Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam

63 Interviews
Shankar Vedantam is the host of the podcast Hidden Brain and a science writer with an eye toward ethics and how scientific insights can make us more compassionate and connected people. His 2021 book, Useful Delusions, explores with generosity how humans deceive themselves and why self-deception is necessary to keep marriages, friendships, and even countries together.

Shankar Vedantam's Interviews

Shankar Vedantam & Mahzarin Banaji 14 Mar 2023 • EN

Revealing Your Unconscious: Part 2

In the second part of our series on implicit bias, we explore the relationship between beliefs and behaviors. We also talk with psychologist Mahzarin Banaji about whether research on implicit bias tells us more about groups than it does about individuals. To learn more: Project Implicit Outsmarting Implicit Bias How do

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Shankar Vedantam & Mahzarin Banaji 13 Mar 2023 • EN

Revealing Your Unconscious: Part 1

Would you consider yourself to be prejudiced against people who are different from you? Most of us would say no. But in the late 1990s, researchers created a test to measure biases that may be hidden from our conscious minds. Millions of people have taken it since, and not everyone likes what they've discovered. This w

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Shankar Vedantam & Dacher Keltner 27 Feb 2023 • EN

Happiness 2.0: The Reset Button

Many of us rush through our lives, chasing goals and just trying to get everything done. But that can blind us to a very simple source of joy that's all around us. This week, in the final installment of our Happiness 2.0 series, psychologist Dacher Keltner describes what happens when we stop to savor the beauty in natu

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Shankar Vedantam & Robert Cialdini 23 Jan 2023 • EN

Persuasion: Part 2

Think back to the last time someone convinced you to do something you didn't want to do, or to spend money you didn't want to spend. What techniques did that person use to persuade you? This week, we continue our look at the science of influence with psychologist Robert Cialdini, and explore how these techniques can be

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Shankar Vedantam & Robert Cialdini 16 Jan 2023 • EN

Persuasion: Part 1

We all exert pressure on each other in ways small and profound. We recommend movies or books to a friend. We convince a colleague to take a different tactic at work. We lobby a neighbor to vote for our favored political candidate. This week, we launch the first of a two-part mini-series on the science of influence, and

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Shankar Vedantam & Ken Sheldon 02 Jan 2023 • EN

Who Do You Want To Be?

We all have to make certain choices in life, such as where to live and how to earn a living.  Parents and peers influence our major life choices. But they can also steer us in directions that leave us deeply unsatisfied. Psychologist Ken Sheldon studies the science of figuring out what you want. He says there are thing

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