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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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What Makes Relationships Thrive

January 17th, 2022

48:41

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

My Unsung Hero: Wendy McDowell's Story

January 14th, 2022

5:50

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 …

Changing Behavior, Not Beliefs

January 10th, 2022

48:55

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

Choose Carefully

January 3rd, 2022

48:41

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 …

Creatures of Habit

December 27th, 2021

48:55

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 …

My Unsung Hero: Justin Horner's Story

December 24th, 2021

6:07

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 …

Bringing Up Baby

December 20th, 2021

50:25

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, …

The Psychology of Self-Doubt

December 13th, 2021

49:10

We all have times when we feel like a fraud. Psychologist Kevin Cokley studies the corrosive effects of self-doubt, and how we can turn that negative …

My Unsung Hero: Leah Bartell's Story

December 10th, 2021

3:42

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. And we'd love to hear …

Both Things Can Be True

December 6th, 2021

47:58

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 …

Work 2.0: The One-Room Commute

November 29th, 2021

48:43

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 …

My Unsung Hero: Tony Ludlow's Story

November 24th, 2021

5:19

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 …

Work 2.0: Rebel with a Cause

November 22nd, 2021

48:45

Francesca Gino studies rebels - people who practice "positive deviance" and achieve incredible feats of imagination. They know how and when to break …

Work 2.0: Life, Interrupted

November 15th, 2021

50:17

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 …

My Unsung Hero: Terri Powers' Story

November 12th, 2021

4:24

Today we're sharing another episode of our new podcast, My Unsung Hero. To hear more stories like this, subscribe, and enjoy!

It's a few days after her mother's death, and Terri Powers is at the checkout line in a …

Work 2.0: Game On!

November 8th, 2021

53:17

The world of play and the world of work are often seen as opposites. But they may have more in common than we think. In the second installment of our …

Work 2.0: The Obstacles You Don't See

November 1st, 2021

50:16

Introducing new ideas is hard. Most of us think the best way to win people over is to push harder. But organizational psychologist Loran Nordgren

We Broke the Planet. Now What?

October 25th, 2021

48:35

We’ve grown accustomed to viewing climate change as an enemy we must urgently defeat. But is that the right metaphor for the greatest existential problem of our time? This week, we consider how to reframe the way we …

My Unsung Hero: Rick Mangnall's Story

October 22nd, 2021

5:31

Today we're sharing another episode of our new podcast, My Unsung Hero. Subscribe, and enjoy!

In 2008, while driving to work, Rick Mangnall crashes into a slab of granite rock. He's hanging upside down in his seatbelt …

The Halo Effect

October 18th, 2021

53:11

In 1978, Judy, Lyn and Donna Ulrich were driving to a volleyball game when their Ford Pinto was hit from behind by a van. The Pinto caught fire, and …

Being Kind to Yourself

October 11th, 2021

51:53

Self-criticism is often seen as a virtue. But psychologist Kristin Neff says there’s a better path to self-improvement — self-compassion. She says …

My Unsung Hero: Jackie Briggs' Story

October 8th, 2021

5:53

My Unsung Hero is here! We're excited to share one of the first episodes of our new podcast. Episode one features listener Jackie Briggs from Portland, Oregon. In 2006, a stranger noticed an unusual mark on Jackie's …

When You Need It To Be True

October 4th, 2021

54:18

When we want something very badly, it can be hard to see warning signs that might be obvious to other people. This week, we bring you two stories about how easy it can be to believe in a false reality — even when the …

Passion Isn't Enough

September 27th, 2021

47:54

Many Americans feel an obligation to keep up with political news. But maybe we should be focusing our energies elsewhere. In this episode from 2020, …

Introducing My Unsung Hero

September 24th, 2021

2:50

Longtime Hidden Brain listeners know that for years, we've thanked an unsung hero at the end of every episode. Now, we're launching a new show inspired by that tradition. Each week, we'll share a short story about a …

Group Think

September 20th, 2021

50:02

How do the groups you identify with shape your sense of self? Do they influence the beer you buy? The way you vote? Psychologist Jay Van Bavel says …

Just Sex

September 13th, 2021

23:58

Casual sex typically isn't about love. But what if it's not even about lust? Sociologist Lisa Wade studies "hookup culture," and believes the rules …

Where Happiness Hides

September 6th, 2021

49:57

We all think we know what will make us happy: more money. A better job. Love. But psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky says happiness doesn't necessarily …

You 2.0: Regrets, I Have a Few...

August 30th, 2021

28:47

We all have regrets. By some estimates, regret is one of the most common emotions we experience in our daily lives. In the final episode of our You 2.0 series, we bring you a favorite interview with Amy Summerville, the …

You 2.0: Did That Really Happen?

August 23rd, 2021

48:26

Our memories are easily contaminated. We can be made to believe we rode in a hot air balloon or kissed a magnifying glass — even if those things never happened. So how do we know which of our memories are most accurate? …

You 2.0: When Did Marriage Become So Hard?

August 16th, 2021

50:09

Marriage is hard — and there are signs it's becoming even harder. In the third episode of our You 2.0 summer series, we examine how long-term relationships have changed over time, and whether we might be able to improve …

You 2.0: In the Heat of the Moment

August 9th, 2021

51:50

In a fit of anger or in the grip of fear, many of us make decisions that we never would have anticipated. As part of our You 2.0 summer series, we …

You 2.0: Cultivating Your Purpose

August 2nd, 2021

51:02

Having a sense of purpose can be a buffer against the challenges we all face at various stages of life. Purpose can also boost our health and longevity. In the kick-off to our annual You 2.0 series, Cornell University …

Losing Alaska

July 26th, 2021

24:23

As floods, wildfires, and heatwaves hit many parts of the world, signs of climate change seem to be all around us. Scientists have been warning us for years about the looming threat of a warming planet. And yet it’s …

Stage Fright

July 19th, 2021

52:15

The pressure. The expectations. The anxiety. If there's one thing that connects the athletes gathering for the Olympic games with the rest of us, it's the stress that can come from performing in front of others. In this …

Playing the Gender Card

July 12th, 2021

49:48

What is it like to be the only woman at the (poker) table? Or a rare man in a supposedly "feminine" career? In this favorite episode from 2019, we tell the stories of two people who grappled with gender stereotypes on …

You, But Better

July 5th, 2021

50:24

Think about the resolutions you made this year: to quit smoking, eat better, or get more exercise. If you're like most people, you probably abandoned …

The Influence You Have

June 28th, 2021

50:34

Think about the last time you asked someone for something. Maybe you were nervous or worried about what the person would think of you. Chances are …

What Twins Tell Us

June 24th, 2021

28:23

In December 1988, two sets of identical twins became test subjects in a study for which they had never volunteered. It was an experiment that could …

The Power of Apologies

June 21st, 2021

49:39

Why is it so hard to say 'I'm sorry?' In part two of our series on forgiveness and apologies, we talk with psychologist Tyler Okimoto about the …

The Power of Mercy

June 14th, 2021

48:56

Granting forgiveness for the wrongs done to us can be one of the hardest things we face in life. But forgiveness can also be transformative. In the …

What are the Odds?

June 11th, 2021

29:26

Coincidences can feel like magic. When we realize that a co-worker shares our birthday or run into a college roommate while on vacation, it can give …

This is Your Brain on Ads

June 7th, 2021

48:47

Have you ever opened your computer with the intention of sending one email — only to spend an hour scrolling through social media? Maybe two hours? …

Why We Hold on to Things

May 31st, 2021

45:45

What do the things you own say about who you are? Psychologist Bruce Hood studies our relationship with our possessions – from beloved childhood …

Loss and Renewal

May 24th, 2021

26:06

No matter how hard we work, we won’t always achieve the goals we set for ourselves. When cognitive scientist Maya Shankar was a girl, she wanted to …

Tribes and Traitors

May 21st, 2021

31:07

In the past weeks, headlines around the world have focused on the violent conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. In this favorite episode from …

Our Noisy Minds

May 17th, 2021

48:40

Psychologist Daniel Kahneman says there are invisible factors that distort our judgment. He calls these factors “noise.” The consequences can be …

The Fake Bride

May 10th, 2021

53:35

Have you ever felt as if someone else was writing your personal narrative? Controlling what you do, shaping how you act? This week on Hidden Brain, …

Josh Gitelson: My Unsung Hero

May 7th, 2021

3:13

At the end of every episode, we take a moment to thank an Unsung Hero: someone who’s not on the staff of the show, but who went above and beyond in helping us out. In recent weeks, we've been asking you to share your …

One Head, Two Brains

May 3rd, 2021

49:31

Your brain is divided in two: a left hemisphere and a right hemisphere. In this 2019 episode of Hidden Brain, we dive into Iain McGilchrist's research on how the left and right hemispheres shape our perceptions. Iain …

Deb Pierce: My Unsung Hero

April 30th, 2021

4:34

In every episode of Hidden Brain, we thank an Unsung Hero — a colleague, a friend or a family member who has helped make our work possible from …

Why Conversations Go Wrong

April 26th, 2021

52:06

Do you ever struggle to communicate with your mom? Or feel like you and your spouse sometimes speak different languages? We talk with linguist Deborah Tannen about how our conversational styles can cause unintended …

Unsung Hero: A Cold Nevada Night

April 23rd, 2021

4:21

In every episode of Hidden Brain, we thank an Unsung Hero. Many listeners have written to say they love this segment, even sharing their own Unsung Heroes. Today, we're sharing one of those stories with you.

