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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.

    215 - Jerks at Work - Tessa West

    215 - Jerks at Work - Tessa West

    In this live taping of the podcast at Caveat in NYC, Dr. Tessa West, the author of Jerks at Work, conducts quizzes to see what kind of jerk you are and what kind of jerk most-easily persuades you in the workplace. You will also learn how to counteract the behaviors of people who make work suck more than it should. 

    West is a leading expert on interpersonal interaction and communication and will explain how to make work suck less as we return to our offices and figure out how to balance working remotely with working in-person after a year of re-imagining what work even means. West’s new book is an exploration of all the psychological research into how and why gaslighters, bulldozers, neglectors, micromanagers and more do their thing in our workplaces and how to use what we know from decades of psychological research to counteract their Machiavellian machinations.

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    214 - Exploring Genius

    214 - Exploring Genius

    Over the course of this audio documentary series, David McRaney explores the history and science of intelligence, IQ, and remarkable talent through interviews with dozens of intelligence experts and actual "geniuses" (a 5-year-old prodigy, the man with the highest IQ ever recorded, etc). McRaney wrestles with the complexity of GENIUS as a cultural construct and considers how we can unlock its positive potential within ourselves.

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    What You'll Learn:
    - The history of the word and concept of genius
    - How genius gets measured and defined
    - What life is like for geniuses, in the past, now and in the future

    From the creator of YANSS, a new 6-part, 7-hour audio documentary exploring the science and history of the idea and word, “genius,” featuring dozens of interviews with experts and those with extraordinary talents and extreme intelligence.

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    • 35 min
    213 - Vaccine Hesitancy

    213 - Vaccine Hesitancy

    In this episode of the You Are Not So Smart Podcast, we sit down with eight experts on communication, conversation, and persuasion to discuss the best methods for reaching out to the vaccine hesitant with the intention of nudging them away from hesitancy and toward vaccination.

    Mentioned in the show, here is the link to a free online class with Misha Glouberman where you will learn how to have better conversations with the vaccine hesitant: LINK

     

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    • 2 hr 51 min
    212 - The Power of Us - Jay Van Bavel

    212 - The Power of Us - Jay Van Bavel

    In this episode, we sit down with psychologist Jay Van Bavel to discuss his new book, The Power of Us, an exploration of "the dynamics of shared, social identities. What causes people to develop social identities? What happens to people when they define themselves in terms of group memberships? Under what conditions does the human proclivity to divide the world into “us” and “them” produce toxic conflict and devastating discrimination? And how can shared identities instead be harnessed to improve performance, increase cooperation, and promote social harmony?"

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    • 1 hr 35 min
    211 - QAnon and Conspiratorial Narratives

    211 - QAnon and Conspiratorial Narratives

    When we talk about conspiracy theories we tend to focus on what people believe instead of why, and, more importantly, why they believe those things and not other things. In this episode, we sit down with two psychologists working to change that, and in addition, change the term itself from conspiracy theory to conspiracy narrative, which more accurately describes what makes any one conspiracy appealing enough to form a community around it and in rare cases result in collective action.

    - Show notes at youarenotsosmart.com

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    210 - Julia Shaw - The Memory Illusion (rebroadcast)

    210 - Julia Shaw - The Memory Illusion (rebroadcast)

    Our guest on this episode is Dr. Julia Shaw, the author of The Memory Illusion.

    Julia is famous among psychologists because she was able to implant false memories into a group of subjects and convince 70 percent of them that they were guilty of a crime they did not commit, and she did so by using the sort of sloppy interrogation techniques that some police departments have been truly been guilty of using in the past.

    From her book’s website: “In The Memory Illusion, Dr Julia Shaw uses the latest research to show the astonishing variety of ways in which our memory can indeed be led astray. Fascinating and unnerving in equal measure, the international bestseller The Memory Illusion has been translated into 20 languages and offers a unique insight into the human brain, challenging you to question how much you can ever truly know about yourself.”

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    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

funancialism ,

Listener since 2015

Heard every episode, some more than once. Realizing the ways I’m not smart made me a lot smarter. Maybe one day I’ll be on and do an episode about behavior analysis and the money delusions people have! HMU Dave!!!! @funancialism on Instagram ❤️

GL888.888 ,

Hard to digest unless your looking to confirm your left leaning biases

Tag line “You are not so Smart” brought me in as we all need to listen and have more empathy and reasoning. Was disappointed as the words “cognitive science” are used to describe the show but in reality this is a pop-science with a heavy dose of personal beliefs (left leaning), logic fallacies and simply frustrating for a non partisan person who isn’t looking for a pat-on- the- back from University friends.

Tsarina9 ,

Awesome podcast!

Love this podcast! High quality content and fascinating to listen to! One of the best, if not the very best, psychology podcast I have heard.

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