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Author: Trevor Ragan, Alex Belser - Train Ugly

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Each episode we'll dive into a topic that can us become better learners. We're going to keep it short, sweet, and to the point.

There will be a 15 minute Q&A sesh at the end of each episode. Call 805-635-8459 (UGLY) to leave a question.
11 Episodes
All groups are not created equally. Some over achieve, others under achieve, but why is that? What's the cause of that? A Harvard researcher, a bestselling author, and a tech company all asked that same question and discovered the same answer: psychological safety.Full Show NotesFeaturing:Daniel Coyle: NY Times Bestselling AuthorAmy Edmondson: Harvard Business School ProfessorEric Ragan: Grinnell College Women's Volleyball head coachNora Hill: Grinnell College Women's Volleyball co-captainQuick links:Project AristotleThe Culture CodeThe Fearless OrganizationAmy Edmondson's TEDx TalkGrinnell College Women's Volleyball
What can a college football program, a six year old, an auditing company, a HS basketball player, and Uber driving educator teach us about learning? They show us that the only way we can grow is if we're willing to step out of our comfort zone and struggle a bit.Featuring:The one and only, Seth GodinFull Show NotesQuick Links:Skateboarding VideoYale Comfort Zone ResearchAlex's VideosLearning Like a Jungle Tiger TEDx
Sleep is one of the most important, yet underrated components of the learning process. We brought in Dr. Marcos Frank - neuroscientist from Washington State University - to explain his research and show how sleep affects neuroplasticity and our capacity to grow. Full Show NotesQuick Links:Dr. Marcos FrankThe Cat StudyThe Rat StudySleep and Motor Skills StudyDr. Matthew WalkerWhy We Sleep by Matthew WalkerMatthew Walker interview
Understanding some simple principles of behavioral economics can help us make better decisions in the short run to achieve our long term goals. This can help us take and sustain action on any learning pursuit. Full Show NotesQuick Links:Predictably Irrational by Dan ArielyPayoff by Dan Ariely Alex's Behavioral Econ
Limiting beliefs get in the way of learning. We can all work to overcome these by building a true growth mindset (the belief that we can grow our skills). The most effective way to build a growth mindset is to dig into the research of neuroplasticity and really work to understand how our brain learns.Featuring:Dr. Michael Merzenich Neuroscientist at The University of California, San Francisco. Known as “The father of brain plasticity”Full Show NotesQuick Links:Soft-wired by Michael MerzenichHow to Build a Growth Mindset (video)The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman DoidgeLondon Cab Driver Study
When the performance matters we're going to feel some pressure, nerves, and stress. Whether it's a big presentation, a test, or even a date - most people think the most effective way to prepare for these situations is to try and calm down. In this episode, we dig into research that shows why this is a poor approach and the look at how we can do better. We learn how Ceci Clark, Mental Performance Coach for the Cleveland Indians, helps major leaguers perform better under pressure. We also bring in Jeremy Jamieson, Director of University of Rochester's Social Stress Lab, to help explain the science behind stress and how changing our perception of it can lead to better performance.Full Show NotesQuick Links:GRE StudyReappraisal Research by Allison Wood BrooksJeremy Jamieson - Director of the Social Stress Lab: University of RochesterCeci Clark - Mental Performance Coach: Cleveland IndiansTrainUgly.comQuestion hotline: 805-635-8459
Taking Action

Taking Action


Action is the most important step of the learning process. It can also be one of the most difficult.In order to grow we have to take and sustain action - today we unpack two frameworks that will help provide the fuel.Full Show NotesQuick LinksCreativity Inc by Ed CatmullThe Culture Code by Dan CoyleWorkLife Podcast by Adam Grant
The tech world is constantly pushing the limits of innovation, problem solving, and product development. This week we brought in the CEO of Bebo, Shaan Puri, to explain some of these systems and how we can all use them to become more effective learners.Question Hotline: 805-635-8459Full Show NotesQuick Links:The Learn Startup OverviewThe Lean Startup by Eric RiesShaan PuriIntrinsic Motivation - TED talk by Dan
There's a huge gap between what the science says about how we should study, practice, and learn vs how we actually do it. We met with learning experts and UCLA Psychologists Dr. Elizabeth Bjork and Dr. Robert Bjork to figure out how to close that gap.Full show notesQuick Links:Made to StickElizabeth BjorkRobert BjorkBjork Learning and Forgetting Lab
Our expectations can have a huge impact on the performance and development of our people. Trev and Alex sit down with one of the most influential psychologists in the world, Robert Rosenthal, to learn more.Full show notesQuick Links:Pygmalion in the Classroom by Robert RosenthalPygmalion in the Classroom Pygmalion in Prison Classrooms Pygmalion in Management Israel Defense Forces
Comments (6)

Cliffy B.

Ep9. Some peeps metabolize stank water (coffee) faster than otherseseses.

May 18th

Tessa O'Donnell

love this pod, been recommending it to all my friends. I'm doing my masters in sport psychology right now and this is so helpful and interesting !!

May 16th

Cliffy B.

Ep3. PRACTICE? WE TALKING ‘BOUT PRACTICE? Mega dope episode. And so easy to apply to my so-called life.

May 7th

Abel Espino

Hey guys! I've really been enjoying your podcasts. I highly recommend seeing about adding some music in the background. I've been having lo-fi hip hop beats playing on YouTube. and I think it plays off your theme/voices real well and makes it addicting to listen to.

Apr 11th

Erica Tanner Davis

Great job!! Really enjoying this podcast.

Mar 20th

ben deco

Nice move Trev, support from the UK.👍🏻

Feb 13th
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