Humor Us

April 19th, 2021

52:03

Hahaha! The average four-year-old child laughs 300 times a day. By contrast, it takes more than two months for the average 40-year-old adult to laugh …

An Unfinished Lesson

April 12th, 2021

49:26

More than a century ago, millions of people around the world died in a massive influenza pandemic. The so-called "Spanish flu" outbreak of 1918 …

Useful Delusions

April 5th, 2021

49:36

Podcast hosts are used to being the ones asking the questions. This week, though, we’re going to flip that script, and put Shankar in the guest seat. We’ll hear a recent interview he did with Krys Boyd of the public …

Made of Honor

March 29th, 2021

48:45

Stories help us make sense of the world, and can even help us to heal from trauma. They also shape our cultural narratives, for better and for worse. …

The Story of Your Life

March 22nd, 2021

51:14

We can’t go back and change the past. We can’t erase trauma and hardship. But what if there was a way to regain control of our personal narratives? …

The Story of Stories

March 15th, 2021

51:15

Why is my friend late? How does nuclear fission work? What occurs when I sneeze? We all need to understand why certain things happen. Some …

Radically Normal

March 9th, 2021

50:06

For generations, it was difficult, even dangerous, to express a sexual orientation other than heterosexuality in the United States. But in recent …

The Snowball Effect

March 1st, 2021

54:36

Why do some companies become household names, while others flame out? How do certain memes go viral? And why do some social movements take off and …

The Match

February 26th, 2021

19:34

We get messages all the time from listeners who say Hidden Brain has helped them to think differently about the world, and about themselves. As producers, nothing is more rewarding or gratifying. Today, we bring you a …

Creating God

February 22nd, 2021

51:56

If you've taken part in a religious service, have you ever stopped to think about how people become believers? Where do the rituals come from? And what purpose does it all serve? This week, we bring you a 2018 episode …

Is It Better to Know?

February 16th, 2021

52:28

Being able to see what’s happening around us can help us make smart decisions. But knowledge — especially knowledge of how others perceive us — can …

Love is Blind

February 13th, 2021

6:15

Why do some relationships last, while others falter? In this bonus episode, Shankar looks at one thing successful couples do well.

How They See Us

February 8th, 2021

50:26

Stereotypes are all around us, shaping how we see the world – and how the world sees us. On the surface, the stereotypes that other people hold …

The Easiest Person to Fool

February 1st, 2021

53:51

Physicist Richard Feynman once said, “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” One way we …

Afraid of the Wrong Things

January 25th, 2021

50:15

Around the world, people are grappling with the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. How do our minds process that risk, and why do some of us …

Our Brands, Our Selves

January 18th, 2021

34:19

All of us are surrounded by brands. Designer brands. Bargain-shopper brands. Brands for seemingly every demographic slice among us. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself how brands influence you? This week, we bring …

The Secret Life of Secrets

January 11th, 2021

47:59

It’s human nature to hide parts of ourselves that produce shame or anxiety. We tend to skip over details that could change how others perceive us. …

The Double Standard

January 4th, 2021

48:09

It's easy to spot bias in other people, especially those with whom we disagree. But it’s not so easy to recognize our own biases. Psychologist …

A Creature of Habit

December 28th, 2020

49:47

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 …

Waiting Games

December 22nd, 2020

51:13

For so many people across the globe, 2020 has been a year of waiting and uncertainty. Waiting to see friends and family in far-flung locales. Waiting to hear about unemployment aid, or job opportunities. Waiting to hear …

Minimizing Pain, Maximizing Joy

December 14th, 2020

52:25

Life is filled with hardships and tragedies — a fact that 2020 has made all too clear for people across the globe. For thousands of years, philosophers have come up with strategies to help us cope with such hardship. …

Screaming into a Void

December 7th, 2020

40:30

Turn on the news or look at Twitter, and it's likely you'll be bombarded by outrage. Many people have come to believe that the only way to spark change is to incite anger. This week on Hidden Brain, we revisit a …

A Conspiracy of Silence

November 30th, 2020

59:02

We all self-censor at times. We keep quiet at dinner with our in-laws, or nod passively in a work meeting. But what happens when we take this deception a step further, and pretend we believe the opposite of what we …

Where Gratitude Gets You

November 23rd, 2020

51:46

Many of us struggle with self-control. And we assume willpower is the key to achieving our goals. But there's a simple and often overlooked mental …

When You Start to Miss Tony from Accounting

November 16th, 2020

48:51

If you're one of the 40 percent of Americans now working from home, you might be reveling in your daily commute to the dining room table. Or you …

Between Two Worlds

November 9th, 2020

46:43

Determination, hard work and sacrifice are core ingredients in the story of the American dream. But philosopher Jennifer Morton argues there is …

From Pedestals to Guillotines

November 2nd, 2020

22:14

As election season comes to a close, we explore our contradictory relationship with winners and losers. We tend to idolize the powerful, but we also …

Not at the Dinner Table

October 26th, 2020

50:07

We typically divide the country into two distinct groups: Democrats and Republicans. But what if the real political divide in our country isn't …

Moral Combat

October 19th, 2020

51:44

Most of us have a clear sense of right and wrong. But what happens when we view politics through a moral lens? This week, we talk with psychologist …

Beyond Doomscrolling

October 12th, 2020

52:14

There’s no question that 2020 has been a tough year. We're grappling with a global pandemic. A deep recession. Fresh reminders of racial injustice. But today — without minimizing the justifiable pain that 2020 has …

The Logic of Rage

October 5th, 2020

50:13

Neuroscientist Doug Fields was on a trip to Europe when a pickpocket stole his wallet. Doug, normally mild-mannered, became enraged — and his fury …

An Update from Shankar

October 2nd, 2020

4:12

It’s been five years since we launched this podcast. Today, we want to take a moment to thank the many people who’ve helped us over the years. And we want to share some changes with you.

Laughter: The Best Medicine

September 28th, 2020

46:19

If you listen closely to giggles, guffaws, and polite chuckles, you can discern a huge amount of information about people and their relationships …

The Halo Effect

September 21st, 2020

53:06

Judy, Lyn and Donna Ulrich were driving to a volleyball game when their Ford Pinto was hit from behind by a Chevy van. The Pinto caught fire, and the …

Why Nobody Feels Rich

September 14th, 2020

31:51

If you've ever flown in economy class on a plane, you probably had to walk through the first class cabin to get to your seat. Maybe you noticed the extra leg room. The freshly-poured champagne. Maybe you were annoyed, …

The Fee-for-Service Monster

September 7th, 2020

50:24

The United States spends trillions of dollars on healthcare every year, but our outcomes are worse than those of other countries that spend less …

You 2.0: Empathy Gym

August 31st, 2020

51:25

Some people are good at putting themselves in another person's shoes. Others may struggle to relate. But psychologist Jamil Zaki argues that empathy …

You 2.0: WOOP, WOOP!

August 24th, 2020

18:56

American culture is all about positive affirmations. Dream big! Shoot for the stars! But do positive fantasies actually help us achieve our goals? …

You 2.0: Loss And Renewal

August 17th, 2020

24:16

Maya Shankar was well on her way to a career as a violinist when an injury closed that door. This week, as part of our annual You 2.0 series on …

You 2.0: The Mind's Eye

August 10th, 2020

45:29

Some challenges feel insurmountable. But psychologist Emily Balcetis says the solutions are often right in front of our eyes. This week, as part of …

You 2.0: Our Pursuit of Happiness

August 3rd, 2020

45:29

Sometimes, life can feel like being stuck on a treadmill. No matter how hard you try to get happier, you end up back where you started. What's going on here? We kick off our annual You 2.0 summer series with happiness …

Edge Effect

July 27th, 2020

36:15

There is great comfort in the familiar. It's one reason humans often flock to other people who share the same interests, laugh at the same jokes, …

The Untold Story Of Lyndie B. Hawkins

July 20th, 2020

50:04

In 2019, a novel by a new author, Gail Shepherd, arrived in bookstores. The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins tells the story of a young white girl growing up in the South. The book has been well received, but it is …

Romeo & Juliet In Rwanda

July 13th, 2020

48:54

How do you change someone's behavior? Most of us would point to education or persuasion. But what if the answer lies elsewhere? This week, we revisit …

The Night That Lasted A Lifetime

July 6th, 2020

52:27

Not long after his sixteenth birthday, Fred Clay was arrested for the murder of a cab driver in Boston. Eventually, Fred was found guilty — but only …

The Founding Contradiction

June 29th, 2020

45:33

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." These words, penned by Thomas Jefferson more than 240 years ago, continue …

