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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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  • Our Brands, Our Selves

    Jan 18 2021
    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 you our 2019 conversation with Americus Reed, who studies how companies create a worldview around the products they sell, and then get us to make those products a part of who we are. 
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    34 mins
  • The Secret Life of Secrets

    Jan 11 2021
    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. But no matter how big or small our secret, it will often weigh on our minds, and not for the reasons you might expect. This week on Hidden Brain, we talk with psychologist Michael Slepian about the costs of secret keeping.
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    48 mins
  • The Double Standard

    Jan 4 2021
    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 Emily Pronin says it’s partly because of our brain architecture. This week on Hidden Brain, we explore what Pronin calls the introspection illusion.
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    48 mins

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Science behind the brain

Amazing program. I hear it on NPR and podcast it. Just today (12/17/20) heard The Stoic Challenge. Very good questions by Mr. Shankar and excellent way to spend your drive, workout time. Thank you.

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Absolutely my favorite

What a fantastic podcast. Every episode allows me to see things differently, whether that’s within my own mind or in the outside world. Thank you for being a part of my life.

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Wonderful Info

Funny, Interesting & well rounded panels! Looking forward to more! Best way to relax, learn & communicate better!