You Are Not So Smart

YANSS 164 – Why science says meetings are inevitable and essential but their awfulness is neither (Di, 08 Okt 2019)
You probably hate meetings — most people do — and much of their awfulness feels inevitable which makes […]
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YANSS 163 – Why pursuing the things we think will make us happy can make us sad and avoiding the things we think will make us sad can make us miserable (Tue, 08 Oct 2019)
In this episode we welcome Yale psychologist Laurie Santos who discusses her new podcast — The Happiness Lab […]
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YANSS 162 – Why compelling arguments work well in some contexts but fail in others (Tue, 08 Oct 2019)
In this episode we sit down with psychology legend Richard Petty to discuss the Elaboration Likelihood Model, a […]
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YANSS 161 – How to use brain science to break bad habits by escaping the ‘event horizon of the black hole of anxiety’ (Thu, 29 Aug 2019)
In this sprawling, strange, and mind-bending episode, Dr. Jud Brewer, a neuroscientist and addiction psychiatrist, discusses the biological […]
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YANSS 160 – What therapy is, what it isn’t, and the difference between idiot compassion and wise compassion (Wed, 14 Aug 2019)
In Lori Gottlieb‘s new book, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, she opens with a quote from James […]
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YANSS 159 – How political conflict became a battle over ‘who we think we are, rather than reasoned differences of opinion.’ (Mon, 29 Jul 2019)
Dinner parties used to be where you avoided politics. Now talking about politics at dinner parties is the […]
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YANSS 158 – The science behind why we find A/B testing icky when it comes to policies, practices, medicine, and social media (Sat, 20 Jul 2019)
In 1835, at a tavern in Bavaria, a group of 120 people once met to drink from a […]
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YANSS 157 – The psychology behind why people don’t speak out against, and even defend, norms they secretly despise (Wed, 03 Jul 2019)
Have you ever been in a classroom or a business meeting or a conference  and had a question […]
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YANSS 156 – The science behind how we became so obsessed with our selves (Tue, 02 Jul 2019)
In this episode of the You Are Not So Smart Podcast we sit down with my friend and […]
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YANSS 155 – What we can learn about why we dangerously disagree on the truth from The Dress, Yanny, and bloie, presented live in New York at The Bell House (Fri, 07 Jun 2019)
For the 155th episode of the You Are Not So Smart Podcast, David McRaney, four experts, and a […]
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YANSS 154 – The Marshmallow Replication (Mon, 27 May 2019)
In 1990, psychologist Walter Michel’s and his team released a landmark study into delayed gratification. They offered kids […]
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YANSS 153 – The neuroscience of happiness (Mon, 27 May 2019)
What makes you happy? As in, what generates happiness inside the squishy bits that reside inside your skull? […]
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YANSS 152 – How we create a new normal by rationalizing unwanted change (Sun, 21 Apr 2019)
When faced with an inescapable and unwanted situation, we often rationalize our predicament so as to make it […]
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YANSS 151 – What we can learn about our own beliefs, biases, and motivated reasoning from the community of people who are certain the Earth is flat (Tue, 09 Apr 2019)
In this episode we sit down with the director and producers of the documentary film, Behind the Curve, […]
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YANSS 150 – Belief Change Blindness (Tue, 09 Apr 2019)
When was the last time you changed your mind? Are you sure? In this episode we explore new […]
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YANSS 149 – Expert advice on how health experts can better provide good health advice to combat bad health advice from non-experts (Mon, 11 Mar 2019)
In this episode, we sit down with vaccine expert Dr. Paul Offit to discuss his new book, Bad […]
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YANSS 148 – How their tightness or looseness predicts how cultures will react, evolve, innovate, and clash (Fri, 01 Mar 2019)
In this episode, we sit down with psychologist Michele Gelfand and discuss her new book: Rule Makers, Rule […]
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YANSS 147 – The replication crisis (rebroadcast) (Fri, 01 Mar 2019)
Psychology is working on the hardest problems in all of science. Physics, astronomy, geology — those are easy, […]
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YANSS 146 – Tribal Psychology (rebroadcast) (Fri, 01 Mar 2019)
We aren’t treating tribalism as a basic human drive, but that’s what it is. Fast food lowered the […]
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YANSS 145 – Douglas Rushkoff explains why we should revolt against the algorithms so we can get back to our essential human messiness (Sat, 19 Jan 2019)
In this episode of the You Are Not So Smart Podcast we sit down with one of the […]
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