Buy, Borrow, Steal

June 22nd, 2020

48:35

Policymakers have a tried-and-true game plan for jump-starting the economy in times of severe recession: Push stimulus packages and lower interest …

A Rap on Trial

June 15th, 2020

54:27

In the past few weeks, the nation has been gripped by protests against police brutality toward black and brown Americans. The enormous number of …

The Air We Breathe

June 12th, 2020

36:27

President Trump said this week that a few "bad apples" were to blame for police killings of black people. But research suggests that something more …

Playing Favorites

June 8th, 2020

52:38

If we do a favor for someone we know, we think we've done a good deed. What we don't tend to ask is: Who have we harmed by treating this person with more kindness than we show toward others? This week, in the second of …

Justifying The Means

June 1st, 2020

53:31

When we are asked to make a moral choice, many of us imagine it involves listening to our hearts. To that, philosopher Peter Singer says, "nonsense." …

The Time Machine

May 30th, 2020

5:28

In recent months, many of us have looked back with longing at our lives before COVID-19. For many of us, that world was one of bustle and activity — marked by scenes of packed restaurants, crowded subway cars, and …

The People Like Us

May 25th, 2020

35:04

Far from being "the great equalizer," COVID-19 has disproportionately sickened and killed African Americans and Latinos in the U.S. Many of the reasons for these inequalities reach back to before the pandemic began. …

Our Better Angels

May 18th, 2020

41:11

In the months since the spread of the coronavirus, stories of selfishness and exploitation have become all too familiar: people ignoring social distancing guidelines, or even selling medical equipment at inflated …

A Hidden Brain Commencement Address

May 13th, 2020

6:50

Commencement ceremonies allow us to take stock of what we've accomplished and where we're headed. This is one of the key opportunities that students …

The Dramatic Cure

May 11th, 2020

50:23

In recent months, many of us have become familiar with the sense of fear expressing itself in our bodies. We may feel restless or physically exhausted. At times, we may even have trouble catching our breath. The deep …

The Choices Before Us

May 4th, 2020

48:42

An abundance of choices is a good thing, right? In the United States, where choice is often equated with freedom and control, the answer tends to be …

Starving The Watchdogs

April 27th, 2020

29:54

Amidst the confusion and chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have sought out a long-trusted lifeline: the local newspaper. Though the value of local journalism is more apparent now than ever, newspapers are not …

A Social Prescription

April 20th, 2020

48:43

Confined to our homes, many of us are experiencing a newfound appreciation for our social relationships. What we may not realize — and what physicians and researchers have only recently started emphasizing — is the …

Sex Machines

April 13th, 2020

27:08

From stone statues to silicone works of art, we have long sought solace and sex from inanimate objects. Time and technology have perfected the …

Playing Tight And Loose

April 6th, 2020

49:40

We all know people who prefer to follow the rules, and others who prefer to flout them. Psychologist Michele Gelfand defines these two ways of being …

Close Enough: Living Through Others

March 30th, 2020

48:36

A silver lining of social distancing: you may have more time and space to pursue the projects you've bookmarked on your web browser. Whether your goal is to build a barn door or to update your makeup routine, online …

An Unfinished Lesson

March 23rd, 2020

48:09

A virus is more than a biological organism. It's a social organism. It detects fissures in societies and fault lines between communities. Historian …

Panic In The Street

March 16th, 2020

24:43

It sounds like a movie plot: police discover the body of a young man who's been murdered. The body tests positive for a deadly infectious disease. …

The Bomb That Didn't Explode

March 10th, 2020

35:00

We know that we live in an ever-changing world, but one thing we often overlook is demographic change. Whether the world's population is growing or …

The Tale of the Cowboy Philosopher

March 3rd, 2020

48:59

In 2009, an old man died in a California nursing home. His obituary included not just his given name, but a long list of the pseudonyms he'd been …

The Influence You Have

February 24th, 2020

49:02

Think about the last time you asked someone for something. Maybe you were nervous or worried about what the person would think of you. Chances are …

Liar, Liar, Liar

February 17th, 2020

27:28

We all lie. But what separates the average person from the infamous cheaters we see on the news? Dan Ariely says we like to think it's character — but in his research he's found it's more often opportunity. Dan Ariely …

Passion Isn't Enough

February 10th, 2020

50:55

Many Americans feel an obligation to keep up with political news. But maybe we should be focusing our energies elsewhere. Political scientist Eitan …

When Things Click

February 4th, 2020

49:29

There can be a lot of psychological noise involved in teaching. But what if we replaced all that mental clutter...with a click? This week, we bring …

Secret Friends

January 27th, 2020

50:07

Where is the line between what is real and what is imaginary? It seems like an easy question to answer: if you can see it, hear it, or touch it, then it's real, right? But what if this way of thinking is limiting one of …

Warnings, Warnings Everywhere

January 20th, 2020

33:26

After a disaster happens, we want to know whether something could have been done to avoid it. Did anyone see this coming? Many times, the answer is …

Emotional Currency

January 13th, 2020

35:28

What's the point of money? The answer might seem obvious: we need it to get paid for our work, and to buy the things we need. But there's also a …

On The Knife's Edge

January 6th, 2020

26:50

What would drive someone to take another person's life? When researchers at the University of Chicago asked that question, the answer was a laundry …

Creatures Of Habit

December 30th, 2019

49:40

At the beginning of the year, many of us make resolutions for the months to come. We resolve to work out more, procrastinate less, or save more …

Why We Love Surprises

December 23rd, 2019

28:25

Why do we fall for surprise endings? It turns out that our capacity to be easily fooled in books and movies is made possible by a handful of …

Did That Really Happen?

December 17th, 2019

48:02

Our memories are easily contaminated. We can be made to believe we rode in a hot air balloon or kissed a magnifying glass — even if those things never happened. So how do we know which of our memories are most …

Zipcode Destiny

December 9th, 2019

49:59

There's a core belief embedded in the story of the United States — the American Dream. Today we look at the state of that dream as we revisit our 2018 conversation with economist Raj Chetty. We'll ask some questions …

In The Heat Of The Moment

December 3rd, 2019

53:57

In a fit of anger or in the grip of fear, many of us make decisions that we never would have anticipated. This week, we look at situations that make …

Counting Other People's Blessings

November 25th, 2019

49:02

Envy is one of the most unpleasant of all human emotions. It also turns out to be one of the most difficult for researchers to study. And yet, …

The Ventilator

November 19th, 2019

52:15

Many of us believe we know how we'd choose to die. We have a sense of how we'd respond to a diagnosis of an incurable illness. This week, we have the story of one family's decades-long conversation about dying. What …

Hungry, Hungry Hippocampus

November 11th, 2019

26:16

Anyone who's tried (and failed) to follow a diet knows that food is more than fuel. This week, we revisit our 2018 episode about the psychology …

The Talk Market

November 4th, 2019

34:55

Can we affect the rise and fall of the economy? This week on Hidden Brain, we talk with Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller about the …

BS Jobs

October 28th, 2019

42:55

Have you ever had a job where you had to stop and ask yourself: what am I doing here? If I quit tomorrow, would anyone even notice? This week on

The Monkey Marketplace

October 21st, 2019

46:00

What makes the mind of a human different from that of other animals? Psychologist Laurie Santos says we can't know the answer to that question if we …

The Lonely American Man

October 14th, 2019

46:11

Boys get the message at a young age: don't show your feelings. Don't rely on anyone. This week, we bring you a favorite 2018 episode about misguided …

Screaming Into The Void

October 7th, 2019

39:55

Turn on the news or look at Twitter, and it's likely you'll be bombarded by outrage. Many people have come to believe that the only way to spark change is to incite anger. This week on Hidden Brain, how outrage is …

Baby Talk

September 30th, 2019

29:16

Babies are speaking to us all the time, but most of us have no clue what they're saying. To researchers, though, the babbling of babies is knowable, predictable, and best of all, teachable to us non-experts. This week, …

We're All Gonna Live Forever!

September 23rd, 2019

37:28

Last week, we spoke with psychologist Sheldon Solomon about the fear of death and how it shapes our actions. This week, we pivot from psychology and …

We're All Gonna Die!

September 16th, 2019

30:44

Death may be inescapable, but we do our best to avoid thinking about it. Psychologist Sheldon Solomon says we're not very successful though. This …

You Can't Hit Unsend

September 10th, 2019

51:06

Social media sites offer quick and easy ways to share ideas, crack jokes, find old friends. They can make us feel part of something big and …

You 2.0: Decide Already!

