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The Hard Truth About Psychology, Learning New Skills, & Making Mistakes with Dr. Art Markman & Dr. Bob Duke: In this episode we discuss whether time speeds up as we get older, why your life story only makes sense looking in reverse, whether or not ...

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In this episode we discuss whether time speeds up as we get older, why your life story only makes sense looking in reverse, whether or not brain games actually work, the importance of proactive learning instead of passive learning, why psychology confirms all your worst fears about studying and getting smarter – and much more with a special TWO GUEST interview featuring Dr. Art Markman & Dr. Bob Duke!   Dr. Art Markman is a Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas and Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations.   Dr. Bob Duke is a Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, He also directs the psychology of learning program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.    Together they co-host the NPR radio show Two Guys on Your Head and recently co-authored the book Brain Briefs.We discuss:Does time speed up as you get older?Why your brain pays less and less attention to things that don’t change How you underestimate the power of new experiences to have a positive impact on on youBrains are efficient, and efficient is another word of lazyHow Dyson vacuums where created (and what saw mills have to do with it)The importance of learning things that seem like they “don’t matter” right nowThe downside of a linear and close minded path of achievementWhy “everyone they know who is successful knows ALOT about ALOT of things” and you can’t know ahead of time what key information will make you successfulWhy you shouldn’t edit your life story in the forward direction (and what that means)Is your memory doomed to fail?Why one of the worst things you can do for your memory is to worry about your memory!Do brain games actually work?How do you engage the mind a way that develops thinking?The difference between reading and writing and how they impact your brainThe importance of proactive learning instead of passive learningWhat the data says about regret and how to deal with itHow learning is effortful when it actually works, and why without effort, there is very little learningIs it true that we only use 10% of our brains?Your brain is 3% of your body weight, but uses 25% of your daily energy supplyDoes listening to Mozart make you smarter?Why we can’t get something for nothing (and why you should stop looking for “get smart quick schemes”)Why psychology confirms all your worst fears about studying and getting smarterWhy its OK to get stuff wrong, as long as you repair your errorWhy every bit of skilled performance that you see has a deep reservoir of hard work hidden behind it The critical importance of perception and self awareness in growing and improvingWhy you are worst at judging your performance when you are bad (isn’t this one true!)Why “expert performers” are really good at identifying all of their flawsHow to cultivate self awareness of your flaws in a way thats non-threatening to you and your egoMistakes are not the problem, but denying them isHow sleep clears toxins out of your brain, helps you form better memories, learn more, etcLearn more about your ad choices. Visit

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