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

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Your Questions Answered: Judson Brewer on Cravings

    Your Questions Answered: Judson Brewer on Cravings

    We all experience cravings. But some cravings become compulsions, leading us to feel powerless over our own wants and needs. In this follow-up episode with Judson Brewer, we answer your questions about how to navigate cravings of all kinds.

    If you missed our initial conversation on cravings, be sure to give it a listen! You can find it here: https://hiddenbrain.org/podcast/the-curious-science-of-cravings/

    Our God-Shaped Brains

    Our God-Shaped Brains

    Some think of religious faith as just that: a leap of faith. But psychologists are increasingly filling in the gaps in our understanding of how beliefs shape — and are shaped by — the human mind. This week, psychologist Ara Norenzayan explores features in the brain that are tied to our capacity for faith. And he shows how all of us, both religious and non-religious people, can use this knowledge to find more meaning in our lives.

    • 50 min
    Why You Feel Empty

    Why You Feel Empty

    Have you ever had an unexplainable feeling of emptiness? Life seems perfect - and yet - something is missing. This week, sociologist Corey Keyes helps us understand where feelings of emptiness come from, how to navigate them and why they're more common than we might assume.

    • 49 min
    Why Trying Too Hard Can Backfire On You

    Why Trying Too Hard Can Backfire On You

    Thinking is a human superpower. On a daily basis, thinking and planning and effort bring us innumerable benefits. But like all aspects of human behavior, you can sometimes get too much of a good thing. This week, we talk with philosopher Ted Slingerland about techniques to prevent overthinking, and how we can cultivate the under-appreciated skill of letting go.

    • 52 min
    Letting Go

    Letting Go

    When you're cultivating a garden, how much do you direct what happens in the garden — and how much do you just let the garden be? In part two of our conversation with philosopher Ted Slingerland, we talk about the balance between preparation and spontaneity, and explore a thorny question: Is it possible to achieve effortlessness by simply being effortless? Or, paradoxically, is it only possible to get to that state through a lot of effort?

    If you haven't yet heard the first part of our conversation with Ted Slingerland, we recommend you start there. It's the episode in this podcast feed called "Why Trying Too Hard Can Backfire On You." Thanks for listening!

    Innovation 2.0: Do Less

    Innovation 2.0: Do Less

    The human drive to invent new things has led to pathbreaking achievements in medicine, science and society. But our desire to create can keep us from seeing one of the most powerful paths to progress: subtraction. In a favorite conversation from 2022, engineer Leidy Klotz shares how streamlining and simplifying is sometimes the best path to innovation.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3K Ratings

3K Ratings

Munira Premji ,

Check out Hidden Brain!

Hidden Brain is a masterpiece. The topics are interesting. The content is well put together. I take away many nuggets from each episode I listen to. Shankar is a great host and effective interviewer. So glad I found this podcast!

Yahya lucky ,

One of the best science podcasts.

I’d rank it 4.5 stars but I will round it up. I like how the episodes aren’t stretched way too long and get to the point.

I find sometimes the episodes lack specificity that viewers may be looking for based on the title. Great content, otherwise!

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Favorite episode

The Ventilator. Amazing episode on so many levels. As a former nurse who cared for vented patients, I fully admire the family and the care they gave their loved one. So so difficult.

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