Cover image of Hidden Brain
(21368)

Rank #1 in Science category

Science
Natural Sciences
Social Sciences

Hidden Brain

Updated 5 days ago

Rank #1 in Science category

Science
Natural Sciences
Social Sciences
Read more

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

Read more

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

iTunes Ratings

21368 Ratings
Average Ratings
16842
2313
980
568
665

Overall, recommended

By Anonymous21233 - Oct 15 2019
Read more
The analysis is interesting. It seems like every 5 minutes, each psychological phenomenon is forced to fit squarely with evolutionary theory. If you don’t don’t mind the attitude of “oh and it makes sense because cavemen and hunter gatherers...” then go right ahead. To the editors, I’d advise to develop the evolutionary connections a bit more with a bit more criticism and to use them less frequently.

Great Podcasts!!

By rdubrey - Oct 07 2019
Read more
These are great thought provoking podcasts. My new favorite.

iTunes Ratings

21368 Ratings
Average Ratings
16842
2313
980
568
665

Overall, recommended

By Anonymous21233 - Oct 15 2019
Read more
The analysis is interesting. It seems like every 5 minutes, each psychological phenomenon is forced to fit squarely with evolutionary theory. If you don’t don’t mind the attitude of “oh and it makes sense because cavemen and hunter gatherers...” then go right ahead. To the editors, I’d advise to develop the evolutionary connections a bit more with a bit more criticism and to use them less frequently.

Great Podcasts!!

By rdubrey - Oct 07 2019
Read more
These are great thought provoking podcasts. My new favorite.

The Best Episodes of:

Cover image of Hidden Brain

Hidden Brain

Updated 5 days ago

Read more

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

Rank #1: Episode 53: Embrace the Chaos

Podcast cover
Read more
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 rooms, and our politicians to clean up Washington. But Economist Tim Harford says, maybe we should embrace the chaos. His new book is Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives.

Nov 29 2016

24mins

Play

Rank #2: When Did Marriage Become So Hard?

Podcast cover
Read more
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 of it.

Feb 13 2018

51mins

Play

Rank #3: Episode 60: Fortress America

Podcast cover
Read more
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. In response, many people are looking to the past, to see what history can teach us. But this process can fraught with psychological peril. On today's Hidden Brain, we revisit a specific incident from World War II – the American decision to refuse entry to Jewish refugees aboard the SS St. Louis – and explore how it speaks to the current mood in the United States.

Jan 31 2017

22mins

Play

Rank #4: The Edge Effect

Podcast cover
Read more
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, hold the same political views. But familiar ground may not be the best place to cultivate creativity. From science and business to music and the world of fashion, researchers have found that people with deep connections to people from other countries and cultures often see benefits in terms of their creative output. This week on Hidden Brain, we look at the powerful connection between the ideas we dream up and the people who surround us, and what it really takes to think outside the box.

Jul 03 2018

38mins

Play

Rank #5: Episode 38: Me, Me, Me

Podcast cover
Read more
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 author of the books The Narcissism Epidemic, and Generation Me.

Jul 12 2016

24mins

Play

Rank #6: The Lonely American Man

Podcast cover
Read more
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 masculinity in the United States. We explore how those notions create stressed-out romantic relationships, physical health problems, and a growing epidemic of loneliness. Plus, we consider how we might begin to tell a different story about what it means to be a man.

Mar 20 2018

48mins

Play

Rank #7: You 2.0: When Did Marriage Become So Hard?

Podcast cover
Read more
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.

Aug 14 2018

51mins

Play

Rank #8: You 2.0: Originals

Podcast cover
Read more
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 challenges they face. Adam gives his take on what makes an original, how parents can nurture originality in their children, and the potential downsides of non-conformity.

Aug 21 2018

22mins

Play

Rank #9: Episode 19: Dating and Mating

Podcast cover
Read more
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.

Feb 09 2016

23mins

Play

Rank #10: Episode 57: Slanguage

Podcast cover
Read more
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 McWhorter says all the "likes" and LOLs are part of a natural – and inevitable –evolution of language. This week on Hidden Brain, why language can't "sit still."

Jan 10 2017

26mins

Play

Rank #11: Episode 61: Just Sex

Podcast cover
Read more
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 campuses today is different from that faced by previous generations. This week on Hidden Brain, we explore what this culture means for those who choose to participate, and for those who opt out.

Feb 14 2017

24mins

Play

Rank #12: Never Go To Vegas

Podcast cover
Read more
All social classes have unspoken rules. From A-list celebrities to teachers, doctors, lawyers, and journalists — there are social norms that govern our decisions, whether we realize it or not. This week on Hidden Brain, the invisible qualities that all celebrities have in common, and how our interest in them builds because of cues we get from one another. Later in the episode, we look at another elite group: the yoga-loving, Whole Foods-shopping, highly-educated group that researcher Elizabeth Currid-Halkett calls the "aspirational class."

Dec 19 2017

50mins

Play

Rank #13: Snooki and the Handbag

Podcast cover
Read more
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 pretty good at recognizing how influences like product placement and peer pressure affect other people's choices...but we're not so good at recognizing those forces in our own decisions. We talked with him in December 2016.

Jul 10 2018

25mins

Play

Rank #14: Kinder-Gardening

Podcast cover
Read more
Many parents think they can shape their child into a particular kind of adult. Psychologist Alison Gopnik says the science suggests otherwise. This week, we revisit our December 2017 conversation with Gopnik, who thinks we'd all be better off if we had a different understanding of the relationship between parents and kids.

May 29 2018

29mins

Play

Rank #15: You 2.0: Dream Jobs

Podcast cover
Read more
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 job. But psychologist Amy Wrzesniewski finds it may have more to do with how we think about our work. She finds we're about evenly split in whether we say we have a job, a career, or a calling. As part of our You 2.0 series, we bring you this March 2016 conversation with Amy about how we find meaning and purpose at work.

Aug 01 2017

23mins

Play

Rank #16: Counting Other People's Blessings

Podcast cover
Read more
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, there's mounting evidence that envy is a powerful motivator. This week, we explore an emotion that can inspire us to become better people — or to commit unspeakable acts.

Feb 27 2018

51mins

Play

Rank #17: You 2.0: Dream Jobs

Podcast cover
Read more
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 with psychologist Amy Wrzesniewski of Yale University about how we can find meaning and purpose in our jobs.

Jul 31 2018

23mins

Play

Rank #18: Buying Attention

Podcast cover
Read more
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? In this episode, we examine the strategies media companies use to hijack our attention so they can sell it to advertisers.

Jan 02 2018

38mins

Play

Rank #19: Tunnel Vision

Podcast cover
Read more
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 week, we bring you a March 2017 episode about the psychological phenomenon of scarcity. Researchers say this form of tunnel vision can affect our ability to see the big picture and cope with problems in our lives.

Apr 03 2018

36mins

Play

Rank #20: Episode 3: Stereotype Threat

Podcast cover
Read more
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.

Oct 06 2015

22mins

Play