407 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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    • 4.8 • 65 Ratings

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

    You 2.0: How To See Yourself Clearly

    You 2.0: How To See Yourself Clearly

    How well do we know ourselves? Maybe the better question to ask is how well can we truly know ourselves? Psychologist Tim Wilson says introspection only gets us so far, and that we often make important decisions in life and love for reasons we don't even realize. But he says there are some simple ways to improve our self-knowledge.

    • 50 min
    You 2.0: Befriending Your Inner Voice

    You 2.0: Befriending Your Inner Voice

    You know that negative voice that goes round and round in your head, keeping you up at night? When that negative inner voice gets switched on, it's hard to think about anything else. Psychologist Ethan Kross has a name for it: chatter. He says it's part of the human condition, but there are ways to keep our negative emotions from morphing into chatter.

    • 52 min
    Reframing Your Reality: Part 2

    Reframing Your Reality: Part 2

    We often assume that we see ourselves and the world around us accurately. But psychologist Alia Crum says that our perceptions are always filtered through our mindsets — and these mindsets shape our lives in subtle but profound ways. In the second of two episodes, Alia explains how our beliefs about food and exercise affect our bodies.

    • 50 min
    Reframing Your Reality: Part 1

    Reframing Your Reality: Part 1

    We often assume that we see ourselves and the world around us accurately. But psychologist Alia Crum says that our perceptions are always filtered through our mindsets — and these mindsets shape our lives in subtle but profound ways. In the first of two episodes, Alia explains how mindsets affect our response to stress.

    • 48 min
    Separating Yourself from the Pack

    Separating Yourself from the Pack

    Have you ever gotten into a heated argument about politics? Maybe you’ve said something you're not proud of during game night with friends, or booed the opposing team at a sporting event. Psychologist Mina Cikara studies what happens in these moments — when our mindset shifts from “you and me” to “us and them.” This week on the show, Mina shares the profound ways that becoming a part of a group shapes our thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

    • 54 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

roweereyes ,

Awesome Podcast!!!

Shankar, host of the Hidden Brain Podcast, highlights all human behavior and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

Rhon Go ,

Great Content

Thanks Shankar for always bringing a lot of hidden things to light and how this influences us in our daily lives!

Maria Tess ,

Thought-provoking

I just can't stop listening. Very good. I always find myself in awe for how they make an uncommon issue very interesting and engaging.

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