Behavioral Grooves Podcast

John Bargh: Dante, Coffee and the Unconscious Mind

June 14, 2020

John Bargh, PhD is a Professor of Psychology and Management at Yale University. His name may be familiar because of the replication crisis, but there is so much more to John Bargh than a couple of experiments that were challenged during replication. John has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, chapters in over 30 books, and he founded The ACME lab at Yale in order to research the unconscious and implicit influences on social judgment, motivation, and behavior. 

Over the years, his research has focused on embodied cognition effects, or how physical experiences (such as washing one’s hands or holding something warm or rough) influence metaphorically related social variables (like how physical warmth leads to feelings of physical warmth, for example). 

Recently, he’s been focused on how social goals and political attitudes can be influenced by the satisfaction of underlying physical-level motivations; for example, how immunization against the flu virus influences attitudes towards immigration as ‘invaders’ of one’s ‘cultural body.’

We feel fortunate to have such a wide-ranging and fun conversation with John and we’re pleased to share his insights and humor with our listeners.

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John Bargh, PhD:


Bargh & Williams’ Coffee Study:

Jeff Simpson, PhD:

John Bowlby, PhD:

Dante Alighieri “The Divine Comedy”:


Richard Nisbett, PhD:

Tim Wilson, PhD:

Gary Latham, PhD:

Peter Gollwitzer, PhD:

Howard Gardner, PhD “The Mind’s New Science”:

“The Effect of Primed Goals on Employee Performance: Implications for Human Resource Management,” Shantz & Latham:

On Diederik Stapel’s bad data: “The case of Diederik Stapel”:

Jeff Greenberg, PhD on “Terror Management Theory”:

Sigmund Freud:

William James:

Susan Fiske, PhD:

Apocalypse of St. Paul:

The Zeigarnik Effect:

Feng Shui:

Chameleon Effect:

Lucien Stryk:

Adam Grant “Pre-Crastination”:

Kristen Berman on Behavioral Grooves – Episode 149:

Wim Hof:

Gary Latham on Behavioral Grooves – Episode 147:


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