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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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We're All Gonna Die!

We're All Gonna Die!

2019-09-1600:32:2129

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 week on Hidden Brain, we confront how death anxiety courses through our actions, even when we don't realize it.
You Can't Hit Unsend

You Can't Hit Unsend

2019-09-1000:53:4564

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 wonderful and fast-moving. But the things we post don't go away. And they can come back to haunt us. This week, we explore how one teenager's social media posts destroyed a golden opportunity he'd worked for all his life.
You 2.0: Decide Already!

You 2.0: Decide Already!

2019-09-0200:25:0597

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, and why we're actually happier after making a decision that feels irrevocable.
You 2.0: Deep Work

You 2.0: Deep Work

2019-08-2700:33:41104

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. Even though we think we should be less distracted by technology, we haven't admitted the true cost of these interruptions. This week, we revisit our 2017 conversation with computer scientist Cal Newport, and consider ways we can all immerse ourselves in more meaningful work.
You 2.0: Rebel With A Cause

You 2.0: Rebel With A Cause

2019-08-1900:47:3684

Francesca Gino studies rebels — people who practice "positive deviance" and achieve incredible feats of imagination. They know how, and when, to break the rules that should be broken. So how can you activate your own inner non-conformist? This week, we ponder the traits of successful rebels as we revisit our 2018 conversation with Gino.
You 2.0: Our Better Nature

You 2.0: Our Better Nature

2019-08-1200:26:1985

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 proximity, and modern economies to flourish. But what have we given up by moving away from the forest environments in which humans first evolved? This week, we revisit our 2018 conversation about the healing power of nature with psychologist Ming Kuo.
You 2.0: Tunnel Vision

You 2.0: Tunnel Vision

2019-08-0500:36:36124

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, as part of our You 2.0 series, we bring you a favorite 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.
You 2.0: The Empathy Gym

You 2.0: The Empathy Gym

2019-07-2900:52:59132

Some people are good at putting themselves in another person's shoes. Others may struggle to relate. But psychologist Jamil Zaki argues that empathy isn't a fixed trait. This week: how to exercise our empathetic muscles. It's the first episode in our You 2.0 summer series.
Facts Aren't Enough

Facts Aren't Enough

2019-07-2200:51:31147

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 we believe, and why emotions can be more powerful than facts. This episode features new reporting and favorite conversations with neuroscientist Tali Sharot and philosopher of science Cailin O'Connor.
Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice

2019-07-1500:34:5283

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 how advances in technology might help people with vocal impairments, and consider the ethical quandaries that arise when we can create personalized, customized voices.
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Melissa Harrach

What!? There are often embalmed corpses in the windows of German funeral parlous? Geez, I have lived in Germany for over 20 years and never seen or heard of this (and it is so far from how Germans approach death that its laughable). What utter nonsense - you clearly are not vetting your so-called-experts adequately or at all and that makes me wonder what other nonesense I've heard on this podcast. Darn, I actually liked listening but I can't unsubscribe fast enough!!

Sep 19th
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Heidi M. Fanning

I am still completely unsympathetic to this kid. He made his choices and he is suffering the consequences. There are many promising young people who have suffered FAR worse after doing nothing wrong.

Sep 19th
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Julie Räuber

Hey! Where can I find that German study from the we‘re all gonna die episode?

Sep 18th
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ezzie83

great episode. I really feel for him, such a shame

Sep 17th
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Alan Lambert

This young man is the poster child for a generally good but irresponsible young man who did something dramatically stupid.

Sep 12th
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ankhbayarts

Good episode!

Sep 12th
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H Mensah

Also, can I just say that I visiblely winced when the guest used the metaphor "drop them in the ocean somewhere" referring to AA kids and families... 😑

Sep 10th
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Ethan King

dan sounds like youtuber Nobodyepic😂

Sep 10th
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Andrew Stimpson Gee

I found this not ring true to me. In college a handful of times I took classes based on good reviews, I hated them all. I have gone to movies based on high recommendations, hated them. I think you have to find someone with similar tastes. We all aren't the same.

Sep 8th
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Karen Larson

How do we know that the people assessing their actual change in retrospect are actuate? There is bias in both directions - forecasting ahead and assessing the past. How does that affect the results if the research? This can be due to a bias of self-perception or due to the actual change the person had undergone. In addition, there is the problem of calibrating one person's assessment to another's. What I think of as a significant change may not be viewed as significant by sometime else.

Sep 6th
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Abdessamad H

it's a real story full of action and drama and twists thx tom "it was a great story"

Sep 4th
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Yeison Bottia

valuable time listening this episode, and also thanks Rosa for your job!

Sep 3rd
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Yeison Bottia

amazing! this episode make my day!

Sep 3rd
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mia blu

Excellent representation of the issue(s). Having been a women in nontraditional career fields for over 20 years, this episode really strikes a chord.

Aug 24th
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مداد سیاه

it was a great episode, made me realize why Ive react in certain times

Aug 24th
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Devendra Deshpande

i nd 8

Aug 23rd
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H Mensah

Loved this episode! This was my area of study in college!

Aug 22nd
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KateSos75

H Mensah I LOVED this one too!

Aug 22nd
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mia blu

Thank you for sharing a more intimate perspective on some of these ongoing conflicts in the middle east. We (the consumers of media) are constantly bombarded by facts and figures of the inhuman acts perpetrated in these conflicts. Facts and figures which are completely devoid of the human experience.

Aug 22nd
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Rita Moore

mia blu 👏👏👍

Aug 22nd
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mia blu

Speaking from personal experience, disadvantaged white women are treated the same way regarding matters of women's health.

Aug 22nd
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Rita Moore

mia blu Yes... I agree

Aug 22nd
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mia blu

So many lonely people out there...often those who have someone don't appreciate them.

Aug 22nd
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Drew Brid

mia blu Oh, yes...

Aug 22nd
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