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60 Mindful Minutes

Jul 27, 2021

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John V. Petrocelli, an experimental social psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Wake Forest University, thinks a lot about contaminated thinking and bad decision-making. In his new book, The Life-Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit, he looks at why we’re all susceptible to bullshit (sharing it and receiving it) and also the far-reaching consequences of toxic misinformation. With a little dose of skepticism, a commitment to truth seeking and John’s critical thinking defensive tactics, we can all become bullshit detectives.


Guest Bio

John V. Petrocelli is an experimental social psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Wake Forest University. His research examines the causes and consequences of BS and BSing in the way of better understanding and improving BS detection and disposal. Petrocelli’s research contributions also include attitudes and persuasion and the intersections of counterfactual thinking with learning, memory and decision making. His research has appeared in the top journals of his field including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Petrocelli also serves an Associate Editor of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.


Host Bio

Kristen Manieri is the author of Better Daily Mindfulness Habits: Simples Changes with Lifelong Impact (July 2021: Rockridge Press). She’s a certified both as a habits coach and mindfulness teacher. She specializes in: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, focus, habit formation, rest rituals, and prioritizing personal well-being. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 120 authors and thought leaders about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional AND joyful life. Learn more at


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