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Global Optimum

Oct 16, 2018

This episode features:

-Why breakups are always the other person’s fault

-Why does love cause us to see our partner as better than they really are

-How much do people lie

-What do people lie about in their online dating profile

-Is it possible to detect lies

-What traits make somebody likable vs unlikable

-How do we deceive ourselves

-Why we often don’t understand our own motivations


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Apply Psychology:

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DePaulo, B. M., Lindsay, J. J., Malone, B. E., Muhlenbruck, L., Charlton, K., & Cooper, H. (2003). Cues to deception. Psychological bulletin, 129(1), 74.

Helweg-Larsen, M., Sadeghian, P., & Webb, M. S. (2002). The stigma of being pessimistically biased. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 21(1), 92-107.

Kurzban, R. (2011). Why everyone (else) is a hypocrite: Evolution and the modular mind. Princeton University Press.

Simler, K., & Hanson, R. (2017). The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life. Oxford University Press.

Tetlock, P. E. (2017). Expert political judgment: How good is it? How can we know?. Princeton University Press.

Weinstein, N. D. (1980). Unrealistic optimism about future life events. Journal of personality and social psychology39(5), 806.

OKCupid data on lying in online dating profiles

Deflategate poll data

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