Why We Do What We Do

Why We Do What We Do

We explain popular and weird, little-known ideas in psychology. Whether you are a little curious about psychology, or a student, or even a professional, we have something for everyone.

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August 10, 2022 55 min
Road rage is an intensive pattern of various behavior that are commonly demonstrated by drivers as they face the typical inconveniences that exist on the road. In the face of slow drivers, traffic jams, construction, detours, etc., too many people react to the point of speeding, tailgating, and even violent confrontation. As you’d imagine, these behaviors have the potential to result in great harm if not death. To minimize the effe...
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Working 40 hours per work has been the norm for so long, we seem to take for granted that this is just the normal run-of-the-mill schedule in the U.S. But where did this come from? Why do we use it? Perhaps a change is on the horizon...

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Abraham: Burger Patch Sacramento (https://burgerpatch.com/)
Shane: Dune (The Book; https://dunenovels.com/)

Links and references:
1. https://www.cultureamp.com/blog/40-hour-work-week#:~...
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July 27, 2022 56 min
What makes Vietnamese coffee different from Malaysian coffee? What should expect if you are visiting a coffee shop in Sweden? Despite being one of the world's largest coffee exporters, In Brazil, you probably won't even find dedicated coffee shops. Listen in to hear the answers to these questions and develop a craving for all the coffee and world travel. Enjoy!

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- Abraham: Dashlane (https://www.dashlane.com/)
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July 20, 2022 53 min
We are adding a new format of rerunning old episodes and updating the research and adding discussion points. Enjoy a nostalgic return to WWDWWD 5 years ago plus our updated discussion.

Back at this time, we didn't have recommendations. So Shane and Abraham added some.
Abraham: Schitt's Creek (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3526078/)
Shane: Buy your friend's book
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July 13, 2022 50 min
Hair: A weird thing humans have weaponized, leverages, and used many culturally unique and important ways. There's actually a million things to say about this, but we took on the race angle in this conversation. This is a very brief history about afro-textured hair; when the racism and discrimination started, how far it has came, and how much more education and understanding we need.

Recommendations:
Abraham: Turning Red (movie...
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July 6, 2022 56 min
This discussion includes some myth busting, psychological impacts, and real outcomes of laws that prevent access to abortion. A mixture of science and our editorial opinions. Tell us how we did by reaching out to us.

Recommendations
- Abraham: Oat Milk Ice Cream
- Shane: TMNT Shredder’s Revenge (https://www.shredders-revenge.com/)

References and Links
1. https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/410/113
2. https://www.plannedparenth...
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June 29, 2022 46 min
We recorded this discussion before the court officially overturned Roe v. Wade. But we decided to record this because of the leaked draft that happened in May. What is the science and psychology of abortions? We do our best to unpack this, but we will admit now our bias in favor of women's rights.

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Abraham: Planned Parenthood (https://www.weareplannedparenthoodaction.org/onlineactions/6iOI0_HnUUmPu_6_SRgayg2?sourc...
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June 22, 2022 57 min
Plagiarism is a serious offense that is unfortunately prevalent throughout academia and in other professional domains. While it has been universally determined to be poor professional practice, like any problem behavior it demands a closer analysis from a behavioral perspective. This episode will explore the unique circumstances under which plagiarism in its many forms may occur, and how we might cultivate alternative skills that p...
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June 15, 2022 63 min
One of the theories that put psychology into the mainstream was Psychoanalysis, or Freudian psychology. We review the history of Freud and the development of psychoanalytic theory/therapy and the subsequent divide. We also spend a little time on the theory itself, you know, in case you repressed the memory of learning it in school.

Recommendations
- Abraham: The Whatnot Cabinet from Pencil First Games (https://www.pencilfirstgames.c...
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Special guest Saundra Bishop joins us to lend her expertise and experience with how Behavior Analysts can take a trauma-informed approach to their work with all people. We also talk about the foster system and the demands that parents face every day.

