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Do you ever wonder why people act the way that they do? Join human behavior experts Brian Marren and Greg Williams as they discuss all things human behavior related. Their goal is to increase your Advanced Critical Thinking ability through a better understanding of HBPR&A (Human Behavior Pattern Recognition & Analysis.) What is HBPR&A? It's a scientific (and fun) way to understand and articulate human behavior cues so that you can predict likely outcomes and it works regardless of your race, ...
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Send us a Text Message. Are you in a profession where being up-to-date on your certifications isn’t enough to guarantee success in high-stakes situations? This week, we delve into the often-overlooked difference between currency and true proficiency in training. Inspired by a thought-provoking article from an aviation association, we draw fascinati…
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Send us a Text Message. This week we are talking about curiosity, and it isn't just for kids! Imagine how your life could change if you harnessed the power of curiosity in understanding human behavior. This episode explains how we cultivate curiosity amidst the distractions of our tech-driven world. During the episode we tackle the challenge of sta…
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Send us a Text Message. Today, we are dissecting the complexities and unintended consequences of zero tolerance policies through real-life examples, starting with the recent tragic shooting at Benito Juarez High School in Chicago. This incident exposes the bureaucratic hurdles and miscommunication that can arise between institutions like Chicago Pu…
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Send us a Text Message. This week we are discussing some of the common myths about gender differences in communication. From the misconception that women talk more than men to the reality of who interrupts more frequently, we sift through scientific studies and personal anecdotes to bring clarity to these contentious topics. With references to vari…
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Send us a Text Message. This week we are stepping into the shadows of the past as we uncover the chilling realities and patterns behind one of America's darkest days, the 1927 Bath Township School Massacre. But this isn't just a history lesson; it's an urgent call to foster vigilance and critical thinking. During the episode we'll dissect the actio…
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Send us a Text Message. This week we are jumping into the world of everyday lie detection, where even seasoned professionals grapple with biases and contextual cues. Through a blend of anecdotes and psychological insights, we illuminate the complex interplay between deceivers and those in pursuit of honesty. Whether it's in professional settings, p…
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Send us a Text Message. This week we are unpacking the mysterious forces of instinct and intuition and explaining how these twin navigators steer our survival strategies as well as our everyday choices. During the episode we reveal how primal behaviors and nuanced judgments not only coexist but often compete for the driver's seat in high-stakes sce…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are discussing some of the psychological reasons behind why we are all prone to getting scammed! For the show we answered three main questions: Why do scams work? What is the psychology behind scams? And, Who is prone to falling for scams? During the episode we explain how our brain gets hijacked by a good story whi…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are talking about the capabilities and limitations of our Memory and how it can be affected by a number of different external and internal influences. During the episode we explain how and why our brain creates false memories, how memory-emotion links are formed, the difference between memory and recall, and we expl…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are talking about something that affects our perception and our cognitive performance, even before we realize it’s an issue! It’s something we call “O.B.E.” which stands for Overcome By Emotion or Overwhelmed By Events. During the episode we define in great detail what we mean by these terms and how they affect our …
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Send us a Text Message. Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s episode of the Human Behavior Podcast. For this episode we are defining a term that you’ve likely heard before called Complacency. We’ve all heard the saying that “complacency kills” or had someone tell us not to get complacent but I don’t ever hear anyone defining what complacency a…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are talking about culture and why it matters less than what people think, especially when it comes to reading human behavior. Understanding culture is laboriously slow, heavily nuanced, and in today’s world of mass communication and global connectivity humans have the ability to choose what culture they belong to. T…
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Send us a Text Message. Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s episode of the Human Behavior Podcast. Today’s episode is sort of the next step after last week’s episode where we discussed how important it is to focus on the background action or the context or “scene” that you are observing because the seemingly mundane environmental signals are …
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Send us a Text Message. Hello everyone and welcome to this installment of the Human Behavior Podcast. Today we are talking about the most important element of understanding, or “reading,” human behavior, which is the background action, the context, the setting of the scene that provides the relevance for what you see. Think about this for a second……
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Send us a Text Message. This week we are talking about intuition and what it really means to “trust your gut.” Just like our previous episodes we are going to start out by reading an article that Greg wrote where he highlights several examples of people who DIDN’T “trust their gut” and it lead to some pretty catastrophic situations. For this episod…
