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Hidden Brain

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

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

 

#376

Minimizing Pain, Maximizing Joy

Life is often filled with hardships and tragedies. For thousands of years, philosophers have come up with strategies to help us cope with such hardship. This week, we revisit a 2020 conversation with philosopher [William Irvine] (https://www.williambirvine.com/) about ancient ideas — backed by modern psychology — that can help us manage disappointment and misfortune. If you like this show, please check out our new podcast, [My Unsung Hero] (https://hiddenbrain.org/myunsunghero/) ! And if you'd like to support our work, you can do so at support.hiddenbrain.org. ... Read more

25 Jan 2022

52 MINS

52:22

25 Jan 2022


#375

What Makes Relationships Thrive

Everyone wants to be loved and appreciated. But psychologist [Harry Reis] (https://www.sas.rochester.edu/psy/people/faculty/reis_harry/) says there’s another ingredient to successful relationships that’s every bit as important as love. If you like this show, please check out our new podcast, [My Unsung Hero] (https://hiddenbrain.org/myunsunghero/) ! And if you'd like to support our work, you can do so at support.hiddenbrain.org. ... Read more

17 Jan 2022

48 MINS

48:41

17 Jan 2022


#374

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. In a few weeks we'll be running these episodes exclusively on the [My Unsung Hero feed] (https://hiddenbrain.org/myunsunghero/) . Please don’t miss any of these wonderful stories —  subscribe now on [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/my-unsung-hero/id1586880312) , [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/show/2lBDAGE8UkizPEC2ZjmgaP) , or wherever you get your podcasts.  ... Read more

14 Jan 2022

05 MINS

05:50

14 Jan 2022


#373

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] (https://afamstudies.yale.edu/people/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] (https://hiddenbrain.org/myunsunghero/) ! And if you'd like to support our work, you can do so at support.hiddenbrain.org.  ... Read more

10 Jan 2022

48 MINS

48:55

10 Jan 2022


#372

Choose Carefully

All of us make choices all the time, and we may think we're making those choices freely. But psychologist [Eric Johnson] (https://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/cbs-directory/detail/ejj3) 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] (https://hiddenbrain.org/myunsunghero/) ! And if you'd like to support our work, you can do so at support.hiddenbrain.org.  ... Read more

03 Jan 2022

48 MINS

48:41

03 Jan 2022


#371

Creatures of Habit

At the beginning of the year, many of us make resolutions for the months to come. We resolve to work out more, to procrastinate less, or to save more money. Though some people stick with these aspirations, many of us fall short. This week, we revisit our 2019 conversation with psychologist [Wendy Wood] (https://www.marshall.usc.edu/personnel/wendy-wood) , who shares what researchers have found about how to build good habits — and break bad ones. If you like this show, please check out our new podcast, [My Unsung Hero] (https://hiddenbrain.org/myunsunghero/) ! And if you'd like to support our work, you can do so at [support.hiddenbrain.org] (https://www.patreon.com/HiddenBrain) .  ... Read more

27 Dec 2021

48 MINS

48:55

27 Dec 2021


#370

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. Would you like to share the story of an unsung hero who helped you in a moment of need? If so, please record a voice memo and send it to myunsunghero@hiddenbrain.org.  ... Read more

24 Dec 2021

06 MINS

06:07

24 Dec 2021


#369

Bringing Up Baby

Bababa, dadada, ahgaga. Got that? Babies are speaking to us all the time, but most of us have no clue what they're saying. To us non-babies, it all sounds like charming, mysterious gobbledegook. To researchers, though, babbling conveys important information about a baby's readiness to learn. This week, we'll revisit a favorite episode exploring the language and behavior of the newest members of the human family. If you like this show, please check out our new podcast, [My Unsung Hero] (https://hiddenbrain.org/myunsunghero/) ! And if you'd like to support our work, you can do so at [support.hiddenbrain.org] (https://www.patreon.com/HiddenBrain) .  ... Read more

