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Global Optimum

Dec 10, 2019

This episode features:

-Why does men’s testosterone go down when they fall in love?

-Does “power posing” have any psychological effects?

-What is “humblebragging” and why does it pervade social media?

-Is our preference for democracy really a preference for high status?

-What is self-esteem?

-How to increase self-esteem (the answer is disappointing)

-How to act high status (the answer is not disappointing)


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Apply Psychology:

Cameron, J. J., & Stinson, D. A. (2017). Sociometer Theory. Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences, 1-6.

Feltovich, N., Harbaugh, R., & To, T. (2002). Too Cool for School? Signalling and Countersignalling. RAND Journal of Economics, 33(4), 630-649.

Gettler, L. T., McDade, T. W., Feranil, A. B., & Kuzawa, C. W. (2011). Longitudinal evidence that fatherhood decreases testosterone in human males. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(39), 16194-16199.

Longman, D. P., Surbey, M. K., Stock, J. T., & Wells, J. C. (2018). Tandem androgenic and psychological shifts in male reproductive effort following a manipulated “win” or “loss” in a sporting competition. Human Nature, 29(3), 283-310.

Amy Cuddy TED Talk

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