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Human FactorsHow big data usability testing works - and how it can go awry. Facebook's social experiments discussedhttp://www.radiolab.org/story/trust-engineers/RadiolabThe Trust Engineers
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Using brain stimulation to help people learn new skills fasterhttp://www.radiolab.org/story/9-volt-nirvana/Radiolab9-volt Nirvana
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Brief interview with a Human Factors expert at the FAA on difficulties in automating flight and function allocationhttp://radio.seti.org/episodes/Humans_Need_Not_ApplyBiPiSciHumans Need Not Apply27:3029:40
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Usability testing and (paper) prototypes as told from the perspective of people who didn't know these things existedhttp://gimletmedia.com/episode/13-fake-it-til-you-make-it/StartupFake it til you make it
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Automation and functional allocation covered in a show about the future of the self-driving carhttp://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/07/29/427467598/episode-642-the-big-red-buttonPlanet MoneyThe big red buttonall
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How the Toyota runaway-acceleration story is explained by human factorshttp://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/08-blame-game
Revisionist History
Blame Gameall
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Importance of checklists in aviation and medicinehttps://www.npr.org/player/embed/560014313/560853679Hidden BrainCheck Yourself
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MemoryMemory experts -U.S. Memory Championshipshttp://www.radiolab.org/2010/apr/05/limits-of-the-mind/RadiolabLimits of the Mind
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Memory experts - techniques to become a memory champion. Covers imagery, method of loci (called the memory palace)http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Remembers_OnlyBiPiSciRemembers Only18:541.154861111
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H.M. - Short term memory. Detailed overview of specific brain areas involved in memory.http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Remembers_OnlyBiPiSciRemembers Only0.19652777780.7319444444
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Clive Wearing - Short term memory. Explanation and audio from Clive, who cannot form new memorieshttp://www.radiolab.org/2007/jun/07/clive/RadiolabMemory and Forgetting: Clive43:0756:50
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Deleting emotional memories via drugs (discussed in rats)http://www.radiolab.org/2007/jun/07/eternal-sunshine-of-the-spotless-rat/Radiolab
Memory and Forgetting: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Rat
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Deleting emotional memories via practice - Phelpshttp://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121343452NPR
Erasing Fears By Thinking About Them
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Deleting memories with practice - Noreen & MacCloudhttp://www.wbur.org/npr/160126283/can-we-learn-to-forget-our-memoriesNPR
Can We Learn To Forget Our Memories?
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False memories - an interview with Elizabeth Loftus, talks about distorting memory and adding new "old" memories with specific experiment descriptionshttp://www.radiolab.org/story/91573-adding-memory/Radiolab
Memory and Forgetting: Adding Memories
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Discussion with Elizabeth Loftus about the fallout from her contradiction to "recovered" memorieshttp://www.radiolab.org/story/91573-adding-memory/Radiolab
Memory and Forgetting: Adding Memories
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The faults of eyewitness testimony. A woman is sexually assaulted and chooses the wrong criminal, but does not choose an innocent person.http://www.radiolab.org/story/278180-reasonable-doubt/RadiolabReasonable Doubt
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Discussion about false memories, how memories change, and a neat "experiment" the hosts do on each other about episodic memoryhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/arewealone/BiPiSci13-04-15.mp3BiPiSci
Skeptic Check: Forget with the Program
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General memory podcasthttp://radio.seti.org/episodes/Thanks_for_the_MemoriesBiPiSciThanks for the Memories
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Anecdotal interviews with people who have highly superior autobiographical memories and recall everything from their pastshttps://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/585/in-defense-of-ignorance?act=3#playTAL
In defense of ignorance: Forget me not
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Cognitive BiasesInterview with Dunning of the Dunning-Kruger effect. Overconfidence and having opinions on things that don't exist.http://www.seti.org/BiPiSci/SkepticCheckAreYouSureYoureSureBiPiSci
Skeptic Check: Are you sure you're sure?
