The hosts are clearly under informed or have an outdated education on the neuroscience behind autism and the impact of sensory issues. Hearing the way they joke about the struggles of autistic people, and their snarky review of occupational therapy techniques was disgusting. The field of psychology clearly still has a long way to go in this area. Looking forward to the generation of up and coming actually autistic psychologists and therapists to change the damaging paradigm proudly and arrogantly displayed by these hosts.

MikeyTalented ,

My favorite podcast!

I have been in the mental health for a while now, and most recently working towards a Master’s in Applied Behvaior Analysis. I started looking into podcasts on Psychology to help build my educational repertoire.

WWDWWD quickly became my favorite podcast, along with the Controversial Exchange, another great show that RyanO is a part of.

Shane, Abraham, RyanO and the entire crew are super enjoyable to listen to. I think it’s super cool that they’re musicians and into “nerdy” things, and are able to interject their personalities into the podcast. It makes it super relatable to me.

They are well-versed and educated, but they do a great job making the material digestible.
WWDWWD quickly became my favorite podcast. Shane, Abraham, RyanO and the entire crew are super enjoyable to listen to. I think it’s super cool that they’re musicians and into “nerdy” things, and are able to interject their personalities into the podcast. It makes it super relatable to me.

They are well-versed and educated, but they do a great job making the material digestible. I appreciate how the hosts will lean to the conclusions with the most evidence to back them up, and look to debunk pseudoscience whenever it rears its head. That is so incredibly important in any science.
Not only are they are scientifically sound, that are also super fun to listen to! Highly highly recommend!

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