September 2nd, 2019

23:29

For the last episode in our You 2.0 series, we bring you a favorite conversation with Harvard researcher Dan Gilbert. He explains why we're bad at predicting our future happiness, how that affects our decision making, …

You 2.0: Deep Work

August 27th, 2019

32:17

When your phone buzzes or a notification pops up your screen, do you stop what you're doing to look and respond? That's what many of us are doing. …

You 2.0: Rebel With A Cause

August 19th, 2019

45:10

Francesca Gino studies rebels — people who practice "positive deviance" and achieve incredible feats of imagination. They know how, and when, to …

You 2.0: Our Better Nature

August 12th, 2019

25:00

If you live in a big city, you may have noticed new buildings popping up — a high-rise here, a skyscraper there. The concrete jungles that we've built over the past century have allowed millions of us to live in close …

You 2.0: Tunnel Vision

August 5th, 2019

35:09

When you're hungry, it can be hard to think of anything other than food. When you're desperately poor, you may constantly worry about making ends meet. When you're lonely, you might obsess about making friends. This …

You 2.0: The Empathy Gym

July 29th, 2019

53:11

Some people are good at putting themselves in another person's shoes. Others may struggle to relate. But psychologist Jamil Zaki argues that empathy …

Facts Aren't Enough

July 22nd, 2019

48:59

Sometimes when we believe something, we resist data that can change our minds. This week, we look at how we rely on the people we trust to shape what …

Finding Your Voice

July 15th, 2019

33:15

At some point in our lives, many of us realize that the way we hear our own voice isn't the way others hear us. This week on Hidden Brain, we look at the relationship between our voices and our identities. Plus, we hear …

The Fox And The Hedgehog

July 8th, 2019

36:22

The Greek poet Archilochus wrote that "the fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." This week, we'll use the metaphor of the fox and the hedgehog as a way to understand the differences between …

I Buy, Therefore I Am

July 1st, 2019

32:26

All of us are surrounded by brands. Designer brands. Bargain-shopper brands. Brands for seemingly every demographic slice among us. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself how brands influence you? This week, we look …

The Lazarus Drug

June 24th, 2019

46:59

More than 70,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2017 — many of them from heroin and other opioids. One of the most widely-used tools to confront …

Our Animal Instincts

June 17th, 2019

48:53

Does living with animals really make us healthier? Why do we eat some animals and keep others as pets? This week on Hidden Brain, we talk with …

Me, Myself, and IKEA

June 10th, 2019

23:25

Are women named Virginia more likely to move to Virginia? Are people with the last name of Carpenter more likely to be carpenters? This week on Hidden Brain, we bring you a favorite 2017 episode about our preference for …

People Like Us

June 3rd, 2019

33:37

Generations of Americans have struggled against segregation. Most of us believe in the ideal of a colorblind society. But what happens when that …

More Divided Than Ever?

May 27th, 2019

50:21

Many of us intuitively feel that the bitter partisanship of American politics is bad for our nation. So should we be concerned about the health of …

Losing Face

May 20th, 2019

22:35

It happens to all of us: someone recognizes you on the street, calls you by name, and says hello. You, meanwhile, have no idea who that person is. Researchers say this struggle to read other faces is common. This week …

What's Not On The Test

May 13th, 2019

48:47

Smarts matter. But other factors may play an even bigger role in whether someone succeeds. This week, we speak with Nobel Prize-winning economist …

Creating God

May 6th, 2019

51:15

If you've taken part in a religious service, have you ever stopped to think about how it all came to be? How did people become believers? Where did the rituals come from? And what purpose does it all serve? This week, …

A Dramatic Cure

April 29th, 2019

49:26

Placebos belong in clinical trials, not in the doctor's office. That's the conventional wisdom, anyway. This week, we ask what placebos might teach us about healing.

Why No One Feels Rich

April 22nd, 2019

32:06

If you've ever flown in economy class on a plane, you probably had to walk through the first class cabin to get to your seat. Maybe you noticed the extra leg room. The freshly-poured champagne. Maybe you were annoyed, …

The Sorting Hat

April 15th, 2019

48:26

The desire to find our tribe is universal. We like to know who we are and where we belong. This fascination has led to a thriving industry built on the marketing and sale of personality tests. These tests offer …

Radically Normal

April 8th, 2019

51:25

For generations, living openly as a gay person in the United States was difficult, and often dangerous. But there's been a dramatic change in public …

Don't Panic!

April 1st, 2019

49:32

Chaos is a part of all of our lives. Sometimes we try to control it. And other times, we just have to live with it. On this week's Hidden Brain, we …

What Twins Tell Us

March 25th, 2019

29:10

Twin studies aren't just for twins. They're a paradigm for all of us, a way to explore an old question: how much are we shaped by our genes, and how …

Never Go To Vegas

March 18th, 2019

48:14

All social classes have unspoken rules. From A-list celebrities to teachers, doctors, lawyers, and journalists — there are social norms that govern …

Unreal Sex

March 11th, 2019

27:06

From stone statues to silicone works of art, we have long sought solace and sex from inanimate objects. Time and technology have perfected the …

For Sale, By Owner

March 4th, 2019

31:21

You own your body. So should you be able to sell parts of it? This week, we explore the concept of "repugnant transactions" with the man who coined …

Radio Replay: Playing The Gender Card

March 1st, 2019

49:03

Annie Duke was about to win $2 million. It was 2004, and she was at the final hand of the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions. But as a …

Better Than Cash

February 25th, 2019

26:56

Our modern world is saturated with awards. From elementary school classrooms to Hollywood to the hallways of academia, there's no shortage of prizes. …

Emma, Carrie, Vivian

February 18th, 2019

39:55

The eugenicists were utopians, convinced that they were doing hard but necessary things. And that included making decisions about who could have …

Close Enough

February 11th, 2019

48:36

Today, more and more of us are living through the people on our screens and in our headphones. It's not real, but for many of us, it's close enough.

One Head, Two Brains

February 4th, 2019

48:55

This week, we search for the answer to a deceptively simple question: why is the brain divided? Psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist explains why popular …

Radio Replay: Creative Differences

February 1st, 2019

48:52

What happens when we connect with people whose view of the world is very different from our own? We look at the links between diversity, conflict, and creativity.

Rewinding & Rewriting

January 28th, 2019

29:28

All of us think back to turning points in our lives, and imagine how things could have unfolded differently. Why do we so often ask ourselves, "What …

The Vegetable Lamb

January 21st, 2019

35:56

We like to think that science evolves in a way that is...rational. But this isn't always the case. This week, we look at how information and …

The Best Medicine

January 14th, 2019

46:09

This week, a scientific look at what makes us laugh. Here's a hint — a lot of it isn't funny. We talk to neuroscientist (and stand up comedian) Sophie Scott.

The Cowboy Philosopher

January 7th, 2019

48:50

In 2009, an old man died in a California nursing home. His obituary included not just his given name, but a long list of the pseudonyms he'd been …

Loss and Renewal

December 31st, 2018

24:53

Maya Shankar was well on her way to an extraordinary career as a violinist when an injury closed that door. She eventually found a new path forward …

Compassion

December 24th, 2018

16:24

This week, we look at the science of compassion, and why doing good things for others can make a big difference in your own life.

Radio Replay: Yum and Yuck

December 21st, 2018

48:53

We dig into the psychology that determines the foods that make us salivate and the scents that make us squirm.

Alan Alda Wants Us To Have Better Conversations

December 17th, 2018

40:37

Arguments and bickering can sour family gatherings during the holiday season. This week, we share tips on how to avoid miscommunication from our …

Starving the Watchdog

December 10th, 2018

28:48

When a newspaper shuts down, there are obvious costs to the community it serves: job losses, fewer local stories. But new research suggests there's another consequence that's harder to spot—one that comes with a hefty …

Spoiler Alert!

December 3rd, 2018

28:25

Why do we always fall for surprise endings? It turns out that our capacity to be easily fooled in books and movies is made possible by a handful of …

A Founding Contradiction

November 26th, 2018

48:54

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." These words, penned by Thomas Jefferson more than 240 years ago, continue …

Radio Replay: Bringing Up Baby

November 23rd, 2018

48:55

We try to translate the mysterious language of babies. And we ask, when should we step back and just let our children be?

The Edge of Gender

November 19th, 2018

50:13

Gender is one of the first things we notice about the people around us. But where do our ideas about gender come from? Can gender differences be …

Zipcode Destiny

November 12th, 2018

49:57

There's a core belief embedded in the story of the United States: the American Dream. This week we discuss the state of that dream with economist Raj Chetty.

Sounds Like a Winner

November 5th, 2018

24:17

We're used to the idea that rhetoric sways voters. But what about another element of language: a candidate's voice? This week on Hidden Brain, what …

The Lazarus Drug

October 29th, 2018

46:52

More than 70,000 people died of drug overdoses last year — many of them from heroin and other opioids. One of the most widely-used tools to confront …

Radio Replay: Too Little, Too Much

October 26th, 2018

48:54

Have you ever noticed that when something important is missing in your life, your brain can only seem to focus on that missing thing? On this week's Radio Replay, we bring you a March 2017 story about the phenomenon of …

Be The Change

October 22nd, 2018

49:37

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." It's a popular quote that's made its way onto coffee mugs and bumper stickers — but it's not the …

Voting With Your Middle Finger

October 15th, 2018

46:51

There is one truth that has endured through the first two years of Donald Trump's presidency: he has kept the support of the core voters who propelled him to the White House. This week on Hidden Brain, we explore two …

Red Brain, Blue Brain

October 8th, 2018

24:42

We often assume our life experiences are the root of our political ideologies. But what if there is something deeper at play?

