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Virtual Dilemmas

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Virtual Dilemmas

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Michael wrestles with two moral dilemmas in VR, designed by researchers Dr. Erick Ramirez and Dr. Scott LaBarge.

The Park PSA

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The Park PSA

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We edited the fake Los Angeles parks PSA from our Moral Licensing demonstration!

Moral Licensing S3 (Ep 2)

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Moral Licensing S3 (Ep 2)

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How are our moral decisions influenced by factors we’re not aware of? A phenomenon known as Moral Licensing claims that

Brains and Language

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Brains and Language

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Michael and Dr. Terrence Deacon discuss the connection between language and the physical brain.

Rock, Paper, Scissors

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Rock, Paper, Scissors

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Kyoto University Ph.D. candidate Jie Gao shares her research involving Chimpanzees and the schoolyard game “Rock, Paper, Scissors.”

The Origins of Disgust

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The Origins of Disgust

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With the help of Cecile Sarabian, Dr. Andrew MacIntosh and some fake poop, Michael observes levels of disgust among Japanese

The Cognitive Tradeoff Hypothesis S3 (Ep 1)

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The Cognitive Tradeoff Hypothesis S3 (Ep 1)

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Humans are the only Earthlings with complex language. But at what cost was that ability acquired? In this episode, I

Sending a Signal – Mind Field S2

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Sending a Signal – Mind Field S2

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I interview principal research statistician David Friedenberg about his role in analyzing all the data collected in a project aimed

Marcie Bockbrader Interview – Mind Field S2

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Marcie Bockbrader Interview – Mind Field S2

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Research Physiatrist Marcie Bockbrader talks to me about a brain-computer interface project that is helping a paralyzed man move his

The Electric Brain – Mind Field S2 (Ep 8)

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The Electric Brain – Mind Field S2 (Ep 8)

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Our nervous system is fundamentally electric. We move our arm by sending a signal to the muscles that control

Dynamic Duet – Mind Field S2

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Dynamic Duet – Mind Field S2

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Jazz pianist Dave O’Brien and his student Derek Paravicini play an impressive piano duet for me.

Divergent Minds – Mind Field S2 (Ep 7)

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Divergent Minds – Mind Field S2 (Ep 7)

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Scientists can’t dissect living people’s brains to study their function. But by examining the behavior of people whose brains are

Hearing Test – Mind Field S2

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Hearing Test – Mind Field S2

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Let’s do a little test. I’ll play two tones and you see if you’re one of the few people who

The Musical Savant – Mind Field S2

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The Musical Savant – Mind Field S2

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Derek Paravicini, a blind, autistic pianist and musical savant, sits down with me at the keyboard and shows off his

Sham Acupuncture – Mind Field S2

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Sham Acupuncture – Mind Field S2

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I go deeper into accessory-assisted placebos by discussing sham acupuncture—and getting stuck with a few needles in the process.

Thought Implant – Mind Field S2

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Thought Implant – Mind Field S2

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Check out the final stage of our power of suggestion test, where we try to convince our subjects that a

The Power of Suggestion – Mind Field S2 (Ep 6)

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The Power of Suggestion – Mind Field S2 (Ep 6)

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Exactly how do placebos work? Researchers believe that, through the power of suggestion, placebos may unleash the power of

Unleashed – Mind Field S2

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Unleashed – Mind Field S2

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I attempt to discuss placebos, but my furry co-star keeps stealing the scene.

Hero in the Sky – Mind Field S2

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Hero in the Sky – Mind Field S2

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I interview Shirley Dygert, a first time skydiver, and her tandem skydiving instructor, Dave Hartsock, about a treacherous skydive they

How to Make a Hero – Mind Field S2 (Ep 5)

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How to Make a Hero – Mind Field S2 (Ep 5)

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What makes a hero? Dr. Philip Zimbardo, the psychologist behind the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment, now runs seminars to teach

Mr. Xtreme – Mind Field S2

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Mr. Xtreme – Mind Field S2

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In San Diego, real-life superheroes walk the streets as part of the Xtreme Justice League. I chat with Mr. Xtreme,

The Human Lab Rat – Mind Field S2

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The Human Lab Rat – Mind Field S2

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Check out this extended cut of my challenging experience as a human lab rat in a giant, 60-foot real-world maze.

False Confession Victim – Mind Field S2

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False Confession Victim – Mind Field S2

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I sit down with Jeffrey Deskovic, a real-life victim of a false confession conviction.

Uncut False Confession – Mind Field S2

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Uncut False Confession – Mind Field S2

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Expert Melissa Russano elicits a false confession from one of our test subjects in this fascinating, uncut session.