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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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Losing Face

Losing Face

2019-05-2000:24:3010

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 on Hidden Brain, we revisit a favorite 2016 episode about "super-recognizers" and the rest of us.
What's Not On The Test

What's Not On The Test

2019-05-1300:45:2310

Smarts matter. But other factors may play an even bigger role in whether someone succeeds. This week, we speak with Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman about the skills that predict how you'll fare in life. We'll also look at programs that build these skills in the neediest of children – and new research that suggests the benefits of investing in kids and families can last for generations.
Creating God

Creating God

2019-05-0600:50:389

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, we bring you a July 2018 episode with social psychologist Azim Shariff. He argues that we should consider religion from a Darwinian perspective, as an innovation that helped human societies to thrive and flourish.
A Dramatic Cure

A Dramatic Cure

2019-04-2900:51:372

Placebos belong in clinical trials, not in the doctor's office. At least, that's been the conventional wisdom for decades. This week, we ask whether placebos have more to offer than we've realized, and what they might teach us about healing. For research related to this episode, please visit: https://n.pr/2B9v2B0
Why No One Feels Rich

Why No One Feels Rich

2019-04-2200:33:115

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, or envious. Social psychologist Keith Payne says we tend to compare ourselves with those who have more than us, but rarely with those who have less. This week, we explore the psychology of income inequality, and how perceptions of our own wealth shape our lives.
The Sorting Hat

The Sorting Hat

2019-04-1500:50:032

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 individuals – and, increasingly, employers – quick and easy insights that can be used to make some of life's biggest decisions. But most fail to stand up to scientific scrutiny. This week, we revisit our 2017 episode about the world of personality testing, and explore the many different ways we assess personality and potential – from the Chinese zodiac to Harry Potter houses to the Myers-Briggs test.
Radically Normal

Radically Normal

2019-04-0800:53:1830

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 attitudes toward gay people. This week, we explore one of the most striking transformations of public attitude ever recorded. And we consider whether the strategies used by gay rights activists hold lessons for other groups seeking change.
Don't Panic!

Don't Panic!

2019-04-0100:51:2154

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 bring you two of our favorite stories about coping with chaos. They come from our 2016 episodes "Panic in the Streets" and "Embrace the Chaos."
What Twins Tell Us

What Twins Tell Us

2019-03-2500:30:3061

In December 1988, two pairs of twin boys were born in Colombia. One twin from each pair was accidentally given to the wrong mother — a mistake that wasn't discovered for decades. The twins' story is a tragedy, a soap opera, and a science experiment, all rolled into one. It also gives us clues about the role that genes and the environment play in shaping our identities. We talk with psychologist Nancy Segal about her work with twins, and her encounters with these now-famous brothers. For research related to this episode, please visit https://n.pr/2uvpvPe
Never Go To Vegas

Never Go To Vegas

2019-03-1800:47:3973

All social classes have unspoken rules. From A-list celebrities to teachers, doctors, lawyers, and journalists — there are social norms that govern us, whether we realize it or not. This week on Hidden Brain, we look celebrity culture, as well as another elite group: the yoga-loving, Whole Foods-shopping, highly-educated people whom one researcher calls the new "aspirational class." This episode is from December 2017.
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TransHaus

they had to throw that comment in there about sexism in the inanimate sex object industry. face palm. the dildo has been around long before any of these other devices. but hey, got to push a narrative. amirite????

May 26th
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TransHaus

TransHaus oh and it's just women who are portrayed unrealistically in the media? men are either supposed look like a pumped up Captain America or are expected to walk around at 7% body fat and chiseled abs like Zac Effron. the media's unrealistic expectations are for everyone, not just women... but again, narrative

May 26th
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Anna Kochetkova

I would highly recommend to do NO comparison at all and focus on what you want. I think it's horrible advice to exercise comparisons of any type. interesting story though thanks for making it.

