People Who Read People: A Behavior and Psychology Podcast

By Zachary Elwood

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 May 16, 2020


This is a podcast about deciphering human behavior and understanding why people do the things they do. I, Zach Elwood, talk with people from a wide range of fields about how they make sense of human behavior and psychology. I've talked to jury consultants, interrogation professionals, behavior researchers, sports analysts, professional poker players, to name a few. There are more than 135 episodes, many of them quite good (although some say I'm biased). To learn more, go to

Episode Date
Examining indicators that a video showing harassment was staged
Jul 03, 2024
The awe and horror of existence: a talk with psychologist Kirk Schneider
Jun 24, 2024
The strangeness of life and existential psychology
Jun 16, 2024
Psychology in waiting tables and running a restaurant, with Robin Dibble
Jun 01, 2024
Two former congresspeople, a Democrat and a Republican, discuss toxic polarization
May 21, 2024
Aphantasia, internal monologue, and the challenges of describing thought, with Russell Hurlburt
May 13, 2024
How a bus driver predicts the behavior of drivers and passengers, with Brendan Bartholomew
May 07, 2024
To reduce polarization, is it optimal to work on systemic change or cultural change?, with David Foster
Apr 05, 2024
Do simplistic ideas of power (e.g., oppressed/oppressor framings) reduce empathy? with Elizaveta Friesem
Mar 26, 2024
What's life like when you don't believe in free will?, with physicist Daniel Whiteson
Mar 12, 2024
News media tends to deepen our divides. Does Isaac Saul have a solution?
Mar 04, 2024
The allure of deciphering behavior, with Rounders screenwriter Brian Koppelman
Mar 01, 2024
How a pro poker player makes use of poker tells, with Dara O'Kearney
Feb 18, 2024
Tips on interrogating people for information and confessions, with David Zulawski
Feb 05, 2024
Reading behavior and motivations in the Robbi Jade Lew poker hand, with Yakov Hirsch
Jan 28, 2024
Understanding Trump and his voters' animosity towards the media, with Yakov Hirsch
Jan 20, 2024
The exaggeration of antisemitism, and the importance of understanding the "other side," with Yakov Hirsch
Jan 14, 2024
Why do some people want to watch the world burn?, with Kevin Arceneaux
Jan 04, 2024
Reading "tells" in football, baseball, and other sports, with Jon Hoefling
Dec 21, 2023
Dealing with debilitating anxiety, with Scott Stossel
Dec 14, 2023
Electrodermal activity is what lie detectors measure, but what is it?, with Christopher Moyer
Dec 08, 2023
Dogs' and cats' interactions with humans, with Daniel Mills
Nov 29, 2023
On the art of listening and the challenges of being an introvert, with Joel Berman
Nov 20, 2023
Tricks and strategies in door-to-door sales
Nov 11, 2023
How is bias in media related to polarization?, with Vanessa Otero
Oct 29, 2023
Why is criticism of Israel sometimes portrayed as antisemitic?, with Yakov Hirsch
Oct 22, 2023
Is our desire for certainty our biggest weakness?, with Maria Konnikova
Oct 14, 2023
Understanding an orchestra conductor's gestures, with Ming Luke
Oct 03, 2023
Behavior bullshitters, featuring Dr. Jack Brown
Sep 16, 2023
Understanding what drives MAGA anger, with ex-Trump voter Rich Logis
Sep 11, 2023
Examining some common scams and the strategies behind them, with Martina Dove
Sep 06, 2023
The narcissism spectrum: from healthy narcissism to the more toxic forms, with Craig Malkin
Aug 25, 2023
Resolving conflict in our relationships, with couples therapist Bill Doherty
Aug 11, 2023
Understanding the behavior of people under anesthesia, with Ashita Goel
Aug 02, 2023
Psychological factors in conspiracy theory beliefs, with Mikey Biddlestone
Jul 15, 2023
Understanding the behavior of autistic people, with Barry Prizant
Jun 30, 2023
How does anxious body language affect a job interview?, with Simonne Mastrella
Jun 22, 2023
What do we owe to our fellow citizens? (even when we think they're very wrong), with Robert Talisse
Jun 10, 2023
Behavioral analysis in security and risk assessment, with Philip Baum
May 31, 2023
Poker tells in a hand from the World Series of Poker Ladies Event, with Lara Eisenberg
May 13, 2023
The illusions of memory and self, with Anne Wilson
May 03, 2023
My book Defusing American Anger is out
Apr 20, 2023
On the loneliness of leaving one's cult, with Calvin Wayman
Apr 11, 2023
On psychopaths, dark traits, and "dark empaths," with Nadja Heym
Mar 23, 2023
Do our anger and insults help create the very things we're angry about?
