University of Texas at Austin

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Podcast features psych professor

Jennifer Beer

Jennifer Beer

Jennifer Beer, an assistant psychology at The University of Texas at Austin, talks about her research on the relationship of not thinking and overconfidence in an interview with Daniel Ariely, a behavioral economist at Duke University.

The interview is on Ariely’s podast, Arming the Donkeys, and is available at Duke’s iTunes U. channel.

The podcast is about Beer’s research that found that the less you use your brain’s frontal lobes, the more you see yourself through rose-colored glasses.

“In healthy people, the more you activate a portion of your frontal lobes, the more accurate your view of yourself is,” Beer said in a news release about the research. “And the more you view yourself as desirable or better than your peers, the less you use those lobes.”

Beer’s laboratory conducts research on self-processes, emotion processes and social cognition and how those processes contribute to appropriate social functioning.

Ariely has written “Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions” and “The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home,” which will be published June 1, 2010.

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