Yoel Inbar is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. He studies how intuitions and emotions--particularly disgust--affect our social, political, and moral beliefs. In his spare time, he studies how beer--particularly Russain Imperial Stouts--affects his ability to make coherent arguments.
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.
January 2nd, 2019 | 1 hr 5 mins
election, patreon, politics, trump
Yoel and Mickey discuss Identity Crisis, a new book about the 2016 US presidential election. Plus: Patreon bans provocative internet personality; should free-speech advocates worry?
December 19th, 2018 | 1 hr 9 mins
free speech, metoo, polarization, tattoos
Yoel and Mickey sit down with Anne Wilson of Wilfrid Laurier University to discuss free speech, the Lindsay Shepherd case, political polarization, #MeToo, and more.
December 5th, 2018 | 1 hr 5 mins
conservatism, diversity statements, free speech, liberal bias, psychology
Yoel and Mickey discuss two mini-controversies recently in the news: 1) Should equity, diversity, and inclusion statements be required from academic job candidates? 2) Are psychologists disproportionately likely to argue that free speech is in crisis on campus? If so, why?