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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 • 167 Ratings

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

    What Makes Relationships Thrive

    What Makes Relationships Thrive

    Everyone wants to be loved and appreciated. But psychologist Harry Reis says there’s another ingredient to successful relationships that’s every bit as important as love.

    • 48 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
167 Ratings

167 Ratings

Thangboche ,

Science-based and so listenable

I listen as soon as a new one drops and they're always interesting. I like the humility and thoughtfulness of the presenter and the quality of the guests. Thanks, Hidden Brain.

robmcdnz ,

Insightful, great storytelling

The podcasts that are beautifully made and really show a scare and thoughtfulness are rare. It doesn't matter if you're not that interested in the way our brains work. Listen to this, you will be. Thankyou Hidden Brain team, from New Zealand.

Mweird ,

Best Podcast!

Thank you for your beautiful work. Excellent.

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