"Man Up"

October 1st, 2018

40:13

You've certainly heard some variation of the phrase "be a man." But what does that even mean? On this episode of Hidden Brain, we discuss masculinity.

Why Now?

September 24th, 2018

49:13

Nearly a quarter century ago, a group of women accused a prominent playwright of sexual misconduct. For the most part, the allegations went nowhere. In 2017, in the midst of the #MeToo movement, more women came forward …

Radio Replay: Eyes Wide Open

September 21st, 2018

48:51

When Randy Gardner was 17, he won a world record for going eleven days without sleeping. On this Radio Replay, Randy shares insights from that experience and warns others against copying his stunt. Later in the program, …

The Cassandra Curse

September 17th, 2018

33:27

After a disaster happens, we want to know whether something could have been done to avoid it. Did anyone see this coming? Many times, the answer is …

Our Better Nature

September 11th, 2018

25:00

If you live in a big city, you may have noticed new buildings popping up — a high-rise here, a skyscraper there. The concrete jungles that we've built over the past century have allowed millions of us to live in close …

Bullshit Jobs

September 4th, 2018

42:55

Have you ever had a job where you had to stop and ask yourself: what am I doing here? If I quit tomorrow, would anyone even notice? This week on

You 2.0: Check Yourself

August 28th, 2018

49:43

The simple "to-do" list may be one of humanity's oldest tools for getting organized. But checklists are also proving essential in many modern-day …

You 2.0: Originals

August 21st, 2018

20:33

What does it mean to be an original? As part of our summer series, You 2.0, we talk with psychology professor Adam Grant about innovators and the …

You 2.0: When Did Marriage Become So Hard?

August 14th, 2018

49:05

There are signs it's getting even harder. In this episode, we explore how long-term relationships have changed over time and whether we might be able to improve marriage by asking less of it.

You 2.0: The Ostrich Effect

August 7th, 2018

25:27

Ignorance is bliss, but knowledge is power...right? As part of our summer series, You 2.0, we try to understand why we stick our heads in the sand.

You 2.0: Dream Jobs

July 31st, 2018

20:50

Finding a new job may be the solution to your woes at work. But there may also be other ways to get more out of your daily grind. This week, we talk …

You 2.0: Rebel With A Cause

July 24th, 2018

45:10

Francesca Gino studies rebels — people who practice "positive deviance" and achieve incredible feats of imagination. They know how, and when, to …

Radio Replay: Watch Your Mouth

July 20th, 2018

48:50

If you're bilingual or multilingual, you may have noticed that different languages make you stretch in different ways. In this month's Radio Replay, …

Creating God

July 17th, 2018

51:15

If you've taken part in a religious service, have you ever stopped to think about how it all came to be? How did people become believers? Where did the rituals come from? And most of all, what purpose does it all serve? …

Snooki and the Handbag

July 10th, 2018

23:43

Look down at what you're wearing. You picked out that blue shirt, right? And those sandals — you decided on those because they're comfortable, didn't you? Well, maybe not. Researcher Jonah Berger says we tend to be …

The Edge Effect

July 3rd, 2018

36:15

There is great comfort in the familiar. It's one reason humans often flock to other people who share the same interests, laugh at the same jokes, …

Fake News: An Origin Story

June 26th, 2018

25:40

Fake news may seem new, but in reality, it's as old as American journalism. This week, we look at a tension at the heart of news coverage: Should …

Radio Replay: Looking Back

June 22nd, 2018

49:17

Why are we so often pulled into memories of the past? This week, two emotions we just can't shake: regret and nostalgia.

Summer Melt

June 19th, 2018

24:30

As many as 40 percent of students who intend to go to college don't actually show up to their new campuses in the fall. Education researchers call …

Hungry, Hungry Hippocampus

June 12th, 2018

26:16

Anyone who's tried (and failed) to follow a diet knows that food is more than fuel. This week, we dig into the psychology behind what we eat, what we …

When Everything Clicks

June 5th, 2018

49:29

There can be a lot of psychological noise involved in teaching. But what if we replaced all that mental chit chat....with a click? This week, we …

Kinder-Gardening

May 29th, 2018

27:34

Many parents think they can shape their child into a particular kind of adult. Psychologist Alison Gopnik says the science suggests otherwise. This …

Rewinding & Rewriting

May 22nd, 2018

28:44

All of us are time travelers. We go back in history to turning points in our lives, and imagine how things could have turned out differently. …

Radio Replay: This Is Your Brain On Ads

May 18th, 2018

48:57

How many ads have you encountered today? On this week's radio replay, we discuss the insidiousness of advertising in American media. We begin with new reporting about the effects cereal commercials have on children. …

Baby Talk

May 15th, 2018

29:16

Babies are speaking to us all the time, but most of us have no clue what they're saying. To researchers, though, the babbling of babies is knowable, predictable, and best of all, teachable to us non-experts. This week, …

Rap on Trial

May 8th, 2018

54:12

Olutosin Oduwole was an aspiring rapper and college student when he was arrested in 2007. He was charged with "attempting to make a terrorist …

The Fox and the Hedgehog

May 1st, 2018

36:22

The Greek poet Archilochus wrote that "the fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." This week, we'll use the metaphor of the fox and the hedgehog as a way to understand the differences between …

Emma, Carrie, Vivian

April 24th, 2018

39:55

In 1924, a 17-year-old girl was admitted to the Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded. The superintendent of the colony classified …

Radio Replay: The Weight of Our Words

April 20th, 2018

48:53

Political correctness. Free speech. Terrorism. On this week's Radio Replay, we look at the language we use around race and religion, and what that …

Romeo and Juliet in Kigali

April 17th, 2018

48:58

How do you change someone's behavior? Most of us would point to education or persuasion. But what if the answer lies elsewhere? Today we explore a …

Liar, Liar

April 10th, 2018

27:28

We all lie. But what separates the average person from the infamous cheaters we see on the news? Dan Ariely says we like to think it's character — but in his research he's found it's more often opportunity. Dan Ariely …

Tunnel Vision

April 3rd, 2018

34:30

When you're hungry, it can be hard to think of anything other than food. When you're desperately poor, you may constantly worry about making ends meet. When you're lonely, you might obsess about making friends. This …

Crickets and Cannibals

March 27th, 2018

31:48

Imagine seeing a cockroach skitter across your kitchen counter. Does that thought gross you out? This week, we take an unflinching look at the things that make us say "ewww." Plus, why disgust isn't as instinctive as we …

The Lonely American Man

March 20th, 2018

46:11

Boys get the message at a young age: don't show your feelings. Don't rely on anyone. This week, we take a close look at misguided notions of …

Radio Replay: The Mind of the Village

March 16th, 2018

48:35

A culture of racism can infect us all. On this week's Radio Replay, we discuss the implicit biases we carry that have been forged by the society …

Think Fast with Daniel Kahneman

March 13th, 2018

48:54

Do humans act rationally? Economic theory has long told us the answer is "yes." But a half century ago, two psychologists — Daniel Kahneman and Amos …

Men: 45, Women: 0

March 6th, 2018

20:39

More women are running for political office than ever before in American history. But in politics and many other fields, women still struggle to …

Counting Other People's Blessings

February 27th, 2018

49:02

Envy is one of the most unpleasant of all human emotions. It also turns out to be one of the most difficult for researchers to study. And yet, …

Filthy Rich

February 20th, 2018

20:39

Several years ago, sociologist Brooke Harrington decided to explore the secret lives of billionaires. As she told us in this favorite episode from …

When Did Marriage Become So Hard?

February 13th, 2018

49:05

Marriage is hard — and there are signs it's becoming even harder. This week on Hidden Brain, we examine how long-term relationships have changed over time, and whether we might be able to improve marriage by asking less

Why Now?

February 6th, 2018

49:13

Nearly a quarter century ago, a group of women accused a prominent playwright of sexual misconduct. For the most part, the allegations went nowhere. In 2017, in the midst of the #MeToo movement, more women came forward …

Lost in Translation

January 30th, 2018

33:41

Learning new languages can help us understand other cultures and countries. Cognitive science professor Lera Boroditsky says the languages we speak …

Radio Replay: The Power Hour

January 26th, 2018

49:27

Call it adulation, adoration, idolization: we humans are fascinated by glamour and power. But this turns out to be only one side of our psychology — …

Alan Alda Wants Us To Have Better Conversations

January 23rd, 2018

39:27

We've all experienced miscommunications. Their consequences can range from hilarious... to disastrous. The actor Alan Alda — yes, THAT Alan Alda — …

Give Me Your Tired...

January 16th, 2018

20:07

Our airwaves are filled with debates about immigrants and refugees. Who should be allowed in the United States, who shouldn't, and who should decide? …

Radio Replay: I, Robot

January 12th, 2018

48:57

Do you ever catch yourself yelling at your Alexa? Or typing questions into Google that you wouldn't dare ask aloud? On this episode, our changing …

E Pluribus Unum?