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Discussion of the Dunning-Druger effect (another interview with Dunning)https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/585/in-defense-of-ignorance?act=2#playTAL
In defense of ignorance: Ignorance for dummies
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Show using actual experiences with Tarot readers to demonstrate how people can see patterns and "hits" with almost anythinghttp://ohnopodcast.com/investigations/2012/1/1/ross-and-carrie-try-tarot-dont-let-the-tarot-rists-win.html
Oh no, Ross & Carrie
Try Tarot: Don't let the Tarot-ists win
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More examples of false pattern detection: Christian Science (best examples are people seeing miracles everywhere: "she lost her key and found it in her pants.")http://ohnopodcast.com/investigations/2015/3/1/ross-and-carrie-study-christian-science-the-germ-delusion
Oh no, Ross & Carrie
Ross and Carrie Study Christian Science
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Intelligence failures in Vietnam show the problems of confirmation bias and selection bias - story of the RAND Corp. look into interviews with Viet Conghttp://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/02-saigon-1965
Revisionist History
Saigon, 1965all
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How 'moral licensing' explains the backlash against the first successful outsider in a field. Examples include gender and race in politics and anti-semitism through historyhttp://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/01-the-lady-vanishes
Revisionist History
The Lady Vanishesall
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PerceptionHow do we perceive color? Discusses giving color vision to the colorblind. Can some people see more colors than others? Is the sky really blue?http://www.radiolab.org/story/211119-colors/RadiolabColorsstart
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How do we perceive pain? Discussion of relative assessments of pain, what causes the most pain, and how to distract from pain.http://www.radiolab.org/story/233143-pain-scale/RadiolabOuch
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Discussion of the placebo effect and theories as to why placebos work and stop working.http://www.radiolab.org/story/91539-placebo/RadiolabPlacebo
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Proprioceptionhttp://www.radiolab.org/story/91526-the-butchers-assistant/RadiolabThe Butcher's Assistant
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Human echolocation and the development of the skill - story of a blind man who can ride a bicycle in traffic and teaches others to do sohttp://www.npr.org/podcasts/510307/invisibiliaInvisibiliaHow to Become Batman
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Mental HealthWhat it is like to hear voices as someone with schizophrenia - a tape made by clinicians for clinicianshttp://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/52/edge-of-sanity?act=2TALEdge of Sanity
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Working as an interviewer with people who have schizophrenia - told as a storyhttp://www.thisamericanlife.org/play_full.php?play=37TALJobs that Take Over Your Life4:4715:17
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What it is like to have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, told as a story by a woman who has OCDhttp://www.thisamericanlife.org/play_full.php?play=30&act=1TALObsession15:3032:08
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How false "recovered" memories can be created, with an in-depth disturbing story from a woman who experienced it. Good coverage of the recovered memory movement in the early 1990s. There is also an interview with a therapist describing how she was trained to recover memories and her experiences with patients.http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/215/ask-an-expert?act=1#playTALAsk an Expert6:3342:40
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Prosopagnosia, face blindness, as an interview with artist Chuck Close and writer Oliver Sacks who both have ithttp://www.radiolab.org/2011/apr/01/about-face/RadiolabAbout Face3:03
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Prosopagnosia personal story, of a man who didn't recognize his own daughter and how it affected his lifehttp://snapjudgment.org/about-faceSnap JudgementTin Man
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Parkinson's drug gives a woman a gambling addiction. Good description of dopamine, how Parkinson's drugs work, and why they are connected to other systems. (Also has discussion of dopamine and classical conditioning).http://www.radiolab.org/2009/jun/15/seeking-patterns/RadiolabStochasticity: Seeking Patterns29:1043:36
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A mother discusses working with a son who appears unable to form attachments or lovehttp://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/317/Unconditional-Love?act=2#playTAL
Unconditional Love: Love is a battlefield
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A mother discusses her daughter's Down's Syndrome and how education decisions will affect her lifehttp://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/358/social-engineering?act=3#playTALSocial Engineering: Educated Guess48:1057:10
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Description of psychopathy. Discussion of one particular case of a man now in prison.http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/436/the-psychopath-testTALThe Psychopath Test5:3513:44
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Background on the PCLR psychopathy checklist. Nice discussion of how it was basic research, not intended to be applied and the ethical discussions the creator had with students.http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/436/the-psychopath-testTALThe Psychopath Test13:5527:02
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Funny story about one man trying to discover if a successful businessman is actually a psychopath by using the PCLR.http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/436/the-psychopath-testTALThe Psychopath Test37:0050:00
