Hidden Brain


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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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51:13 | Feb 13th, 2018

Marriage is hard โ€” 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 marr...Show More

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Cleopatra and Mark Antony married for the convenience of power. Now we not only want to find partners for love, we also want them to help us...Show More

38:25 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Have you ever opened your computer with the intention of sending one email โ€” only to spend an hour scrolling through social media? Maybe two hours? In this episode, we examine the strategies media com...Show More
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37:42 | May 16th, 2017

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. T...Show More

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Our different ways of thinking are cover brilliantly in this segment of Hidden Brain.

53:54 | Nov 19th, 2019

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 ab...Show More

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on how death is more easily spoken about and dealt with intellectually vs. on a more immediate real life level. this made me feel a lot of t...Show More

36:34 | Jul 25th, 2017

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 ...Show More
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