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15 May 2018

Uncovering Uncertain Identities – David Kernot

David Kernot from the Australian National University talks with us about his research into using William Shakespeare's texts for training an algorithm to uncover authors' identities and personalities from their written words. His article "Using Shakespeare’s Sotto Voce to Determine True Identity F...
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1 May 2018

Linguistic Artifacts in Creole – Nicole Creanza

Vanderbilt University's Nicole Creanza talks with us about her research into the colonial migrations of those who contributed to the historical evolution of the creole language, Sranan. Her article "Using features of a Creole language to reconstruct population history and cultural evolution: tracing ...
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17 Apr 2018

Defying Unjust Authorities – Phil Zimbardo

Philip 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 inve...
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2 Apr 2018

How Misinformation Spreads Online – Soroush Vosoughi

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...
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20 Mar 2018

Stroke Recovery with Light – Anna-Sophia Wahl

Anna-Sophia Wahl — 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 — talks with us about her article "Optogenetically stimulating intact rat corticospinal tract p...
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6 Mar 2018

Empathic Accuracy – Michael Kraus

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 Oct...
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20 Feb 2018

Universals in Songs – Sam Mehr and Manvir Singh

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 Biolo...
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6 Feb 2018

Creating Deceptive Performance – Niki den Nieuwenboer

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, ...
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23 Jan 2018

Decisions to Move – Bill Clark

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...
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9 Jan 2018

Capacity for Number – Rafael Núñez

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?", w...
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