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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
    • 3.1 • 136 Ratings

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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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Your Questions Answered: Kurt Gray on Tough Political Conversations

    Your Questions Answered: Kurt Gray on Tough Political Conversations

    Do you dread conversations with a relative or co-worker whose political views are different from your own? Psychologist Kurt Gray returns to the show to answer listener questions about how we can better connect with our political adversaries — whether they be a stranger, neighbor, family or friend.

    If you missed our original conversation with Kurt Gray, you can find it in this podcast feed — it's the episode called "US 2.0: What We Have In Common." Or you can find it here on our website: https://hiddenbrain.org/podcast/us-2-0-what-we-have-in-common/

    The Curious Science of Cravings

    The Curious Science of Cravings

    We've all had those days when all we want is a little treat. Maybe it's a bag of chips, an ice cream sundae or a glass of wine. But sometimes, these desires become all-consuming. This week on the show, psychiatrist Judson Brewer helps us understand the science of cravings, and how we should respond to them.

    • 49 min
    What Is Normal?

    What Is Normal?

    Anthropologist Tom Pearson was devastated after his daughter Michaela was diagnosed with Down syndrome. When he began to examine that emotional response, he found himself wrestling with questions that have roiled his field for decades. Early anthropologists would often compare people of different backgrounds and abilities, asking questions like: How is one group different from another? Which one is stronger or smarter? And how do we understand people who don’t fit our expectations? This week, we talk with Pearson about his family’s story, and the evolution of our thinking on disability and difference.

    • 50 min
    Your Questions Answered: Gloria Mark on Distraction and Focus

    Your Questions Answered: Gloria Mark on Distraction and Focus

    The modern world is full of distractions, often created by the devices on which we rely. Fully unplugging isn’t an option for many of us. But psychologist Gloria Mark says there are still ways to claw back our attention without undertaking a full “digital detox.” This week, she returns to Hidden Brain to answer listeners’ questions about how to create space for the focus that we crave.

    Did you miss our original conversation with Gloria Mark? It’s the episode in this feed called “Finding Focus,” or you can also find it here: https://hiddenbrain.org/podcast/finding-focus/

    The Transformative Ideas of Daniel Kahneman

    The Transformative Ideas of Daniel Kahneman

    If you've ever taken an economics class, you were probably taught that people are rational. But about 50 years ago, the psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky began to chip away at this basic assumption. In doing so, they transformed our understanding of human behavior. This week, we remember Kahneman, who recently died at the age of 90, by revisiting our 2018 and 2021 conversations with him.

    • 1 hr 38 min
    How To Talk So People Will Listen

    How To Talk So People Will Listen

    In this follow up conversation with psychologist Guy Itzchakov, we dive deeper into one key element of effective communication.

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3.1 out of 5
136 Ratings

136 Ratings

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I’ve been listening to Hidden Brain for the past few years, and you guys blow my mind every single episode with profound insights. In fact, I listen to every single episode at least a coupe of times and even make notes to make sure that I fully comprehend your ideas. Otherwise, I’d feel like I take your work for granted. Every single time that I share with my friends about what I’ve learned from the show, they are intrigued and amazed.
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