May 26th
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Nerak

This show is one of my favorites - well researched, well explained, interesting, intelligent, relevant. As a researcher, I regularly share the show with my friends to show them that research is cool! This is why I was even more surprised that the episode on facial recognition did not even once mention prosopagnosia. I was literally itching, expecting the term to come up in each sentence, until I heard "this episode was produced by...."

May 23rd
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David Smith

Chinese propaganda bellow my post

May 22nd
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Jacob Heitz

No talk about psychedelics creating religion? Pretty lame explanations imo

May 21st
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SAIGOPAL RANGARAJ

This is super interesting, but could it justify and encourage use of non-proven medical techniques and the growth of un-licensed medical practitioners.

May 19th
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Oorvi Mathur

Loved it!

May 14th
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Ehsan.translator

Loved this episode! Keep up the good work

May 8th
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欧匹康

虽然听不太懂,但听着挺舒服的,声音很好听

May 8th
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Silent D.

"Those who exalt themselves Will be humbled, those who humble themselves Will be exalted".

May 6th
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Vicente Unicorn

Silent D. Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man?

May 7th
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chaqzza Njalaleh

short term answer is slavery and colonization for my people

May 6th
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Kat

why middle name is about serial killer??

May 6th
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Naika

We are going to be genderless 👋🏻

May 4th
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Daniel Herzberg

inspiring

May 1st
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Naika

I understand John. I find people relationships difficult too 🙄 It makes me feel better to focus on my carrier and self development

Apr 30th
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Kamille Martin

ppl have been trying to sex rocks before man invented the wheel

Apr 29th
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Laxmi Woodham

I have recently discovered this podcast and I enjoy it, somewhat to my surprise. The cool even voice of the host, Shankar Vendantam, differs from the lively, vivacious, banter, of the hosts I generally seek. I love the knowledge he shares and the clarity which he offers. I am left questioning if all the surprise cultural references come mostly from him or producers. Is his entertainment taste as eclectic as his voice is collected?

Apr 29th
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‌‌Saeid Badamchizadeh

good but needs to get better

Apr 28th
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Jason Huntley

To sum it all up, yes, there has been an extreme decline in the moral fabric of our society. There are presumptions and statements in this episode which are grossly misleading and some are outright false. NPRs's Leftist agenda is crystal clear and journalism is dead. And no, the civil rights movement is not like the gay rights movement and neither are like the women's rights movement. To try and equate them is abhorrent dishonesty about biology.

Apr 24th
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Jason Huntley

Jason Huntley I'm not saying you ought not follow the golden rule. Again, this is about grounding. It's about why you ought to. Your reason is because you believe you should. Your grounding is yourself. I believe you should because it's commanded by God and morality comes from God. My reason for going to Matthew 7:13 and on is because if you think that Christians ought to celebrate homosexuality because Christians would want their lifestyle celebrated, then your really confused on the message of scripture. Christians should minister to homosexuals and present them with the gospel. The Word of God which shows them their sin and points them to a savior. Christians should do the because of the Golden Rule. Because Christians want to be saved from their sin.

May 26th
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Balitong

Jason Huntley I wonder if you realized that I already accept morality can come from a theism, which I said the Golden Rule is compatible with. If we ought to fully follow the Bible, then we ought to follow the Matthew 7:12. However, you're saying that we ought not to follow the Rule hence we should not fully follow the Bible. The 'Ought' derives from what you believe. If we there is no obligation to follow the Golden Rule, then morality is not objective nor independent. But morality is objective and independent, so we ought to follow the Golden Rule. I've provided 2 reasons why we ought to follow the Golden rule. The Golden Rule is a subset of your religious belief, why are you so against it? It's like you're doing it out of spite or just to continue with your homophobia. Again, I don't deny he's smarter than me in this specific field. On long rants: you must have some self-awareness. On poisoning the well: put me in handcuffs I guess

May 26th
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임형규

can I get script?

Apr 18th
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