Michael Inzlicht is a social psychologist and neuroscientist at the University of Toronto. His interests include self-control, religion, and wasting time on social media. He occasionally quotes from The Big Lebowski.
October 16th, 2019 | 1 hr 20 mins
bourbon, gre, kentucky, measurement
Jessica Flake joins Mickey and Yoel to talk measurement. What is it, how do you do it well, and do social psychologists care about it? What does measurement theory tell us about the validity of standardized tests like the GRE? Jessica also talks about how she went from high-school dropout to professor at McGill.
October 2nd, 2019 | 1 hr 18 mins
ego depletion, fatigue, replication
Yoel quizzes Mickey about ego depletion. How did we start studying it? How has the replication crisis changed how we think about it? After more than a decade studying ego depletion, does Mickey still have any faith in the phenomenon?
September 18th, 2019 | 1 hr 6 mins
bedbugs, bottle openers, eminence
Yoel and Mickey discuss the role of eminence in science. Is there a role for eminence in psychology? What makes a researcher eminent? Would we be better off doing away with eminence entirely?
September 4th, 2019 | 1 hr 16 mins
guilt-by-association, jeffrey epstein, moral cleansing, moral outrage, sacred values, taboo tradeoffs
Yoel and Mickey discuss sacred valued. What are the hallmarks of values that have become sacrilized? Do scientists who attended conferences sponsored by Jeffrey Epstein need to morally cleanse?
August 21st, 2019 | 1 hr 5 mins
advice, black goat podcast, boaty mcboatface, early career researcher, meta-science
Yoel and Mickey welcome Alexa Tullett from the University of Alabama to the podcast. Co-host of The Black Goat podcast and board member of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS), Alexa talks about early career research, work-life balance, and starting the OG psychology podcast.
August 7th, 2019 | 1 hr 16 mins
attention, meditation, mindfulness, motivation, placebo, tango dancing, the self
Yoel and Mickey push back against the hype to mount an argument against mindfulness meditation.
July 24th, 2019 | 1 hr 8 mins
advice, happiness, meaning, parenting, perversity, values
Yoel and Mickey welcome returning guest Paul Bloom to the podcast to dispense terrible advice. We first talk about parenting—its impact on happiness and meaning, its transformation of the person; and then discuss perversity, including the enjoyment of doing transgressive things for no good reason.
July 3rd, 2019 | 1 hr 26 mins
activism, conservatism, liberal bias, politics, trump
Yoel and Mickey welcome social and political psychologist John Jost from New York University to the podcast. In a conversation centered on politics, John talks about the psychological underpinning of conservativism and why he’s not worried about the lack of conservatives in academia.
June 19th, 2019 | 1 hr 3 mins
Yoel and Mickey take a deep dive into the Democratic primary field, asking what the field of judgment and decision making can teach us about the large and diverse field of Democratic candidates.
June 5th, 2019 | 57 mins 2 secs
concussions, imposter syndrome, marathons, progress bar, replication crisis, science journalism, wind-chill factor
Journalist Daniel Engber joins Mickey and Yoel to talk about the evolving state of science journalism, including what he hopes are lasting improvements. He also talks about his own reporting on the replication crisis in psychology and concussions in sport.
May 22nd, 2019 | 1 hr 29 mins
5httlpr, coddling of the american mind, conscientiousness, personality, replication crisis, screen-time, self-control, senior scholars
Yoel and Mickey welcome personality psychologist Brent Roberts from the University of Illinois to the podcast. In a far-ranging conversation, Brent holds no punches sharing his thoughts about the state of psychology.
April 24th, 2019 | 1 hr 6 mins
bank of mom and dad, bidets, call-out culture, dunning-kruger effect, free will, guilt and shame, oppression olympics, privilege
Yoel and Mickey discuss the pros and cons of the concept of privilege: the unearned, sometimes invisible conditions of a person’s life that give them advantages that others might not have.
March 27th, 2019 | 1 hr 1 min
anti-muslim prejudice, apostasy, atheism, dissent, ex-muslims, islamophobia, twitter
Yoel and Mickey talk with Sarah Haider, the co-founder and Executive Director of Ex-Muslims of North America, an organization that advocates for the acceptance of religious dissent and supports those who leave Islam.
February 27th, 2019 | 1 hr 5 mins
4chan, kill all normies, political polarization, quilette, tumblr, viral outrage
Yoel and Mickey discuss Kill All Normies, a book about the online culture wars and the rise of political polarization. Plus, what was it like attending the Quillette Social in Toronto?
February 6th, 2019 | 3 mins 46 secs
#fullprofessor, housekeeping, schedule, update
We are going to be on a one-episode-a-month schedule till May.
January 30th, 2019 | 1 hr 18 mins
effort, evidence, humanities, intoxication, language, post-modernism, science, spontaneity, wu-wei
Yoel and Mickey welcome Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies, Edward (Ted) Slingerland from the University of British Columbia to the podcast. Ted discusses what the sciences can offer the humanities, but also how the humanities can enrich science.