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What it is like to experience sleep paralysis and the accompanying terror that goes with ithttp://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/361/fear-of-sleep?act=0TALFear of Sleep2:056:30
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Using fMRI to diagnose psychological disorders. Example used is depression with 86% accuracy.http://www.radiolab.org/2008/dec/29/how-to-cure-what-ails-you/RadiolabHow to Cure what Ails you
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PET scans to identify psychopaths - story from the researcher who found it and how his own brain had the marker. http://themoth.org/posts/episodes/1202The Moth
Blue Men, Psychopaths, and a Bad Date
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Same story as above, but told on a more personal level than a TED talk level. Very detailed with interviews of his family.http://snapjudgment.org/scientist-and-psychopathSnap JudgementTin Man
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Brain DamageAn ultrarunner is created after brain damage: a seizure leads to a right partial temporal lobectomy and now she feels no passage of time while running (and can't read a map)http://www.radiolab.org/story/122291-in-running/RadiolabIn the Running
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A brain tumor makes a woman start to repeat visual patterns - the show links this to the repetitive musical piece Bolero and that the composer had a similar conditionhttp://www.radiolab.org/blogs/radiolab-blog/2012/jun/18/unraveling-bolero/RadiolabUnraveling Bolero1:2519:53
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Story of the (allegedly) first person ever to survive rabies and how rabies affects the brain.http://www.radiolab.org/story/312245-rodney-versus-death/RadiolabRodney verus death
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Capgras syndrome, the inability to recognize others. Often discussed as similar to Invasion of the Body Snatchershttp://www.radiolab.org/2010/may/14/the-beloved-others/RadiolabWho are You: The Beloved Others13:1123:33
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How personality can change dramatically after a brain event such as stroke - an interview with a woman whose mother changed dramaticallyhttp://www.radiolab.org/2007/may/07/where-is-that-part-that-is-me/Radiolab
Who am I?: Where is that part that is "me"?
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A man has a brain tumor removed that stops him from using any emotion in his choices. Instead of being Spock, he is paralyzed by choices.http://www.radiolab.org/story/91642-overcome-by-emotion/RadiolabOvercome by Emotion
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A woman who is unable to feel fear is interviewed.http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510307/invisibiliaInvisibiliaFearless9:4525:00
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How do we know where we are and where we're going? We make cognitive maps. A woman detailed here cannot.http://www.radiolab.org/story/110165-you-are-here/RadiolabWhere am I?
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AutismA parent discusses life with a teenager who has extreme autism.http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/317/Unconditional-Love?act=2#playTAL
Unconditional Love: Hit me with your best shot
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Story of a boy with autism who first communicates using a set of words given in movies. In-depth discussion of autism with experts.http://www.radiolab.org/story/juicervose/RadiolabJuicervose
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ThoughtResearch on the connection of thought and action and on the relative unimportance of our thoughts. Also an interview with a man who spent most of his life alone with thought.http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510307/invisibiliaInvisibiliaThe Secret History of Thought
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EmotionA general 1 hour show on human emotion. Covers the effects of facial paralysis on emotion and disgust, creativity, and lyinghttp://radio.seti.org/episodes/Second_That_EmotionBiPiSciSecond That Emotion
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The emotion of love and description of Harry Harlow's experiments with apeshttp://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/317/unconditional-loveTALUnconditional Love: Prologue0:009:00
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Comparative Psychology
An orangutan shows wonderful problem solving skills, including hiding a key in his mouth for days at a time.http://www.radiolab.org/2010/may/14/the-furry-others/RadiolabWho are You: The Furry Others25:4736:30
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Lucy the chimp was raised as a human, until she became too strong to be contained. Sign language and her life story.http://www.radiolab.org/2010/feb/19/RadiolabLucy1:0439:14
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Kanzi the bonobo and language acquisition. Kanzi apologises to the researcher.http://www.radiolab.org/2010/feb/19/kanzi/RadiolabLucy: Kanzi43:2358:50
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An interview with the owner/trainer of Alex the Parrothttp://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112405883NPRFresh Air
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Motivation and consciousness as seen through our bonobo relativeshttp://radio.seti.org/episodes/Aware_Am_I_BiPiSciAware am I?
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Language and tool making with other animals. Has an interview with a scientist from Emory.http://radio.seti.org/episodes/What_Makes_Us_Human_Part_I_OthersBiPiSci
What makes us human? Part I: Others
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We bind attributes together, such as shape and color, but can't explain how we do it. Rats can't do it at all!http://www.radiolab.org/2010/aug/09/RadiolabWords13:3014:40
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Talking to dolphins for 30 years (bonus appearance from IMTC at Georgia Tech)http://www.radiolab.org/story/what-do-dolphins-talk-about/RadiolabWhat do dolphins talk about?
