Posts in Philosophy
121 | A Brief Introduction to Punishment | Why We Do What We Do

We’ve all heard of it. We all know what it is. But technically most people use the term imprecisely relative to behavior scientists. Did you know that there is a distinction between positive and negative punishment? Or that perhaps one of the biggest take aways that punishment is an effect, not a process? This discussion briefly introduces the concept of punishment without an in-depth and nuanced explanation for now. We are just laying the groundwork for grander things to come!

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119 | Twin Studies | Why We Do What We Do

In 2018, astronaut Scott Kelly went into space for a year while his identical twin brother stayed on earth. The purpose was to study genetic changes that occur by spending time in space. Twin studies have been a staple of psychological research since the late 1800s. But many people don’t know about the underlying philosophy of twin studies, how they have been used, and what we can learn from them. Turns out this research method is a lot less robust than it seems. Learn about what the “shared experience” hypothesis is and how it weakens the execution of psychological research and testing using twins.

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118 | Positive and Negative Reinforcement in Schools | Why We Do What We Do

Positive and Negative Reinforcement are very misunderstood terms. Both of these are incidental processes that occur without deliberate manipulation from teachers or administrators. However, teachers and administrators do intentionally use positive and negative reinforcement strategies. Listen in to learn what these might look like in a school setting and a thorough description of what those processes are.

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117 | Who Still Uses Behavior Modification? | Why We Do What We Do

Many people have expressed concern over various corporations using “behavior modification” to increase consumer engagement. Specifically, there is concern that these strategies create addictive behaviors. We thought this would be a good time to answer the questions: what is behavior modification? Who still uses behavior modification? And, how does behavior modification work? You might be surprised to learn how common this process is and how many places this still occurs.

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116 | Why Are Some People Picky Eaters? | Why We Do What We Do

Why are some people picky eaters? Is it because of evolution? Parenting? Some combination of both? The outcomes of poor nutrition from food selectivity go further than the health effects. Learn about the psychological damage of picky eating and how it starts in the first place. Shane and Abraham summarize a slew of research articles that explain how and why some people become picky eaters.

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115 | Leaning Over the Edge: The Call of the Void | Why We Do What We Do

Sometimes you might find yourself entertaining self-destructive thoughts such as jumping from a high place, or driving off the road. Edgar Allen Poe referred to this as the “Imp of the Perverse.” But why do we experience these things? Does everyone experience this? What does it all mean? Shane and Abraham take the jump and dive into this topic that lures us over the edge. Listen in as we unpack what is happening when we have these strange impulses to do harm.

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114 | A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock 'N Roll: The Psychology of Music Preference | Why We Do What We Do

Why do people like the types of music that they like? Is it a reflect of your inner personality? Is it just what your friends or parents listened to? Is it hardwired in your brain? Is it some combination of all of those things? If you’ve ever wondered why people like music that seems baffling to you, or wondered why you like the music that you prefer, then this is the episode for you! If not, then we still have a really fun discussion with the classic duo Abraham and RyanO.

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113 | You Know Less Than You Think: The Dunning-Kruger Effect | Why We Do What We Do

A common cognitive bias we have is that we tend to think we are better informed and experienced in things that we really are. The examples are practically endless and everyone does it. What are you worse at than you think? Listen in as Shane and Abraham (Shanebraham) describe the study that started a tsunami of research on basic human fallibility. Also, find out what lemons have to do with a bank robbery in the late 1990’s…

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104 | Why We Do What We Do Turns 2! | Why We Do What We Do

Hey, we are pretty excited that we have been able to be sharing our podcast with you for two years! Today we discuss where we’ve been and what we have planned for the next year. We are excited to announce some new things, and we’ll recall some of the bright spots of the last two years. Here’s to another year.

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