Hidden Brain Podcast

Hidden Brain explores the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior and questions that lie at the heart of our complex and changing world.

Hidden Brain
Hidden Brain explores the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior and questions that lie at the heart of our complex and changing world. Our work, led by Host and Executive Editor Shankar Vedantam, is marked by a commitment to scientific and journalistic rigor, and a deep empathy for our guests and audience.
The Power of Mercy
by Hidden Brain

Granting forgiveness for the wrongs done to us can be one of the hardest things we face in life. But forgiveness can also be transformative. In the first of a two-part series on apologies and mercy, we talk with psychologist Charlotte Witvliet about the benefits of forgiveness, for both the mind and the body.  

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June 17: The Power of Mercy — Granting forgiveness for the wrongs done to us can be one of the hardest things we face in life. But forgiveness can also be transformative. In the first of a two-part series on apologies and mercy, we talk with psychologist Charlotte Witvliet about the benefits of forgiveness, for both the mind and the body.  

June 10: Watch Your Mouth — If you’re bilingual or multilingual, you may have noticed that different languages make you stretch in different ways. In this month’s Radio Replay, we ask whether the structure of the languages we speak can change the way we see the world. We’ll also look at how languages evolve, and why we’re sometimes resistant to those changes.

June 3: Possessions — 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 everyday items we leave behind.

May 27: This Is Your Brain On Ads — How many ads have you encountered today? On this week’s radio replay, we discuss the insidiousness of advertising in American media. We begin with new reporting about the effects cereal commercials have on children. Later in the program, we revisit one of our favorite episodes of 2018, Buying Attention.

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