376 episodes

Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.

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    • 4.7 • 985 Ratings

Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.

    Minimizing Pain, Maximizing Joy

    Minimizing Pain, Maximizing Joy

    Life is often filled with hardships and tragedies. For thousands of years, philosophers have come up with strategies to help us cope with such hardship. This week, we revisit a 2020 conversation with philosopher William Irvine about ancient ideas — backed by modern psychology — that can help us manage disappointment and misfortune.

    • 52 min
    What Makes Relationships Thrive

    What Makes Relationships Thrive

    Everyone wants to be loved and appreciated. But psychologist Harry Reis says there’s another ingredient to successful relationships that’s every bit as important as love.

    • 48 min
    My Unsung Hero: Wendy McDowell's Story

    My Unsung Hero: Wendy McDowell's Story

    It's 1979, and Wendy is eight years old, crying alone in an airport. Then she sees a woman in white walking towards her.

    • 5 min
    Changing Behavior, Not Beliefs

    Changing Behavior, Not Beliefs

    The rift between police and Black Americans can feel impossible to bridge. But in his work with police departments across the U.S., Yale psychologist Phillip Atiba Goff has found novel ways to address the problem.

    If you like this show, please check out our new podcast, My Unsung Hero! And if you'd like to support our work, you can do so at support.hiddenbrain.org.

    • 48 min
    Choose Carefully

    Choose Carefully

    All of us make choices all the time, and we may think we're making those choices freely. But psychologist Eric Johnson says there's an architecture behind the way choices are presented to us, and this invisible architecture can influence decisions both large and small.

    If you like this show, please check out our new podcast, My Unsung Hero! And if you'd like to support our work, you can do so at support.hiddenbrain.org.

    • 48 min
    Creatures of Habit

    Creatures of Habit

    With the new year close at hand, we revisit our 2019 conversation with psychologist Wendy Wood, who shares what researchers have found about how to build good habits — and break bad ones.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
985 Ratings

985 Ratings

Krystie Jo ,

Beautiful Voice, Always Engaging

Shankar has the most beautiful voice I’ve heard. The topics are engaging, interesting and relevant to every day life. No matter the discussion, Shankar takes you on a journey, exploring every bend and fork in the road.

KnowsSomeStuff ,

I hoped for more

If you yearn for a truly intelligent podcast then be warned. This is promising at first but then goes on to conflate crucial distinctions (eg moral luck vs hindsight bias) and ultimately descends into the intellectual equivalent of one minute oats.

IndigoAus001 ,

A favourite

Valuable reflection material. I always learn something about myself. Shankar is a clever and engaging host. Thank you!

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