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KUT » Two Guys on Your Head

KUT & KUTX Studios, Dr. Art Markman & Dr. Bob Duke
156 episodes
Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke explain how our brain works.

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Selective Attention

We may think that being able to pay attention to two or more things at the same time is a character trait. We say, “ so and so is just scatterbrained and can’t focus on more than one thing. ” But the truth is none of us can. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head ,   Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bo…
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The What The Hell Effect (Rebroadcast)

There is an observation in psychology that looks at how people behave when they have not lived up to the expectations they set for themselves; the “What The Hell Effect.” In this episode of  Two Guys on Your Head ,  Dr. Art Markman , and  Dr. Bob Duke  talk about, not only what it is, but why it is.
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Memory, Trauma, and Treating PTSD (Rebroadcast)

We may underestimate the role that our emotions of an event play in our memory of that event. But it turns out there are ways to manipulate those memories and separate the emotion out; even from Flashbulb memories. In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head , Dr. Art Markman , and Dr. Bob Duke ta…
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The Midlife Crisis

We’ve all heard of it, but what is it? On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head ,   Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of the midlife crisis.
8min

The Slippery Slope

We may use the saying, “it’s a slippery slope,” without knowing the full psychological dimensions of it. That’s why in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head , we asked Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke to explore what the saying actually entails.
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Embodied Empathy

You’ve heard the saying, “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.” But does that literally mean you have to put yourself in someone’s position in order to understand where they are coming from? As Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head , according to…
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Interviewing For a Job (Rebroadcast)

From a Views and Brews recorded live at the Cactus Cafe in 2019, KUT’s Rebecca McInroy talks with Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke about the psychology behind how to interviewing for a job.
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Talking With Your Kids About Difficult Subjects

It can be hard to talk with kids about tough things; a death or sickness in the family, the loss of a job, mental illness, the list goes on. But as Dr. Art Markman  and  Dr. Bob Duke talk about in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head , learning strategies for opening up conversations is better …
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Selfishness

Selfishness gets a bad rap, but as Dr. Art Markman  and  Dr. Bob Duke talk about in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head , taking time for yourself is a necessity.
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Group Attention and Confidence

Holding the attention of a group isn’t easy, but as Dr. Art Markman  and  Dr. Bob Duke talk about in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head , a little confidence can go a long way.
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Disasters and Preparedness

When it comes to disasters and preparing for them there is a lot we might not consider. In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head , Dr. Art Markman  and  Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of being in the midst of catastrophe (in this case a very cold one) and how to mentally focus in order…
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The Sh*t Sandwich

You may think that bookending a critique in two compliments is a good strategy, but it turns out it has unintended negative consequences. In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head , Dr. Art Markman  and  Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of the “sh*t sandwich.”
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Loyalty and Dissent

Loyalty is an interesting and elusive concept. As much as we may profess our loyalty to a certain organization, institution, person, belief system, etc. if that bond–as Dr. Art Markman  and  Dr. Bob Duke talk about in this episode of  Two Guys on Your Head , –is only as strong as your last dissen…
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Biography

We may think we understand history from the classes we took in school. Yet, there is so much more to the events and the players than we memorized in class. In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head ,  Dr. Art Markman  and  Dr. Bob Duke talk about how biographies add a missing dimension to the psyc…
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Playing and Losing By The Rules

It can be hard to lose, and at times, to play by the rules, but as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head , politics is more than just a game.
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The New Year

There are a lot of hopes riding on 2021, and those hopes have a lot to do with why categorization is so important. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head,   Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of “The New Year.”
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Numbers

We may take for granted our ability to count, but as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head , there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye!
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The Principle of Contrast

When we have two things that are very similar to each other we might wonder, why do we have two when they seem to be the same? Turns out this is important for many reasons. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head , Dr. Art Markman and  Dr. Bob Duke talk about the principle of contrast.
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Virtual Holidays

This year’s holidays might look a lot different for many of us due to the pandemic and social distancing, but they don’t have to be all bad. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head , Dr. Art Markman and  Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of virtual holidays.
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Perceptual Acuity

Developing new skills is about a lot more than practice. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head , Dr. Art Markman and  Dr. Bob Duke talk about the importance of building perceptual acuity.
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Perception and Affordance

When we see something, like a chair, we are not only seeing the chair but our brains are also making calculations as to what that chair can afford us; give us a place to sit perhaps. It turns out that we are making those types of calculations all the time. In fact, the relationships change as we …
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Defensive Pessimism

We might consider pessimism to be a negative attribute, but it turns out that sometimes pessimism can give us the energy we need we need in order to help us to accomplish our goals. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head , Dr. Art Markman and  Dr. Bob Duke talk about defensive pessimism.
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Rewarding Mediocrity (Rebroadcast)

The ups and downs of rewards that praise participation in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head , with Dr. Art Markman  and  Dr. Bob Duke.
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Failure (Rebroadcast)

Failure is a word that carries a lot of baggage, arousing emotional responses that we’d usually rather avoid. But what about success? Why does the thought of success conjure images and feelings of comfort and satisfaction? This week,   Two Guys on Your Head ‘s  Dr. Art Markman  and  Dr. Bob Duke…
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David Alvarez Retires

The stalwart engineer for Two Guys on Your Head ,  David Alvarez is throwing in the towel and turning his attention to the finer things in life. David has worked at KUT since 1982 and has been the engineer for Two Guys since our first recording back in 2013. In this edition of the show  Dr.…
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The Myth of Happiness

And they lived happily ever after, isn’t just a cliched ending, it’s psychologically destructive. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head ,  Dr. Art Markman  and  Dr. Bob Duke talk about the myth of happiness.
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The Storyline

We create stories for many reasons. Stories help us remember things, stories add meaning to our lives, and stories also create hierarchies of value–that much of the time hide more than they reveal about the past. In this edition of  Two Guys on Your Head ,  Dr. Art Markman  and  Dr. Bob Duke tal…
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Writer’s Block (Rebroadcast)

Writer’s block! That phrase might induce panic and a recollection of a familiar experience. It’s a very common phenomenon. So what is it? In this edition of  Two Guys on Your Head ,  Dr. Art Markman  and  Dr. Bob Duke  explain the ins and outs of how and why we sometimes get stuck – and what we c…
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Dressing For Zoom

A lot of us may be working from home right now, which means that we don’t have to wear a suit to an office. But as  Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke point out in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head , we may still want to consider our attire when jumping on a Zoom call.
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Seasonal Change

The changing of seasons can bring with it mixed emotions depending on what is going on in our lives. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head , Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of seasonal change.
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