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Language development
Description of introducing language to a 27 year old man who cannot hear and never learned to signhttp://www.radiolab.org/story/91728-words-that-change-the-world/RadiolabWords
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Individual Differences
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AgingBrain Plasticity as evidenced by the London Taxi Driver studieshttp://radio.seti.org/episodes/Building_Better_BrainsBiPiSciBuilding Better Brains39:0341:29
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Brain plasticity in aging and better capabilities that come with aginghttp://radio.seti.org/episodes/Building_Better_BrainsBiPiSciBuilding Better Brains41:2943:20
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A man with Alz. backwards-engineers a cognitive test to discover why it's so challenging http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/583/itll-make-sense-when-youre-older?act=4#playTALIt'll make sense when you're older42:0854:10
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RaceExplains stereotype threat and how a role model can change intelligence and test scores, which aren't supposed to be changeablehttp://www.radiolab.org/story/91886-the-obama-effect-perhaps/RadiolabThe Obama Effect, Perhaps
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Updated podcast on stereotype threat and the replication crisishttp://www.radiolab.org/story/stereothreat/RadiolabStereothreat
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GenderStories of girls and women responding to how society expects them to act and how they decide to act.http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/99/i-enjoy-being-a-girl-sort-ofTALI Enjoy Being a Girl, Sortof
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Can some women see more colors than other humans? We are trichromats. They could be tetrachromats.http://www.radiolab.org/story/211119-colors/RadiolabColors23:4635:35
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Gut BacteriaHow the makeup of bacteria in our gut may control our behavior and our emotional reactions. Starts with rats, moves to people.http://www.radiolab.org/story/197242-gut-feelings/RadiolabGut Feelings
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More detailed analysis of how our gut bacteria affect behavior, including eating and emotions.http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Who_s_Controlling_Whom_BiPiSciWho controls whom?37:0048:15
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NeuroimagingFirst story is about morality and how neuroimaging can explain some of the "moral" decisions we make.http://www.radiolab.org/story/91509-chimp-fights-and-trolley-rides/RadiolabMoralitystart9:54
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Spindle cells in the brain seem connected to our ability to feel empathy. Addresses which other animals have these cells.http://www.radiolab.org/2010/jan/11/spindle-cells/RadiolabSpindle cells
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The minds of pathological liars explained, including the age when kids lie. (The whole episode is great, but the first part is a narrative story of a liar)http://www.radiolab.org/story/91616-people-who-lie/RadiolabPeople who lie20:40end
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How much are criminals to blame for their actions? Discussion of a field called Neurolaw.http://www.radiolab.org/story/317421-blame/RadiolabBlame
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The long history of experiencing "phantom limbs" once a body part is cut off. Includes an amazing treatment using just mirrors.http://www.radiolab.org/story/91525-phantom-limbs/RadiolabPhantom limbs
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Judgement/Decision Making
The (perhaps) paradox of choice.http://www.radiolab.org/story/91640-choice/RadiolabChoices
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How casinos experiment on their visitors to reduce the pain of losseshttp://www.npr.org/sections/money/2011/11/15/142366953/the-tuesday-podcast-from-harvard-economist-to-casino-ceoPlanet Money
From Harvard Economist to Casino CEO
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Why a lot of "bad" people make poor decisions due to cognitive errors - errors that many people make. Specifically fraud. Framing effects.http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/07/03/419543470/episode-363-why-people-do-bad-thingsPlanet MoneyWhy people do bad things
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Children are given far less freedom than in the past despite the change or reduction in crime. Development and source of this fear is discussed.http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510307/invisibiliaInvisibiliaFearlessstart9:45
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Extension of the trolley problem to programming of autonomous vehicles: should your car kill you to save 5 others?http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Who_s_Controlling_Whom_BiPiSciWho controls whom?26:0032:32
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Child DevelopmentDiscusses the age when children start understanding that games have rules.http://www.radiolab.org/story/153809-rules-set-you-free/RadiolabThe Rules Can Set You Free
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What do babies perceive (filters out blue) (neuroimaging differences in brain areas) (baby stares don't always indicate interest)http://www.radiolab.org/story/91919-after-birth/RadiolabAfter birth
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General MethodsCorrelation and causationhttp://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/04/23/178635250/episode-453-what-causes-whatPlanet MoneyWhat causes what?
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Explanation of the normal distribution, "black swans" (but most of the podcast is on unusual natural events such as the volcano under Yellowstone)http://www.seti.org/BiPiSci/TaleOfTheDistributionBiPiSciTale of the Distributionstart
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