January 9th, 2018

35:45

The tone of American politics can be...nasty. But is this nastiness really worse than in previous eras, and if so, what does that mean for our …

Buying Attention

January 2nd, 2018

36:37

Have you ever opened your computer with the intention of sending one email — only to spend an hour scrolling through social media? Maybe two hours? …

Radio Replay: Fresh Starts

December 30th, 2017

48:49

Unpredictable things happen to us all the time. In the process of getting back on your feet, you may realize that something's different. On this Radio Replay, we mark the new year with two of our favorite stories of …

I'm Right, You're Wrong

December 26th, 2017

22:32

There are some topics about which it seems no amount of data will change people's minds: things like climate change, or restrictions on gun ownership. Neuroscientist Tali Sharot says that's actually for good reason. As …

Radio Replay: Don't Panic!

December 22nd, 2017

49:32

Chaos is a part of all of our lives. Sometimes we try to control it. And other times, we just have to live with it. On this week's Radio Replay, we …

Never Go To Vegas

December 19th, 2017

48:14

All social classes have unspoken rules. From A-list celebrities to teachers, doctors, lawyers, and journalists — there are social norms that govern …

Kinder-Gardening

December 12th, 2017

27:34

Many parents think they can shape their child into a particular kind of adult. Psychologist Alison Gopnik says the science suggests otherwise. She …

Radio Replay: Loving the Lie

December 8th, 2017

48:54

In this week's Radio Replay, we bring you stories of fakes, phonies, and con men — and the people who fall for the false worlds they create. First, the tale of a middle-aged man who impersonates a series of women and …

The Sorting Hat

December 5th, 2017

48:37

The desire to find our tribe is universal. We like to know who we are and where we belong. This fascination has led to a thriving industry built on the marketing and sale of personality tests. These tests offer …

Radio Replay: Life, Interrupted

December 1st, 2017

48:48

What price do we pay for the constant interruptions we get from our phones and computers? And is there a better way to handle distraction? In this week's Radio Replay we bring you a favorite conversation with the …

Money Talks

November 28th, 2017

24:19

How do you spend your money? On shoes, cars, coffee, fancy restaurants? You might think you use money just to, you know, buy stuff. But as Neeru Paharia explains, the way we spend often says a lot about who we are, and …

An American Secret

November 21st, 2017

21:30

All countries have national myths. The story of the first Thanksgiving, for example, evokes the warm glow of intercultural contact: European …

Radio Replay: Crime As A Disease

November 17th, 2017

48:05

In moments of anger, it can be hard to take a deep breath or count to ten. But public health researcher Harold Pollack says five minutes of …

Eyes Wide Open: Part 2

November 14th, 2017

34:34

What does the song "Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones have in common with the periodic table of elements? Both are the products of dreams. The …

Eyes Wide Open: Part 1

November 7th, 2017

23:09

Randy Gardner broke a world record in 1963, when he was only 17 years old. His feat? Going 11 days without sleeping. Randy, now 71, shares his wisdom …

Radio Replay: Prisons of Our Own Making

November 3rd, 2017

48:59

Discussions about healthy living usually revolve around diet and exercise. Social interaction is often left out of the conversation, even though …

Check Yourself

October 31st, 2017

49:26

The simple "to-do" list may be one of humanity's oldest tools for keeping organized. But checklists are also proving essential in many modern-day …

Radio Replay: What's In It For Me?

October 27th, 2017

50:02

Coincidences can make the everyday feel extraordinary. But are they magical, or just mathematical? On this week's Radio Replay, we explore our deep fascination with these moments of serendipity. New research suggests …

Misbehaving with Richard Thaler

October 24th, 2017

23:33

We don't always do what we're supposed to do. We don't save enough for retirement. We order dessert — even when we're supposed to be dieting. In other words, we misbehave. That's the title of Richard Thaler's most …

The Good Old Days

October 17th, 2017

26:12

Is nostalgia an emotion that's bitter, or sweet? Why are we so often pulled into memories of the past? This week on Hidden Brain, we talk about what …

The Edge of Gender

October 10th, 2017

49:50

Gender is one of the first things we notice about the people around us. But where do our ideas about gender come from? Can gender differences be …

Be The Change

October 3rd, 2017

49:26

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." It's a popular quote that's made its way onto coffee mugs and bumper stickers — but it's not the …

Just Sex

September 26th, 2017

22:43

We all know casual sex isn't about love. But what if it's not even about lust? Sociologist Lisa Wade believes the pervasive hookup culture on …

The Ostrich Effect

September 19th, 2017

25:06

Ignorance is bliss, but knowledge is power...right? In this episode of Hidden Brain, we explore why we sometimes avoid information that's vital to our well-being.

Regrets, I Have A Few...

September 12th, 2017

28:59

We all have regrets. By some estimates, regret is one of the most common emotions experienced in our daily lives. This week we'll hear listeners' …

Hiding Behind Free Speech

September 5th, 2017

27:46

Several weeks ago, white supremacists took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, in a demonstration that left many Americans asking a lot of questions. Who are we as a nation? What do we stand for, and what do we …

You 2.0: Getting Unstuck

August 29th, 2017

27:36

At one time or another, many of us feel stuck: in the wrong job, the wrong relationship, the wrong city – the wrong life. Psychologists and self-help …

You 2.0: Decide Already!

August 22nd, 2017

23:29

In the latest in our You 2.0 series, we bring you a favorite conversation with Harvard researcher Dan Gilbert. He tells us why we're bad at predicting our future happiness, how that affects our decision making, and why …

You 2.0: WOOP, There It Is

August 15th, 2017

19:01

Many of us have heard that we should think positively and visualize ourselves achieving our goals. But researcher Gabriele Oettingen finds this isn't …

You 2.0: Embrace the Chaos

August 8th, 2017

26:41

Many of us spend lots of time and energy trying to get organized. We tell our kids to clean their rooms, and our politicians to clean up Washington. …

You 2.0: Dream Jobs

August 1st, 2017

20:50

Why do you work? Are you mostly in it for the money, or do you have another purpose? Popular wisdom says your answer depends on the nature of your …

You 2.0: Deep Work

July 25th, 2017

32:17

When your phone buzzes or a notification pops up your screen, do you stop what you're doing to look and respond? That's what many of us are doing. …

Summer Melt

July 18th, 2017

24:22

According to research from Harvard, as many as 40% of kids who intend to go to college at the time of high school graduation don't actually show up …

Could You Kill A Robot?

July 11th, 2017

32:32

Will we one day create machines that are essentially just like us? People have been wrestling with that question since the advent of robotics. But maybe we're missing another, even more intriguing question: what can …

Losing Face

July 4th, 2017

22:35

It happens to all of us: someone recognizes you on the street, calls you by name, and says hello... and you have no idea who that person is. Researchers say this struggle to read other faces is common. This week on …

Guessing Games

June 27th, 2017

27:01

Pundits and prognosticators make predictions all the time: about everything from elections, to sports, to global affairs. This week on Hidden Brain, we explore why they're often wrong, and how we can all do it better.

"Is he Muslim?"

June 20th, 2017

25:54

In a five year period from 2011 to 2016, just twelve percent of terrorist attacks in the United States were perpetrated by Muslims. More than fifty percent, on the other hand, were carried out by Neo-Nazis, white …

Rap on Trial

June 13th, 2017

52:54

Olutosin Oduwole was an aspiring rapper and college student when he was arrested in 2007. He was given an unusual charge: "attempting to make a …

In The Air We Breathe

June 6th, 2017

36:38

After a police-involved shooting, there's often a familiar blame game: Maybe the cop was racist. Maybe the person who was shot really was

Broken Windows

May 30th, 2017

28:37

In the early 1980s, a couple of researchers wrote an article in The Atlantic that would have far-reaching consequences. The article introduced a new …

Me, Myself, and IKEA

May 23rd, 2017

23:25

It's normal to feel drawn to people you share something with — whether that's a name, or a birthday, or a common background. But did you know that women named Georgia also gravitate toward the state of Georgia? And …

Ep. 71: The Fox and the Hedgehog

May 16th, 2017

35:52

The Greek poet Archilochus is known for the phrase, "The fox knows many things; the hedgehog one big thing." This week, we'll use this metaphor as a way to understand two different cognitive styles. The first is that of …

Encore of Ep. 45: What Are The Odds?

May 9th, 2017

27:37

This week on Hidden Brain: coincidences. Why they're not quite as magical as they seem, and the reasons we can't help but search for meaning in them anyway.

Ep. 70: Who We Are At 2 A.M.