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Send us a Text Message. Hello everyone and thanks for tuning in this week and I apologize for not getting the episode out on time but since we record the podcast when we are on the road there can be a delay in when I get access to the recording files which can cause a slight delay uploading the episode. So although todays episode is a day late it i…
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Send us a Text Message. Hello everyone and thanks for tuning back in, this week we are super excited to bring you the very first episode of the human behavior podcast! For those of you have been listening to the Left Of Greg podcast we think you’re going to really enjoy the new format as well as the additional content on Patreon. At Arcadia Cognera…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are talking about how and why humans naturally fear change, even when it will ultimately benefit us. We explain how even though change is a fundamental part of our lives, our intuition can be counterproductive when it comes to things like adaptation and evolution because we will always seek out familiarity. We are h…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are giving a detailed explanation of what we mean when we say that “all humans are constantly on transmit.” You may have heard us make that reference on previous episodes so we decided to explain the psychological and sociological imperatives that contribute to the innate human need to be seen and heard. In order to…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are expanding on some of the same themes we discussed in our last episode but rather than talking about music, we are talking about movies and TV shows and how you can use your favorite shows to better understand human behavior in general. During the episode we give a number of examples of how movies and tv shows ha…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are talking about how music is inextricably linked to human behavior even at a very primal level. During the episode we talk about many of the parallels between music and human behavior and we explain why music has played such a powerful role in the human experience. We cover a number of topics and songs during the …
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are talking about some of the different type of prank videos that you often see on social media including a recent one in Virginia where a youtuber was shot by someone who he was trying to prank. Although these types of prank shows are very popular and have been around for a long time, things don’t always go as plan…
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Send us a Text Message. On today’s episode we are explaining how we distinguish between something that is “normal” versus something that is “novel” when it comes to making observations about human behavior. We often see people attribute more value or significance to observations that really don’t matter which can lead to serious errors in sense mak…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are discussing the importance of naming conventions, taxonomy, the lexicon you use, and the priming effect that words can have on others. Since language is extremely adaptive and the meanings behind words can change over time, unintended consequences will arise from the words you use. The name you give to something …
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are talking about one of the human behavior domains that we teach in our training courses called Heuristics. Now there are a number of different types of heuristics as well as various mental models that people like to use or discuss so we wanted to talk about how we use heuristics in the most functional manner possi…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are talking about a poker game that spun wildly out of control and turned into a robbery and shooting, and that was just the start of this case! The reason we are discussing this case is because during the investigation the defendants iPhone was searched and during that search the investigator found evidence of anot…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are talking to Ivan Ivanovich, a global leader in the Executive Protection industry who has started, and ran, several highly successful multinational security companies. He has an impressive background and extensive experience operating in some of the most complex security environments in the world. We first met Iva…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are discussing our thoughts on the use of personality tests, especially when it comes to the hiring process and the general use of them in the workplace. During the episode we talk about the limitations and flaws of personality testing, how they oversimplify complex human behavior, and how they lack reliability. We …
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are responding to some of the questions we received regarding our statement that “most people want their say, not their way.” During the episode we explain what we mean by this statement, why it is significant, and we give a number of examples of how to identify the difference between these types of people. We also …
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Send us a Text Message. Today we have a special guest on the show by the name of Charlie Harr. Charlie is the Operations Coordinator for the annual Marine Corps Marathon that is coming up on October 29th in Arlington, Virginia and he is tasked with coordinating security for the event as well as implementing the Anti-Terrorism Force Protection measu…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are going a little deeper into one of our first principles that we talked about on a previous podcast. Some of you reached out with some questions regarding what we meant by “demonstrations of intent are more important than motive” so we decided to explain what we mean by demonstrations of intent. During the episode…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are defining something that a lot of people talk about called “Situational Awareness.” We start off by giving some historical context to the term and we explain the standard definition of what situational awareness is, as well as what it