This is a podcast aimed at better understanding other people, and better understanding ourselves.
Ready to jump in? Some popular episodes:
- Reading relationship “tells”: Apple | Spotify | YouTube
- Hidding meaning in statements: Apple | Spotify | YouTube
- The spectrum of narcissism: Apple | Spotify | YouTube
I’m Zach Elwood, a former professional poker player and the author of some well known books on poker tells. I’ve also written a book aimed at reducing toxic polarization in America. For my podcast, I talk to people from a wide range of backgrounds and professions about how they read and predict behavior, and use psychology. Some episode compilations:
- The best episodes
- Crime/investigation-related episodes
- Mental health-related episodes
- Sports/games-related episodes
- Politics-related episodes
- Philosophy-related episodes
A podcast aimed at better understanding other people and better understanding ourselves. Talks with people from a wide range of fields on human behavior and psychology, with an occasional focus on toxic polarization in America. To learn more, see PeopleWhoReadPeople.com.
A talk with professional poker player Dara O’Kearney about poker tells (aka, physical and verbal behaviors in poker). Dara is the co-host of the popular poker podcast The Chip Race and the author of several books, including GTO Poker Simplified. We talk about: the importance of poker tells compared to strategy; how Dara’s views on tells have changed over time; some ways poker players can get info from opponents (e.g., insulting them or being nice to them); some poker hands where opponent behaviors played a role in a decision.
Focusing on what Matters in Life & Ditching what Doesn’t
Find this podcast on:
- About this podcast: why I do it and why I think it’s important
- Questioning if body language is useful for detecting lies, with Tim Levine
- Reading and predicting jury behavior, with Christina Marinakis
- How to spot fake online reviews, with Olu Popoola
- Group psychology, polarization, and persuasion, with Matthew Hornsey
- Relationship “tells”, with Brandi Fink
- Cryptocurrency, problem gambling, and addiction, with Paul Delfabbro
- Reading poker tells, with poker pro Dara O’Kearney
- Why do so many people “want to watch the world burn”?, with Kevin Arceneaux
- Understanding and coping with anxiety, with editor of The Atlantic Scott Stossel
I’m most known for my work on poker tells (aka, poker behavior). My first poker tells book, Reading Poker Tells, has been translated into eight languages. I’m also known for my work on political polarization (for example, my book Defusing American Anger). My independent research on deceptive online activity has been featured in NY Times, Washington Post, Buzzfeed, and more.
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