Hidden Brain – hiddenbrain.org – helps curious people understand the world – and themselves. Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.
Hosted by social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam, Hidden Brain links research from psychology and neurobiology with findings from economics, anthropology, and sociology, among other fields. The goal of Hidden Brain isn’t merely to entertain, but to give you insights to apply at work, at home and throughout your life.
Hidden Brain began as a weekly series on NPR’s Morning Edition and launched as a podcast in September 2015. It became an hour-long radio show in the fall of 2017. The show has won numerous awards, including a Webby and a Kavli Science Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Why we hold onto things – What do the things you own say about who you are? Psychologist Bruce Hood studies our relationship with our possessions – from beloved childhood objects to the ever – yday items we leave behind.
An Unfinished Lessons – A virus is more than a biological organism. It’s a social organism. It detects fissures in societies and fault lines between communities. Historian Nancy Bristow shares the lessons about human behavior that we can take away from a century-old pandemic.
Emotional Currency: How Money Shapes Human Relationships – Hidden Brain examines the intangible elements of cold, hard cash. Coins and currency are not just tokens of economic value but markers of emotional connection and shared history.