isn’t. During the episode we talk about how the main elements of situational aw…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are joined by author, trainer, and former police officer Dr. John Peters. John is a highly experienced practitioner and expert witness with over 40 years of training and operational experience. We asked John to come on the show to not only talk about his experience in training but also tell some stories about when h…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are talking about the basic principles that create the foundation for HOW we articulate human behavior. Normally this is something we reserve for our in-person training courses and they are typically discussed in a very deliberate manner but we thought it would be good to share this with all of you. The 4 main princ…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are joined by special guest Dr. Jason Piccolo. Jason is a former Army Captain and career federal agent who became a whistleblower during the Obama administration. During the episode Jason discussed his career trajectory, from enlisting in the military to working in law enforcement, and ultimately exposing disturbing…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are talking about some recent tragedies that all involve the same type of crime where a person murdered their own family members and then killed themselves. We are discussing these cases in order to shed some light on how we can get better at identifying pre-event indicators of violence in all humans. One of the way…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are joined by Chip Huth, a highly respected figure in the law enforcement community who has over 30 years of operational experience. During his career Chip led an internationally recognized tactical team where he planned, coordinated, and executed over 2500 high risk tactical operations. We brought Chip on the show …
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are joined by an incredibly insightful and highly experienced subject matter expert by the name of Dr. John Black to talk about complexity and decision-making. Dr. Black has an impressive career that includes several decades in both law enforcement and military special operations, and he is a subject matter expert i…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are talking about the differences between anger, aggression, and violence and why it’s important to distinguish the difference between them. During the episode we get into a few examples of what we mean by anger and aggression, and we explain how recognizing the difference between them will help you determine whethe…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are joined by special guest Scott Kirshner who has decades of experience in the criminal justice field with experiences ranging from Parole administrator to correction officer. Scott is an accomplished trainer with extensive experience in officer safety and violence mitigation strategies, he’s the CEO of Dedicated T…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are talking about Access and Boundaries which are two important concepts that are inextricably linked to one another. All criminals, terrorists, insurgents, or even people just trying to sell you something need to have access to you whether they intend to victimize you or get you to buy something. So if we look at d…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are talking about some of the basic rules of cognition that affect our ability to sense and make and problem solve which can cause us to make bad decisions. We recently delivered a webinar where we talked about cognitive training and how to build a “cognitive gym” and we decided to share the information that we talk…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are talking about the psychological concept of “priming” and how it plays a significant role in your behavior. We start the episode by explaining some of the different types of priming and how they affect your perception and memory recall. Then we give some real-world examples of how you can use the concept of primi…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are talking about a term called “duty to intervene.” Although this concept is typically discussed in a law enforcement setting it applies at a much larger scale than most people realize and applies in every social setting that you are in. Rather than doing the typical “Monday Morning Quarterback” commentary that you…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are talking about a recent supreme court case involving a man who was convicted of stalking and making true threats against a woman. Our discussion for today revolves around the question “what defines a true threat?” For this discussion we bring up a number of legal and behavior related issues including perception, …
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are talking about manifestos, social leakage, injustice collectors, and how you can determine someone’s intent before, during, and after they commit acts of violence. During the episode we give several examples of people who went on a killing spree for very different reasons to illustrate how the current analysis of…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are talking about diminishing returns in the context of how we respond to novel situations in our environment. For the discussion we used a few recent law enforcement examples to highlight the fact that simply sending more people or spending more money not only doesn’t solve the problem but can actually make the sit…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are talking about the importance of language and the innate human desire to rename things that already exist. During the episode we define terms like situational awareness, situation understanding, attention, cognitive load and we explain what they mean in the context of human behavior, predictive analysis, and deci…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we are talking about what is commonly referred to as Stress Inoculation training. We start the discussion with an explanation of where this term came from and then we get into the different problems that arise when you take something from a clinical setting to a training environment. During the episode we talk about th…
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