Recommendations
Abraham recommended a tile-placing pattern puzzle game, The Whatnot Cabinet (https://www.pencilfirstgames.com/the-whatnot-cabinet/). What puzzle games are you into?
Shane...
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June 1, 2022 54 min
Behavioral and psychological "freedom" are couched more empirically inside of the concept of freedom from restriction and coercion, and the natural boundaries and contingencies of everyday circumstance and evolutionary trajectory. That is, freedom might mean freedom from restrictive policy and there is some stuff that we just can't biologically do. Also, freedom for one at the cost of freedom for others is not real free...
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May 25, 2022 48 min
We all use the term colloquially. But what does "freedom" mean? There is freedom in the biological sense, political sense, psychological sense, and many more. We start exploring the various definitions of freedom and what it is not.

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Abraham: Green Chef (https://chef.greenchef.com/plans?&&gclid=Cj0KCQjwyYKUBhDJARIsAMj9lkFj4xreW0R-5AGnSheMF525zNS3VPFfBJ5t43_6GWBd3660OSxVb0EaAh7tEALw_wcB&mealsize...
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Today’s episode concludes our discussion about what people believe when they don't believe. We ask and answer the question what we believe happens when we die, as well as polling our patreon supporters. Atheists categorically reject the existence of gods and the practice of obeying any sort of higher power. Abraham defends the idea that atheism and agnosticism are the same. Shane makes some beautifully elegant points about what...
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Today’s episode discusses religion, but rather the lack thereof. Atheists categorically reject the existence of gods and the practice of obeying any sort of higher power. How does this develop? Where do they generate their morals from without a bible, torah, Quran, etc? While religion has united people around the world in admittedly prosocial and enriched ways, it has influenced others to commit unspeakable acts of violence too. Pe...
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Like astrology and psychics, online personality tests generally use the Barnum effect to trick you into thinking they have something meaningful to say. They're tricksy like that. But they have also been used for extremely nefarious reasons, and in one instance, an implementation that lead to the beginning of the end of democracy in America. Also, we take some personality tests in real time.

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- Shane: Sonic the Hed...
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April 27, 2022 58 min
English, particularly American English, is not only a weird hodgepodge of many other languages and cultures from around the world and at different times, but it is also full of expressions and sayings that, without context, sound like nonsense gibberish. Why do we say these things? What do they mean? And where do these sayings come from? Strap in because we are all in the same boat as we paint the town red in our deep dive about id...
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April 20, 2022 53 min
Most people sat through a painful routine performance appraisal, likely an annual one. How many of these are effectively designed to be productive? How many people actually remember what they were supposed to work on from that last review in the fall right before the chaos of the holidays? If done correctly, an appraisal can identify help performance improve as well as highlight employee achievement and growth. Few are done correct...
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Horoscopes are mostly harmless bits of fun. But how do they work? Why do we believe them? And why does the episode title imply harm? Learn more and another vocab term.

Recommendations:
Abraham recommended the exercise phone case: Tribe Water Resistant Cell Phone Arm Band (https://www.tribefitnessusa.com/products/armband)
Shane recommended the new film adaptation of Dune (https://www.dunemovie.com/). What did you think? Do you have a...
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April 6, 2022 54 min
This is the episode to make you want to snack. Or maybe want to hurl if you had talk of chewing. We investigated the reason crunchy food is so appealing to us. Why do we NEED the crunch? Turns out, there are some interesting answers! Tell us about your favorite crunchy food.

Abraham recommended the Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Lover's Chocolate Bar (https://www.sweetontraderjoes.com/2021/07/trader-joes-dark-chocolate-lovers-...
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We expand on the environmental processes that create a context for depression. We elaborate on the pros and cons of the "diagnosis" of depression and how a behavior analyst would approach a client with depression. Listen in for part 2!

Recommendations
Abraham: Upload Season 2 (https://www.amazon.com/Upload-Season-2/dp/B09J1LD25Y)
Shane: Drug Church - Hygiene (https://drugchurch.bandcamp.com/album/hygiene)

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