Mar 13, 2023
Reading situations and opponents in racecar driving, with Andy Lally
Mar 11, 2023
Do we have recurring facial expression patterns that are tied to personality traits?, with Herman Ilgen
Mar 05, 2023
An angry us-vs-them divide in a small town, with Rebecca Schillenback
Feb 19, 2023
Improving sexual satisfaction in long-term relationships, with Jessica Maxwell
Feb 15, 2023
How our body language can affect teammates and competitors, with Philip Furley
Feb 09, 2023
Why are we so gullible?, with Brian Dunning
Jan 23, 2023
How big a problem are hate crimes in the U.S.?, with Wilfred Reilly
Jan 18, 2023
About this podcast: why I do it and why I think it's important
Dec 10, 2022
Examining American antisemitism, with James Kirchick
Dec 10, 2022
Is liberal bias impeding U.S. depolarization and conflict resolution efforts?, with Guy Burgess
Nov 20, 2022
The art of recruiting, with Blake Mobley
Nov 18, 2022
Dealing with anxiety and mental health issues as a college student
Nov 10, 2022
Understanding madness, with Richard Bentall
Nov 04, 2022
Reading tells in football, with Larry Hart
Oct 29, 2022
The challenges and rewards of studying nonverbal behavior, with Alan Crawley
Oct 15, 2022
How do we react when our sense of meaning is threatened?, with Steven Heine
Oct 10, 2022
Is the entire world becoming more polarized?, with Andrew O'Donohue
Oct 01, 2022
Are eye movement patterns linked to personality traits?, with Sabrina Hoppe
Sep 21, 2022
Is body language actually useful for detecting lies?, with Tim Levine
Aug 30, 2022
Reading "drug-seeking" behaviors, with Dr. Casey Grover
Aug 17, 2022
Predicting psychosis and schizophrenia using language patterns, with Neguine Rezaii
Aug 09, 2022
Reading and predicting jury behavior, with Christina Marinakis (reshare from 2018)
Jul 21, 2022
How to spot fake online reviews, with Olu Popoola (reshare from 2019)
Jul 06, 2022
The psychological factors of polarized groups, with Matthew Hornsey
Jun 11, 2022
Analyzing written and verbal statements for hidden meaning, with Mark McClish (reshare from 2018)
May 22, 2022
Behavioral indicators of good and bad relationships, with Brandi Fink
May 08, 2022
Psychological effects of social media content moderation policies, with Bill Ottman
May 01, 2022
Are a majority of Americans actually racist?, with Leonie Huddy
Apr 19, 2022
Cryptocurrency, problem gambling, and addiction, with Paul Delfabbro
Apr 10, 2022
Why do people believe the U.S. election was stolen?, with Peter Wood
Mar 17, 2022
Detecting lies via facial muscles and machine learning, with Dino Levy
Mar 16, 2022
How many Americans actually support political violence?, with Thomas Zeitzoff
Mar 05, 2022
Studying poker tells scientifically, with Brandon Sheils
Feb 16, 2022
On how distance makes it easier to kill (and do other things), with Abe Rutchick
Feb 09, 2022
On American polarization and being a black conservative, with John Wood Jr.
