June 14, 2020

John Bargh: Dante, Coffee and the Unconscious Mind

John Bargh, PhD is a Professor of Psychology and Management at Yale University. His name may be familiar because of the replication crisis, but there is so much more to John Bargh than a couple of experiments that were challenged during replication. John has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, chapters in over 30 books, and he founded The ACME lab at Yale in order to research the unconscious and implicit influences on social judgment, motivation, and behavior. 

Over the years, his research has focused on embodied cognition effects, or how physical experiences (such as washing one’s hands or holding something warm or rough) influence metaphorically related social variables (like how physical warmth leads to feelings of physical warmth, for example). 

Recently, he’s been focused on how social goals and political attitudes can be influenced by the satisfaction of underlying physical-level motivations; for example, how immunization against the flu virus influences attitudes towards immigration as ‘invaders’ of one’s ‘cultural body.’

We feel fortunate to have such a wide-ranging and fun conversation with John and we’re pleased to share his insights and humor with our listeners.

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John Bargh, PhD: https://psychology.yale.edu/people/john-bargh

ACME Lab: https://acmelab.yale.edu/

Bargh & Williams’ Coffee Study: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/sci/suppl/2008/10/23/322.5901.606.DC1/Williams.SOM.pdf

Jeff Simpson, PhD: https://twin-cities.umn.edu/content/faculty-profile-jeffry-simpson

John Bowlby, PhD: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Bowlby

Dante Alighieri “The Divine Comedy”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_Comedy

Priming: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priming_(psychology)

Richard Nisbett, PhD: https://lsa.umich.edu/psych/people/emeriti-faculty/nisbett.html

Tim Wilson, PhD: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Wilson

Gary Latham, PhD: https://www.rotman.utoronto.ca/FacultyAndResearch/Faculty/FacultyBios/Latham

Peter Gollwitzer, PhD: https://as.nyu.edu/psychology/people/faculty.peter-m-gollwitzer.html

Howard Gardner, PhD “The Mind’s New Science”: https://www.amazon.com/Minds-New-Science-Cognitive-Revolution/dp/0465046355

“The Effect of Primed Goals on Employee Performance: Implications for Human Resource Management,” Shantz & Latham: https://www-2.rotman.utoronto.ca/facbios/file/37%20-%20Shantz%20&%20Latham%20HRM%202011.pdf

On Diederik Stapel’s bad data: “The case of Diederik Stapel”: https://www.apa.org/science/about/psa/2011/12/diederik-stapel

Jeff Greenberg, PhD on “Terror Management Theory”: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/terror-management-theory

Sigmund Freud: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigmund_Freud

William James: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_James

Susan Fiske, PhD: https://psych.princeton.edu/person/susan-fiske

Apocalypse of St. Paul: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apocalypse_of_Paul

The Zeigarnik Effect: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XHpBr0VFcaT8wIUpr-9zMIb79dFMgOVFRxIZRybiftI/edit

Feng Shui: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_shui

Chameleon Effect: https://acmelab.yale.edu/sites/default/files/1999_the_chameleon_effect.pdf

Lucien Stryk: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucien_Stryk

Adam Grant “Pre-Crastination”: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/opinion/sunday/why-i-taught-myself-to-procrastinate.html

Kristen Berman on Behavioral Grooves – Episode 149: https://behavioralgrooves.com/uncategorized/covid-19-crisis-kristen-berman-on-remote-work-quaranteams-and-marinades/

Wim Hof: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wim_Hof

Gary Latham on Behavioral Grooves – Episode 147: https://behavioralgrooves.com/episode/gary-latham-phd-goal-setting-prompts-priming-and-skepticism/


Artist Links

King Louie & Bo$$ Woo “Gumbo Mobsters” (Drill): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA1XYIdz3TA&feature=emb_title

Jimmy Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Page

Robert Plant: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Plant

Talking Heads “Fear of Music”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_of_Music

Alan Parsons Project “Sirius (Eye in the Sky)”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkC_oi0ksuw

YoYo Ma on Bach Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major Prelude: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1prweT95Mo0


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