Apr 4, 2019
Today it’s a pleasure to have Molly Crockett on the podcast. Dr.
Crockett is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University
and a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for
Neuroethics. Prior to joining Yale, Dr Crockett was a faculty
member at the University of Oxford’s Department of Experimental
Psychology and a Fellow of Jesus College. She holds a BSc in
Neuroscience from UCLA and a PhD in Experimental Psychology from
the University of Cambridge, and completed a Wellcome Trust
Postdoctoral Fellowship with economists and neuroscientists at the
University of Zürich and University College London.
In this episode we discuss:
- The discrepancy between outrage in real life vs. online
- Cultural evolution and the selection and amplification of
- How basic reinforcement learning principles drive the design of
online systems to maximize the amount of time we spend on the
- Is the “habitual online shamer” addicted to outrage?
- Habitual behavior vs. addiction
- Is “outrage fatigue” happening en masse?
- Should we be thinking about rationing our outrage (reserving it
for issues we find most important)?
- The costs and benefits of outrage
- Why people punish and the discrepancy between the actual
reasons why we punish (inferred from behavior) vs. self-reported
- The difficulty doing science on topics that are incredibly
heated in public social discourse
- The intractably intertwined nature of science and social
- What technologies might be doing to the way that young people
construe the social world
- The human capacity for forgiveness
- Twitter Q & A