Feb 03, 2022
The awe and the horror of existence, with existential psychologist Kirk Schneider
Jan 28, 2022
Using conversation analysis to make your language more persuasive, with Elizabeth Stokoe
Jan 15, 2022
How many Trump supporters really believe the election was rigged?, with Tom Pepinsky
Jan 06, 2022
Inherent aspects of social media that amplify divides and bad thinking
Dec 28, 2021
Artificial intelligence and the nature of consciousness, with Hod Lipson
Dec 21, 2021
Does video surveillance decrease crime?, with Eric Piza
Dec 04, 2021
Rittenhouse verdict reactions and political polarization
Nov 22, 2021
Conversation analysis and ethnomethodology, with Saul Albert
Nov 12, 2021
Tracking people over land, aka "sign cutting," with Rob Speiden
Oct 28, 2021
What does research say about how social media affects polarization?, with Emily Kubin
Oct 14, 2021
Understanding behavior and psychology as a professional musician, with Ben Tyler (aka Small Skies)
Oct 03, 2021
Nostalgia and our attraction to the past, with Jannine Lasaleta
Sep 16, 2021
Is paying excessive attention to politics hurting us?, with Chris Freiman
Sep 08, 2021
How has polarization affected beliefs about election security?, with Jennifer Cohn
Aug 31, 2021
Does blaming "media" help us avoid personal responsibility?, with Elizaveta Friesem
Aug 18, 2021
Reading poker tells, with Dara O'Kearney
Aug 11, 2021
Talking about police violence with politically liberal police captain James Mitchell (part 2)
Aug 07, 2021
Why do so many people want to watch the world burn?, with Kevin Arceneaux
Jul 28, 2021
What is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's tell?, with Jon Hoefling
Jul 25, 2021
Might gender identity theory itself be creating gender dysphoria?, with Carey Callahan
Jul 17, 2021
How might we better connect with people?, with Ted Brodkin and Ashley Pallathra
Jul 14, 2021
Reading tells in the video game Apex Legends, with Brandon Singer, aka Nocturnal
Jun 26, 2021
Reading opponent tells in tennis, with Carlos Goffi
Jun 04, 2021
Talking about police violence with politically liberal police captain James Mitchell (part 1)
Apr 19, 2021
Living with anxiety, with Scott Stossel, national editor of The Atlantic
Apr 14, 2021
Psychological and environmental factors in psychosis and schizophrenia, with Nathan Filer
Mar 27, 2021
I talk to an 8-year-old kid
Feb 25, 2021
Gina Assaf, who has "long haul" covid, discusses her research on it
Feb 23, 2021
Why hasn't crowdsourcing of medical data from public disrupted healthcare?, with Jamie Heywood
Feb 05, 2021
Reading online dating profiles (part 2), with Scott
Jan 26, 2021
Reading online dating profiles (part 1), with Celia
Jan 20, 2021
How does a disbelief in free will affect one's life?, with physicist Daniel Whiteson
Jan 09, 2021
How does aphantasia (lack of mental imagery) impact one's life?, with Zach Elwood
Dec 10, 2020
How do insults and hurt feelings affect political conflicts?, with Karina Korostelina
Nov 25, 2020
Why does democracy fall apart and authoritarianism rise?, with Thomas Carothers
Nov 13, 2020
Questioning how much social media plays a role in political polarization, with Levi Boxell
Nov 11, 2020
Are some political party stances due to randomness and chance?, with Michael Macy
Nov 06, 2020
How does Facebook increase political polarization and animosity?, with Jaime Settle
Oct 22, 2020
Examining causes of polarization in the U.S. and other countries, with Jennifer McCoy
Oct 09, 2020
Do violent protests and riots cause people to vote more conservatively?, with Omar Wasow
Sep 17, 2020
Understanding violent protester behavior: an interview with a Portland antifa/BLM protester
Sep 02, 2020
Did Cambridge Analytica exaggerate their abilities and not actually do anything impressive?, with Dave Karpf
Aug 22, 2020
Evaluating psych patients in the ER, and discussion of personality disorders, with Rob Tarzwell
Aug 09, 2020
Is some offensive behavior due to psychological conditions?, with Timothy Jay
Aug 02, 2020
Can you predict schizophrenia by studying the language of teenagers?, with Neguine Rezaii
Jul 17, 2020
Can you see what people are thinking with a scan of their brain?, with Marcel Just
Jun 06, 2020
Indicators that English text is written by a native Russian speaker, with Brian Baer
May 29, 2020
Interpreting brain imaging, with Rob Tarzwell
May 20, 2020
Reading behavior in Rock Paper Scissors, with Jason Simmons, aka Master Roshambollah
Mar 25, 2020
Driving a San Francisco city bus, with Brendan Bartholomew
Mar 20, 2020
What does skin conductance (aka GSR aka EDA) tell us?, with Christopher Moyer
Dec 28, 2019
Behavior in social deduction game Secret Hitler, with Polina Vorozheykina
Nov 01, 2019
Indicators of fake Amazon reviews, with Olu Popoola
Aug 04, 2019
Prison life and behavior, with Benjamin Moots
Aug 02, 2019
Reading indicators of good and bad relationships, with Brandi Fink
Jun 01, 2019
Reading customers in door-to-door sales, with Conrad Smith and Dave Mock
May 15, 2019
Restaurant and service industry psychology, with Robin Dibble
Apr 20, 2019
Psychology and behavior in MMA and jiu-jitsu, with Robert Drysdale
Mar 18, 2019
Reading opponent behavior in the sport of fencing, with Seth Baldwin
Mar 09, 2019
Social engineering, with Jenny Radcliffe
Jan 10, 2019
Interrogation techniques, with David Zulawski
Dec 14, 2018
Jury selection strategies, with Christina Marinakis
Sep 24, 2018
Analyzing written and verbal statements, with Mark McClish
Sep 07, 2018
Reading the audience when doing standup comedy, with Alex Falcone
Aug 21, 2018