523 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 • 1K Ratings

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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

    The Curious Science of Cravings

    The Curious Science of Cravings

    We've all had those days when all we want is a little treat. Maybe it's a bag of chips, an ice cream sundae or a glass of wine. But sometimes, these desires become all-consuming. This week on the show, psychiatrist Judson Brewer helps us understand the science of cravings, and how we should respond to them.

    • 49 min
    What Is Normal?

    What Is Normal?

    Anthropologist Tom Pearson was devastated after his daughter Michaela was diagnosed with Down syndrome. When he began to examine that emotional response, he found himself wrestling with questions that have roiled his field for decades. Early anthropologists would often compare people of different backgrounds and abilities, asking questions like: How is one group different from another? Which one is stronger or smarter? And how do we understand people who don’t fit our expectations? This week, we talk with Pearson about his family’s story, and the evolution of our thinking on disability and difference.

    • 50 min
    Your Questions Answered: Gloria Mark on Distraction and Focus

    Your Questions Answered: Gloria Mark on Distraction and Focus

    The modern world is full of distractions, often created by the devices on which we rely. Fully unplugging isn’t an option for many of us. But psychologist Gloria Mark says there are still ways to claw back our attention without undertaking a full “digital detox.” This week, she returns to Hidden Brain to answer listeners’ questions about how to create space for the focus that we crave.

    Did you miss our original conversation with Gloria Mark? It’s the episode in this feed called “Finding Focus,” or you can also find it here: https://hiddenbrain.org/podcast/finding-focus/

    The Transformative Ideas of Daniel Kahneman

    The Transformative Ideas of Daniel Kahneman

    If you've ever taken an economics class, you were probably taught that people are rational. But about 50 years ago, the psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky began to chip away at this basic assumption. In doing so, they transformed our understanding of human behavior. This week, we remember Kahneman, who recently died at the age of 90, by revisiting our 2018 and 2021 conversations with him.

    • 1 hr 38 min
    How To Talk So People Will Listen

    How To Talk So People Will Listen

    In this follow up conversation with psychologist Guy Itzchakov, we dive deeper into one key element of effective communication.

    Are You Listening?

    Are You Listening?

    Have you ever sat across from your spouse, colleague or friend and realized that while they may be hearing what you're saying, they aren't actually listening? Poor listening can lead to arguments, hurt feelings, and fractured relationships. But the good news is that active, thoughtful listening can profoundly benefit both people in the conversation. This week on the show, psychologist Guy Itzchakov helps us understand where interactions go awry, and how to become a more attentive listener.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

Yos-PD ,

Amazing

I have learned so much from listening to this podcast. The host is great at story telling and make complex concepts very entertaining.

NotScientifc ,

Disappointing

Disappointing discussion with biased information unfortunately.

Liv678 ,

Superficial

This podcast tries so hard to portray itself as intellectual and uncovering the ‘hidden’ aspects of our psychology however, I’ve given it a good go and it’s never hit the mark on that. Scratching the surface of the most basic of concepts in each episode, it could be so much better.

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