Invisibilia: How To Become Batman

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Invisibilia is a new series about the unseen forces that control human behavior -- things like ideas, beliefs and assumptions. Each Sunday night for the next six weeks, Invisibilia takes you on a journey through the brain.

The second episode "How To Become Batman" examines the surprising effects that your expectations can have on the people around you. Hear how people’s expectations can influence how well a rat runs a maze. Plus, the story of a man who is blind and says expectations have helped him see. This journey is not without skeptics. We’ll hear from them, and from neuroscientists who explain the profound effect others’ expectations can have on your physiology.

Co-hosted by Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, who helped create Radiolab and This American Life, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling and fascinating new psychological and brain science, in a way that ultimately makes you see your own life differently.