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Dr. Charles opens the show discussing the historic 1964 Surgeon General's announcement of the dangers of smoking and draws a comparison between the negative impacts of smoking and social media use, specifically as it relates to regulation. He talks about potential paths forward in finding a balance between capitalism and protection. He closes with another quote from a country music song. 
The Attention Economy

The Attention Economy

2022-07-0623:37

Dr. Charles discusses how we are currently living in an attention economy, the currency associated with it, and ways that we can thrive in this age when it seems as if everything is designed to hijack our attention. He then answers some listener email and for the first time ever, quotes a country music song. 
Dr. Charles opens the show discussing the reasons why we avoid information, whether our financial information, health information, or our interpersonal relationships. He then talks about ways we can stop avoiding uncomfortable circumstances and information to be more successful in our work and personal lives. 
Dr. Charles opens the show discussing some of the research behind pseudo-profound bullshit, including why some are susceptible to it as well as the implications of it as it relates to our work, personal lives, and fake news. He then dives into what makes good listeners (and bad listeners), sharing  five steps we can take to become better listeners at work and in our personal lives. He then answers some listener emails. 
Dr. Charles opens the show discussing Urban Dictionary. He then talks about the challenges associated with information overload in the workplace and most importantly, what to do about it. He answers a few listener emails and closes this episode by attempting to rap. 
Dr. Charles discusses the research about choice and how the nearly 35,000 choices we make per day are so taxing for us. He also compares the success of arranged versus non-arranged marriages as well as the distinction between satisfiers and maximizers. He closes with song lyrics and answers a few listener emails. 
People behaving badly

People behaving badly

2022-03-1538:02

Dr. Charles opens the show discussing the recent trend of bad behavior in society since the pandemic. He then welcomes author and psychotherapist Linda Bloom back to the show to discuss why we are experiencing all of this bad behavior, the stress that causes it, and what to do about it. Dr. Charles then answers some listener emails. 
Digital Fatigue

Digital Fatigue

2022-02-2221:48

Dr. Charles opens the show discussing California. He then shares a study that connects depression symptoms with susceptibility to COVID-19 vaccine misinformation. He then outlines the causes, symptoms, and ways to alleviate digital fatigue. 
Recency bias

Recency bias

2022-02-0221:51

Dr. Charles opens the show discussing his journey into the desert and the benefits of "being present" even during a difficult experience (running out of gas). He then talks about recency bias: How it impacts our investment decisions, behavior, and what we can do to combat it. 
It is the confirmation bias episode. Dr. Charles opens Season 2 talking about how confirmation bias affects our personal lives, our work, and even  medical diagnoses. He then answers listener email and quotes a song. 
Dr. Charles opens the show discussing everything from airport security lines to Hallmark Christmas movies. He then talks about the science of reflection as we consider this past year. Finally, he discusses New Year's resolutions and how we can create an environment that will help us attain our goals. 
Dr. Charles opens the show sharing details of his most recent trip. He then shares research regarding the use of multiple screens simultaneously and  how it impacts both our stress level as well as our memory. He then responds to select listener emails.
EMAIL!

EMAIL!

2021-11-1936:57

Dr. Charles opens the show discussing a situation he had in a bar. He then welcomes Dr. Gloria Mark from the University of California-Irvine to discuss email- the stress associated with it, how it impacts our attention, and whether or not it helps us be more productive.  They discuss solutions for both individuals and companies to manage their email inboxes without the inboxes managing them. He then dives into The Numb Podcast email inbox to read a few messages from listeners. 
Dr. Charles opens the show discussing neuroplasticity and how it impacts our daily lives. He then opines about the Facebook name change before spending time catching-up on listener email.
The Digital Divide

The Digital Divide

2021-09-2944:07

Dr. Charles opens the show discussing some of the issues around teens and adolescents as it relates to Instagram. He then welcomes Dr. Christopher Ali from the University of Virginia and author of Farm Fresh Broadband to discuss the implications of the digital divide and how policy can help address this growing issue. 
FOMO

FOMO

2021-09-2226:40

Dr. Charles starts the show by discussing the power of immersing oneself in art as well as an interesting piece regarding the commemoration of 9/11. He then spends the duration of the show discussing FOMO, why we experience it and what to do about it. He then answers listener emails. You don't want to miss out! 
Dr. Charles opens the show discussing the nature of attention and how it impacts our daily lives. He then welcomes Dr. Ross Otto, Assistant Professor of Psychology at McGill University to discuss some of his research related to factors that impact risk-taking as well as how context can impact our choices. 
Dr. Charles opens the show discussing the concept of Basking in Reflected Glory. He then welcomes Dr. Wendy Wood from the University of Southern California and author of the book, Good Habits, Bad Habits, to discuss the nature of habits; how we can eliminate the harmful ones; and how we can formulate good ones. 
Screen time

Screen time

2021-09-0135:22

Dr. Charles opens the show discussing the Zoom Boom: The increase in cosmetic surgeries as many of us are on-camera during this era of remote work. He then welcomes Dr. Laura Zimmermann from IE University in Madrid, Spain to discuss screen time, specifically what may be essential to our work and relationships and what may habitual...and how to determine what is healthy and useful and what might be too much.   
Misinformation

Misinformation

2021-08-2545:28

Dr. Charles opens the show discussing the growth of the podcast and then outlines the controversy regarding Facebook and the NYU researchers. He then welcomes Dr. Monica Stephens from Durham University (UK) to discuss the sources, nature, and motivations behind misinformation, as well as some of the primary drivers of hate speech on social media. 
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