May 2nd, 2017

26:35

Have you ever googled something that you would never dream of saying out loud to another human being? Many of us turn to Google when we have a deeply …

Episode 69: Money Talks

April 25th, 2017

23:22

How do you spend your money? On food, transportation, or housing? On shoes, cars, coffee, fancy restaurants? You might think you use money just to, you know, buy stuff. But as Neeru Paharia explains, the way we spend …

Ep. 68: Schadenfacebook

April 18th, 2017

25:13

Millions of people around the world use social media every day to stay in touch with friends and family. But ironically, studies have shown that …

Encore of Ep. 35: Creature Comforts

April 11th, 2017

27:55

This week, Hidden Brain considers the power of touch. First, Alison MacAdam tells us the story of her security blanket, called Baba. Then, Shankar interviews writer Deborah Blum about groundbreaking experiments into the …

Ep. 67: The Hole

April 4th, 2017

23:37

Imagine a concrete room, not much bigger than a parking space. You're in there 23 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is the reality of solitary …

Ep. 66: Liar, Liar

March 28th, 2017

27:28

Everybody lies. This is not breaking news. But what separates the average person from the infamous cheaters we see on the news? Dan Ariely says we like to think it's character — but in his research he's found it's more …

Episode 65: Tunnel Vision

March 21st, 2017

34:21

When you're hungry, it can be hard to think of anything other than food. When you're desperately poor, you may constantly worry about making ends meet. When you're lonely, you might obsess about making friends. This …

Ep. 64: I'm Right, You're Wrong

March 14th, 2017

21:39

There are some topics about which it seems no amount of data will change people's minds: things like climate change, or restrictions on gun ownership. Neuroscientist Tali Sharot says that's actually for good reason. As …

Encore of Ep. 24: Tribes and Traitors

March 7th, 2017

28:26

Nearly a year ago, we ran an episode about one of the world's most intractable divides: the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Since that story aired, a …

Ep. 63: "I'm Not A Terrorist..."

February 28th, 2017

22:29

Making jokes about politics is a tradition as old as America itself. These days, of course, comedians have a new target: President Donald Trump. We …

Episode 62: On The Knife's Edge

February 21st, 2017

26:20

What would drive someone to take another person's life? When researchers at the University of Chicago asked that question, the answer was a laundry …

Episode 61: Just Sex

February 14th, 2017

22:43

We all know casual sex isn't about love. But what if it's not even about lust? Sociologist Lisa Wade believes the pervasive hookup culture on …

Encore of Episode 20: Remembering Anarcha

February 7th, 2017

23:06

A recent paper found that black patients receive less pain medication for broken bones and cancer. Black children receive less pain medication than white children for appendicitis. The research is new, but the …

Episode 60: Fortress America

January 31st, 2017

21:17

Barely a week after assuming office, President Donald Trump set off a worldwide firestorm when he decided to temporarily ban entry to migrants from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from all over the world. …

Episode 59: The Deep Story

January 24th, 2017

21:04

In the months since the presidential election, many have noted that lots of Americans live in bubbles — echo chambers filled with the voices of …

Episode 58: Pedestals and Guillotines

January 17th, 2017

21:20

It's inauguration season, which means balls, parades, and celebrations. We may love the pomp and circumstance, but there's another, darker side to …

Episode 57: Slanguage

January 10th, 2017

24:19

Young people have always used language in new and different ways, and it has pretty much always driven older people crazy. But the linguist John …

Episode 56: Getting Unstuck

January 3rd, 2017

27:01

At one time or another, many of us feel stuck: in the wrong job, the wrong relationship, the wrong city – the wrong life. Psychologists and self-help …

Encore of Episode 15: Loss and Renewal

December 27th, 2016

24:51

Maya Shankar was well on her way to an extraordinary career as a violinist when an injury closed that door. This week, we look at how she wound up at …

Encore of Episode 32: The Scientific Process

December 20th, 2016

28:53

There is a replication "crisis" in psychology: many findings simply do not replicate. Some critics take this as an indictment of the entire field — …

Episode 55: Snooki and the Handbag

December 13th, 2016

24:52

Look down at what you're wearing. You picked out that blue shirt, right? And those boots — you decided on those because they're warm, didn't you? Well, maybe not. Researcher Jonah Berger says, we tend to be pretty good …

Episode 54: Panic in the Streets

December 6th, 2016

23:54

It sounds like the plot of a movie: police discover the body of a young man who's been murdered. The body tests positive for a deadly infectious …

Episode 53: Embrace the Chaos

November 29th, 2016

26:08

Many of us spend lots of time and energy trying to get organized. We KonMari our closets, we strive for inbox zero, we tell our kids to clean their …

Episode 52: Losing Face

November 22nd, 2016

22:35

It happens to all of us: someone recognizes you on the street, calls you by name, and says hello... and you have no idea who that person is. Researchers say this struggle to read other faces is common. This week on …

Episode 51: What Happened?

November 15th, 2016

26:44

On the morning after election day, pundits, pollsters, politicians, and citizens woke up feeling stunned. All signs, all year, had been pointing …

Encore of Episode 27: Losing Alaska

November 8th, 2016

24:27

We didn't hear very much about climate change during this election cycle — and social science research might give us some insight as to why not. This week, an encore of one of our favorite episodes about why it's so …

Episode 50: Broken Windows

November 1st, 2016

28:13

In the early 1980s, a couple of researchers wrote an article in The Atlantic that would have far reaching consequences. The article introduced a new …

Episode 49: Filthy Rich

October 25th, 2016

20:45

Several years ago, sociologist Brooke Harrington decided to explore the secret lives of billionaires. What she found, she said, shocked her.

Episode 48: Men: 44, Women: 0

October 18th, 2016

19:54

A century after women won the vote in the US, we still see very few of them in leadership roles. Researchers say women are trapped in a catch-22 …

Episode 47: Give Me Your Tired...

October 11th, 2016

20:07

Our airwaves are filled with debates about migrants, refugees, and undocumented immigrants... Who should be in the United States, who shouldn't, and …

Episode 46: Blessings in Disguise?

October 4th, 2016

20:33

We have lots of ways to describe the good that can come from bad: a blessing in disguise, a silver lining — but what if the bad thing was truly …

Episode 45: What Are The Odds?

September 27th, 2016

27:37

This week on Hidden Brain, coincidences. Why they're not quite as magical as they seem... and the reasons we can't help but search for meaning in them anyway.

Trailer: Hidden Brain 2.0

September 22nd, 2016

2:18

We have an anniversary to celebrate. We've been bringing you Hidden Brain for a year now, and we are so glad and thankful you've come along with us. …

Update: #AirbnbWhileBlack

September 20th, 2016

23:15

A few months ago, Hidden Brain investigated claims that Airbnb users were facing discrimination on the platform. Now, we bring you an update on the company's response.

Episode 44: Our Politics, Our Parenting

September 13th, 2016

21:37

In the midst of a rancorous election, we present a new theory to explain why the two sides of the aisle seem irreconcilable sometimes.

Episode 43: The Perils of Power

September 6th, 2016

26:21

We've all heard the old adage that "power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely," but psychologist Dacher Keltner at UC Berkeley …

Encore of Episode 21: Stroke of Genius

August 30th, 2016

24:06

Derek Amato wasn't born a musical savant. He became one—almost instantly—after hitting his head on the bottom of a swimming pool.

Episode 42: Decide Already!

August 23rd, 2016

22:11

This week, Harvard researcher Dan Gilbert tells us why we're bad at predicting our future happiness, how that affects our decision making, and why we are actually happier after making a decision that feels irrevocable.

Encore of Episode 11: Forgery

August 16th, 2016

23:23

This week on Hidden Brain, we explore real and fake, from fine art to fine wine. Shankar speaks with Noah Charney, author of The Art of Forgery, about why art forgers are compelled to spend their lives copying the great …

Episode 41: Defeated

August 9th, 2016

20:46

While everyone is focused on the Olympic winners in Rio, we're zooming in on loss. We have the story of how a world-champion judo player reacted to a devastating defeat, plus a Stopwatch Science on how losing affects us …

Episode 40: Silver and Gold

August 2nd, 2016

22:24

The rush of victory or crush of defeat in the Olympics can flash by very quickly. But if you slow those moments down, there's a lot to learn about human behavior.

Encore of Episode 7: Lonely Hearts

July 26th, 2016

33:00

Jesse always wanted to fall in love. So when the perfect woman started writing him letters, it seemed too good to be true. Because it was. This week, a story about a con — with a twist. When the con was exposed, its …

Episode 39: Vacations

July 19th, 2016

16:43

Summer vacations often take time, energy and money to plan. Expectations can run unreasonably high. This week in Stopwatch Science, we dive into what research says about how to have a better getaway.

Episode 38: Me, Me, Me

July 12th, 2016

22:24

It doesn't take a psychologist to see narcissism in our culture of selfies. But we decided to talk to one anyway. Jean Twenge is a researcher and …

Episode 37: Smoke & Mirrors

July 5th, 2016

22:47

Six months ago, Hidden Brain's Max Nesterak made a resolution to quit smoking. But as we all know... resolutions are made to be broken. This week, we …

Episode 36: Science of Deception

June 28th, 2016

19:24

This week on Hidden Brain, we find out what makes humans of all ages cheat. Plus in Stopwatch Science, Dan Pink comes armed with studies on how our social context influences our cheating habits.

