314 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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    • Social Sciences
    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings

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

    The Match

    The Match

    We get messages all the time from listeners who say Hidden Brain has helped them to think differently about the world, and about themselves. As producers, nothing is more rewarding or gratifying. Today, we bring you a listener story that especially moved us. It’s a tale about two friends, and how our show played a small role in their dramatic story.

    • 19 min
    Creating God

    Creating God

    If you've taken part in a religious service, have you ever stopped to think about how people become believers? Where do the rituals come from? And what purpose does it all serve? This week, we bring you a 2018 episode with social psychologist Azim Shariff. He argues that we should consider religion from a Darwinian perspective, as an innovation that helped human societies to grow and flourish. 

    • 51 min
    Is It Better to Know?

    Is It Better to Know?

    Being able to see what’s happening around us can help us make smart decisions. But knowledge — especially knowledge of how others perceive us — can also hold us back, mire us in needless worry, and keep us from achieving our potential. This week, we look at the paradox of knowledge. 

    • 52 min
    Love is Blind

    Love is Blind

    Why do some relationships last, while others falter? In this bonus episode, Shankar looks at one thing successful couples do well. 

    • 6 min
    How They See Us

    How They See Us

    Stereotypes are all around us, shaping how we see the world – and how the world sees us. On the surface, the stereotypes that other people hold shouldn’t affect the way we think or act. But our concerns about other people’s perceptions have a way of burrowing deep into our minds. This week, social psychologist Claude Steele explains the psychology of “stereotype threat.”

    • 50 min
    The Easiest Person to Fool

    The Easiest Person to Fool

    Physicist Richard Feynman once said, “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” One way we fool ourselves is by imagining we know more than we do; we think we are experts. This week on Hidden Brain, psychologist Adam Grant describes the magic that unfolds when we challenge our own deeply-held beliefs.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Jacqueline Ann Surin ,

Broadens my understanding of human behaviour

Every time I listen to Hidden Brain, I feel enlightened about human behaviour. It is well researched and well produced, and I look forward to every single episode.

jemey43650 ,

Inquisitive

This is a well produced podcast that explores the underlying patterns that influence human behaviour. Ever so curious in its line of questioning and enlightening, it also does make an entertaining listen. Highly recommended.

simu96 ,

Thought provoking

My favourite episode to date is the 'Tunnel Vision', I really do believe its a must-hear for any individual; young or old.

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