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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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    • 4.6 • 85 Ratings

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

    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
    My Unsung Hero: Justin Horner's Story

    My Unsung Hero: Justin Horner's Story

    Justin is sitting on the side of the freeway, hoping someone will help him fix his busted wheel. Right around the time he’s about to give up, a van pulls over.

    • 6 min
    Bringing Up Baby

    Bringing Up Baby

    Bababa, dadada, ahgaga. Got that? Babies are speaking to us all the time, but most of us have no clue what they're saying. To us non-babies, it all sounds like charming, mysterious gobbledegook. To researchers, though, babbling conveys important information about a baby's readiness to learn. This week, we'll revisit a favorite episode exploring the language and behavior of the newest members of the human family.

    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.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

B-M. ,

Insightful & Potent

A wonderful podcast; put simply a joy to listen to.

Nmlah ,

Wonderful show

Shankar has the perfect voice & manner for radio. He is always measured, respectful & curious. Topics are invariably uplifting at a time when there is so much hatred & dissent this is public radio at it’s very best.
Thank you.

LaughinLeeLee ,

Brilliant!

Excellent host & content every time! Makes me think, question & appreciate my life.

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