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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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    • Science
    • 4.8 • 24 Ratings

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

    What We Gain From Pain

    What We Gain From Pain

    We've all heard the saying, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." But is there any truth to this idea? This week, we explore the concept of post-traumatic growth with psychologist Eranda Jayawickreme. He finds that suffering can have benefits — but not necessarily the ones we expect.

    • 50 min
    A Founding Contradiction

    A Founding Contradiction

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." Those words, penned by Thomas Jefferson 246 years ago, continue to inspire many Americans. And yet they were written by a man who owned hundreds of enslaved people, and fathered six children by an enslaved woman. This week, as we prepare to mark Independence Day in the United States, we revisit our 2018 conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed. We talk about the contradictions in Jefferson's life — and how those contradictions resonate in our own lives.

    • 49 min
    The Premonition

    The Premonition

    When Paul Burnham was a teenager, he received what felt like a premonition: he would die at the age of 54. Now, he's 54. This week, what his story of confronting death reveals about life.

    • 49 min
    Why You're Smarter Than You Think

    Why You're Smarter Than You Think

    From the time we are schoolchildren, we are ranked and sorted based on how smart we are. But what if our assumptions about intelligence limit our potential? This week, psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman proposes a more expansive notion of what it means to be "smart."

    • 48 min
    Do Less

    Do Less

    The human drive to invent new things has led to pathbreaking achievements in medicine, science and society. But our desire for innovation can keep us from seeing one of the most powerful paths to progress: subtraction. Engineer Leidy Klotz says sometimes the best way forward involves removing, streamlining and simplifying things.

    • 53 min
    Money 2.0: Let's Go Shopping!

    Money 2.0: Let's Go Shopping!

    What do the things you buy say about you? Many of us like to think of ourselves as immune to slick advertising and celebrity endorsements. But like it or not, we're communicating messages about ourselves every day with the clothes we wear, the cars we drive, and the products we use. In the final installment of our Money 2.0 series, we revisit favorite conversations with researchers Americus Reed and Neeru Paharia. We'll consider how companies create a worldview around the products they sell, and then get us to make those products a part of who we are.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 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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