20 Dec 2021

50 MINS

50:25

20 Dec 2021


#368

The Psychology of Self-Doubt

We all have times when we feel like a fraud. Psychologist [Kevin Cokley] (https://education.utexas.edu/faculty/kevin_cokley) studies the corrosive effects of self-doubt, and how we can turn that negative voice in our heads into an ally.   If you like this show, please check out our new podcast, [My Unsung Hero] (https://hiddenbrain.org/myunsunghero/) ! And if you'd like to support our work, you can do so at support.hiddenbrain.org.  ... Read more

13 Dec 2021

49 MINS

49:10

13 Dec 2021


#367

My Unsung Hero: Leah Bartell's Story

It's 1994, and two men corner Leah on a dark street as she's walking home. Then she sees a car, and a glimmer of hope. To hear more stories like this, subscribe to our new podcast, [My Unsung Hero] (https://hiddenbrain.org/myunsunghero/) . And we'd love to hear your own story: send a voice memo to myunsunghero@hiddenbrain.org. ... Read more

10 Dec 2021

03 MINS

03:42

10 Dec 2021


#366

Both Things Can Be True

It’s psychologically simpler to see the world in black and white. But reality often comes in shades of gray. This week, how our minds grapple with contradictions, especially those we see in other people.  If you like this show, please check out our new podcast, [My Unsung Hero] (https://hiddenbrain.org/myunsunghero/) ! And if you'd like to support our work, you can do so at support.hiddenbrain.org.  ... Read more

06 Dec 2021

47 MINS

47:58

06 Dec 2021


#365

Work 2.0: The One-Room Commute

If you’re working from home, you might be reveling in your daily commute to the dining room table. Or you might be saying, “Get me out of here.” In the final episode of our Work 2.0 series, economist [Nicholas Bloom] (https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/faculty-research/faculty/nicholas-bloom) joins us from his spare bedroom to ponder whether working from home is actually working.  If you like this show, please check out our new podcast, [My Unsung Hero] (https://hiddenbrain.org/myunsunghero/) ! And if you'd like to support our work, you can do so at support.hiddenbrain.org.  ... Read more

29 Nov 2021

48 MINS

48:43

29 Nov 2021


#364

My Unsung Hero: Tony Ludlow's Story

Tony is angry at his English teacher, Mrs. Holman, for making him stay after class. But on the last day of school, she takes his hand, and tells him something he'll never forget. To hear more stories like this, [subscribe, and enjoy!] (https://hiddenbrain.org/myunsunghero/) ... Read more

24 Nov 2021

05 MINS

05:19

24 Nov 2021


#363

Work 2.0: Rebel with a Cause

Francesca Gino studies rebels - people who practice "positive deviance" and achieve incredible feats of imagination. They know how and when to break rules that should be broken. So how can you activate your own inner non-conformist? This week, we ponder the traits of successful rebels as we revisit our 2018 conversation with Francesca.   If you like this show, please check out our new podcast, [My Unsung Hero] (https://hiddenbrain.org/myunsunghero/) ! And if you'd like to support our work, you can do so at support.hiddenbrain.org.  ... Read more

22 Nov 2021

48 MINS

48:45

22 Nov 2021


#362

Work 2.0: Life, Interrupted

Many of us spend our workdays responding to a never-ending stream of emails and texts. We feel stressed out and perpetually behind on our to-do list. But what if there was a better way to work? This week, we revisit a favorite conversation about "deep work" with computer scientist [Cal Newport] (https://people.cs.georgetown.edu/~cnewport/) . And we'll visit a lab that's studying whether brain stimulation can improve our ability to handle multitasking and interruptions. If you like this show, please check out our new podcast, [My Unsung Hero] (https://hiddenbrain.org/myunsunghero/) ! And to learn more about human behavior and ideas that can improve your life, subscribe to our newsletter at [ news.hiddenbrain.org] (http://news.hiddenbrain.org/) . ... Read more

15 Nov 2021

50 MINS

50:17

15 Nov 2021


#361

My Unsung Hero: Terri Powers' Story

Today we're sharing another episode of our new podcast, My Unsung Hero. To hear more stories like this, [subscribe, and enjoy!] (https://hiddenbrain.org/myunsunghero/) It's a few days after her mother's death, and Terri Powers is at the checkout line in a grocery store. As she turns to leave, the bagger stops her, and asks a question. ... Read more

12 Nov 2021

04 MINS

04:24

12 Nov 2021