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UnDisciplined: The Demographic Sociologist And The Social Psychologist

This week on Utah Public Radio with Matthew LaPlante's show UnDisciplined, we're talking about why we don't do the things we know we should do. Why, for instance, don't we get as much sleep as we're supposed to? And why do we often withhold information from our doctors?

We'll be joined by two researchers whose work is helping answer these questions:

Connor Sheehan, a researcher in the School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University, who over the years has studied health and disability in U.S. military veterans, the impact of parental health on children in Mexico, and the interrelationship of poverty and obesity. His most recent study in the journal Sleep dives into the world of, well, sleep.

Angie Fagerlin, a professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Her training is in experimental psychology and her research focuses on testing methods that might improve communication between medical providers and patients.

Listen to the show at the following link:

Each week, UnDisciplined introduces its audience to two scientists, working in different fields – and then introduces them to each other. The result is a lively, informative and accessible discussion about the ways in which scientific research impacts all of our lives.