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You Are Not So Smart is a show about psychology that celebrates science and self delusion. In each episode, we explore what we've learned so far about reasoning, biases, judgments, and decision-making.

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You Are Not So Smart is a show about psychology that celebrates science and self delusion. In each episode, we explore what we've learned so far about reasoning, biases, judgments, and decision-making.

    285 - What Do You Mean? - Celeste Kidd (rebroadcast)

    285 - What Do You Mean? - Celeste Kidd (rebroadcast)

    Is a hotdog a sandwich? Well, that depends on your definition of a sandwich (and a hotdog), and according to the most recent research in cognitive science, the odds that your concept of a sandwich is the same as another person's concept are shockingly low. In this episode we explore how understanding why that question became a world-spanning argument in the mid 2010s helps us understand some of the world-spanning arguments vexing us today.

    • 48 min
    284 - Awe - Dacher Keltner (rebroadcast)

    284 - Awe - Dacher Keltner (rebroadcast)

    In this episode we sit down with psychologist Dacher Keltner, one of the world’s leading experts on the science of emotion, the man Pixar hired to help them write Inside Out. In his new book – Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life – he outlines his years of work in this field, the health benefits of awe, the evolutionary origins and likely functions, and how to better pursue more awe and wonder in your own life.

    • 54 min
    283 - Cultures of Growth - Mary C. Murphy

    283 - Cultures of Growth - Mary C. Murphy

    In this episode we welcome psychologist Mary C. Murphy, author of Cultures of Growth, who tells us how to create institutions, businesses, and other groups of humans that can better support collaboration, innovation, performance, and wellbeing. We also learn how, even if you know all about the growth mindset, the latest research suggests you not may not be creating a culture of growth despite what feels like your best efforts to do so.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    282 - They Thought We Were Ridiculous - Andy Luttrell

    282 - They Thought We Were Ridiculous - Andy Luttrell

    In 1974, two psychologists, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, as the New Yorker once put it, "changed the way we think about the way we think." The prevailing wisdom, before their landmark research went viral (in the way things went viral in the 1970s), was that human beings were, for the most part, rational optimizers always making the kinds of judgments and decisions that best maximized the potential of the outcomes under their control. This was especially true in economics at the time. The story of how they generated a paradigm shift so powerful that it reached far outside economics and psychology to change the way all of us see ourselves is a fascinating tale, one that required the invention of something this episode is all about: The Psychology of Single Questions.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    281 - More Chat, Less Bot - Jeremy Utley, Kian Gohar, Henrik Werdelin

    281 - More Chat, Less Bot - Jeremy Utley, Kian Gohar, Henrik Werdelin

    Jeremy Utley, Kian Gohar, and Henrik Werdelin sit down to discuss the surprising results of a new study into what happens when groups of people work together to brainstorm solutions to problems with the help of ChatGPT. Based on their research, Utley and Gohar created a new paradigm for getting the most out of AI-assisted ideation which they call FIXIT.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    280 - Supercommunicators - Charles Duhigg

    280 - Supercommunicators - Charles Duhigg

    Our guest in this episode is Charles Duhigg, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and writer for the New Yorker Magazine who is also the New York Times Bestselling author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better. His new book is Supercommunicators, a practical and approachable guide to what makes great conversations work. In the episode we discuss the science behind what it takes to form a connection with another human being through dialogue, how to generate or nurture a bond, and how to form, repair, and maintain a conversational pipeline through listening and communicating that guarantees reciprocation and understanding.

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

MWOTR ,

Eye-opening

David McRaney’s podcast has led me to read many books (including his) and introduced me to one of my passions (trying to learn how to listen to and learn from those who disagree with me—Braver Angels). I used to mainly read historical fiction—now I just can’t get enough social psychology and behavior science. And he does it all with humility and humor.

kcdrummer ,

Could be better

I’ve enjoyed this podcast on and off for a few years. Unfortunately, I can’t take it for more than a few episodes at a time because David, much like many amateur Hosts, he fills about 50% of the interview with his thoughts instead of letting the expert speak. It’s normal to want to engage, share your thoughts, and your “oh yeah, that reminds me of this” moments when you’re having a conversation. But this is a conversation for others to listen to, and we want to hear the expert.

I often look at who is being interviewed and find them on another podcast where the host knows how to ask good questions and get out of the way.

Sonneveldt ,

Thoughtful

This podcast presents in a way that causes me to stop, think… sometimes reframe. I always appreciate it.

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