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How well can doctors and nurses really predict the outcomes of their ICU patients? In this episode, Scott Halpern from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine, discusses how he and his colleagues explored the accuracy of ICU physicians and nurses in predicting the health outcomes of their patients. Their ...
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The rich archaeological records of human space exploration can tell us much about human behavior, geopolitics, and the history of science and technology. In this episode we are joined by Alice Gorman of Flinders University in South Australia. Alice tells us about her research that explores archaeological perspectives derived from ...
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As 2017 comes to a close, we revisit our first 12 interviews to highlight some of the themes and trends across our inaugural episodes. Clips highlight everything from planning and carrying out research studies to the trials and tribulations of academic publishing. We also hear from guests about the use ...
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In this episode we talk with Rafael Núñez from the University of California San Diego about his research into if human understanding of number has developed through biological evolution, or through the evolution of language and culture. His article, "Is There Really an Evolved Capacity for Number?", was published in ...
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Can stereotypes about Christians really limit who pursues science? In this episode, Dr. Kim Rios from Ohio University discusses how self-concepts and group identities may change how we look at the role of religion in science. Kim tells the stories behind her article "Negative Stereotypes Cause Christians to Underperform in ...
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Niki den Nieuwenboer from the University of Kansas' School of Business talks with us about her research on how middle-managers can manipulate organizational  structures to coerce their staff into unethical behaviors to inflate both of their apparent performance. She co-authored the article we discuss, "Middle Managers and Corruptive Routine Translation: ...
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Bill Clark from the University of California Los Angeles discusses his research applying the endowment effect of Prospect Theory to decisions of why people move from, or stay in, their homes. His article, "Prospect theory and the decision to move or stay," co-authored with William Lisowski, was published in the ...
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Phil Zimbardo, Professor Emeritus from Stanford University and lead investigator on the Stanford Prison Experiment, talks with us about his new research into how social modeling influences the likelihood of disobeying unjust authority.  His article "On the dynamics of disobedience: experimental investigations of defying unjust authority", co-authored with Piero Bocchiaro, was published in the ...
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In this episode we talk with Laura Stephenson from the University of Western Ontario about her research into how the structures of electoral systems can shape support for female political candidates. She co-authored "Votes for Women: Electoral Systems and Support for Female Candidates" with Sona N. Golder, Karine Van der Straeten, André Blais, Damien Bol, Philipp ...
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Sometimes our emotions and the power of illusions can put our sense of reality to the test. In this special Halloween episode, Beatrice de Gelder from Maastricht University in The Netherlands shares stories behind her study "Affective vocalizations influence body ownership as measured in the rubber hand illusion," which she coauthored ...
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Michael Kraus from Yale University's School of Management talks with us about his research that examines the role of the voice in our capacity to accurately estimate the emotions of others. His article, "Voice-Only Communication Enhances Empathic Accuracy",  was published in the American Psychologist in October of 2017. Websites Supplemental materials for the ...
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In this episode we talk with Folarin Kolawole from the University of Oklahoma about his research into how the reactivation of faults can lead to earthquakes in places where they've never before occurred in recorded history. He co-authored the article "Aeromagnetic, gravity, and Differential Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar analyses reveal the ...
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Soroush Vosoughi from MIT's Laboratory for Social Machines and Harvard's Berkman Klein Center talks with us about his research into how false spreads differently than true news in Twitter. His article "The spread of true and false news online", co-authored with Deb Roy and Sinan Aral, was published in the journal Science on March 9, 2018. https://twitter.com/dkroy/status/974271214834331648 ...
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Many people hear voices that aren't really there. It drives some to seek psychiatric treatment, but others are able to make use of it in healthy ways. In this episode, Al Powers and Phil Corlett from Yale University talk about their research into the similarities and differences between these two ...
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Open access to both the scientific process and results should be the default, not the exception. In the first of this two-part episode, Brian Nosek and Tim Errington from the Center for Open Science talk about the important role of open science in accelerating scientific progress, as discussed in their ...
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Reproducing research results can help accelerate the scientific progress. In the second half of this two-part episode, Tim Errington and Brian Nosek from the Center for Open Science share insights from their the Center's replication of a high-profile anti-cancer treatment study. In the episode Tim also discusses how the preregistration of ...
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Adam Morris from Harvard University's Department of Psychology talks with us about his game theory research into why people engage in retribution with little regard for its effectiveness, yet they respond to punishment from others with flexibility based on costs and benefits. He co-authored the article "Evolution of Flexibility and ...
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What matters more in getting cited -- what you say or how you say it? In our first episode we're visited by Ryan Kelly from the University of Washington's School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. Ryan is both an ecologist and a lawyer; and his research concerns the interplay between ...
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A picture may be worth 1000 words, but can we also teach computers to create stories from the stories that lie inside our images? In this episode, Devi Parikh of Georgia Tech’s school of interactive computing discusses her work training computers to determine the semantic meaning within images. Devi talks ...
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Anna-Sophia Wahl is a neuroscientist with the Brain Research Institute at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, in Zurich, as well as a physician with the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany. She spoke with us about her article "Optogenetically stimulating intact rat corticospinal tract post-stroke restores motor control through regionalized functional ...
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Sam Mehr and Manvir Singh from Harvard's Music Lab talk with us about their research which suggests that humans across the world are able to detect the social purpose of other cultures' songs based only on how they sound. Their article, "Form and function in human song"  was published in Current Biology on February 5th 2018 ...
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