Episode 35: Creature Comforts

June 21st, 2016

27:07

This week, Hidden Brain considers the power of touch. First, Alison MacAdam tells us the story of her security blanket, called Baba. Then, Shankar interviews writer Deborah Blum about groundbreaking experiments into the …

Encore of Episode 13: Terrorism

June 14th, 2016

25:23

In the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, we explore how groups such as the Islamic State explicitly try to capitalize on the grievances and individual frustrations of potential "recruits."

Episode 34: Google at Work

June 7th, 2016

26:36

This week on Hidden Brain, Shankar talks to Google's Laszlo Bock for insider tips and insights about what works — and what doesn't work — in recruiting, motivating, and retaining a talented workforce.

Episode 33: Food for Thought

May 31st, 2016

19:21

What do large tables, large breakfasts, and large servers have in common? They all affect how much you eat. This week on Hidden Brain, we look at the hidden forces that drive our diets.

Episode 32: The Scientific Process

May 24th, 2016

28:13

Lots of psychology studies fail to produce the same results when they are repeated. How do scientists know what's true?

Episode 31: Your Brain on Uber

May 17th, 2016

30:01

Uber is built on the scourge of surge. When demand is high, the company charges two, three, even NINE-POINT-NINE times as much as normal for a ride. Riders hate it . . . but not so much that they stop riding. Yep, …

Episode 30: WOOP, There It Is

May 10th, 2016

17:56

Many of us have heard that we should think positive... Visualize ourselves achieving our goals. But researcher Gabriele Oettingen finds, this isn't …

Episode 29: Traffic

May 3rd, 2016

15:46

Traffic. You hate it, we hate it, the rest of the world hates it, and unfortunately, our best efforts to curb it usually only make it worse. This week on Hidden Brain, we visit a few of the world's most congested …

Episode 28: #AirbnbWhileBlack

April 26th, 2016

22:30

The sharing economy is great. It gives us opportunities to connect with strangers... to pool resources... to get a cheap ride, or a weekend away. But …

Episode 27: Losing Alaska

April 19th, 2016

23:03

Human beings would be better at fighting climate change if we weren't so, well, human. In this episode, we explore the psychological barriers to …

Encore of Episode 16: Misbehaving

April 12th, 2016

23:33

From eating marshmallows to spending lottery winnings, Shankar Vedantam talks with behavioral economist Richard Thaler about Misbehaving.

Episode 26: Grit

April 5th, 2016

27:50

Grit is a quality that parents strive to teach to their children, and teachers strive to teach their students. This week on Hidden Brain, we explore grit, and ask, does it also have a downside?

Episode 25: Dream Jobs

March 29th, 2016

20:19

Why do you work? Are you just in it for the money, or do you do it for a greater purpose? Popular wisdom says your answer depends on what your job …

Episode 24: Tribes and Traitors

March 22nd, 2016

27:32

This week on Hidden Brain, two remarkable stories of empathy... And why showing empathy for another group can feel so threatening to our own tribes.

Episode 23: Boredom

March 15th, 2016

19:40

We've all been there: bored in class, bored at work, bored in standstill traffic. But why do we find boredom so unbearable? And, if we hate being bored so much, why do we still take boring jobs? This week on Hidden …

Encore of Episode 9: Aziz Ansari on Modern Love

March 8th, 2016

26:01

Hidden Brain host Shankar Vedantam talks to comedian Aziz Ansari — star of Master of None and coauthor of Modern Romance — about Tinder, texting and how dating is a bit like... buying jam.

Episode 22: Originals

March 1st, 2016

19:43

Adam Grant, author of Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, tells us what makes an original, how parents can nuture originality in their children, and its potential downside.

Episode 21: Stroke of Genius

February 23rd, 2016

24:44

Derek Amato wasn't born a musical savant. He became one—almost instantly—after hitting his head on the bottom of a swimming pool.

Episode 20: Remembering Anarcha

February 16th, 2016

24:40

J. Marion Sims is remembered as the father of modern gynecology. Forgotten are the mothers—the enslaved women whose bodies were sacrificed for the …

Episode 19: Dating and Mating

February 9th, 2016

21:38

It's almost Valentine's Day, but this week we're not talking about love. Instead, we explore the other forces that drive our romantic relationships.

Encore of Episode 2: Near Victories

February 2nd, 2016

22:06

Shankar Vedantam explores "almosts" and "not quites" on this episode of the Hidden Brain podcast, with the help of Monica Wadhwa, Dan Pink, and country music singer Kacey Musgraves.

Episode 18: The Paradox of Forgiveness

January 26th, 2016

18:48

After more than a decade of brutal civil war, perpetrators and victims attempted to find peace around bonfires across Sierra Leone. This week on Hidden Brain, a story about forgiving the unforgivable, and the cost of …

Episode 17: Resolutions

January 19th, 2016

21:18

Today is the perfect day to (re)start your resolution. Here's how.

Episode 16: Misbehaving

January 12th, 2016

22:38

From eating marshmallows to spending lottery winnings, Shankar Vedantam talks with behavioral economist Richard Thaler about his book Misbehaving.

Encore of Episode 3: Stereotype Threat

January 5th, 2016

22:07

Annie Duke was often the only woman at the poker table, which influenced the way people saw her, and the way she saw herself. Feeling like an outsider can come at a cost, but also can be an advantage.

Episode 15: Loss and Renewal

December 29th, 2015

24:45

Maya Shankar was well on her way to an extraordinary career as a violinist when an injury closed that door. This week, we look at how she wound up at …

Episode 14: Christmas

December 22nd, 2015

21:01

This is the time of year for giving--whether that's a holiday gift for someone we love, or a charitable donation to a good cause. But why do we give? …

Episode 13: Terrorism

December 15th, 2015

25:59

Why do young people join ISIS? Is it nihilism, or, as social scientists suggest, a perverse idealism? This week on Hidden Brain, we explore the …

Episode 12: Humor

December 8th, 2015

19:33

This week on Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam looks at what we find funny and what, well, crosses the line. Comedian Bill Burr joins us to talk about why race, gender and Caitlin Jenner can be so funny.

Episode 11: Forgery

December 1st, 2015

23:23

This week on Hidden Brain, we explore real and fake, from fine art to fine wine. Shankar speaks with Noah Charney, author of The Art of Forgery, about why art forgers are compelled to spend their lives copying the great …

Episode 10: Thanksgiving

November 24th, 2015

18:45

The holidays are all about generousity, gratitude, and spending time with the people we love. But we all know the whole "spending time with the …

Episode 9: Aziz Ansari on Modern Love

November 17th, 2015

26:01

Hidden Brain host Shankar Vedantam talks to comedian Aziz Ansari — star of a new Netflix show and coauthor of Modern Romance — about Tinder, texting and how dating is a bit like... buying jam.

Episode 8: Back Up Plans

November 10th, 2015

24:23

This week on Hidden Brain, researcher Katy Milkman explains why backup plans may make us less motivated, Dan Pink is back to discuss moral hazard, …

Episode 7: Lonely Hearts

November 3rd, 2015

33:07

Jesse always wanted to fall in love. So when the perfect woman started writing him letters, it seemed too good to be true. Because it was. This week, a story about a con — with a twist. When the con was exposed, its …

Episode 6: The Science of Fear

October 27th, 2015

20:28

This week, for Halloween, the Hidden Brain podcast gets spooky. We explore the science of fear — traveling to a haunted house curated by a scientist to investigate what scares us, and why some people enjoy this …

Episode 5: Compassion

October 20th, 2015

18:15

On this week's episode of Hidden Brain, we'll explore the science of compassion, and how being kind to others can make a real difference in your own life.

Episode 4: Students and Teachers

October 13th, 2015

18:29

In this episode of the Hidden Brain podcast, the connections between students and teachers, and how finding things in common between them might be a …

Episode 3: Stereotype Threat

October 6th, 2015

21:56

Annie Duke was often the only woman at the poker table, which influenced the way people saw her, and the way she saw herself. Feeling like an outsider can come at a cost, but also can be an advantage.

Brain Bonus: Magic Brain

October 2nd, 2015

4:46

In time for your Friday commute, we introduce you to a new segment called Magic Brain. Shankar explores the social science behind magic, and discovers that free choice is sometimes just an illusion.

Episode 2: Near Victories

September 29th, 2015

22:06

Shankar Vedantam explores "almosts" and "not quites" on this episode of the Hidden Brain podcast, with the help of Monica Wadhwa, Dan Pink, and country music singer Kacey Musgraves.

Episode 1: Switchtracking

September 22nd, 2015

27:52

The first episode of Hidden Brain explores switchtracking: a common pattern in conversations you'll be accusing your partner of in no time! Plus …

Hidden Brain: A Sneak Peek

September 4th, 2015

5:33

Check out a few minutes of the latest podcast from NPR: Hidden Brain. Shankar Vedantam explores what happens when two people think they are talking about the same thing, but in reality are speeding down separate tracks. …

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